11 June 2007

I am a great, big, sentimental sap! And proud of it...

I am one of those moms that get teary at very unexpected moments... I could simply be telling you about something funny one of my children said, and begin crying.

Jonah had his first swimming lesson on Saturday. I hired a private teacher so that he would be able to concentrate and retain what he learns. It will be important for him to learn good water safety skills as we will be vacationing around a lot of water this summer, and he is one impulsive little boy.

The place where we attend lessons is in a pretty rural area. And we go in the morning. The air was cool. There was a nice breeze and no blazing sun. It was very quiet outside, except for a farmer plowing off in the distance. And my little boy in the water with his instructor.

It is so nice to get a moment to focus exclusively on one of your children. I watched as he tenderly held onto his teacher's shoulders, who was trying to teach him to keep his legs straight back behind him when he kicked.

I realized, as I have time and time again, that he has the most heart warming smile... and eyeleashes that go on for miles. Then there is his cute, wrinkled up little nub nose, which will soon be speckled with freckles from days spent playing outdoors. And it wasn't long before, you guessed it, I was wiping the tears from my eyes. I thank the Lord for these unexpected moments when we are filled with so much love for our children!

You know, there was a time when I did not look forward to the summer months. Up until this summer, I've been mostly pregnant and on some form of bedrest, or caring for a newborn. And stressed. But this summer I am excited to spend quality time with my children, a lot of it one on one. And I think it will be the start of some very fun traditions... weekly baking, art activities, trips to the library, swimming...

Speaking of fun, it is time to announce the winner of my first summer give-away! I am pleased to announce that the custom made magnets will go to Morning Glory from Seeds From My Garden! Congratulations MG! I tell you, she is one lucky woman. She won the virtual chocloates and pedicure last summer for guessing what day Sasha would be born!

Stay tuned for more summer give-aways! You might want to find a way to brush shoulders with MG if you want to win! Lol!

Don't forget to join us for Woman to Woman tomorrow!

10 comments:

QueenMeadow said...

I get teary eyed regularly as well, glad to hear that I'm not alone ;).

Jen said...

I do it too, *sigh*

But there's nothing more beautiful than seeing your child again as if for the first time! Elizabeth Berg said that as mothers we see our children simultaneously as they are, and at every age up until now.

It's breathtaking in the moments when we see them, just as they are.

CHEL said...

It's amazing what our children can do to us. The emotional attachment and overwhelming feelings are undeniable.

MELnMT said...

I cry all the time. :) Seriously, enjoy your summer- and do everything that you couldn't/shouldn't when you're prego in the summer.

Morning Glory said...

Are you serious?? I won??? How awesome is that! I don't remember winning the chocolates and pedicure last summer. What did I miss?

Senior moments get me every time.....sigh.

Morning Glory said...

No, I take it back. I do remember last summer. Lucky me, huh?

An Ordinary Mom said...

The older I get, the emotional I am becoming :) !!

MommyK said...

It is bittersweet watching our kids grow up. My son is almost three, and I simultaneously watch him grow with joy and mourn the tiny baby that is gone forever.

Emily said...

I love those moments. *sigh*

Montserrat said...

It's a mother's right to get teary-eyed and emotional about her children, even for seemingly no apparent reason. Have a glorious summer. And remember sap is the life-blood of trees. Weren't/aren't we that to our children? Be a sap!