Dear Moms of Boys,

First, I want you to know, I’ve been where you are at, a mom of boys. I’ve raised two sons, and this past year, my oldest son became a father…a father! It’s incredible to see your baby boy with his own baby. He holds her, kisses her, tells her how much he loves her, reads to her, bathes her, and already takes her on daddy-daughter dates to Publix so mom can have a few moments to herself. I’m so proud and blessed.

Which brings me to the point of this letter. I remember the following moments – in no certain order -with my sons, and I’m sure you’ve experienced them too.

· The moment you change your baby boy’s diaper and you realize it’s like changing a fire hose – and you get hit in the eye!

· The moment when your son tells you he wants to marry you and that you are the prettiest girl in the world.

· The moment you realize that there will NEVER be enough food in the pantry. It disappears before you get it out of the grocery bag!

· The moment he only wants you when he’s sick – even in high school.

· The moment he smiles at you sitting in the bleachers cheering him on.

· The moment he shares that he likes a girl.

· The moment you find out kids made fun of him at school and YOUR heart breaks.

· The moment your son asks Jesus into his heart at Vacation Bible School.

· The countless moments praying for your son, praying for his future wife, and his future children.

· The countless moments in the pediatrician’s office because of ear infections, fevers, and then concussions from football, skateboarding, and other “adventures.”

· The moment he drives down the street and around the corner as you stand out in the driveway until you can’t see his car anymore.

· The moment you pick your son up with a group of his friends from football practice and the stench is soooo bad you can hardly breathe!

· The moment you see your son graduate from high school and college and you thank God he made it!

· The moment he tells you he’s found the one he wants to marry.

· The moment you see him at the front of the church waiting for his bride.

· The moment he dances with you at his wedding and you can’t stop laughing because he’s cracking jokes and yet, you want to cry because it’s such a profound moment in your relationship.

· The moment you see your son hold his baby for the first time and he looks at you with tears in his eyes.

A lifetime of moments. Make each one count. It’s an honor to raise sons to be godly men, godly husbands, and godly fathers. As their moms, we have tremendous influence in their lives. Be intentional. Be prayerful. Be diligent, and when it gets hard because there are definitely difficult times, remember you are parenting them for the future. Bless each of you as you raise your boys to be men!

Generation Eve
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Julia Mateer

Laughing hard with friends, strong black tea, quiet moments with her husband, are some of Julia's favorite things. One of her greatest joys is having authentic conversations with women about relationships, parenting, and leadership.

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