When our third bouncing baby boy was born, Alan and I were encouraged by friends who playfully posited that heaven holds a special prize for parents of three sons. If that’s true, I’m pretty sure there might be an even bigger prize awaiting my firstborn son, Aaron, and his wife Carleen, who are now hard at work rearing their brood of four energizer bunny boys!
When you have little boys, there are always mountains of laundry to do, and mountains of food to prepare, With little ones, there are endless books to read, lessons to teach, and games to play. Every child needs his turn being mama’s little helper,and—of course—even sons need to know the crucial aspects of survival,
such as how to bake chocolate chip cookies. 🙂 When we visited last week,
I’m not sure if the kids ever held still except when they were asleep, and it kept us all totally occupied having fun with them. We enjoyed Little League on Saturday morning, and hiking on Saturday afternoon.Sunday morning we went to church.
(Well, there were a few minutes to spare before we had to leave.)(And, when you have boys…
it’s especially hard to keep them clean until it’s time to leave for church!) I think there’s something to that old adage: “A man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.” At least, that’s the way I remember it.Sunday afternoon we went out for dinner with my brother’s family,
and we were all thankful for Jack, whose boundless teenage energy and expertise in high school wrestling was more than a match for his 4 little cousins!
(Thank you, Jack!) One of the special pleasures of living in California now is that Aaron and Carleen have intensely fragrant lemon and orange trees in their yard, so Alan wondered if he could have some fresh lemonade on Sunday afternoon. The two youngest boys helped me pick the ripest lemons, and then Aaron supervised making lemonade for his dad (and all of us). Most all the boys took a turn squeezing out the tart juice. and it occurred to me that although each event was very memorable and fun…as a mother (and grandmother)… I was most touched by those activities where the family all worked together.Since returning home, I’ve thought a lot about our wonderful visit and the purity and simplicity of homespun fun. Thank you, A+C, for all the love and energy you pour into making your home life such an abundant experience for your children!
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
(P.S.—Lemonade can be made lots of ways, but perhaps the easiest is to squeeze out whatever lemon juice you can get, add sugar until it’s sweet/tart to taste, and then add water and ice until it’s dilute enough. You really don’t even need to boil water and sugar to make syrup!)