Friday, May 29, 2009

The End Is Near

We all knew it was coming.

Things started out okay last fall.

There was the promise of Change and Hope.

It was a new beginning.

My wife and I felt the promise of a new day.

Things would return to normal.

The birds were singing, there were still a few blooms on the flowers, and there was just a hint of a changing color in the trees.

The quiet continued through the long Winter.

Then came Spring with it's promise of life anew.

We are nearing the end though.

Only a few days left.





Summer vacation.

These are not the kids that will be tormenting us in the months to come.

They have changed.

The two peaceful looking boys are now, it troubles me to say it, TEENAGERS.

And the cute little girl with the sunglasses is a little 9 year old diva going on 16.

Pray for us.


Always On Watch said...

I work with teenagers all day long as I teach my classes.

You have my sympathies and prayers, Chuck.

But remember this: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is OLD, he will not depart from it."

In between? Well, difficult times.

The Pajama Underground said...

Dude, I so feel your pain.

cube said...

We'll pray for you if you pray for us. We have two teenage girls...

LUCKY said...

I keep trying to explain to my wife a simple thing. We haven't had any kids yet but hopefully soon we, well, rather she will get pregant and we will have kids.

However the simple thing that I suspose is that boys are easier to raise then girls. Since I haven't raised kids I really have no idea if this is true other than obeservation.

While I was a terror from the age of about 3 to 13 or so after that I shaped up. Mostly because of my father. But it always seemed while girls may be wonderful little children when they reach the teenage years they become a tad more trouble.

If nothing else I think of this. With a teenage boy I only have to worry about him. Being the kind of person I was before I became a Christian, with agirl I know that I will have to worry about all of the other boys out there with her.

Gramma 2 Many said...

When I was a young mother of 6, one boy and five girls, I was terrified of them becoming teens. I am proud to say they were "normal". I truly did not go through the angst that I heard parents all around me go through. I agree with what Always on Watch says, Train up a child........ One of my favorite verses, because I love the ones with a promise. You know if I do something,He will give me back something in return.
Because of where your focus and hearts are, I know you and Brenda will have a fine summer with your kids and all too soon the 9 year old going on 16 year old Diva will be picking out her wedding dress and you will be wondering where the time went.

Flavor Country said...

Enjoy this time Chuck, before you know it there gone and won't even visit you except for holidays.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Ah, the joys and frustrations of grandparenthood!

mksviews said...

You Americans really know how to appreciate the seasons.

Compared to our weather down under, we never really have a winter so to speak.

I used to think we had it pretty cold, that was until i was forced to flee a New York winter.

Chuck said...

Thanks all, we actually have really good kids. Gramma and Flavor, you are right, it seems as if the picture of the boys was taken just a few days ago, it was about 14 years ago.

Chuck said...

MK, I've seen the air temp -23 degrees F here, and Michigan is not the coldest it can get. I actually like the seasons, including winter

DaBlade said...

If I may... LOL! That brought a huge smile to my face:)

DaBlade said...
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Chuck said...

DaBlade, thanks. I was only joking, sort of...

Randy said...

Teenagers can be scary! My youngest is still a teen (until next February). Someone quoted the verse in Proverbs, I'll try another quote. When referring to your teenager, just keep saying "These kinds require much prayer and fasting" :)

You'll do great. Beat him daily, lock him in his room, just let him know who's boss (Yeah, right). Be prepared for mood swings, long showers (don't even ask why), a doubling of the food budget.

Lucky, thinks that with a teenage boy, you only have to worry about him, with a teenage girl you worry about the boys. Boys tend to hang with other boys and get into more trouble. The worst one in the group pulls them all down. And if you're worrying about teen pregnancy, DNA testing will "convict" the boys quickly.