back from camp…

Handsome #1 returns home from camp today. I was asked so many times, “Do you miss him?” Really? Not so much… I was standing steadfast before the Lord all week on Layton’s behalf asking the Lord to impact him like he has never been before. So, I would say I was more in anticipation to see what the Lord had for Layton. You ask, well, what did he have to say? Layton dosen’t say much and as I am learning to be quiet, not prod, and when he feels like it he will talk. So, I do know he had a good time, the Lord did meet him there, and he got a bit sun burned. For the rest? I wait…

July 18, 2010 - 6:27 am

Gina - Oh Marlece. You are such a good mom!! And Layton is a GREAT kid. I am sure you will be able to witness the impact camp had on him. You are so wise to know when it’s time to just be quiet. Those boys are blessed to have such a powerful prayer warrior momma!!

July 19, 2010 - 1:48 am

Mama D.'s Dozen - You are the first person I’ve ever heard that had the same answer for “do you miss them?”, as I do. As my children have traveled the world, in service to Our Lord, I always get asked, “Don’t you miss them?” My response is always, “Well … while I LOVE it when they are home, I am so excited about what the Lord is doing in them and through them, that it would only be selfish to say I miss them.” My excitement about what the Lord is doing in my Big Kids, so far surpasses any temporary and selfish “missing them” thinking.

Glad he is home. My suggestion for getting him to talk … let him stay up later than anyone else … make him is favorite dessert … sit with him while he eats it (NOT in front of the television) … and just say, “I’d love to hear about your week.”

I have found that my teens and young adults talk a LOT more after the rest of the household is in bed, and it’s just “mama and me” time.

Be BLESSED!

Laurel πŸ™‚

July 19, 2010 - 4:02 am

Mama D.'s Dozen - Thanks for the note on my blog. πŸ™‚

I have often heard of a book called, “How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen.” And … I have often wanted to write a book called, “How to Listen, so Your Kids Will Talk.”

It is NOT all about how well Dad & Mom can talk to your kids. Communication with teens and young adults is ALL about how well Dad & Mom can listen, so that their teen will want to talk. And … I have worked on the Art of Listening for MANY years.

Pop me an email (address in my sidebar) if you want to chat more about this. Hmmm … maybe I should write a blog post on this topic.

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July 19, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Jenay - I’m with Mama D…but since we are not late-stayer-upers-then I suggest….taking him and only him in the car…go through a drive-thru..park somewhere, and something about the car and food and they open right up.

July 20, 2010 - 4:16 am

Big Fat Mama - So glad to hear that your son has returned home safely and had a good time at camp.

I so appreciate your comments on my blog. They mean a lot to me. πŸ™‚

LOVE the You Tube video of the preacher on the balance beam. It is such a true message!!

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