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Moments for Mom September 2003


By Elisabeth Corcoran


Okay, I'm having one of those mom moments when I cannot believe, with everything in me, that not only am I a mother of two, but time has moved by so quickly and without my permission to find that those two precious babies of mine are going into first grade and kindergarten already. I refuse to believe it actually. It just seems wrong.

Where did those days go of not being able to catch even two consecutive hours of sleep? Of nursing? Of just staring at my babies sleeping? Of being so excited when they could finally eat cheerios?! The first tooth? The first step? The first word? Or of that first playgroup, though knowing full well the social interaction that I claimed I was instilling into my children was for me way more than for them? Of my first look into the brilliance of Barney? Of moving my children up the ranks in their Sunday school classes? The first days of preschool? Or their first friends?

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And now, I have talking, walking, thinking, praying, running, fully functioning children. But there are still so many firsts. I don't have to let go of that quite yet. Like uninitiated 'I love you's'. And first prayers that they come up with. And first discussions about something other than them. (They're beginning to understand that when they leave the room, the world does not get sucked into some planetary black hole.)

I told my Sara the other day how desperately I wanted her to stay 6 1/2 because 7 just seems too grown up for me. She said she understood how I felt, but she just had to keep growing. And she's right. They do. I can't hold them back. And I guess, really, when it comes down to it, I don't want to hold them back. I mean, if this is how amazing they both are at 6-&-1/2 and 5, I can't wait to see how they turn out along the way.


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© Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Elisabeth Corcoran is the author of "In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (2005)" and "Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (2001)". She is wife to Kevin, and mom to Sara, 11-&-1/2, and Jack, 10. Her passion is encouraging women and the Church, and applying her gifts to eradicating global poverty, as well as local and global AIDS, one small step at a time, which she hopes to fulfill through her writing and speaking, and her connection with Open Door Clinic in the Fox Valley area and her church's partnership in Bo, Sierra Leone. You can learn more about Elisabeth and her ministry at elisabethcorcoran.com.

 

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