Hi, I'm Christy. My husband and I recently celebrated 21 years of marriage. He made me a cop's wife over a decade ago and a soldier's wife from day one. We have five sons, ages 20, 15, 10, 7, and 4. We made the decision to homeschool in 2000, right before our oldest was to start kindergarten.
I never once imagined being the mom of five boys but God rarely reveals his plans ahead of time. If he did, I'm sure that many of us would question or plead with him about the wisdom of his plans for our lives. I probably would have been frozen in fear, afraid of my own inadequacy. But God knows better than I and gives me the tools I need as we go along. Many times, I get stalled or side-tracked by trying to do things my way, but thankfully, He is persistent.
My boys have changed me, strengthened me and continue to help me grow as a mother and as a woman. Children have their own personalities and tendencies, but they are also a mirror of their parents. It is often very humbling and, sometimes, painful to see your reflection in them. And, at other times, you experience God's grace and forgiveness through your own children. I have such a long way to go as a mother and my prayer is that "love covers over a multitude of sins".
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)