Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Dreams as a Mama

I've been in baby world for the past weeks, soaking up my son. I've also been soaking up sleep and showers and any type of food I can get my hands on. All in all, these weeks have been great. (There were a few days when we had no home due to a power outage, and those days were less than great, but I really don't want to dwell on them because I'll get mad all over again.)

But my son? Oh my, he's the best. I don't think you'll believe me until you spend a day with him, but he has my husband's easy-going nature, and we're both so grateful for that. He sleeps well, he eats well, he cries only when appropriate. I'm not sure how long these traits will last, but for now, I am grateful for them.

As we think about parenting him, Josh and I are pretty open minded. We don't have very many specific dreams for his career, his interests, or his personality. But I do have some broad dreams for him.

Today, I've been thinking a lot about how I want him to be a man of vision, to see beyond what most people see. I want him to serve our King, the true King, but I don't want him to just do it out of duty; I want August to be driven by something bigger and better. 

This is the song that's been stuck in my head all day:

I've occasionally been playing music while August nurses. Often I play (via iTunes) hymns. Today, Gungor came on and it was perfect.

I want August to value life on earth just as Jesus did. I want him to eat good food, dance with abandon, travel the world, and fall in love. But, I want him to know that this is only the beginning, that food and dance and travel and beautiful women are only foretastes of what he was truly made for.

How can I raise a son with vision for things he won't be able to see with his eyes? I don't know. Help us as we figure it out?

And for now, prayers for everything that accompany the first months of parenthood are appreciated.

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