Mommy Monday: It Takes A Village
Hope you all are doing well! We took a little break to spend some quality time with family. I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. We were able to go up to my mom’s for the 4th for a BBQ and then my little guy and I stayed up there for almost a week while my husband was away on a business trip. It is so nice to have help when he is gone. Some of you who follow me on Instagram saw this picture of Alisa and my little one saying goodbye.
These two formed a very special bond. My little man has always loved his “ti ti” but this trip they spent tons of time together and he didn’t want to leave her side. She is a great auntie! He wakes up saying her name and when asked who he wants to pray for his request is always Ti Ti. I can see why! She is one of the best people I know; she’s my sister and my best friend!
This trip I learned that there are some things that other people must teach your child and there are some things I must learn by watching other people with my child. I am grateful for both. I couldn’t believe how much patience Alisa had for my little guy. She was so willing to just be in the moment with him…play what he wanted to play, ignore the distractions and just be silly with her nephew. I was reminded of how fast these early years go and things like laundry, dishes and the demands of life can wait. I only have this time with my little guy when he loves to build with blocks, bang loudly on the keys of the piano, splash in grandma’s fountain and cuddle in the fort with mommy and auntie. This time is precious and I want to soak it all up.
My mom makes the best grandma! I love watching her with my son. They have this tradition, I guess you could say. When we are visiting and my son wakes up in the morning, my mom will take him and sit with him on the back patio. He sits still (which NEVER happens) and they soak in the morning light. I’m not sure what is said, but it’s all theirs. I like that. It’s their thing to enjoy and take part in together. Their love is sweet and deep. Nothing better than to see your parents become grandparents and pour the same love into your child as they they did to you.
It was also so fun to see my brother, Drew, interact with my son. I always think of him as 12, but he’s not a little boy anymore. He’s a handsome man with a great heart. It is so cute to watch him play with my guy. I think kids really have a way of helping you become selfless. Drew would drop anything to let Luke pretend to play with his video game controllers or pull him away from what he was doing to play cars. Trust me this is not an easy thing to do!! He even let little man borrow his sweet girlfriend Katie, who played blocks with him for hours! I think my little one has his first real crush 😉 I’m so thankful for the role Drew plays in my son’s life.
It is so fun to watch your little one being loved on by someone else. It is such a beautiful gift and my friend Kim does that so well! She and her daughter came to visit while we were at my mom’s. She is one of my closest friends and it has been so fun journeying into motherhood with her. Our kids are not far apart in age so it’s always a blast when we get together.
She is so sweet with my boy. She loves on him as if he were her own. And I love her daughter too! I saw this quote by Bob Goff the other day “The most beautiful scenery in the world is when our friends come into view” Ain’t that the truth! Kim reminds me that it’s important to rally around each other and support one another as moms. It’s the hardest job in the world and we need to cheer each other on!
It really does take a village to raise a child and I was reminded of that this past week. We weren’t meant to do life on our own. We are meant to live in community with each other. I’m so thankful for our family and many friends who encourage us and support us as we try our best in this crazy thing called parenthood!
Thanks for letting me share a piece of my heart on this little blog and for the encouragement that many of you give me in your comments and emails. You are part of our village too! Thank you! I hope you all have a great week!
I’m linking up over at Thoughts By Natalie for her Summer Motherhood Project! Come check it out!