What if we are supposed to raise our children and be there for our children and THEN pursue our "career" after the children have grown? Or to intentionally find things to make a living that involve our children?
|Joel and his Papa|
Now I know this might sound ridiculous to some and especially for some who have waited til a lot later to have children, but what if there's truth in this?
|my hot rugged man working from home|
|Love his availability for coffee dates!|
I have thought a lot about the state that we are in right now as our family has grown and years have passed and Ruslan has off and on wondered why he isn't still successful in the standards of this society. He doesn't have the career that he imagined he would at this age (37) the money or the house that he pictured as a matter of fact we are still renting. Each time we approach the subject it seems that God is continually pointing to the faithfulness of my husband, the great success he has had in being there for our children, in becoming the most amazing father husband ever (in our lives)! I only see great fruit from the fact that Ruslan never got tied up or caught up in being at work all the time or studying for his degree so long he missed out on the children.
|Melt my heart moments of Papa and Daughter|
I know this might be touchy for some, and I am NOT saying that those things are wrong, not at all. I am just wondering WHEN those things are actually supposed to come into play in a person's life who wants to have children and a family, a husband, or a wife. I have seen the fruit of our children's lives as they have had total access to their parents and availability and openness to talk and discuss life with them. My heart has exploded with the joy and deep satisfaction of watching my husband be interested in my teenage sons life, asking him every time he returns from time with friends, "How'd it go? What are your friends up to lately (knowing their names) truly finding interest in what Daniel does and what he's into. I have seen the security in our teenager knowing that he is loved always, and protected, held accountable taught about the consequences of his decisions, heard, and that he is known.
Watching my 2 year old daughter be able to climb up on Daddy's lap being welcomed every time and applauded as she comes in saying "woot Papa, woot!"(Look! Look!) As he adoringly gasps with pleasure at her new outfit I just put on her.
As we are considering the prospect of Ruslan working outside the home asking the children what their thoughts are, each one asking:
"Does that mean Papa would be gone everyday?" (Joel`6 yrs)
"It's OK we don't need him to work somewhere else, because we have enough money, I really like Papa being home everyday." (Ian 10 yrs)
"I really like being able to visit with Papa everyday whenever I want to." (Daniel 13 yrs)
I am starting to hear a very clear message here.
I think it's in the heart of every child to have access to their parents, not to have the big house the beautiful car, the fun "things" without the parents being available.
I realize we have to make a living to raise a family, but I think there's more to it than that.
Our children need us. They desperately need us. I just don't want us to fall into the trap of the "norm of society" that we are to sacrifice our children for our career.
|Love his hands with hers|