Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a reward from him.
~ Psalm 127:3 ~
I was looking through a storage box for a one of my old journals when I found a special gift from 2009. It was from my 11-year-old daughter, Noah. She had begun preparing it the month before my birthday. Somehow she managed to keep it hidden from me.
Noah prepared everything for my birthday. She gave me an invitation, written in her best calligraphy writing, to dinner at “Destinee’s Kitchen” and told me to not be late. Her dad also got an invitation and was also told not to be late. It was one of the few times that we have allowed her to “tell us what to do.”
When we arrived at Destinee’s Kitchen (her bedroom), we were seated at the table (her desk), and she handed us a handmade menu. It was written in color pencil and said, “Destinee’s Italian Kitchen: Where you get fed…the right way.” The menu had headings for drinks, appetizers, meals, and desserts; and the prices were great!
After our dinner at Destinee’s Kitchen, served by a very amiable and cheerful host, Noah gave me the scrapbook. She had decorated each page with stickers and family photographs. The last page was her dedication page:
I share this with you because too many times we are too busy when our children have special gifts for us; we may find ourselves saying, “Not right now, I’m….” The result is that we miss the opportunity to bless them and be blessed by them. Those little voices that say, “Hug, Mama,” or “Look at me, Mommy!” end up becoming, “Uh, Mom, not in front of my friends,” or “Mom, may I borrow the car keys?” before we know it.
Having more than one child makes it difficult to spend time with each one (I grew up in a family of ten). Sometimes the only way to let them know we appreciate and love them is to give them that extra moment; and it can be a reassuring touch, a kiss, a quick hug, or “I love you!” Cherish these moments, friends, because they go by faster than we think.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the moments that You give us with our children; “…teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). As we serve our children, day after day, help us to be gracious and loving as we teach them about You and life. Help us to bless them and ourselves with memories that last a lifetime. In Jesus’ name, amen.