Saturday, January 15, 2011

Worth the risk

Mom's of teenage boys will understand, while they don't have the hormone up and down issues of girls they do have a code of silence that must be adhered to or you risk all communication being shut off for an indefinite length of time.So sharing the joy and gratitude I feel for my sons, is a risk, but hey every once in awhile you've got to walk on the wild side, right? but shhhh don't tell them about it if you see them. ok!

Last night my boys went to their first church dance. Big, Big Deal!
(total bonus: it was multi-stake!)
Both were nervous, but very excited.
Gary had to go as leader and ever so sweetly asked me to come too.
The boys were fine with that (thankfully)
We set the standard that they had to dance with 3 different girls they didn't know.
They were not thrilled with this, but we stood firm and they negotiated a no teasing zone in return.
Half way through the dance they both sought us out to tell us they'd danced with over 10 different girls.

Zac even won a candy prize for dancing with the most girls.
They were having the time of their lives.

On the way home they proudly let us know they danced with around 18 girls each.
Then...then.. they started telling us different things about the girls they'd danced with.
"A lot of them like to run", says Zac, our runner
"The girls were a lot like me", says Will. "They like the same things I like."
and it went on and on.
It was truly one of those moment where your heart is so full you could burst.
Where you look at these children who you love but sometimes make your head want to explode
and you think
I really, really like you!
You are the kind of person I want to be around!
and it makes everything
all the long nights
all the hard converations
all the tears and frustration
worth it
because these children are become amazing adult.
They are choosing to sons of a Heavenly Father who loves them.
You glimpse the missionaries they will become
and my heart cried out in a silent prayer of thanksgiving
to a loving Heavenly Father who loves them even more than we do!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
for letting us be their parents.
It is an honor and a privilege and I am humbled to my core.


Genevieve Jones said...

Like like like! :) Awesome! :) My first dance was a regional dance and it was incredible!

FarrEver Family said...

I LOVED THIS post. I am way nervous as I watch my kids getting older. THe teenage years frighten me, when I can't even get respect now! argh!
Thanks for helping me see their might be bright moments too!

The Harper Family said...

I cannot believe how grown those boys are!!!

You are an awesome mama!!