Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Age of Innocence

I am joining Emily over at Chatting at the Sky for Tuesday's Unwrapped. Tuesday's Unwrapped is an opportunity for us to write a post explaining how we have found a gift in the midst of the messy, the lovely or the unexpected things of life and share them.

This week Emily asks if we have a life stage we are longing to hold onto? She writes about her girls going to Kindergarten. You can read more about it here.

As I read her post my mind also went to my girls. We are coming upon a fall season of birthdays. Everyone will be getting another year older. My oldest will soon be nine. My middle child will turn seven and my baby will be four.

As I sit here and watch my little one play with the Barbies that are spread all across the living room floor, I think of my little girls' innocence. Even my nine year old will get on the floor and still play Barbies, occasionally. (As long as none of her friends are around).

I think about the stage of life they are in now and the worries they face. Their biggest worry is whether their friends will be at the pool so they have someone to play with. We don't have to worry about boy troubles and whether or not their clothes are the right style.

They still hold on to the innocence of their faith. They believe, without a doubt that God not only hears their prayers, but He answer them. In their lives they have seen many answers to prayers and very little sadness. I pray that they will always hold onto their strong childlike faith.

I know that they will grow up way too fast, especially in the culture that we live in today. I will try to help them hold on to their innocence as long as I can.

13 comments:

Chele said...

Amen! I so feel the same way! Thanks for sharing Amy! :)

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

excellent topic and they are just so innocent when little aren't they!
Love the new look by the way and your new button! I am going to add it to my blog. Would you be able to tell me how to make one of those boxes with the html in it for the button?
Collette xxx

deb said...

my kiddies ( 20 - 11 ), still love the safe haven of being little in our home.
that is a gift you are giving

Daveda said...

I have a household of boys here. I remember when they seemed to need me more. Now they gravitate to my husband, and the garage. Sometimes I feel sad that they don't seem to need ME like they used to. But I also know that as they grow into wonderfully strong and secure men, a new phase of life will come around, and who knows what treasures it will bring with it.

Wonderful topic to write about!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Sometimes when I'm complaining to my mom about how difficult this stage is and how run down I get, all I need is to hear her say how fast it goes and then I remember I was once her little girl. It throws things into perspective.

I like reading your blog!
~ Wendy

Darcel said...

Great post. I wish I could bottle up moments and put them away for later in life.

togetherforgood said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. :)

This is wonderful. I hold tightly to my kids' innocence as well. And their childlike faith-- what a miracle and blessing it is.

mommy4life said...

I struggle with helping my children maintain innocence and balancing it with making sure they are prepared when they leave home....

Thanks for coming by my blog today!

the ungourmet said...

I get a little misty eyed when I think about my kids growing up. They are such precious gifts from God and they mean the world to me! :0)

I love your photo!

Michelle said...

Great post. Kids grow up so darn fast, so enjoy it while you can.

jennie.newland said...

Dropping by from the SITS site.

I couldn't have said it better myself! I have a 2 year old son and worry sometimes what it is going to be like when he is older. Thanks for this post I loved it!

Jo@Mylestones said...

Yes, it is a sweet stage, isn't it? I love the innocence of faith--often in observation, I get convicted!

Dawn said...

i love the innocence that children hold... and do all i can to let my kids savor it. but i know, someday soon, a heart will break, or a dream will be blocked... and the tears will fall. but for now... it is good.