15 thoughts on “Short, precious, irreplaceable {The Teen Years}

  1. Thanks for this! Just had a rough previous night with our 15 year old son and the Jeremiah verse is what came to my mind. When I went to look it up I noticed the following two verses. They were just an added bonus! How alive is God’s word!

  2. Thanks so much for writing this! It was a very timely reminder for me today. My sons are 15, almost 11 and 3, and we’re in the process of adopting an 11-year-old girl. I’ve always loved that verse from Jeremiah (it’s the reason one of our sons has Jeremiah as a middle name) and have always prayed it over my kids. I love the imagery you created of the arrows as it relates to preparing them to launch. It really is stunning how quickly our time with our kids flies by–thanks again for the reminder that these years are precious and irreplaceable–no matter how stressful they may feel!

  3. I heard those comments, too. The things they always told us to “just wait” for didn’t happen. Our youngest of five will be 18 in May and we’re still giggling about all the terrible things they were all supposed to do but didn’t. They are such failures. 😀

    So love your blog. I’ve got you linked up on my Learning Resources page. 🙂

  4. Can you tell us how you managed to have the older kids friends over and still get the littles to bed and/or keep the house at a reasonable volume level! lol We have four kids from 1 1/2 wks old to 11 years old and I can see this being a problem in the near future. I don’t want to be the mom always saying… “shhhh….. your sister/brother are sleeping/napping, etc…” That doesn’t seem very inviting for friends! lol Yet at the same time, it’ll wreak havoc on everyone if the littles don’t get their sleep. 🙂 Thank you in advance for your wisdom!

  5. Thanks for your words! I took in my 14 yo niece over 4 years ago, and it was very difficult…still is! She was not raised properly nor as a Christian, and it was a continual struggle. She has gone off to college, and things haven’t gotten better. 🙁 Most people, like her, think that teens have somehow “arrived”, but I agree with what you said, teens really need a lot more direction. I am hoping my children will be different since we are training them from the youth up, homeschooling them, and striving for a different vision. Blessings to you and your family!

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