Wednesday, March 28, 2012

what I want for my children

The UPS man dropped off an unexpected package this afternoon. An Easter present - a book. And immediately both of my boys wanted it.  Bugaboo gleefully slapped the pages with his little hands, and with a big smile on his face, Bubby told me the title.

I was reminded that this is what I want for my boys.

I want continuous delight in books, in words, in stories. I want the days of them dancing in their undies or jammies to Our God, followed by loud wobbly voices singing ABC mixed with You Are My Sunshine to last forever.

I want mornings filled with gluing construction paper over old diaper boxes.  I want them to know it is better to create something imaginative of their own doing than for mommy to design the perfect Pinterest-inspired car for them.

I want our home to be always open for friends - even if blankets and legos and teddy bears litter the living room. I want people dropping by to be the norm. I want my children to be as comfortable hanging out with adults as they are playing with their peers. I want my children to know hospitality isn't about perfection or material things, it is about availability.

I want them to know a dandelion-filled backyard that they get to play in with their parents daily is better than a well manicured lawn that never gets stepped in because both parents work too hard to pay for it.

I want frequent zoo trips rather than cable tv, piano lessons over video games. I want long days of kickball and tag and hide-and-seek. I want plates of homemade chocolate chip cookies on a regular basis and bathtimes with as much time to just splash and play as much as to get clean.

I want worship as a lifestyle, not something to check off our list of "what good families do." I want conversations filled with prayer, and giving to be as effortless as breathing, even when we do not have much to give.

This is what I want for you, my sweet boys. This is what I want for all of us.


  1. Loved this, friend! Yes and amen to all of it. :)

  2. What blessed children you have. This is what God intended mommas to be -- one who loves them enough to allow creativity to grow.

  3. What heartfelt, godly hopes for your kids and yourself! Love it.

  4. Beautiful post!!

    Side note: Have you ever read the book Making Room? Andrew just found a copy for me at Redeemed books when he was in Springfield last week. I've only read the introduction so far, but just wondered if you had read it. It's by Christine Pohl...'Making Room--Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition' is the full title.
    Anyway, I too am longing for my door to always be any foreigner that might need a little piece of "home" for a my American neighbors, my boys' classmates, to friends far and friends near. Excited to get into this book. I hear it's great.

  5. Oh I love this so much. This is so full of the real stuff. Thank you for coming by my blog, too! I hope to come back often. Julie

  6. This was such a sweet and beautiful post. I love the heartfelt longing to give your children all the best, which isn't always what the world thinks is best.


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