It was a hard lesson for this mama to learn. Life isn't always fair and equal to the children in the same family.
Now they are members of the 4-H shotgun team. They shoot skeet. My boys had never shot skeet before. They hit 22 out of 25 clay pigeons at their first practice two weeks ago. That's scary. They talked their mama into shooting last Thursday. Mama had never shot skeet before either. Mama hit 14 out of 20 clay pigeons. Hmmm . . . Bertha May was happy. She finally got to shoot something. Only. Bertha didn't get a trophy. Bertha got a bruise on her right shoulder. But she was happy.
Just allow me to say this: any girl who breaks either of their hearts, well, they just better remember that mama once shot 14 out of 20 clay pigeons. And she won a coaches' match one time at a BB match. Mama don't play. You better not either when it comes to my boys.
Raising twins has been an amazing experience for me. The hardest thing has been knowing that, one day, when they're all grown up, they will both be leaving me at the same time. It just ain't fair! My only sons will be venturing out into life simultaneously. Just rip my heart right out of my body. Thank you. Do you think I'll get it back when they are married and have me some grandbabies?
Here is a little quote that I found today that describes pretty much how we've tried to raise our boys:
Bring up your boys with both love and wisdom; and turn them out as men, strong limbered, clear eyed, stout hearted, clean minded, able to hold their own in this great world of work and strife and ceaseless effort. ~ Mary Lowe Dickinson
God has been so good to me. Although I wanted nothing more as a young girl than to grow up, get married, and have babies, I never could have dreamed how much He would give me. But it does come with a price. The Bible says in Luke 12 . . .For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. Living the life I've been blessed with certainly is no picnic. It is hard, hard work. Many days I find myself wanting to lay it down and quit. But I cannot. This is the cross God has given me to bear and bear it I will, with His help, strength, and might. Being a mom requires long, hard days, and many, many heartaches. But the rewards are immeasurable and innumerable. Life with kids is the greatest, hardest, most rewarding, most heartbreaking, scary, fun, amazing, frightening thing I will ever do in my life. At least for now. When they're all grown, who knows what the Lord may have in store for me. But I hope it will have to do with kids, even if they are someone else's.
I hope that one day, when I stand before God to give an account of my life, I will be found to have born much fruit for Him through my children. Every material possession that I own may one day burn up in smoke or be destroyed in a tornado. But that will not matter. What matters most is if my children are saved and serving God.
Y'all have a beautiful day. And thanks for reading.