My son just had his 7th Birthday on July 11th. Even though he enjoyed his gifts from everyone, he loved having his friends and family around more. He reminded me how important relationships are.
He is social and he appreciates others. He gives and receives well. This is how God has designed us.
He has called us to reach out and be in community.
So how do we create long lasting relationships?
We need to be intentional and willing to live life together.
- It’s important to be intentional with our friends.
On my son’s birthday he wanted two of his best friends to meet. Jayden is a friend that he has known since they were four months old. He met his friend Jake over a year ago. When Jake’s mom and I met we decided to get the boys together once a week for homeschooling.
During the party the boys created volcanoes, climbed trees and acted silly. Just like boys should. Justin was thrilled.
As I reflect back on Justin’s Birthday, I can’t help but give God praise for bringing us all together. God brings people together all the time and if we want to be involved, we need to be intentional about staying connected. My son has a strong bond with these two boys. I sincerely enjoy my two mom friends as well. All three of us have been intentional about staying connected.
Justin loved his Birthday gifts. But he loved having his friends over even more. Friendship is a real gift.
- We all want to be celebrated and we should take time out to do so.
Nanna comes every year from Texas to celebrate my kids Birthdays. The kids help me prepare her bedroom down in the basement. On the day she arrives they all go to the airport with Daddy to pick her up.
When they bring her home they help her unpack and visit with her for hours. My son loves Nanna’s cinnamon toast and just about every morning while she is here our house smells yummy. It’s a Great way to wake up!
When it’s time for her to go home we all take her to the airport.
My kids have great Grandparents who cherish their Grandchildren. My mom has us over every Sunday and she serves Justin’s favorite macaroni and cheese. She makes them feel important by treating them with a special new bowl, place mat, and cookie, cup of chocolate, ice cream, or tiny play toy. She celebrates the moments she has with them.
Their Mimmi and Papaw from Texas come with smiles, giggles, and love. Sometimes when they visit they bring breakfast. My kids wake up early, sit by the window and wait eagerly. Not because they are hungry. But because they want to celebrate life with the ones who shower them with hugs, praise, and kisses.
Justin stands tall with a heart filled with memories. He knows that he is loved.
It’s important that my kids learn to celebrate those they care about by making time for others. By planning, organizing and preparing. And they do!
- We need to be there for others.
Just recently my kid’s friend broke her arm in gymnastics. She had to spend a couple of nights in the hospital to recover from surgery. My kids were very upset and immediately they wanted to drop all of our family fun plans and take her a gift.
When we arrived at the hospital she asked my kids to sit with her, hold her hand, and hug her.
And I was deeply moved as I watched them bond. This is how we live together and stay together.
We make time for each other.