I have really loved all the stages of development that our children have gone through. Although the sleepless nights, ear infections, terrible twos, etc. seemed to be the toughest as we were living them. Then you realize later with bigger children come bigger problems, but also great joys! I miss the days when the voices of children were filling the house and the yard…You really do blink and turn around one day to find them all grown up.
One of the things I miss the most is reading aloud to a cuddly little person snuggled up close. I started a new book collection this past weekend when K and I were browsing – books for snuggling up with grandchildren (no I don’t have any yet, but it seemed like a good thing to prepare for ahead of time.) I fell in love with a couple titles that I could not resist: No Matter What by Debi Gliori and by On the Night You Were Born Nancy Tillman. I may even read the first title to my son who may need a reminder that in spite of bumps in the road I still love him - “my love never wears out, breaks, or bends.“ When I read it I was reminded of some wise advice I got many years ago, that when our children are the most unlovable they need our love the most. This has stuck with me and helped me to love no matter what!