Today I've been thinking about how different my day to day life is, when I compare it to my daily life two years ago. Just reading through that list makes my feet hurt and yet.... I miss it. Gone are the midnight snuggles between mother and child. Now, we lay our heads to rest at eight, and I don't see anyone again until morning. They can wash themselves. They can dress themselves. I put food on the table and they gobble it up, no more "choo-choo" noises, no more bibs.
On the other hand, I no longer have to crawl into the back seat of my car to buckle the kids in. I don't have to lift anyone in or out of the car, because they can do it themselves. That alone has cut my errand time in half.
My season of motherhood is changing. The trees have budded, the roots have taken hold, and I go from nurturing a seed, to shaping the life. Now I have to make sure they grow straight and tall. I'll have to trim the branches that hang too low, support them during the storms.... Yes, the seasons have changed.
And I, for one, cannot wait.