|How do you get an 18 year old to smile for his picture?|
Put him in a head lock.
As many moms know, it is hard to believe that our kids are growing older and then when they reach a milestone birthday it is even harder to believe that you are the parent of a child that age. So here I am a mom to an 18 year old and a 25 year old.
Soon our youngest son will graduate from high school, go to college, graduate and then be off to his first big job. I remember when our oldest went to college. I missed not seeing him every day but I came to really enjoy the college years and his growing and becoming a wonderful, mature young man. And then he married and I now enjoy not only him, but his beautiful wife and my daughter in law.
As we celebrated our youngest son's birthday, I truly know that the best is yet to come in his life. I am glad I will be a part of that.
Watching your child grow from infant to toddler to school age to teens to young adult years is a privilege. Seeing the hard work of raising young boys to be capable, responsible, good young men makes my heart burst with pride. It doesn't just happen -- it is the fruit of the small things building upon each other - the discipline and the love which builds character.
When they are born and the love sweeps over you, you can't imagine ever seeing them grow and letting them go. When the time came for my oldest son to go to college, I felt such excitement as I knew he was going after his dream to become a math teacher and coach. Now our youngest will be off to college this fall following his dream of majoring in government and journalism. Watching my children fulfill their dreams brings me happiness. Yes - the best is yet to come.