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Thursday, January 29, 2009

welcome to the rollercoaster

This post is part of "Hi/Lo Thursday" on the Riggs Family Blog. Check our their blog to read everyone else's "Hi/Lo" posts.

raising kids. it's a fun ride, huh? between the adorable things they say and do to the snot-blasting tantrums that make you wonder if your child has been possessed by aliens, raising kids is anything but boring.

the initial ride of parenthood is nearing its last death-defying climb before it plumments to the end as we journey towards high school graduation with our last one home. not to overdramatize the event, really, but i feel the climb, and it's going to be such a thrilling end. 

as rollercoaster rides go, ours has had few surprises, and i'm happy to say that our arms have been raised in joy and praise throughout the ride. really.

and although i've been complaining lately about thoughtless actions that result in my tender feelings getting hurt, all in all i have very little to complain about. 

i am so incredibly thankful that all i have is a teen that speaks her mind (gah, when she chooses to speak at all) with brutal honesty, and not one that screams at the top of her lungs, slams doors, goes MIA or is in some drug rehab program.

i'm so incredibly thankful that my child, with the exception of some knee issues, is healthy, relatively zit-free, is caring, thoughtful and has a heart for the diabled. 

i'm so incredibly thankful that my child is motivated in the classroom, has worked hard for her grades and has been invited to be in the capstone honors nursing program at the university of alabama in the fall.

most of all, though, i'm INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that my daughter loves the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul. that she knows she serves and AWESOME God. that she belongs to Him until the day she dies. praise Jesus and halleluiah!!

so my Hi/Lo thursday is all wrapped up into one. the highs and lows of loving a teen. the ride can sometimes suck the very wind out of my soul and squeeze my heart until i think i'm going to collapse, but most of the time, i can shake my windblown hair, wipe the tears from my eyes and exclaim, "ohmystars!! that was amazing!! what an awesome, incredible ride!!"


  1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment about my son. He plays soccerand baseball too so he will actually get to play on those teams. He does an awesome job cheering on his teammates but you can still see the disappointment on his face. It breaks my heart and I am his stepmom. I also have a 19 year old son in th Navy who is totally finding his wings and pulling away! I am so proud of him for what he is doing but we have always been really close so it's hard not talking to him. Our 12 year old is in the yelling and slamming doors stage but she is so in love with the Lord! You just gotta love being a mom! And I agree totally it is a rollercoaster ride for sure!!Have a wonderful day! Bless you and your family!

  2. Wow what an amazing post. Very creative and insightful. This makes me look forward to the ride. Some days (being a relatively new mommy) I feel like I'm failing especially when the "snot-blasting tantrums" happen.

  3. It is so nice to meet you!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful comment on our blog!

    God has taken our family in less than 4 yrs and grown us from 4 to 10. He has turned us inside out and upside down - with a bunch of twists and turns along the way - and yet He is NOT done with us yet.

    I do believe that He has given you a heart for adoption and it might be to support others in their journeys, it might be to pray for the children waiting for their forever family. It might be neither but I do know this - God has given you compassion for those that are often forgotten and for that I say rejoice and allow Him to work this love out through you!

    I'm blessed to have met you! Your teen sounds like ours - she is equally beautiful from the inside out! What a wonderful photo of her you shared today!

    Thanks again for stopping by our blog and joining us as we walk obediently towards Him more every day!

    Blessings and love,


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