Tonight after tucking my youngest into bed and sitting down to read for a few minutes, I heard, "Mom..." being called from Jordan's bedroom. He had just gone to bed; what could he possibly need. I went in his room and he just wanted to hold my hand for a minute and tell me goodnight again. Now, that might seem crazy, but to this mom, it was a blessing.
These days I am realizing more and more how "one more goodnight" is not a bad thing. My oldest is heading off to college in just about 7 weeks and the goodnights will no longer be for us. Time goes by all too fast and our kids grow up. My youngest has 9 years left before flying the coop and I plan to enjoy every single "one more goodnight".
I realize there are some ladies who have never had the joy of saying goodnight to a little one. There are some who said goodnight for the last time. There are some who would give anything to be able to say goodnight again. I am not going to squander the nights I have left.
I have seven babies in Heaven and I never had the opportunity to say goodnight. I can't help but think each time I tell my Jordan and Ryan goodnight that my other angel babies hear me too.
Walking out of Jordan's room tonight reminded me of the verses in Psalm 127: 4 - 5,
"As arrows in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be
ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."
There is no written law as to what constitutes the "right number of arrows in a quiver"...it will be different for each family based on what God desires for that family. God gives and He takes away. We need to love our children while we have them and be full and happy families whether we have one or ten children...you get the picture. It isn't how many children we have, but rather how much love we have for the children we are blessed to have.
So, my mom lesson for the day was, "I want one more goodnight!" The next time you are tempted to complain because your little one won't sleep, they have to go to the bathroom, they want a drink of water, etc...just remember, one day there will be no more goodnights so, I challenge you to say to yourself, "I WANT ONE MORE GOODNIGHT."
If you'll excuse me, Ryan just got home from work and I want to tell him "Goodnight". Till next time....
From my Heart,