1, 2, 3 They’ve All Got the Heart of Me

2. She gets excited ’cause she’s got the brilliant plan. You can see the wheels spinning as she calls out, “Follow me, man!!!” Then she scampers away in a blur only to look back and realize that no one followed her.

1. He’s got a heart of gold, always doing what he’s told… eventually. Even though I’ve got to tell him to unplug, he never fails to remember to find me for a hug.

3. She tests the boundaries with a fearless spirit. If you tell her “No,” she just won’t hear it. Her laughter, smile, and light fill the room. It’s a joyful adventure to watch her bloom.

Good and bad. Ups and downs. There’s no other bunch I could have found… who have warmed my soul right from the start and who instantly captured my heart.

Love, Mom

Ode to the Middle Schooler

I can’t make you care about World Civilizations, Algebra, or Astronomy.

I recognize you’re growing older and wanting your autonomy.

I can’t make you fight for what you deserve or make you rise to be a star.

I recognize that you’re confused and trying hard to find out who you are.

I pray and pray for you to choose love, life, and laughter… while you go astray.

But I also beg the Lord that you don’t forget my love along the way.

There’s a delicate balance between my responsibility and yours.

Don’t ever forget that when He closes windows, He opens doors.

I’ll practice letting go… to cease control.

So that you can fall and fail to help you become whole.

Love, Mom

I Choose You

All on my own- I got it- Hold my hand all along. Babe. I choose you.

They stay away- Fine- Can’t handle you’re mine. Child. Scoobee-doobee-bop-eh-dop-bop-dee. You’re my three.

Nights out on the town- Done- ‘Til your fever is gone. Hun. I choose you.

Sacrifice, compromise, improve – all for your benefit. I never could imagine life without you in it. Baby, you make it sweeter! Protection, commitment, celebration to lift you up through pain. Loving you without condition means fighting for you with no refrain. Darlin’ you’ve got my heart forever!

I may be tussled and wrecked- Okay- But your needs are checked- Sunshine. Skeede-dedaddly-bah-bahpti- You’re my three.

Think twice on that cookie- Stop- Get back to school, no hooky now. Bae. I choose you.

Breathe through the tough parts- 3-2-1- You’re all my sweet tarts. Love. I will always choose you.

Sacrifice, compromise, improve – all for your benefit. I never could imagine life without you in it. Baby, you make it sweeter! Protection, commitment, celebration to lift you up through pain. Loving you without condition means fighting for you with no refrain. Darlin’ you’ve got my heart forever!