They grow up so fast! I am thankful God blessed me with my third child, and second beautiful daughter, when Jennifer Danielle was born 29 years ago today!
I am so proud of her, for all she has overcome, and all she has accomplished, for her marriage, her home, and her career.
I’m so thankful she’s happily married to a loving, caring man, Andrew, who has a successful accountant career. I’m thankful she entered the nursing profession while my Mom was still alive, which made her so happy to see someone enter what was her lifelong career for over 50 years.
I’m thankful and proud that Jen just completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree last month, and has talked about potentially becoming a Nurse Practitioner some day.
I still remember her when she was born, and as a little girl, then as a teenager and when she left for college. The days, the years, went by so fast, but I’m so proud of the successful, compassionate woman she has become today!
Here’s your inspiration for this Sunday…
“In some ways, spiritual growth
can be compared to physical growth.
Sadly, many people
do not enjoy their children
while they are raising them.
At each stage of growth,
the parents wish the child
was in another stage.
If the child is crawling,
they wish he or she was walking,
out of diapers, in school,
getting married, and on and on.
Between each victory in your life,
there is a time of waiting,
but it is usually difficult
because you want everything NOW!
As a Christian,
you grow throughout your lifetime
and never stop progressing.
Learn to enjoy each stage of life
as it comes,
because each has joys
uniquely its own.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
This is an emotional day for me, because of this daughter’s birthday and all these reflections on 29 years of her life, and the ups and downs as we both went through transitions in our lives.
I’m so thankful we are moving back toward a more balanced relationship and I’m looking forward to our planned move back to New Hampshire next summer so I can spend more time with her and my other daughter and my grandchildren!
The important part of this quote and directive is do that moving FORWARD and making progress, and enjoying each stage of life and its unique joys.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
If you have children, do you enjoy their ages and stages, or have you caught yourself wishing they were at the next stage?
Do you enjoy each stage of your life and its unique joys?