As I look back when our 7 children were younger, our house could be described as ‘organized chaos’ and chaos that I would never regret experiencing as the candle glowed brightly in our home.
I look back and say hey we did the best we could and how important it was to treat each of our children as unique and special individuals.
After all, we wanted a large family so they would be there for each other when they got older and it was a selfless decision that I would never regret.
We were surely blessed and as parents we did the best we could and balanced everyday life for them and even when it seemed like the younger years lasted forever, I look back and say they were the best years of our lives.
Someone once asked me ‘how did I manage with all those kids’ and more recently asked ‘do I miss my kids now that they are older as teens and young adults’ and the answer was easy; we are a family and together we raised each other even when it seems my kids are still guiding me into a new world of learning to live without them and the ‘organized chaos’.
If we raised our kids right they will continue to keep the candle glowing in their own lives and as we watch from a distance the beautiful life each of them have created, it is up to all of us to always remember those younger years and keep that candle glowing so we can always stay together as a family.