Boys · family · Joy · Memories · Mother & Son

Smile Tag!

Hi, all!

Ciarra from Ciarralorren created this fabulous new tag called SMILE, and I think it’s a great idea!    This is exactly what I hope my blog is to others, a place to make you smile and bring a little joy into your lives.  As Ciarra puts it,

WE are the ones who determine whether or not this is a place of comfort, happiness and joy. So, let’s make it a place we all want to be a part of.”

Here’s how it works:

The SMILE Tag

If you’re nominated, please share a bit about this tag (you can copy and paste this description here, or link back to Ciarra’s post). Post as many pictures as you like that either make you smile OR show you smiling!  Feel free to include stories or comments that better describe your SMILE photos. Tag as many other bloggers as you like, and please participate! Help make our online world a little brighter.

So, here are the photos that always bring a smile to my face:

So, in case you couldn’t tell, what always brings a smile to my face is none other than…MY SON!

So now it’s your turn.  What makes you smile ?

My nominees are Aileen from Small Matters at https://aileenrmccready.wordpress.com/?wref=bif   ,  Sylvia from Faith, Hope, and Love at http://www.faithfulmomof9.com/?wref=bif ,  Rachael from Small Laundry Room, Big Family  at https://smalllaundrybigfamily.wordpress.com/  , Jennifer from Not Just Another Mom at https://quillingfun.wordpress.com/?wref=bif ,  Becca from Growing Up an Epileptic at https://growingupanepileptic.wordpress.com/?wref=bif , and Sara from The Epileptic Life of Sara at http://theepilepticlifeofsara.blogspot.com/?wref=bif  .

Since no one that I have nominated has participated, I will nominate someone else.  The new nominees are…

The Crab Apple Life at https://thecrabapplelife.wordpress.com/  , My Catholic Home at https://4kidsonemom.wordpress.com/  ,    https://thehomeschoolingdoctor.com/?wref=bif ,  Cherish from  https://yearstocherish.wordpress.com/   ,   Shelly from https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/?wref=bif ,  https://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/ , https://ryanshomeschoolingjourney.wordpress.com/?wref=bif  ,  and Caralyn from  https://beautybeyondbones.com/.  I’d love to see some new smiling pics!

family · Memories · Mother & Son

Bows, Arrows, & Mom

“No, no. no.  You’re holding it wrong.  You have to put your fingers like this, well here, let me show you how.”  Those were the words of my fourteen year old son as he tried to show me how to shoot a bow & arrow that he had made himself.  He had done a pretty good job on it, and he was proud of his handiwork , as well he should have been.  So what was I doing with it ?  Why was I trying to shoot a bow & arrow at a paper target in our backyard ?  Was that something I really felt like doing at the time ?  Well, yes and no.  Lately I had been a bit depressed, as you may have been able to tell by my last post.  I had been feeling like my son no longer needed me or wanted me around.  I was so used to the days when he was little and would constantly ask me to play with him or read to him, or simply spend time with him.  I was beginning to accept that now that he is older, he doesn’t need or want me around anymore.  That is, until today.  My son came, full of excitement, running into the room where I was sitting.  “Mama!  Mama!” He began, almost out of breath,  “let’s have a contest shooting this bow and arrow that I made! Please! Say yes, Mama, c’mon!”  Shocked at the fact that my fourteen year old actually wanted me to take part in an activity with him, I jumped at the chance.  “Sure. Okay.” I said calmly.  “You will ?? Aw, thanks, Mom!  I’ll let you have my brownie if you win!”  He added, still not sure that I was really going to try this.  So there we were.  Bonding.  It’s something that I could have only dreamed of; a close moment with my teen.  I may not have had much interest in learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, but my interest was(and is) in my son.  I decided to enter into his world for a bit; to take a look at life through his eyes.  I learned something in that moment.  I learned that my son still needs me, that he still wants me by his side, just in a different way than before.  I learned something else, too.  Shooting a bow and arrow isn’t as easy as it looks!  So, as I listened to the words of my son instructing me on the proper way to hold the bow, I couldn’t help but tear up a little.  My baby was still here.  He has not gone away, but simply grown a bit.  And now, I need him by my side; to help, to guide, to teach me, just as I had done with him in the past.  It isn’t one way or the other.  We each need each other and always will.  Oh, and he shared his brownie with me anyway!

 

acceptance · Mother & Son

Mama, Will You ?

Mama, will you play with me ?

Mama will you lay with me ?

Mama, I just want you by my side…

 

I have a toy I want to show

to you, so that you can know,

Just how cool this gizmo is to me…

 

So, Mama, will you play with me?

Mama will you lay with me ?

Mama, I just want you by my side…

 

Will you read to me this story book ?

Can I please just have a look ?

Mama, what are we going to do today ?

 

Mama, will you play with me ?

Mama will you lay with me ?

Mama, I just want you by my side…

 

Can we sing that silly song ?

Promise I won’t get it wrong,

Let’s just have some fun now, you and me…

 

The years have flown, I’m bigger now.

I don’t need you to show me how.

Mama, will you please just leave my room ?

 

Mama, I can do it now

Mama, I’m big. I know how,

Mama, I don’t want you by my side…

 

It’s all a part of growing up

Doesn’t mean that I don’t love,

Mama, I’m now big enough

to do things on my own…