Yesterday was my son's birthday. And because Luke is my firstborn, I realized that I have been mothering sons for twenty-two years now. It's been quite a journey! I thought I'd post a few recent observations I've had on motherhood today, particularly motherhood as it relates to being the mother of sons.
Mothering sons means you might find your dining table converted to this if you take even the briefest of naps one afternoon.
As the mother of sons, you might find something like this in your junk drawer. Yes, the world's smallest sharpened pencil! It might make you scratch your head and ask "Why?" The answer is pretty simple. Because they can!
Mothering sons means you have been schooled in LEGOs and received a degree in Star Wars terminology. A mother of sons can look at this photo and spot a Millennium Falcon, AT-AT walker, Death Star and Darth Vader, and can differentiate between an empirial guard and a mere clone trooper. Take that, George Lucas!
A mother of sons will know how absurd it is to see Chewbacca doing a half pipe on a skate board!
A mother of sons will see a train table become a LEGO table, and a LEGO table become an alien-battling military base.
A mother of sons will never have a perfect house, but she will have a fun house.
As my sons grow older, I can see how important a healthy diet is to their daily routine.
A mom knows that video game soldiers require a steady supply of Mountain Dew at the ready.
Yes, mothering sons is quite a caffeinated adventure!
When I recently quit my last dead-end job, I had a heart to heart with God about how to fill my life with purpose. God gently inquired of me "If your entire purpose in this life is to love your husband and raise your sons for me, would that be enough?"
Yes, I can see now that it would be enough.
It may not seem as important as heading up a corporation or becoming a missionary in a third world country. It may not be filled with daily excitement, constant respect, or even monetary achievement. So why do I do it? Because one day, I want to stand before my Father and hear the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant. Well done!"
I'm off to treat my son to a birthday lunch today. And yes, caffeine will be involved! Today, on this beautiful spring day, I feel richly blessed.
Blessings on your weekend, friends!