Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Mom, Was I Planned?"

These photos shot with a film Canon Rebel. Weekly Winners brought to you by Lotus at Sarcastic Mom. And BTW, don't forget: I've Got a Great New POPrs Giveaway going on...and it involves a puppy!

"Mom, was I planned?"

That's the question Soccer Boy posed last night at dinner. And I was surprised, to say the least.

"What possible difference could that make?" I replied.

He said "I just want to know." So I said, "Of course you were planned." I don't think he bought it, though. Because, the truth is, he definitely was not planned. We already had three boys, the youngest was eight. I was forty, for goodness sakes!

We finished dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and each did our own thing. But his question was still swirling in my mind. So I went to the photo albums, and went back in time for a while...

And what I found, late last night, was a better answer to his question. After hours of looking at old photos, I saw a family that was meant to be made up of four boys, we just didn't know it at the time. But God did.

His older brothers are proud of him, they delight in everything he does. Big Bear cuddled him to sleep when he was a baby. College Boy helps him with his homework, and is way more patient than I am. Shark Boy uses him to work out! Just kidding.

He was taken to show and tell in fourth grade, because he was 100 days old on the 100th day of school. Other kids brought 100 pennies or 100 baseball cards. He spent the night in his brother's college dorm room, the first year he went away. They both needed to see each other. They taught him how to climb stairs, ride a bike, play soccer, ride a longboard, divide fractions, dive, use an ipod and computer, eat crab legs and mushrooms, boogie board, be tough, play beer pong (with Mt. Dew), play Texas Hold 'Em and text message. (Hey, he's 13 and his brothers are 21, 24 & 27).

There will be more lessons. Like driving, and how to treat a girlfriend. Things big brothers were made for. And I don't want to miss a minute of it.

Sometimes, the best things in life aren't planned!


Melissa B. said...

Oh, that's a sweet story! Sometimes our plans turn out just right, correctamundo?

Tara R. said...

I like that... that he was 'meant' to be part of your family. That's perfect. I love the pix of your boys.

Cassandra Rae said...

Beautiful family & sentiment. I hope you share this story with him.

freegal1000 said...

i love soccer boy!

Deanna said...

Our little guy asked us the same question. I told him that our family puzzle was not complete until he arrived.

Susie said...

My oldest was definitely not planned. I was 19 and didn't know my butt from a whole in the ground. However, she is the best things I have ever done and I don't know who I would have become without her!

merrymishaps said...

Sounds like you've got some great kids. I love the photo of all four boys!

Tracy P. said...

What a super sweet post! Ditto about the photo of all four. Awesome. Yes, definitely planned. God's ways are perfect.

Mammatalk said...

Ah! Meant to be!

Dr.John said...

WE have an unplanned but meant to be in our family she soon will be turning fourty.
So many things had to happen in sequence to cause her creation that it had to be God's hand.
Sometimes the plans are bigger than ours.
She is still the one her weird brother depends on.