Everyday, it seems like I have to come more and more to terms with the fact that Kristopher is not really a child anymore. Technically, he is, but he acts and has to act more like a grown-up with each new day. Really, that’s the goal, though. We want him to be grown-up. We want him to be able to live and thrive in this world, while he follows Christ. So, of course, as he gets older he is going to learn new skills and imitate those around him.
The latest “big guy” thing he has done is this:
Yes, that is a chainsaw in my twelve year old’s hands. Grandaddy thought it would be a good day to teach him a little about it and supervise using it. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to send him out to cut down trees by himself anytime soon. I think it is good for him to get to learn and help with the work we do. He has gotten a bit better at helping without being asked lately as well. I really appreciate that of him and try to let him know, so he’ll keep doing it.
Recently, he went on a one day mission trip to Memphis with the youth group at our church. He didn’t want to go, but I told him he needed to because we don’t just do the fun things. Surprise, he had a great time on the trip and he helped at a homeless shelter and a new church while he did. Sometimes he just needs a little push to see that doing grown-up things that don’t sound as fun, can be rewarding and fun anyway.
I am thankful for all the people who pour into my son as he is growing. Family and friends who love him (and my other children) make life a little better for him and for me too. :) Yes, this growing up thing is hard. Hard for him, hard for his momma, but it will happen. I want it to happen well.