Our youngest daughter, Mindy, is home for a week or so! She has to go back to Indiana soon since she is taking some summer courses at her college. We are so excited to have her here! It won’t feel like enough time but we will cherish the moments.
Even though our kids are older now, we still want them around. It’s not like they got to a certain age and we thought, “Whew, we are done with that whole parenting thing. Thank goodness.” In fact, I may miss them more now that we can actually have adult to adult conversations. They no longer seem as crazy as I thought they were.
And we have been blessed with two additional kids and one on the way. NO, I am not saying that Mary and I are having miracle babies. Two of our kids, Josh and Jessica, have married two terrific people, Bethany and Chris.
They have become like “adoptive kids” for us. We treat them like we do our natural kids. And Mindy will be marrying Jonathan in a year and we will have six kids. When we are all together, I am on top of the world. I love it when we see them and I dread it when our time together is over.
So, here’s the thing. Parenting is never over. There will never be a time that those kids are not ours. They may have grown up to a point that they were ready to leave home and start homes of their own. But, they are still our kids.
And their spouses are too. We will always love them, be concerned for them, want the best for them, dream for them, encourage them, pray for them, support them, worry about them, laugh with them, and cry with them. That is what parents do. And, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!