ForgivenessSummer is winding down and soon the kids will be heading back to school. Take the time to make time to spend with your children before they go head back. Around here we have had some fun with bowling, going to Six Flags, as well as the park. We will be going to Six Flags some more and definitely before school starts so that the kids can swim in the huge wave pool. There will be a little more bowling as well.

In addition to these activities the boys are now engaged in football. The youngest is playing flag football this year and is apparently the quarterback for the team. He is a fast runner and the only one that seems to be willing to get in there and run, and do what the coaches want. The older one is in tackle football. He is learning the game and his dad is taking the time to work with him to help him become better. The second oldest girl is involved in volleyball at the high school and is doing volleyball camp. She thought she was going to die last week, it will be worse this week as they will be there from 9 to 4. The oldest girl is still in Jr. ROTC and will be on staff this year and be an officer so she will be busy. It is amazing as I watch these kids growing up at all of the things they are doing and how much they are changing. This year the oldest will be a senior in high school and the youngest will be in kindergarten. All of the other children are somewhere in-between.

Take the time to be with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces & nephews. They grow so fast and soon the time has past and they are moving on and don’t have the time or have other things they are pursuing. Accept their small gifts they give you, even if it’s a flower (weed) from the lawn or a rock. To them it is precious and they are giving it to you with love. At one point we even were driving around with a baby horned toad that the kids had caught. Didn’t bother me one bit. My brothers always had stuff like that around so it was just a natural thing for me to accept it as part of my children’s growing up.

Life is precious and we need to cherish each moment we have with each other. Over the last couple of years our family has lost loved ones and we are grateful for every day that we had with them. Whether it is a parent, a child or some other relative, take the time to forgive, let go of grudges or other issues. Remember that we are all human and make mistakes, sometimes without even knowing it. “Holding a grudge (or not forgiving) is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.” When you are the one not forgiving the only person you are hurting is yourself. Holding on to the bitterness of a grudge or non-forgiveness hurts you, the person just keeps moving on. Free yourself and learn to forgive. Believe me when I say that it is freeing when you learn to forgive, let it go and love unconditionally. It doesn’t mean that you have to hang out with them, just forgive them and move on.
Have a great Saturday!


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