I’m linking up this week at The Homeschool Village!! I’ve had a nasty cold/flu, so doing school from the prone position on my couch is the biggest accomplishment of my week! However, I think this post presents a pretty clear picture of my LIFE’S greatest accomplishment! Thanks for stopping by!
This past Monday, as I sat and watched my 23-year old daughter teach my 7-year old son’s co-op spelling class, I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic. It took me back.
When I discovered (VERY unexpectedly) that I was pregnant just before my 40th birthday, the girls were 16, 14, and 12. It wasn’t that I was wasn’t excited…I was. On one level, it would be impossible for me NOT to be excited about having another baby. It was just that after raising three daughters into their teenage years, I was starting to imagine life without the constant “hands-on” demands of parenting young children. And the knowledge of the loss of the freedom that had been so nearly within my grasp kept me awake more than a few nights back in April of 2003.
If only I had known then what I now know.
I would have known that the indescribable love that I felt at the birth of each of my precious daughters, would be magnified 10-fold at the sight of that same indescribable love displayed in their eyes at their first glimpse of their newborn brother.
I would have known that bearing some of the burden of caring for a baby would help to build character (and wonderful mothering skills) into my girls.
I would have known that it’s wonderful never to have to call around looking for a babysitter.
I would have known that nothing makes me laugh harder than watching the silly antics of three teenage girls with their toddler brother.
I would have known that NOTHING could ever bring more joy to my heart than the love between my daughters and their little brother.
And I would have known that sisters can fill a little boy’s life with way more love and laughter than he could ever dream of!