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Saturday, February 28, 2015



Oh my gosh.
I want everyone I know to read this, Amy. Truly.


Perfection! Love this!


So, so good!


Well done! My 19 year old was the cutest baby and toddler ever, but OMG, the teen years. I am now so grateful that we both survived them and that he is out of my house. Love him like crazy, but he really needed to go. I get misty when I look at photos of his toddler self, and I am grateful that I had that time with him. I don't go around telling young mothers to be grateful, because I don't think it's my business to do so, but I think it sometimes, for sure. Thanks for writing this.


So true! Thank you.


Loved this post and I'm passing it on. We are staring down the road at the leaving in a few years and are very aware of the time passing and the need of being able to savor. In truth, I have to credit my friends of older ones who talked to me about their beginnings and endings. I filed them in my head, and while I'm shocked that they're being reviewed already I am so thankful for them. I benefit every day from those that have gone before me. So very thankful.


I LOVE this post - it says what I feel perfectly! My oldest is 23 and living half way across the country and now only visits here, the 20 year old is back here for now and the 14 year old is sad that the oldest doesn't "ever come home". The young years are hard and boring and wonderful and the teenage years are so hard and stressful and yet wonderful too in their own way but the leaving is the hardest. Most days it feels like part of my heart is missing (cause it is - it's in Omaha, Nebraska while I'm in Southern California).

Jill Broyles

Beautiful! I am also passing this on to many of my friends. As always I encourage you to put this in a book. Thanks for writing what we are all living.

Annette Kuusinen

Such beautiful truthful words. I plan to share it.


Wow! Brilliant and truthful!


Love this, it is so wise and true! You forgot to mention the terror as you watch them drive away in the car without you, or wait by the phone for them to return in the car!

Theresa S

Yes, the teenage years are hard, Now imagine that teenager deciding to enlist at seventeen, choosing to serve his country. Imagine sitting at high school graduation knowing in three days he will leave for bootcamp in the USMC. Now imagine you sit at home, two years later, with a son deployed in the worst part of the world . So yes, enjoy those baby/ toddler years and yes, enjoy those teenage years when you can.Be grateful. Perhaps one day just the sound of their voice for 30 seconds will be all you have. Being a Mom is hard but being a military Mom is beyond understanding unless you walk this path.


Beautiful, Amy. I felt so many of those things all over again, and you are so right. I'm in the leaving stage - he will be 21 this summer. I love him so desperately. I want him to be happy and have a great life. And I want more of his time. He's 12 hours away at the perfect school for him. He's not going to be home until the end of the summer. He probably won't be working here when he graduates, and I'm trying to come to terms with that. But like Khalil Gibran wrote, our children belong to the house of tomorrow, a place where we cannot go. Thank you for so eloquently and accurately capturing motherhood and allowing me to remember things I'd forgotten.


So good. I'm guilty of missing the days with "littles." It was forever in a minute of time. And teenagers, even good ones, are so worrisome.


Amen!!! I know I have told quite a few mothers with younger children to savor their time with them. I never knew it might be taken as a negative. My son is in college. He is 21 years old. I love him dearly but I miss him terribly!!! I miss going to his band concerts, baseball games, birthday parties, etc. I miss having him at my dinner table every night. Our lives are still very blessed. Just different.


I guess I have some repenting to do. I'm certainly guilty of telling young mothers to 'enjoy it while it lasts'. I won't do it anymore. But you are spot on with the description of life with teens. My youngest of four is now 18,And the last 10 years have been hands down the most challenging of my life. I felt pretty competent as a mother of toddlers and babies. As a mother of teens? Whole different ball game.My advice: get a dog. At least someone will be happy to see you. ;-)


So perfect. It goes so incredibly fast it's unbelievable. I don't tell young moms to enjoy it while it lasts because when you are in it it feels like forever. And mothering teens is also wonderful, but there's always a bit of me that longs for the tiny hand in mine.


"Because then it's not just poop. It's shit. " No truer words have ever been written. I'd just like to bear my testimony about the truth of this whole post. Every word. Amen.


I echo Shaunte... Amy- you truly have a gift of expression that resonates with my heart and many others I am sure. I am so lucky to know you and call you friend. you made me laugh and cry with this one. With one of my teenagers sitting across the table asking "what?" as I laughed at loud-- a teenager that makes me both laugh and want to pull my hair out at least once a day.


I'm scared to death of the teenage years...but I'm also in the midst of the little years and I'm exhausted, I'm depressed, I'm lonely, I'm worried I'm not doing enough. I try to listen when "older" mom's tell me to enjoy...and although my oldest is only 8...I can attest that it goes FAST. Thank you for this post, thank you for your honesty and blunt-ness...I LOVE that about you. As I've said before, I love and admire you and am so grateful to know you. Thank you for sharing this!

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