Sunday, January 25, 2009

Double S.O.S

My first Shout Out goes to my Mom. One of my highlights of the weekend was having some alone time with her. This usually happens when we head to a quilt material store and this weekend was no different.

On the way to the store we engaged in life matters and parenting conversation--the kind that is really below the surface. Then upon arrival we were like kids in a candy store. It's like a huge box of crayons just waiting to be used in different color combinations to create a masterpiece. She helped me pick out fabric for 4 quitls. I know--4 quilts! And they have to be completed by May! You know what I'll be doing in the months to come.

These are the times I cherish with my Mom. I love the joy I see in her when she is doing something that she enjoys or something for herself. (If only she wasn't working any more.) And, I appreciate the time she takes just for me. It makes me realize that both of my boys should spend time with me alone and to find time for that constantly as they grow. I love you, Mom. Thanks for grounding me and showing me the right path. You have helped me become a better parent and person.

My second Shout Out goes to Carol. She is a friend of mine who also works with the youth choir at our church. We are at different stages in our lives. She has an empty nest and mine is just filling. A couple of weeks ago we had an exchange about our places in life and she did a beautiful job of writing about it--click here.
She also commented on our Christmas Eve experience that I was hoping Stephen would fill you in on.

Thank you Carol for your friendship and helping me to see what I have and enjoy it while I can. Seems to be a re-occurring theme for me right now.

1 comment:

carol said...

Jennifer, you are such a dear to raise me up; you have such a gift, and I'm so grateful that we share a commitment to our mutually beloved Pure Sound youth choir.

I'm loving watching your two sweet boys grow up, and can only reinforce the advice to treasure these days and not wish them away. They go by SO fast...

I can never recite aloud the Robert Louis Stevenson poem "To Any Reader" without losing it... I know it by heart and recommend it to all young mothers. Look it up and you will understand!

Love your days with your babies, but do know that life is also good (in a different way!) on the other side of the nest!