Behold children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them."
This afternoon we went over to mom and dad's house and decided Ben needed a haircut so Dad and Jimmy double teamed a haircut for the little man! He actually did really well and ended up with a great looking head of hair! I love that my dad is so involved in all our childrens lives but especially our boys!
Dad and Mom asked the girls to spend the night at their house this past weekend so JZ and I had our special Valentine night after we got the boys in bed! Jimmy came home with these beautiful roses and take-out.... He is such a thoughtful husband!
This morning we had a scavenger hunt tha led the children all over the house and property, ending in the "back 40" with a fun little box of valentines goodies!
We have spent the last month and a half... Well ever since Christmas talking about love and what it means in daily life. How does love change our actions towards our siblings? How does love help me obey? How did God show His love to us? How does that love change us?.... Etc etc!! It has been a good time of learning for all of us!!!! :)
I had the rare privilege tonight of holding my Ben while he fell asleep. This was something I GOT to do nearly every night until baby brother was born and then suddenly Ben just started snuggling up in the bed and falling to sleep all on his own.... As if he knew he was the big brother now and wanted to be a big boy! ;)
Tonight however, sweet Rivers was already asleep and so my big boy crawled over to me (he usually sleeps next to daddy) but daddy was studying in the living room).... Soooo who got to hold her big boy??? ME!!! What a blessing to me that was! My big strong guy who barely has two seconds to sit still these days let mommy hold him while he fell asleep! I LOVE holding my babies to sleep and love even more having them sleep right next to me all night long! I am so grateful for the first year I got to spend with my little Ben sleeping right next to me... Moments I can never get back and I am so grateful I got while I could! Babies grow so fast and the ones who wanted you to hold them every second suddenly don't have time to sit and be held. Those moments are so fleeting and must be cherished! I will never understand these silly philosophies about holding babies too much or leaving them to cry alone in a bed, or not rocking them to sleep for fear of spoiling them or not teaching them independence.... It makes no sense to me. I want every minute I can to cherish my babies.... Not see how quick I can get them sleeping alone in their own space... So I can have mine. Jimmy and I will never regret our decision to be the "weird" cosleeping family that we are... Maybe we're hippies, maybe we're just crazy but we are so happy we didn't waste even a minute of those precious few months you get to cuddle and snuggle and love on little babies..... Soon enough they get on the move and poof... The time is gone.
Oh and as for independence being lacking in babies like mine...raised on cosleeping...well I hope they are never independent... I hope they learn that they can do nothing apart from Christ! Independence is not something for a Christian to attain to. I hope my children get that!
So at the end of this Sunday I am so grateful my little man still wants to crawl up in mommas lap and fall asleep. Precious moments with precious children!!
Snow has come to Texas AGAIN!!! Sledding down our big hill is the latest thrill around here. Ben, Anna and Daddy can't get enough... As for Serene, she prefers to stay inside and play her tea party game. :) As for me, I held a sleepy boy while he slept and we kept each other warm!!
We are having a blast and loving Daddy here all day to play!