All of these thoughts come together to remind me that we have our children for such a short time. I pray that I will never squander that time. I am reminded to enjoy them, laugh, sing, play, be silly, and sometimes just let the dishes sit in the sink for a few extra minutes. I need these reminders because I find so many things to busy my hands that I sometimes forget that their hearts need to be engaged more than my house needs to be spotless. My prayer for the coming months is that we can make memories and solidify Biblical teaching in the hearts and minds of each of our children so that when they fly out of our nest they have something to share with the world....good manners, a sense of humor, love, compassion, and most importantly the Hope that we have in Christ.