Ever since we found out that the little baby in my belly is our third son, I’ve been thinking a lot about boys. And more specifically, the privilege of raising them.
Did God lay the desire for three boys on my heart when I was little because he knew that he already had that planned for me? Or did he give me three boys to honor my dream from childhood? I’m not sure. But either way. I know this. I will be a mother of three boys come September. And I look at that as a privilege, a challenge, and a blessing.
I say challenge not because I will be raising boys. No, that is my norm. And that is all I know. Instead, I use the word challenge because I look at that role as a serious one. I don’t just want to raise boys that become men. I want to raise boys that become men of character. I don’t like to do anything without purpose in my life. And I look to this role as my most important role thus far.
So I’ve developed a mission statement for the type of son we are aiming to raise. If you know us, you know we have not fully arrived at any of these statements. But if you know us, you also know we have many more glimpses of these statements becoming our reality one day when they are older. And that blesses me as a mom to think about and observe.
Anyway, here is our new mission statement come September. I encourage you to write one of your own for your household whether you are single, married or married with childen. And if you happen to have all boys and like this one, by all means, print it off and use it.
In this house, we raise boys.
Boys who like to wrestle, but know how to hug
Boys who love Jesus and are never scared to let others know He loves them too
Boys who care about others but who don’t care too much about what others think
Boys who know that no matter how much or how little they have, they are never above or below anyone
Boys who prefer to play in the mud all day every day but can run a vacuum when the floor is calling
Boys who can speak their mind with confidence but know when to be quiet and listen even if they disagree
Boys who find women beautiful and charming but know the best way to treat them is with respect and care
Boys that prefer peace to fighting but will stand up to a bully for a friend or brother
Boys that know that sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest thing but still make the decision to do what is right
Boys that love others boldly because they know Jesus loves them despite any mistake or imperfection they may have
Boys who respect and admire their father in a way young men do but honor their mother’s wishes even when their father is not watching
Boys that will be independent enough to sow their wild oats but never too old for a kiss from their mom
Boys that shake hands with a firm grip and look adults in the eye during conversation
Boys who open doors for ladies and picks up bags when they see someone in need despite their schedule
Boys that know they are forgiven when mistakes happen but are prepared to make repair when necessary
Boys who never forget their identify is from Christ and no one else despite anything this world may tell them
In this house, we raise boys.
Boys who one day will become men.
Men who not only make us proud but men who make the world a better place because they are in it.
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