For most of my life, family has meant my indescribably amazing mom, my wonderful, caring dad, my best friend sister. Grandparents who were here for us all the time, an aunt, uncle, and two cousins who are "our people." In the last several years, it's grown to include Husband, obviously. His family has, over time, become part of my family, too. His mom, dad, sister. Grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins.
But recently, I've just been considering my immediate family, which, somehow, no longer includes my mom, dad, and sister. My immediate family is my husband, my dog, my baby boy. I crave time spent with them, especially with Husband. I pray ferverently that God would transform me into a wife and mother after His own heart. I recognize that yes, He has placed in me in the roles of sister, daughter, teacher, friend, and I cherish and honor those roles and love them. But He's also given me the role of wife and mother, and those just might be the most important things I ever do.
How very un-feminist and un-independent of me, don't you think? Particulary for this very independent woman who loves (and I mean LOVES) her job and always wants to be a teacher, wants to work, wants to be connected to students, knowing with full confidence that God has put me here, at this school, with these kids, for a very specific reason, and feeling sure that teaching life is a large part of my purpose.
But if I had had the choice to stay home this morning with my husband and my dog, I would have taken it. I love being with my family. I always have, but recently it's different. I am more thoughtful about it. We are more intentional. More fun. More serious. More together.
My husband, my dog, my son-to-be. I love them. My family.
And seriously, could you blame me?
How could I not love my adorable, handsome husband, who, over the weekend, laughed with me, got me out of a funk, knew what I needed, cherished me. Took me here, even though bookstores aren't as much his favorite as mine.
This amazing Husband, who was so excited to assemble the changing table when it came that, despite the fact he wasn't done painting yet and couldn't move it upstairs, assembled it right in the middle of our living room.
He even read the directions.
How could I not love this dog, who wants to be included in whatever we are doing, but has her own ways of entertaining herself.
What, Mom? What are you looking at?
How could I not want to spend time with this man? Husband and I at Panera the first morning of our weekend "getaway." We were totally distracted by the man who was taking coffee mugs out of the dirty dishes and getting coffee and stealing the pre-packaged pastries when he thought no one was looking.
Family. I'm loving it, with all it's many changes, with all the ups and downs. May God continue to work in my heart to transform me from the woman I have been to the woman, the wife, the mother (and yes, still the daughter, sister, friend, teacher) He me to be.
And may my family, and yours, find blessing and joy in times together.