I was recently strolling through my second favorite store that takes all my money, only second to the beautiful Target, Hobby Lobby. I glanced over and saw a bag that said “Enjoy the Ride.” I immediately was attracted to it. Life is a wild ride. My hope for you is that we all enjoy this ride called Motherhood. Some of us are raising tiny newborns, teenagers, middle schoolers or all of the above. We are all in different stages, but we all have one common thing – we are Mamas.
I hope you enjoy the ride through the 2AM feedings. Soak in the sweet baby snuggles, perfect baby breath and little toes. Soon this baby will sleep through the night, I promise, but for now give them a little extra love.
I hope you enjoy the ride through the terrible twos or awful threes. This little human is growing and learning. Every place you go is new and exciting! Soon this child will sit still, I promise, but for now jump in all the puddles and finger paint all over everything outside.
I hope you enjoy the ride through kindergarten. School is a hard adjustment for you and your little love. Playing and friends fill our hearts! Soon this child will do homework on their own, tie their own shoes and get themselves up, I promise, for now have a little patience. Guide them and teach them how – they will thank you soon.
I hope you enjoy the ride through elementary school. Our kids are learning right and wrong, math, reading and English. You will have a run in with a teacher or two, but they will grow and learn right in front of your eyes.
I hope you enjoy the ride through middle school. Those awkward years that we all remember all too well; it is just as awkward for our kids. Maybe your daughter will make the dance team or your son the basketball team — whatever they do, know that they still love you. They may not say it or at times show it, but they do. You keep pushing them and they will one day appreciate it. As independent as they seem, they still need you, your hugs, and your love.
I hope you enjoy this ride through high school. The years of Friday night lights, band concerts and dance recitals. These four years go by in a blink for you and your child. Take a deep breath, go on a couple trips and enjoy the ride!
The years raising our children in our home are the longest days and the shortest years – soak it up! Teach your kids to show love, give hugs and be the best friends they can be to their neighbors. We were given the best gift, to raise the future humans of our homes — let’s make the best of it!