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17 summers

“They grow up so fast.”

I know that they grow up fast.  I do.

This picture was taken less than a year ago.

Yesterday Andrew sold a computer through Craig’slist to a Godly and wise man.  As they talked, the man shared something with him that he had learned in his own life about his kids.

He told him that people very frequently comment on the speed in which children grow, how they need to be cherishing these moments and how it often makes parents feel discouraged rather than encouraged.  Someone told him when his son was 12 to instead know that he has six more summers with him.

When he realized that, it was tangilble.  It was a call to action, enjoy that summer, there is a certain, countable amount of them–instead of a thin threat of how “fast they grow up” and how you probablly aren’t even enjoying what you have.

We have 17 more summers with Finley.  17 summers of popsicles, watermelons, slip n’ slides and family dinners.  17 years to teach him the joy and truth of God, of relationships with others and our family.  Let’s make these 17 count.

It’s a number, it’s getting smaller, but it’s not gone.

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  • Lou September 24, 2011, 8:44 pm

    What a fantastic way to look at the time with your children. I have been fortunate because due to the way the education system works here in the UK, I have been fortunate enough to have 21 summers with my daughter, although the one just ending will be my last – she is an adult now and not moving with the boys and I to LA. I try not to think about it too much because it breaks my heart, but I have to let her go and at least I know that my parents will be keeping a close eye on her and providing a base for her, and I am confident that she will come and visit us.
    I still have a few summers to go with the boys, G is 13 so another 5 with him and H is 12 so another 6 with him- and yes they will be precious times.

    Enjoy you’re little man for your 17 summers, and hopefully he will return for more bonus ones as time goes on.

    Lou 🙂

  • Karen September 24, 2011, 9:04 pm

    What a great way to look at it. That gives me such a visual as to how quick it goes.

  • rachel September 26, 2011, 3:39 pm

    your posts never fail to make me cry (in a good, inspiring kind of way i think). what an amazing way to look itthe lives we get to spend with our babies. i always feel discouraged when people remind me how fast the time will go as well. thank you for sharing this.

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