Growing Up

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Today’s post may pull at your heart strings and tickle your funny bone. I begin with a poem that I wrote in 2013 . . . before I had the actual experience of knowing what life would be like when my children began to fly. I close with a video honoring the delightful sense of humor that I share with my creative, Barbie loving girls.

Growing Up

Precious little bundle,

listen to her coo.

First a grunt, then a squint,

now a diaper full of poo. YUCK!

Diapers, bottles,

oh no, the binky’s lost!

Never enough day,

never enough sleep,

I never understood the cost.

Earaches, bellyaches, throwin’ up dinner.

How can I run and run yet I’m never any thinner?

Dirty dishes in the sink,

on the counter, in the tub?!

Dirty clothes and debris everywhere,

now that’s the rub!

Growin’ up on Sonshine,

rooted in the Word.

She’s testing her wings,

he’ll fly like a bird.

Beautiful woman-like creature,

handsome strapping young man.

Couldn’t play that game now,

Catch me if you can . . . if you can.

Now my days are all my own.

No more, “I’m hungry! What’s to eat?”

I finally have my silent nights

with no more bed chat meets.

I had the world and didn’t know it,

precious toddler, growin’ tween.

I had the world and didn’t know it,

time gone’s the fastest thing I’ve seen.

Oh for a sink full of dirty dishes,

clothes to wash piled high like a car.

It’s funny now what my heart wishes.

Funny how a child leaves such a deep mark.

~ Written by Christi Marie

For my daughters, who are all amazing in their own, unique way. I love you.

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My husband and I married over 20 years ago on a chilly, rainy, spring day. One year later caught me in a whirlwind as I was celebrating my first wedding anniversary, my first Mother's Day, and my first publication as a freelance writer. The birth of our third child followed a couple months after we celebrated our twins' 3rd birthday. Though a pen has been one of my constant companions, I have not pursued writing professionally due to the monumental task of homemaking and the raising of children. A shout out to my Robert who has been our sole provider while I have had the pleasure and privilege of remaining home with our children to homeschool them. Now, thanks to him, I have the liberty to once again pursue my passion to write and encourage others in written word as we journey with God through life experiences.

4 thoughts on “Growing Up”

  1. Okay, way to make mom’s everywhere cry as we face the reality that our children are growing much too quickly for our liking! Oh to rest in the assurance that as we followed God, His Spirit led us to parent in a way that gives our children a form foundation as they become adults.

    (Quite a funny video too!)


    1. 🙂 There is our peace, and there is our hope, that we led as God directed so that our children have both roots to stabilize them and wings that they might fly.


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