Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sweet Sixteen (and a half)

Having children so far apart with their ages sometimes I feel I'm on a roller coaster. I am in the midst of raising two separate families. Clickety-clacketing up the steep slope helping my oldest ones fill out college applications and teaching defensive driving then taking a sharp turn to coach the younger ones to sleep through the night and how to read sight words. It can be dizzying and exhausting, and there are days I wonder if I up for the challenge. But I also have days where I jump in the front cart, happily throw my hands in the air and keep my eyes wide open. Being their mom is fulfilling and rewarding, and I don't want to miss a thing.

The lesson I have learned the most from mothering toddlers at the same time as teens is how quickly those little kids turn into big kids. Recently as I was watching Dakota hold her baby sister, it hit me (once again) how quickly time passes. Wasn't it just a couple of years ago she was the one I was rocking to sleep?

  Kodi Lynn is my second baby, born just 14 months after my first. Her determination and spunk amuse me as much now as they did the day she was born. One day I blinked and my sweet little girl 

grew into a lovely young woman.

                                               with a little bit of attitude

                                                 mixed with an amazingly beautiful heart!

                    And, Time, is it too much to ask for you to slow down and let me enjoy this ride??