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Lasting Relationships

Friday, September 6, 2013

Yesterday morning, my husband texted me to ask how jonah did when I dropped him at mother's morning out. He has cried every day so far. He's now been five days...he only goes two days a week. When I told him he didn't cry and went to the teacher without a second thought, he said awesome then that he wanted to cry because he's growing up too fast. I'm getting all bleary-eyed and tingles in my nose just recounting it now. 

It's true though, our little boy is growing and getting smarter and more independent everyday. He's forming relationships of his own. He has connections to people in different ways than his dad and I do. He is his own little person. It's a little hard on my heart, but it makes me so proud at the same time.

I want him to grow relationships that will last a lifetime. I was just thinking the other day about how Jonah is now that same age my niece Emma was when he was born. Since they've spent pretty much 4-5 days a week together since he was born I'd say he has the closest relationship with her outside of his primary caregiver circle (mom, dad, nana) and I honestly think he's learned more from her than any of us. I am so thankful for their relationship. It's like he's had a big sister and I know how valuable that is. He taught her how to be a big sister before six months later her little brother came along. How to be gentle, and quiet, and loving. He taught her how to tune out the crying and share with the littlest of guys. I think she called him "baby jonah" until well after her baby ben was born. Now, anytime she sees me she doesn't even say "hey TiTi" she says "WHERE'S JONAH?!" (all caps because she usually screams it at me!)

Their relationship and the connection he has with all of his cousins make my heart so happy for him. Even though he's still an only child, he has these built in friendships. Cousins he looks up to and copies (thanks to our nephew Finley for him wanting to climb the tree in our backyard ;)

He says goodnight to all of them every night and asks about them when something reminds him of one of them. He says he wants to go to their houses and play, but he loves to be home too. I am thankful that God led us back home so that these relationships can blossom. I am thankful for family and the precious moments that make lasting relationships and cherished memories.

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  1. So sweet! Cousins are so great! I'm so thankful for my own and for the many cousins that Jackson has!

  2. So sweet! Family-friends are the best to have since you will essentially spend a lifetime together. My family is so spread out, that connections are hard to come by. Makes me sad, but its really encouraging to see close families. My hope is to help my 3 children love each other and want to be together as adults.

  3. What a blessed boy to have so many cousins nearby! Those are also some of my best memories and relationships and I too want that for my baby boy. Umm..can I also say how adorable he looks?!? Love the outfit and the sandals...precious!

  4. beautiful photos!! glad that is sort of adjusting to his mother's day out time. Thanks for sharing with us :)

    I hope you have a blessed Saturday!

    Visiting from Casey Wiegand's link up.


  5. Oh my goodness what an utterly adorable pair


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  7. Love this!! My boys have a ton of cousins (19 to be exact). But only 3 of them live here, unfortunately. But when we get the the ones that live here together, it's the sweetest, most precious thing to watch them interact!! Such a special bond.


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