A Heavy Dose of Perspective

I am working hard at the kitchen counter labeling glue sticks, crayons, markers, rulers, binders, everything but the kitchen sink.

In just a few days from now my newly titled second and fourth graders will be off to their first day of school. Our days will grow suddenly quieter. My two-year old will wonder where "EWWWIIII and IN" are. Nap time will be all about me, or at least finding the kitchen counter so the boys can come home to a study environment for homework.

I think all this through with a heavy dose of excitement for the future as well as deep-thoughts from the soul of a mom who just said goodbye to her son who heads off to his first year in college.

We have perspective in this house.

From toddler to Freshman in college and grades in between.

As a young mom I didn't understand moms that told me "I should treasure the first six months of my  baby's life".  The colic, the screaming, the inability to communicate, the lack of sleep, the poopy diapers.  I hated it all!  The minutes can be so agonizingly slow but the moments, yes the moments, are gone in a flash.  Funny how I /so/ understood that with Baby *L*, now two years old.  Let me go on to say: This goes for all ages; it is the mantra of a mom, from babies to grade school to the dreaded growing into their own skin teenage years.

The Joys of my Life

I have tear stained cheeks this afternoon after saying goodbye to Josh.  However, I am so excited for him to go out there and make his own unforgettable moments.  I am excited for *E* and *C* to flutter their wings as they step into new classrooms with new friends with new journeys before them.  I will treasure the time with just *L* because I know some day, yes someday, I will say goodbye to him as he heads off to college, too.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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Leanne is a soldier's wife, step-mom to the very handsome Josh, a freshman at the University of Cincinnati, and the mom of three boys, *L*, *C*, and *E*.  She writes from the heart, with a smile on her face, knowing how blessed she has been by the Grace of God.


  1. Such exciting adventures for everyone! :)

    1. I am excited, Jen! Funny how with each child as they take on new adventures I live somehow vicariously through them. Some days I feel like I've gone from toddler to eighteen year older to 38 year older all in the blink of an eye. It all happens so fast.

  2. OMG, I started crying while reading this. Leanne, you write wonderfully, and you have a wonderful family. I have two young ones and felt this way when they started elementary school for the first time. I know it will only get more poignant as time goes on. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    1. Oh Katie, those are such kind words. Thank you :) As the (step)Mom of a 'little boy' headed off to college I can tell you the moments pass in the blink of an eye.


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