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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Friday, July 27, 2007
There's loving, and then there's liking
Ah, the beautiful lazy days of summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing...and the kids are out of school for two months.

For many parents it seems that the mere thought of the kids being home, all day, every day, is almost enough to ruin the summer for them. In the days leading up to that fateful last day of school, mom's coffee groups everywhere are filled with moans and commiserating about how they will survive two months being with their children 24 hours a day.

Not so for my mom. She, too, counted down the days until summer, but with excitement rather than dread. She could hardly wait to spend time with me and my sister, and she made sure we knew it. Instead of trying to schedule summer camps and activities in order to get time away from her children, she filled the calendar with fun things for us to do together.

When September arrived and we prepared to head back to school for another year, I can remember mom nearly in tears because she was going to miss us so much.

I do believe that nearly all mothers love their children. But my mother genuinely liked us and liked to spend time with us. That made such an impression on me; made me feel important and valued, even at a young age.

Thanks, mom.

** This post submitted to the July Group Writing Project at MamaBlogga **

posted at 4:57 PM  

At July 28, 2007 3:10 PM, Blogger Corey~living and loving said...

I not only loved this...I liked it! :)
It really summed up something I have known for a long time. I am pretty sure I know quite a few parents that love their kids, but don't really like them. that makes me sad. I strive to never let that happen to me and my daughter. :)

I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and entering my drawing. It was so great to have you visit. :) What a fun week!

At July 29, 2007 7:57 PM, Anonymous Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

What lucky girls you were to have a mother who loved to spend time with you! I hope that I can cultivate that amount of excitement to spend time with my children in the future!

Thanks for participating!

At July 30, 2007 6:40 AM, Anonymous summershine said...

That's a wonderful distinguishment to make.
Thanks for this great post.

At July 30, 2007 11:28 AM, Anonymous Jill said...

This is a really great post. I spend so much time making sure my girls know I love them. You have inspired me to make sure my kids remember I like them too.


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