We are now in the toddler stage where everything is "I do myself". Anything and everything, from eating to getting dressed, to walking down the large concrete steps. Samuel wants to do it himself.
It's been hard to sit back and watch him without succumbing to my urge of jumping in to help. His new-found independence doesn't make me any less valuable or loved. I will always be his mom. But then again, I really like picking out his clothes and holding him as we walk to the car.
Often I am standing right next to Samuel as he climbs the ladders and monkey bars at the park (who really thought those were a good idea-really???) and he doesn't even know I'm there. I'm always ready to catch him, and more often than not-I do.
The thing about this time of his life is that I can watch, I can provide the safety net, I can set the limits. It must take much more trust to be a parent when your child is older, can make decisions, and move away out of your daily sight!
One day Samuel will leave, even when he still lives at home. He will grow and change and become who he was meant to be. For those days I pray he will rely on Jesus Christ.
Someone who can always be with him, someone who will always warn him of danger, someone who will love him as much as I do.
I hope today I can teach my son to rely on Jesus Christ so that when tomorrow comes and he is no more a toddler- he can say like Paul, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ."
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