Grasping for Time

28 Sep

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and friends for Five Minute Friday.
This is where we come together writing for 5 minutes without editing or overthinking.
I love this community.

Check out what everyone’s is sharing on the word GRASP here.

Five Minute Friday

It’s passing so quickly and I can’t seem to get a grasp on it.
Time.
Sometimes it feels like I am constantly running after it and just can’t catch up.

I have felt like that recently with my oldest son.
He just turned 16 and there are so many changes happening with him.
Drivers license. First job.
Talking about college.
It’s too fast. Time.
I just need it to slow down for a minute to I can catch my breath.
It is the beginning of a new season for him and I wasn’t ready for it.


Tears formed one night when talking with him about college.
He was so concerned and asked why I was crying.
I explained that it just seems like yesterday that I was rocking 
him to sleep and here we are talking about him going off to college.
I told him how very proud I am of the young man he has become.
That he loves God so much.
That he loves the people around him so fiercely.
That he is dreaming big huge dreams.

But I am trying to grasp the time and freeze it just this once.
My baby is growing up.
Too fast.
For me but not for him.
He is ready to spread his wings and begin to fly.
Not far at first.
But ready nonetheless.
Now I just have to let go and let him soar.

Oh my heart.

May our sons flourish in their youth
    like well-nurtured plants.

Psalm 144:12a

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71 Responses to “Grasping for Time”

  1. AJ September 28, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    As a mama of a 9 year old and 7 year old… I can see this all coming so fast… :)Sweet.

  2. prairiejuan September 28, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Feeling it with you!! Stop the clock!! My son graduated in June and will be 18 soon. And I just have to wonder where did all this time go?!

  3. Ana September 28, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Hello,I am visiting you through Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop. You have a lovely blog and I love your content. I am now following your blog, please check out my blogs too and return the love: Empowered Mommy and Pregnancy ForumThanks for your time. 🙂

  4. Denise September 28, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Sweet, sweet post.

  5. Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation September 28, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Oh Wendy I feel your heart! My boy is my youngest and he is 19. I want to know where the wiggly blonde headed cherub went who used to sit on my lap! I MISS him, but I would also miss the young man who has taken his place! 🙂

  6. Eileen September 28, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Oh, I know this feeling. My son turns 9 next month. Time is flying by! Last night I received a call from our exterminator who comes once a month. It was time again. I couldn't believe a month had gone by already! It seemed like last week he was just here.

  7. Marci Smith September 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    My baby is 16 too. I completely feel your heart. I long for that chubby baby who would crawl into my lap and snuggle. Where did the time go? Tears invade my eyes as I realize our babies are standing on the doorstep of manhood. Thanks for your post. Xoxo

  8. Emily September 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I don't have kids, but time does seem to be shooting past me at an alarming rate. Time is always a sobering concept for me, reminding me that having the right priorities is important. I'm praying for your relationship with your son, that it would flourish in these next couple years and continue to grow while he is in college.

  9. Ren September 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I can relate.. My baby will be 16 next month.. *sigh*

  10. Positively Alene September 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Oh my — my son married this past summer. Where did all that time go? It went too quickly. Grasp on to and treasure each moment for they do grow up tooooooo quickly! Blessings. So thankful to be here today.

  11. Kathleen September 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Oh my, I have so been there. My 'baby' will be 21 Monday. LORDY, were did the time go… This just brought tears to my eyes. I'd like to just go back in time to when they were little and put them in a holding pattern for each age. Bless You!

  12. Alia Joy @ Narrow Paths to Higher Places September 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    My oldest just turned 12, and I swear he's growing faster than I can possibly keep up with. It does go fast. I swear he was just a toddler a minute ago.

  13. Kimberly September 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    You are speaking straight to my heart. If only we could grasp time and make it stand still!

  14. Nikki @ Simplystriving September 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh my heart….I feel yours. You have every reason to be proud of your son! wish I could give you both a hug 😉 Thanks for stirring my heart today, friend! Beautiful write…

  15. Laurie Byrne September 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh, if we could just stop time……instead we cherish EACH moment! I love how you cherish your son – it's written in between every line! 🙂

  16. Stefanie Brown September 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    As the mother of a 9 year old son, thank you!Beautiful words out of a loving heart.

  17. Jenni Taylor September 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    My son is only 2 and I already feel like time is going way too fast! =(

  18. Peanutlayne September 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Okay this made me want to bawl like a baby! My oldest is 15 and will be 16 in March so I can totally, 100% relate to everything you just wrote! He tries to talk to me about his driver's license and I want to hyperventilate! It's so hard to let go 😦 Oh and thank you so much for linking up with the Friendly Friday! Beautiful post!

  19. dayebydaye September 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Oh, I can only imagine!!! What a beautiful post!!

  20. Camille September 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Aww, it's so bittersweet watching them grow up…

  21. Annie September 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Oh, my oldest is only five and I'm already feeling this ache! Eek… You must be such a proud mama, and you're giving him such a gift to model this process of giving thanks, letting go. Thanks for this sweet reminder.

  22. Lori September 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Oh I hear you! My daughter is 15 and going to the homecoming dance tonight! Yikes! I wish we could make time stand still, but then we might miss out on the next exciting season for them. At least that's what I try and convince myself with…Blessings to you!

  23. Dionne September 29, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    My two boys are only 2 and 4 and it has already flown by…I just don't know how to slow it down. 😦 My heart is with you friend.

  24. Diana Denis September 29, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Oh Wendy, I'm right here with you. It does seem to happen so quickly but your kids are ahead of the game. They know who they are in the Lord. They know they are loved and there is a purpose and a plan for their lives. They love the Lord. You've given them the most important things they'll need to soar. Let that sit in your heart and fill you with joy when the tears roll.

