March 7, 2012

Raising a Man


Sometimes I have to be tough on him and it tears me up inside. But, I know if he is to be ready for this world, when he leaves my home, I have to set boundaries. I have to be tough even when it breaks my heart to see him sad. When he's blaming me for being the "meanest Mom in the world" I remind myself that I'm raising a man; a man of integrity, a man of humility, a man of God. 

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  1. Remember Nanny's old saying! I won't repeat it on here (LOL)! It works and he will be the man that God intends for him to be. Gotta love him and he'll get over it! <3

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  2. WOW. That picture gives me goosebumps. It is stunning. The contrasts, the slight blur of the comforter, but the sharp focus of Noah's face leaning over the dog. Woman, you have some talent!!!

    Regarding your message: You are right, it is tough to be tough, but I have no doubt Noah will become the man of integrity, humility and of God because of the boundaries you set and the life lessons you give him now:~)

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    1. Wow, thanks so very much Sara! I have a big smile on my face. ;)

      Thanks also for the parental support. It sure can get tough sometimes...xoxo

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  3. I'll make a "meanest mom in the world" club with you! I like the way your frame it for yourself, the big picture of what you're doing as you raise your son.

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    1. Thanks my friend! And, I welcome friends in this club. ;)

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  4. such a beautiful image, gerri. and words of strength. my 10 yo son has recently begun the mean mama and mean daddy thing. but you're absolutely right...we've got to remember this job we've taken on as parents.
    ...lovely and reflective..

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  5. Amen to all you said, Gerri. You are wonderful in every way. Super mom too!

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  6. Such beautiful thoughts on raising a man. My little man is just two but I know already we're going to have all kinds of boundary issues. Thanks for reminding me what the end goal is.

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    1. You're welcome. With each age comes it's obstacles. I'm learning that sometimes I don't get the end result that I want, when I want it. But, it usually works out in the end. :)

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  7. What this world needs is more strong men with integrity! So glad to hear you are doing things right!

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  8. I love the pairing of your words, thoughts with this tender image of your little man. Big sighs as I struggle through those mama woes of having to watch them stumble to learn their way. I love the strength in your words. I could use a little of that strength right now!
    xo Lis

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    1. Sending you strength Lis!! Being a Mom does have its ups and downs...hang in there. ;) xo

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  9. A profound responsibility! Beautifully put.

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  10. He is so blessed to have you for a momma and Dee for a daddy...with you two as parents he is destined to be an amazing Man. I was blessed with amazing parents as well and what made them amazing was the fact that when I needed it they disciplined me, when I needed comfort they were there to give me a hug, they knew when to set boundaries and when to encourage me to go out on my own. I see that same gift in you and Dee, and Noah may question it now (I know I did plenty of times growing up) but he will love you all the more for it later. Keep following your heart and the Holy Spirit in you. Love you!

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    1. Aww, Thanks Bri. What a compliment and encouragement. You are a lovely person and I know it's from having loving, committed parents! Devin and I will continue to listen and obey Holy Spirit for sure! Love you bunches. :)

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  11. This is the hardest part, isn't it? Knowing the boundaries have to be set and finding the right a place to put them.

    And that is a truly beautiful portrait.

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