What? I have a 30 Year old Child?


Austin 3.5

No, my first born is just…3…0…………30?!?!?!?!?!

He was the little guy who first made me a Mommy. He was the first human being to really teach me what “unconditional love” meant. I thought I knew….then he was born. So when the second one arrived, I was prepared and understood how that love multiplied and didn’t divide.

I remember turning 30.  My husband’s 30th birthday was highlighted by a trip to the ER.  Our youngest son needed stitches.  Made for a memorable moment…even this 3.5 year old remembered it a bit!

This 30-year-old climbed then repelled down the side of a small bluff on his birthday.  I saw a three-year old coming down and had glimpses of that six-year-old falling out of the backyard tree. I had to look twice to see it was actually a man.IMG_0001


I know that being a mom is not the easiest job in the world…in fact, I personally think it is one of the most difficult. We got through the necessary stages…newborn, baby, toddler, preschooler, young child, child, preteen, teen, post teen and now Adult. I am still working on being a mother of adults…. and of course I have made plenty of mistakes…


IMG_3436I am proud of my children. But I often say that I cannot take the blame for their failures, anymore than I can take credit for their successes. They are adults. They are still a delight to me. So I give God the praise today for allowing me to learn so much from my first born. I thank Him for trusting us enough to raise him. And I say Happy Birthday…to my once little buddy.

And then ask myself…..when did this actually happen?

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

OK….. I am actually the parent of a 30-year-old.  And I am very proud of it!

Even if I am only 39 myself! 🙂


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,


*NIV Bible, personal images

2 thoughts on “What? I have a 30 Year old Child?

  1. Your post made me smile and warmed my heart:-) I can feel you…our sons are now 35 and 32, and we keep wondering, “how is this even possible?”…we feel like we should be in our thirties. Life is amazing, and it is so wonderful to watch our sons grow and become great blessings as men, husbands, and fathers.

    Keep enjoying each season…and may God continue to bless your family!


    1. It is indeed wonderful to watch their lives unfold. We so enjoy the friendships with each son and daughter in law! It does just seem like yesterday, so enjoying each moment is so important I know. Blessings to your precious family as well Bernadette! Thanks for reading!

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