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Friday, November 18, 2011

Where the Green Grass Grows...

Since his cell phone and iPad privileges have been temporarily suspended for the past couple of days for his behavior in Language Arts, we've been seeing a lot more of Devin.  It's like I have my other son back!  I watched from the sunroom windows yesterday afternoon as he and and his little brother wrestled on the trampoline, fully expecting a fight to break out any minute when someone was accidentally hurt. 

But it never happened. 

They just kept wrestling, laughing, and being boys until they finally came inside where Dracen tried to convince me he had frost bite.  And I tried to convince him that while I didn't doubt his feet were really cold, he did not have frost bite because it was 48 degrees outside. Which by the way, is entirely too cold for these parts this time of year.  And it is in the 20s this morning! Brr.

After supper last night we all played a game of Yahtzee.  That I won.  WootBut just for the record, I would never actually say "Woot" out loud. And later, when Charlie and I were watching t.v. in the living room, we were ambushed by a couple of ninjas who both could benefit from a lesson in stealthiness, especially the little one. 

It reminded us of the good ol' days, back when it was a pretty common thing to see two boys whiz by you in full costume.

Then Devin "hid" under the bed as I read to Dracen at bedtime.  As if I didn't know he was under there. Will they ever learn to stop underestimating my super intuitive mom powers? After the battle of getting the Idea Man (Charlie's new nickname for Dracen) tucked cozily into his bed for the night, Devin actually sat with us in the living room until his bedtime.  I swear I may never give his stuff back!

Because it is really nice to have him back.  

I've been feeling lately like it's all just happening too time is getting by me and there's nothing I can do to stop it.  I catch myself thinking about how Devin will have his driver's license in just four years and how Dracen (my baby!) will be in middle school when that happens and I just want to shout to the heavens, "Slow Down! Pleeease! Just Slow Down!"  

But that is the one thing none of us have ever figured out how to do, isn't it? To slow down time. 

When we're younger we just can't seem to get it to go by fast enough as we continually anticipate and count down the days until we can get our license, graduate high school, finish college, land our dream job, get married, have kids, struggle as we try to figure out how to get through the cruelties and storms that life deals us and to  

I used to be one of those people who always saw the grass as being so much greener on the other side of that fence but I know now that I wouldn't want any other grass than that which God has so graciously given me. 

Because it's my grass. 

And while I sometimes wish I could keep it just the way it is right now, before the changing seasons alter it once again, I know that I can't do that. Not even with my super intuitive mom powers. So instead I'm going to keep nurturing it, appreciating it and loving it for what it is right now because I know that it will change again tomorrow.  

But I also know that no matter what, it will always be the greenest grass I know.  

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  1. okay, that picture is so cute.

    Those dang electronics just steals our kids from us. I miss them already...the kids, not the electronics.

    Glad to know that you got some time with your baby!

  2. So true and so heart breaking.... My little one is only eight but I am already feeling that thing in your heart that tells you that one day you are gonna have to let go...

    Great Post!

  3. Seriously limit his electronics! Congrats parents! :)

    We have some "rules". No ipod's on little trips around town. No TV until all little kids have done homework, chores, shower's etc.

    I'm sure we have more, but my feeble brain is almost done for the weekend:)

  4. So nice to see that you truly appreciate your blessings. It does pass way too quickly. I sure wish I could press rewind and start it all over again.

  5. Sounds like such a great success story. :) Yes, the time goes far too quickly so it;s wonderful that you are enjoying your sons now.

  6. what you describe with them playing and also playing board games sounds like an idyllic family life!

  7. You've made me sniffle, especially the picture. I've definitely been feeling like the grass is greener in other parts of late... overwhelmed by doing it all myself. Thank you for the reminder that I really do have many, many blessings and in some ways, not have to share my children gets me more time to savor them... I think... :)

  8. I love this post! It must be so nice to have your son "back"! And time does go by so quickly. Sometimes it takes my breath to realize that my son is 31. He'll always be my baby, though.

  9. Great post Diane! Glad you got your son "back" for a bit and got some family time together.
    My boys are 5 and 7 and they bicker a lot. Huz has zero tolerance for fighting, so they boys are often getting their Wii and Nintendo DS taken away as punishment. Which causes us to spend more time together. Which I love :)

  10. Reminds me, I need to go deal with My grass.

    Dude, Remember, When you grow up, Long pants with the weedeater, You'll thank me.

  11. This was great to read! My kids are still little but they have their own versions of cell phones and iPads... it's hard to know when to limit them.

  12. That is an adorable picture.

    I love Yahtzee!

  13. Our wifi has been down and our daughter and I have been sitting on the couch talking instead of facebooking. We are both too lazy to sit at the computer!
    I love hearing about your boys. Your grass is indeed tall and magical. Each season is lovely but the days when our kids are little are the best. I hated watching them tow away my last minivan with over 200,000 on it. A little Honda Civic is a Noni's car not a mom's. But this season has its perks too.

  14. Awww, so sweet. I'm glad Devin is back, even if it is only temporary.

    I hope one day my son and daughter will play without trying to strangle the other.

    I know what you mean, though. I cannot believe how quickly my babies are growing!!!