A couple weeks ago Sterling entered his school's science fair. It is actually required for all 4th and 5th graders to participate. He decided to do aproject he called "To Bean or Not to Bean". The premis behind it was to see if lima beans would grow when watered with liquids other than water. He used milk, apple juice, pickle juice, vinegar and water.
We were up until 10:30 or 11:00 that night geteting the board all ready, but it looked really good when it was finished. The next day he took it to school for the fair that night. Unfortunately, it ended up being cancelled due to bad weather (our school district cancels all activites whenever there is a Tornado Watch). The judging was potsponedd until the following morning when the kids cme to school. Sterling was exctied to see that he had gotten a PERFECT score: 100/100 A+!! He even got a Science Superstar ribbon!! Way to go buddy! We are so proud of you!!!!
I just love my little brood of kids! They are my life and I can't imagine it without a single one of them. Yes, it's hard. And it can be frustrating and overwhelming and loud and all those other things. But, it's so worth it.
These moments when they are smiling and laughing (and getting along!!), fill me with a joy beyond comprehension. The most coveted title that man could convey, the most lavish endowment of gold, silver, or precious jewels, or the grandest award offered, could not even begin to compare to the privelege of holding in my arms, even one of these precious children. No honor, acheivement, crown, award or glory given by man could ever compare to the gift and the joy of being a wife and a mother. To hear my precious children tell me that they love me or to give me an unprompted hug or kiss is the greatest reward in life.
I do not regret any missed travel, job or even education because I will always be able to do those things later. But being here, every day, teaching, working with, loving and holding my children is only for now; it will pass by in mere moments. And someday soon I will look back and wonder where the time went and when my babies grew up.