Monday, August 16, 2010

Back at home safe and sound...

We made it home safely from the beach, Yay!!!  We had a fabulous time.  We are happy to be at home, but I know Landon is going to miss all the attention of a certain pair of grandparents.  He traveled really well coming home, he is in love with is new Aubie and stares at him.  He is probably pretty spoiled, because he has had someone talking and playing with him all the time, but who cares!  I believe you have a baby to enjoy and play with.  I get frustrated with people saying "you need to put him down, he is going to get used to that".  I want to hold my baby, cuddle my baby, and show him all the attention I want to.  God gave me this precious angel and he could take him away at any moment.  Savor.  Enjoy.  Love every minute you spend with them, because one day he or she will be grown and you will miss having them to hold and cuddle on.  I also have been thinking a lot lately about parents that refer to a book about raising there little one, that is great and it is good to be informed, but parenting doesn't come in an instruction manual.  It comes from you and your babies needs... what makes him happy, what soothes him, what makes him feel better when he isn't feeling his best.  Babies are little people that need almost constant care, love, and attention. It doesn't matter if they have the "best" of everything, material things don't really matter... what matters most is them knowing that you love them, support them, and know you are not going to leave them one day. It is fine to buy them stuff, but it won't be material things that stick in there heart and minds. The best way for a baby to learn what to do and how to act in life is by becoming the best person you can possibly be and setting an example for them.  How do you expect for children to grow up becoming quality people if you yourself lie, cheat, steal, do drugs, etc.  Be a role model.  What you need isn't in a book, you just need a lot of love and courage.  Be thankful for what you have and cherish every moment.  I love Landon so much and I hope that one day he knows how much I love him.  He is my life, my love, and my future.  It is a lot easier to be a parent that doesn't care, but don't expect much in return.  Be an encourager, not discouraging.   Sure I'm going to make mistakes, but it's not going to be because I didn't try to do the very best I can do.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

“Children desperately need to know - and to hear in ways they understand and remember - that they're loved and valued by mom and dad”

“If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much.”

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