Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thoughts

I want them to last forever . . .
The hugs and cuddles, the kisses and smiles.
I want them to last forever . . .
The bath times and play times, the fun and the joys.
I want them to last forever . . .
The memories and the laughs that ring through our home.

Will they last forever? The memories may. Some of the other joys we're experiencing right now may or may not. After all, we've had hugs, cuddles, kisses and smiles before. We've had bath times, play times, outings, and fun with other kiddos who have come into our lives for just a brief few days.

I imagine that every parent has felt that yearning for things to stay the same a time or two. Of course, that is typically the moment that reality presents itself in the form of an overflowing bathtub, a grueling session of homework, or an all-out tantrum. Parenting isn't easy, but it is rewarding and fulfilling.

For the last month, we have so enjoyed parenting a five year old gift from God. Whether for a season or for a lifetime, she has become our daughter. Someone commented on our use of that term vs. foster daughter. We've said many times that we want our foster kiddos to call themselves whatever they are comfortable with. To her we are her parents. We provide for her. We keep her safe. We nurture her. We train her. We sing her to sleep at night and hold her when she's frightened. Don't get me wrong. We aren't her only parents. She has another mommy too, and she loves her just as much if not more than she loves us. It kind of makes me think of Jesus. Joseph was his parent. Maybe not his biological REAL parent, but Joseph was his father. He was blessed with two fathers, one a loving Heavenly father, and one to raise Him here on earth. I'm raising my little girl for the same Heavenly Father. I want her to grow just like Jesus did, in wisdom, in stature, and in favor, with God and man.

Will I be her parent forever? Maybe, maybe not. But for these few precious moments, (or weeks, or months, or years) that she is in my care, I pray that I can show her the love of her Heavenly Father. I would appreciate your prayers for us as we go through these moments with her. Whether tantrums or triumphs, we need the wisdom of God as we show her His love.

3 comments:

  1. Enjoy every moment! Well said. My babies are grown and I still pull out those memories from time to time to enjoy the moments all over again. Prayers.

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  2. Sooooooo Happy for you guys. God's timing is perfect.

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  3. Bittersweet, isn't it? But then again that is every moment in life . . . you don't know how long it will last! So important to enjoy it to the fullest and give your best in every way! Love you.

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