A Letter to my Son on Your Third Birthday

Caleb,

Today you turn three! We all love you! Our family would be incomplete without you. 💙💜💛

You came into this world in a hurry and officially made me part of the club of moms who have delivered with an epidural. We had only been in our home for two weeks, but your arrival made it feel like home.

You are a sweet boy and all you want for your special day is a bday cake with dinosaurs. 🦖 We will also celebrate with pizza at a park because it is 2020 and we are practicing social distancing.

You love singing songs like “Can’t Touch This” but we also hear you singing “Alleluya”. You are quite the entertainer. 🎤 I love hearing your sweet voice singing in the back seat while I drive.

I pray you will be a great leader some day because you like to tell people what to do, even the neighbors’ puppy🐕 and…..everyone else around you.

You love licking guacamole containers clean and you could eat beans with every meal….but that would be dangerous. 🤪

You like adventure and you are always right behind your big brothers. 🛴

You have special games with everyone- you snap and point to say “tranquilo Papá” 👉 and you try to give me kisses on the mouth 👄….you “kiss me en la boca” because in this house full of boys Mommy’s mouth is only for daddy so this is our game.

Josué is the brother you cuddle up with to read a book. 📖 With Josiah you can spend hours building forts and hiding from everyone. ⛺

We love you so much! Happy 3rd birthday to our Baby Shark, 🦈because in this family you will always be the baby. Besos! Te Amo! 😘

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Choosing My Family Instead of Social Media

Last week I was going strong on my social media sites. I was excited about getting this new blog up and started. I was sharing my FACEBOOK page with my friends and inviting them to follow it. I was posting stories on Instagram and learning how to interact with my followers.

Suddenly it was Thursday. I found myself sitting on the couch in the living room with my cellphone in my hand. I was scrolling everywhere I could and supposedly watching a movie with my three kids and my husband.

I was being “efficient” and trying to get things done while we were spending supposed quality time as a family. Suddenly I felt a little hand take my phone away. My first response was to get upset. “No! You can’t play that dino game that you always ask for!”

Then time suddenly froze. My 2 year old, put my phone off to the side and put my hand in his. My heart melted. My child didn’t want to play with my phone, he wanted to hold Mommies’ hand while he watched the movie.

I can’t remember what we were watching, I only remember the desire I saw in my little boy’s face to be with his Mommy. That look sent my heart into a tail spin.

I knew in that moment that as I start out on this journey of blogging and learning social media I need to set boundaries. I do not want my family to suffer so that my number of followers will soar.

I will always choose him!

Once I read an article from Focus on the Family that talked about how to connect more with your kids in a world focused on technology. I thought about this article as I sat there beside my son.

The article talked about how many kids say they can’t open up to their parents because the parents are too busy and they are always on their phones.

This is not the reality I want in my family. I want my boys to know and feel that they are more important than anything that could be on a screen.

It was hard for me to not post pics this weekend of our Quarantine Easter. I may still post some but I made a decision last week to enjoy the moments with my family without always having a camera in my hand.

I will need to make a schedule and routine of when to write blogs and to post on Instagram so that I can keep things under control.

I know that just like any hobby or business there will be busier seasons. There will be times where I invest my time to work ahead and schedule posts so that I can be ready.

I will still invest in this dream that God has placed on my heart. This dream of encouraging other moms in this epic journey of raising boys.

What are you doing in your family to keep healthy boundaries with electronics and screen time?!?