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Growing~ Five Minute Friday

Hallelujah! It’s friday. Time to write for five minutes and not hammer the words with editing. Joining with Lisa-Jo from The Gypsy Mama again for Five Minute Fridays.

The prompt this week is Growing.

Go.

 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:6-9

I watch them each, growing so wildly fast. Their feet stretching beyond their shoes, their pants seem to quickly become high-waters. Their dangling limbs stretch long out of everything I put them in these days and I see how they are growing up. The littlest one, not yet two, my baby-whose-no-loger-a-baby, she’s looking for independence these days, trying to use the potty, like everyone else in the house. She eats at the table with her little fork and spoon and says “I do it!” with force, when I try to feed her. They are each one growing right in front of me, and still it feels like it happens over night.

Our days are full of teaching, homeschooling, learning about life, and Christ and everything in between heaven and earth.  Their experiences are growing them, the books we read together, the people we meet at the store, the park, swim lessons- every moment their hearts and brains growing, and it’s not just them. My Mama heart swells and stretches as I grow from them. Dark corners of my own places being stretched and cleaned out, being brought to light, my faith and hope being challenged and growing as I struggle to do this Mom-thing well.

We are all growing. I never realized before having children, how much I would grow in the process of raising them. How motherhood is a second childhood, a second birth into a new person, a new role but with more insight and wisdom than we had the first time around.  I wasn’t prepared for how hard it would be some days to watch them growing up, to witness their mistakes and heartbreaks- to watch them learn ‘the hard way’. So much of life is learning the hard way. But through this we grow together. I get to journey with them, for now. I am blessed to watch them grow, even if it makes my heart burn and glow with the ups and downs of it all….

Stop.

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0 thoughts on “Growing~ Five Minute Friday

  1. You touch upon the trials and joys of motherhood so well, Kris!  I love this “Dark corners of my own places being stretched and cleaned out, being brought to light…”  I want mine cleaned out!  Daily…my dark places brightened by His light.  Thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom.  I am so blessed by you! 

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  2. Such beauty. Such worship!

    *We* do grow from this experience of parenting. It truly brings us to Him in the most amazing ways. The surrender of ourselves, the surrender of our wants for them, the surrender of our weaknesses and shame…

    Your words were refreshment to me this morning, sweet friend. You are a joy and sweet blessing to me!

    Rich blessings in your daily uncovering of grace…for yourself!

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    1. Anonymous

      Amy~ You are a gem. Your words encourage and inspire.. keep writing, mama, for Him, and for us who read you. Blessings, sister.

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  3. Anonymous

    loved this Kris.  “motherhood is a second childhood.”  amen, especially when homeschooling! and i’m loving it even more the second time around. . . . most days 🙂
    blessings to you this day, and i hope you have a great weekend!
    steph

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    1. Anonymous

      Yes, this journey has it’s share of ‘those days’, but I am learning to embrace it all, yes? We have to afterall… it’s all a gift! Blessings, friend! 😉

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  4. Such beauty and wisdom in your words, Kris. My baby turned one this week, and I so understand your heart today.
     
    So much truth here: “Dark corners of my own places being stretched and cleaned out, being brought to light, my faith and hope being challenged and growing as I struggle to do this Mom-thing well.”
     
    We have much in common, my friend. Here’s to the messy, magnificent journey!

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    1. Anonymous

      Thank you Barbie! I have been craving some feedback about the *new look* on here… hoping it was not too dark. Someday, I will have this site properly designed by a pro, but for now, I am woefully at the wheel. (Yikes!) Thanks for encouraging me!

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  5. This is a beautiful post!
    “I never realized before having children, how much I would grow in the process of raising them.”  This is something I am reminded of every single day raising my daughter.  I learn so much more than I feel I teach to her.  Being a parent is the ultimate learning experience.
    Stopping by from The Gypsy Mama.

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    1. Anonymous

      It IS the ultimate experience, isn’t it, Tiffany?! No book can adequately prepare you for the wild explosions of growth and pain and joy and craziness that happens in your heart, and life as a mom… It’s something else!

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  6. Hi Kris,
    I love this:
     “I never realized before having children, how much I would grow in the process of raising them. How motherhood is a second childhood, a second birth into a new person, a new role but with more insight and wisdom than we had the first time around.”
    It is so true, as a Dad I am amazed at how much I have ‘grown up’ by having kids, yet how they also are teaching me how to have fun and play again also.

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    1. Anonymous

      Thanks, Mike. I often feel as if I am learning at least as much as my children, if not MORE… But then, I think that was part of God’s design… Blessings, friend, and BTW, I like your *new* site. Looks great! (I have been meaning to stop by and comment!)

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