When did that happen?

By:  Vanessa Armstrong/

A few days ago it occurred to me that I’m no longer the mom of 3 little kids anymore and I have no idea when that happened.  

For most of my “mama life” I’ve had 3 little kids at home, but with school starting this year, I realized that I have  two middle schoolers and a five year old that will be starting kindergarten. I now have one little kid and two big kids. I’m coming to the end of an era and I don’t know when that happened.  My oldest is 13 and we were thinking, we only have 4 more summers until she graduates high school. I’m having a very hard time wrapping my mind around that fact.  I have a hard time believing I’m old enough to have a child that’s a teenager.    

I’m not sure how I’ll handle the first day of kindergarten for my youngest or the last day of middle school for my oldest. One thing I do know is now that I’m moving into a new era of my “mama life”. I feel like I’m enjoying the smaller things a little more, my stress level is not nearly as high as it was when my big kids where little and we get out of the house so much easier now.  They’re even starting to be interested in some of the same movies, tv shows and music that we like. That’s pretty cool!

I just saw this quote that really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you.  “You will never have this day again with your children.  Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today.  This day is a gift, just breathe, notice their faces and little feet.  Pay attention, it will be over before you know it” (anonymous).   Time with our children is so short. Every day won’t always be perfect. We get so wrapped up in all the chaos of everyday life, that we forget to slow down to just enjoy them.

 

 

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Vanessa Armstrong is one of our Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. Before joining Lenawee Great Start, Vanessa worked as a photographer and served in the United States Air Force of 10 years. She is a Florida native who has been living in Tecumseh with her husband Sean and their 3 children, Keira, Cooper and Harper since 2010.

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