Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post – especially if you’re a parent or a parent-to-be someday. Or if you have babies around you.
Refer to it often. Study it carefully.
Take notes. Draw diagrams. Connect the dots.
Consider this as a gift.
I still recall when we planted Quest Church about 12 years ago. The picture above was soon after our 2nd daughter was born and right when we started the church. How fast time flies: She’s already 12 and her sister (our oldest kid) is now 14.
[Note to self: breathe in. breathe out.]
It’s surreal to think – especially in light of so many babies, infants, and children at our church currently – but our two girls were the only kids at our church in the early years. But times have changed. Now, I get to lift up, dedicate, and baptize babies like this little boy. There’s a long story but trust me…he is a miracle. [wipes tears]
But cute baby pictures aside, the early months can be tough – especially if there aren’t sleeping somewhat humanely.
Heck, life can be tough. This is why there are so many self-help books, guides, and manuals to every single phase of life including and especially that first year. And truthfully, life and parenting would be so much more easier if there were some simple illustrations that made everything simple and sweet.
So, here they are. One blog to answer them all.
The do’s and don’ts.
Pictures and illustrations.
Simple and clear.
Right and wrong.
Sheeps and Goats.
Study them carefully. You welcome.
In all seriousness, love and nurture your children.
Pray for them; teach them; enjoy them; guide them.
The days turn to weeks; weeks turn to months; months turn to years and before you know it, your little baby will be turning 14, 12, and 10 like our three children. Parenting will be one of the most significant things you will ever do in your life so don’t give your baby your shoes when they are teething. 🙂