This is my oldest son when he was about two years old. He turned 15 this past week and I can’t believe it. The time has passed so quickly. I remember when he was born, and people would tell me to enjoy him because the time would by so fast. In the moment, busy changing diapers and feeding and potty training, I just didn’t get it. It seemed like endless childhood stretched before me. But now, here I am with a boy who just got his learner’s permit and is now learning how to drive.
Wow…instead of looking at endless childhood, I am quickly approaching the time where he will be graduating and leaving our home. That thought brings me to tears..and also emphasizes to me how important it is to enjoy every minute. This boy is so creative and thoughtful. He plays guitar in the youth band at church, and is an excellent photographer. He is great with little kids, often volunteering to help in the kids camps at church, and is known for his responsible and trustworthy nature. These things did not happen by accident. I truly believe that homeschooling my sons has allowed us to invest a lot of time in character training, which is oh so important in today’s world.
Getting older does have a bright side. My husband and I no longer need to find a babysitter for his younger brother when we want a date night! 🙂 And I enjoy hanging out with this teenage boy. We talk. A LOT. We watch movies and shows together, and I still read out loud to him at night. He still enjoys hugs and cuddles, which I love, but he is also growing into his own person. It is exciting to see him mature, and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for him in the future.
He has great friends, and a lot of interests. He has a plan for where he wants to go in life. He is truly dedicated to the Lord. I am proud of the man he is growing up to be, and thankful for every day I get to spend with him. Homeschooling has let me get to know my son on such a deep level, as I have taught him and worked beside him over the years, and I am thankful that, although he is growing up, I still get to look forward to spending every day of the next three years with him.