Fall is upon us which means homework, after school activities, and cooler Texas days. I love the season of fall. It’s absolutely my favorite time of year. The changes that accompany it are often welcomed but include opportunities for growth as well.
This fall our family will experience a first. All three of my kiddos will be in school. My oldest in middle school, my 4 year old in a morning session of an autism classroom; and my 3 year old, my baby, begins his journey of half day autism program as well.
Sending your baby off to school is always a tough moment. It doesn’t help knowing that if something were to happen to one of mine, they couldn’t tell someone their name, my name, or where we live. This isn’t a season I planned for though I knew it was coming.
We often know the season is upon us but don’t always prepare in the way we should. Some seasons of our life seem to last forever while others go by so quickly you almost miss them. This season of our life seems to be going on forever. Take for example the season of diapers. Our kiddos will wear diapers well beyond the norm. We often find ourselves hunting down diapers in size 7, all the while knowing that we realistically still have another five years of diapers ahead — most kiddos like ours don’t potty train until 1st or 2nd grade at best.
We also realize that the season for family vacations is still far away. It’s too risky to uproot everyone’s routine and stick our kiddos on airplanes. It is also way out of our budget to hire someone to come along to help or even to stay home with them. So we find ourselves making a timeline for 2017 with places we could travel and possible things we could do as a family, taking into account that our activities will still need to be age appropriate for children who have the cognitive and physical ability of a toddler.
So many people say, “Oh, it goes by so quickly! Enjoy them while they are little.” Most people who know us don’t say that to us any more. I guess they realize our seasons don’t change very quickly. From the outside looking in you might not even see the season changing. Ah, but if you look close and look at our world through the Lord’s eyes, oh what a glorious season you will see.
Trust in the Lord for He knows every detail of your life, and He has planned every season for His glory. When my seasons are long and difficult I remember Proverbs 3:5-6. It brings me peace.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
About the Writer:
Tamie is a stay at home wife and mommy of three kids with autism. She is a member of First Baptist Dallas and enjoys spending time hanging out at home with her family. Tamie has a servant’s heart and it passionate about encouraging other woman in their daily walk with the Lord.
Tamie’s personal blog is about her journey rearing three kids with autism and the lessons the Lord is teaching her along the way.