Saturday, March 14, 2009


Let me be completely honest here, I am not a baby person. Shocking, I know. Seeing as how I've had 4 babies in 5 years. Now, don't get me wrong, I love children. I just tend to enjoy them more when they communicate in ways beyond finger pointing and screaming. I can vividly remember when Maggie was a baby and I saw Shannon and a school aged Katelyn at Hobby Lobby. It made me so excited for the day when I could walk up and down the aisles of craft supplies with Maggie, both of us equally interested in all the pretty things. You know what just dawned on me? That day is here! I've had several epiphany moments with my new 6 year old lately. Like when I had a migraine (only my third one ever!) and she made lunch for everyone, including me. Or the other day when we had so much fun baking together for hours and she turned to me and said, "I bet this is taking you a lot less time than normal because I'm such a good helper now. " The funny thing was, she was right! She was actually helping! Not "helping" but really and truly helping! She can change diapers, and pick out weather appropriate attire, and write me notes like the one I received today that tell me I'm her best friend. I just love this new stage we are entering. I really believe it only gets better from here. I cherished Teri's blog about how they were enjoying Lauren's teenage years. I just adore watching the relationship between Skyler and Cindy. Oh, I can't hardly wait!!!!!

*I need to be sure and clarify that I very well realize that I am not her best friend yet, although I do hope that day will come, I am still very much her mother.

4 comments:

Hillengrandma said...

Rachel,
For me every stage of being a mother had its own merits. I loved the baby stage, but 6 years old was better, then 9 years old was fun. Teenage years not quite so much fun, but now is wonderful, too. All I can say is just enjoy all of it. Life just goes so fast. When you get to my age, you look back and say," I wonder where the time went." I have had a great life and the Lord has blessed me richly. For that I am grateful. I know you feel the same way and it only intensifies as you grow older. Love you.

hillenblogshappywife said...

Rachel, you are such a good mom, and I am so glad you are enjoying this time with maggie. it will only get better, that is for sure. The teenage time is frustrating sometimes, but the key is to realize it is just as frustrating for them as it is for you. And, so very quickly, you are watching her prepare for her own home, husband and family. That too, is a wonderful time, and when she will call you, just to talk, that will be wonderful too!

Amy said...

I love the picture

Jody said...

Saw your comment on Heather's blog. I'm in Springfield too! It's fun to read your posts and actually know where the schools and restaurants are :-)