How I’m Anticipating Life Will Look Like Raising 4 Kids
“I didn’t even know to pray for days like this.”
I read this caption on Instagram and it struck a chord, because that’s this season. As much as I’ve prayed for a baby girl, I didn’t realize how my heart would take these moments. I’m excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all at once! The anticipation has grown each day we get closer to her coming earth side.
Having our boys has turned my life upside down in such a positive way. I’ve grown to love, value, and really treasure being a boy mom. I don’t look at relationships the same and my respect for Mike has grown tremendously. I fervently pray for them and that God would use me to protect their hearts, advocate for them, and show them they’re incredibly important.
Boy mom life has prepared me for this season
I’m sure that it will be much different raising a girl this time around. Even nerve racking as it seems, my heart is preparing itself. In so many ways I have to thank my boys for that. Watching the many facets that make them up humbles me, softens my approach, and reminds me it’s not just a girl’s heart I want to protect.
They’ve shown me that I want to teach our girl to be strong, but also tender to the hearts around her. Show her the safe spaces she can confide in especially in her siblings, while teaching them to be safe places for future women.
It all feels like a surreal gift as I know that my parenting will be stretched, molded, and even challenged. I’m no longer just helping raise strong, courageous, and kind men I am now able to do that with a one day woman. It’s a blessing I cannot describe, and take with deep prayer and grace-filled intention.
We cannot wait to see you sweet girl… I can’t wait to learn from you.
I love your optimism as you approach this new season. I have a daughter and typically work with a lot of female mentees. I remember the day I had to start working with young men I was soooo scared because I knew it would require a difference but didn’t know what and didn’t know how to be excited about it. It ended up being just as you described—this stretch that ultimately made me better. Your perspective is a good indicator that you’re going to be incredible at this!! Congrats!
Thank you so much, I want to embrace all that is happening and having our boys has made me realize the uniqueness of parenting. It’s been such a journey!