Rea Summer Days 2022
Technically, I gained an extra year at home with him when he was born in late September. It pushed him starting school a year back and I could not be more grateful for God's planning. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for this upcoming year and Cody going off into adulthood. He will do AMAZING things. He has a good head on his shoulders, he is the kind of young man most parents wish for. He is genuine and an absolute wonderful example for his younger siblings. His character speaks for itself. And although part of me is a little sad as we enter senior year, I really can't help but be even more excited to see what God has planned for this amazing young man.
However, not only are we preparing for senior year, we are also preparing for the start of middle school for Carson. Sixth grade is a big deal and we have to be careful not to let that special moment fall in the shadows of his big brother's senior year. Our IVF baby that we spent years praying for is approaching his teenage years quickly and by next summer will be an official teen. I always heard I would dread the teenage years because of stories from other parents. But I absolutely LOVE the teenage years!
At the same time, let's not forget that we also have an upcoming fifth grader, fourth grade and K-4 preschooler. We are spread out over so many different years, all of them important individually. I'm just doing my best not to let one child's special moments overshadow another child. Collectively, it is a lot and some days I feel like I'm treading water constantly trying to keep my head above water.
So you see these summer days are not just summer days, yet that is exactly what I am trying to make them...Simple summer days. I'm trying to keep them simple among the chaos. I'm trying to soak in the season and every special moment, because I know they are just that...moments. I'm trying to make sure we have lots of laughter among the sibling bickering. And although many don't see it, there is tons of sibling bickering.
I end up turning down most invitations to lunches, dinners, parties and gatherings because our schedules are so extremely full and maxed out. Downtime isn't just wanted, it is necessary. We are picky about every moment planned and scheduled that takes us away from each other. Spending time wisely with those we love. Time is a gift and one I am trying to make sure I'm fully present. Summer days are some of my favorite and we are here for them!