Love Lessons

As a fairly well read and educated woman I am constantly amazed at how ignorant I am.  Over the past year and a half I have been schooled by a series of children and those that serve them and love them and I am so thankful for all they have taught this old lady.

  • Lack of resources does not mean a lack of love.
  • Bad decisions don’t make a person a bad parent, it makes them human.
  • Sleep is a treasured thing and should never be messed with.
  • Kids’ shows are incredibly violent and sexualized.
  • Structure and hard and fast rules are a good thing.
  • Everyone needs a pair of sparkly shoes.
  • Black people have a huge issue with a white family caring for a black child.
  • The appearance of a child’s hair is of utmost importance.
  • Love will sneak up and grab your heart when you least expect it especially when you are determined not to fall for it.
  • A desire to sing does not mean a child will sing well but parents will praise it and love it like they are the next unsigned singing sensation because it is music to their ears.
  • Missing a child is a daily thing.
  • My husband is amazing and makes me a better parent because he is just so good at it.
  • Case Managers the world over are over worked, struggling with a crippling bureaucracy and probably dealing with burnout and they will forget to fill out a form, file a report or return a call.
  • I care way too much about what people think and how things look from the outside.
  • Controlling behavior is not the goal, loving during the hard stuff is the goal.
  • Daycare illnesses are monumental and these babies are bad asses for living through them.
  • I can change a dirty diaper without actually waking up.
  • Bubbles are fun no matter how old you are.
  • Family are not necessarily those people you are related to by blood and birth but those that love you, pray for you and stand with you when it gets hard and encourage you when you are at your bottom.
  • Loving each child is an amazing gift from God and I am humbled that He has walked us to this season of our lives.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
– Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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