Saturday July 21, 2012
I love being a boy mom.
It’s true, I do. Oh, it took me awhile to get used to. The noise, the wrestling, the lack of pink—but what a blessing it’s been, really.
I have four sons. Yes, four. But I’m a survivor. My “boys” are young adults now, from 29 down to 20. (A boy, every three years.) The “baby” is in college, so I guess you’d say we have an empty nest for most of the year. (That was an interesting transition—from chaos to silence!)
I wrote about raising those four boys in I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys. You can take a look by clicking on that little Amazon picture up to your left.
Why do I write? To encourage you; to inspire you. I remember what it was like to have a house filled with boys, in all its chaos, laughter, and wonder. I remember wishing for just a tiny bit of pink in the house from time to time. I remember wanting someone to shop with!
And I write for two other reasons:
Because I’ve found that saying to be true: “Once a mom, always a mom.” It doesn’t matter what age your “boys” are, you never cease being their mom in some way. You still pray for them, worry over them, and remember great and crazy times with them. No matter what their ages, we’re in this for the long haul. And…
You’re not just a boy mom. As consuming as mothering is right now, there’s something bigger at work here. You’re an image-bearer of the Father, created by His loving hands. Your spirit and heart and soul need nourishment. All that good stuff will spill over on your family when your heart is right with Him. And that’s when your mothering is the best.
So I write to encourage you in the midst of this mothering. The funny thing is, I get encouraged too as I write and as I hear from you!
I’m linking up today with The MOB Society for the Boy Mom Blog Hop. I’m an MOB Society writer, so if you join us you’ll see me over there, too. I thank you for visiting me today. Be sure to leave a comment so I can come by and see you. They’re giving away a couple of copies of my book, I’m Outnumbered, at the MOB Society, so be sure to click on over.
And come back! I’d love to see you again.