Saturday, November 21, 2009


Today when I got back from picking up my Sweet Baby Girl from her friends house, instead of getting out of the car and going right in, we sat. We sat, doors wide open, warm sun streaming in. Just me and Sweet Baby Girl. One of those moments a mother hopes for.

We talked about a lot of things. Friends, boyfriends, church, and home schooling. We talked about going to see New Moon at least 3 more times, highlights in her hair, falling in love at 14, and what her 16th birthday party would look like. We talked about words and attitudes given to her recently, that have hurt.

And then we realized that people make lists. Lists of what someone must look like, be like, if they say they are a Christian and love Jesus.

Well Katie and I went through a few things. A list so to speak of our own.

  1. Listens to the Eagles and other "Oldies" on a daily basis. Not just Christian music.

  2. Goes to movies like, New Moon and Twilight. New Moon was SOOOO much better!

  3. Drinks a glass of wine once in awhile.

  4. Lets her 14 year old daughter date a wonderful youngman who is 17.

  5. Takes 50 mg of Zoloft everyday.
  6. Has been heard screaming, "I HATE YOU!!!" at her dogs as they run down the street in the other direction.
  7. Sometimes curses when she's angry. O.K. usually curses when shes angry.
  8. Says SH-T first, before correcting herself with, "I mean SHOOT!"

Yikes Huh... And that is just a quick list off the top of my head, of me. Me. And I still love Jesus. Yeah I really do. Have for 22 years and counting. And you know what is even better then me loving Him. Jesus loves me. List and all. Can you believe it !

Well my hour talk with Sweet Baby Girl in the warm car was awesome. We realized that as our lives change, as she grows up and I grow older, we both still love Jesus, and He still loves us. Even with the lists.

And Jesus, thank you. Thank you for loving us as we grow in our walk with you daily. Help us to not be quick to point out to others what we feel they should and shouldn't be doing with their lives. Help us to leave that up to You.

Hugs from Maine


Unknown said...

Amen, to your list and to Jesus still loveing us even with our lists.... Mine is right there beside yours. :)

Barb said...

So true....Barb

Amy said...

I can relate to # 6, unfortunately. *shakes head*

Lois Christensen said...

Wow, 17, huh? Love your list and love knowing that Jesus understands everything and sees my heart when I fail on the outside!!! Enjoy your day!

B. J. Brooks said...

You are an awesome Mom, and Jesus loves you because He knows you.

I love the list. Those moments you speak of with "sweet baby girl" will only become better. My daughter is 43 and even a phone call with laughter about her "sweet baby girl" who will be 15 in fourteen days, brings back so many memories of our time together when she was just that age.

Many Blessings
B.J. Brooks Robinson

Robynn's Ravings said...

AMEN to that HONESTY! Give me an honest Christian working through the tough stuff ANYday. I want to work out my walk before HIM because he is the only one perfect and the only one who can help me. And I never swear. Well, you haven't HEARD me have you?! lol Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Yaya' s Home said...

Leave it to our kids to help us correct the things we try not to think about. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Yaya
Yaya's Home

prashant said...

Love your list and love knowing that Jesus understands everything and sees my heart

Work From Home india

Mel at Adventures of Mel said...

Love the list and love the real you.:)

trish said...

Your posts recently have touched real deep in my heart. They have left me speechless, because I am going through something so similar. My sweet baby girl will be 17 next year. She has grown and matured so much. Over night almost. As well as my son. He is so much taller and just so intelligent and grown up. Where did it all go!
Last night we attended a local parade. It was cold ... I am talking Alaska cold! But they wanted to go so bad. So we fought the traffic in our wee town (we never have traffic), bundled up and brought our camera along. Everyone had such a good time. I told Katie several times "thank you" for suggesting we go. It is a little strange during this time of life, I am so thankful that I love and adore Jesus and He loves me back! I don't know where I would be with out Him!
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your heart! You can't imagine how much I have needed it! :o)
Have a great night! Enjoy your snow!

Unknown said...

Amen, Lisa! I love your list (can relate to a few myself). So glad the Lord loves me . . . baggage and all!