It doesn’t seem so long ago when we had three children 6 years old or younger. Those days were a bit crazy, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Little sleep, controlled chaos, then just plain chaos and a whole lot of time playing on the floor with our children on our hands and knees.

While my wife and I were going through it, there seemed to be no end to the long nights, piles of laundry, messes and dirty diapers. But then before we knew it, there were no more diapers, the toys began to thin out and the next thing you know, they’re in middle school.

When we got pregnant 7+ years after our youngest, it was a surprise and a real gift. I knew I was going to cherish every moment as I was fully aware of how quickly the time goes. We did just that.

Our youngest is now 13 as we begin another transition into the next season. Many tears and laughter accompany us along the way and we do our best to take it all in stride.

Even though it can be rough, I do my best to look at the “big picture” of life and stay present in the moment knowing the next season is right around the corner and before we know it summer is here.