  25. Christine September 29, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Five minutes of pure love. You did well!A might fine young man. I understand why you can write so well about this subject, he's worthy of it.PS, My young man is 31 and just had his first child, a son!

  26. Grace martin September 29, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    I feel life zooming by and my oldest is barely turning two! It started with me looking at mommy and me classes to sign her up for in November and then realizing the next step after that is preschool, then onto the school train! I cried lol

  27. Stacy September 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Oh, the joy and struggle of a mama's heart – training our babies up so they can one day step out on their own. Bless you.

  28. Traci Michele September 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    So sweet!

  29. Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger September 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    My girls are still very little. But it is posts like this one here that remind me to cherish and find joy in it all! Before I know it they will be out from under my wing! I want to love it all, even the hard times! Thanks for sharing with Fellowship Fridays!

  30. The Not Quite Military Wife September 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    This is so sweet! I can't imagine when my own littles will be going off to college!! I honestly cannot even imagine. Thanks for linking up for Mommy Moments!Thenotquitemilitarywife.blogspot.com

  31. Jamie October 1, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Oh, dear. I know that I'm not at all prepared for that stage. I know that it's not that far off, but I keep hoping that it's years and years and years down the road. Yeah, good luck with that, Jamie.Blessings!!

  32. Roshni AaMom October 1, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    So very sweet! I feel for you at this bitter-sweet moment!

  33. Patricia Robertson October 1, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Reminds me of a book I read by Karen Kingsbury I think the title was Let Me Hold You Longer. Such a great book. I cry every single time I read it and it sort of has become a tradition to read it to my kids every year. My oldest girls are almost 13 so I can relate to the needing to breath. Sometimes I feel like it's all going to fall apart. I think it is great that you have raised your son to love God.Love Patricia @ thettdiares.com

  34. Jerralea October 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I know how you feel … mine grew up way too quickly. It's hard but it's right, too. God bless you!

  35. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks AJ! It is so fast. Treasure every moment friend. Blessings!

  36. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I can''t even picture graduation yet! Oh my! Bless you friend!

  37. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks so much Ana! Such a blessing to connect with you and am looking forward to getting to know you! Have a wonderful week!

  38. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks Denise! You are such an encouragement! Blessings!

  39. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Oh Mindy that is the place…missing the little man who is becoming such a wonderful young man. So thankful for you today friend. Such a good reminder. Blessings!

  40. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Eileen I so identify. I am forever being surprised by how fast the next month comes along. Blessings!

  41. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Marci…we can just cry together! It just snuck up on me. Blessings!

  42. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Thank you so much for your prayers Emily. They mean so much to me today. Blessings!

  43. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Oh Ren…come sit at my table friend. Praying for your baby today. Blessings!

  44. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Alene…bless your heart. I still struggle with him dating. I can't picture marriage just yet. 🙂 So thankful you were here today too friend. Blessings!

  45. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Oh Kathleen me too! If we could just capture each moment…oh my heart. Blessings friend!

  46. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Alia…I think we blinked. That fast. Blessings!

  47. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Oh Kimberly…so thankful that you came here today! Blessings friend!

  48. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Feeling those virtual hugs friend. So thankful for you. Blessings!

  49. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Oh Laurie…thank you so much. Blessings!

  50. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Praying for you and your little man friend! Blessings!

  51. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Jenni…2 is a fast age because they rarely stand still LOL. Blessings to you and your little man today!

  52. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Thanks so much! Sending you big hugs today friend! Blessings!

  53. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Thanks so much! Blessings!

  54. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    So true Camille…so true. Blessings!

  55. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks Annie! So very proud of him. Blessings!

  56. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Oh Lori…how was homecoming? I bet she looked beautiful! My momma heart just skipped a beat for you. Such a time for a momma & daughter. Blessings friend!

  57. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Thanks so much Dionne! Blessing to you and your little men!

  58. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Diana…just so thankful for your words today. You have no idea how much they spoke to my heart. Thank you my sweet friend. Love and hugs!

  59. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Thank you so much Christine! So now you get to love on him and his son. Oh my heart friend! Blessings to you all!

  60. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Oh Grace I remember my heart breaking when I first took each of them to school. You would think that it would get easier with each one but it so didn't. Sending you big hugs today friend. Blessings!

  61. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Thank you so much Stacy! Blessings!

  62. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks so much Nikki! It is a reminder for me as well. I want to find joy in those challenging times as well as the wonderful ones too. Blessings!

  63. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks so much! I so know what you mean. I still have trouble imagining it. Blessings!

  64. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    We push it away for as long as we can and then it sneaks up on us anyway. Blessings friend!

  65. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks so much Roshni! Blessings!

  66. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Adding that book to my wish list Patricia! Praying today for you and your sweet girls. I know your momma's heart is just bursting with love for them. Blessings to you all!

  67. Wendy October 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Thank you Jerralea! Sometimes all we need to hear is "I know" to soothe our souls. Blessings friend!

  68. Michy (lovingourjourney.com) October 3, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    My son is 2, and I am in such Peter Pan syndrome…I love this age, and reading this made me tear up…beautiful and thank you for linking up with me!

  69. Jelli October 3, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    Oh Wendy, I am not looking forward to that chapter of life. I'm still doing my best to try to permanently write these precious baby moments in my mind as they come. What a blessing to have a young man who loves the Lord fiercely! You've done well, my friend!

  70. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    What a wonderful age! Enjoy each and every moment friend! Blessed to connect with you! Have a fantastic weekend!

  71. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Thank you so much Jelli! I love how God has worked in his heart! Blessings friend!

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