Chris and I were on a date a few nights ago and he raised a frightening though.
LIZZIE WILL BE ALMOST NINE WHEN HE GETS BACK!!!! That is the age where we began discussing more opening, the birds and the bees with Sarah. We have always talked to the girls about their bodies, but it generally consisted of answering their questions and telling them not to let other people except Mommy or a Doctor touch their privates and only for medical reasons.
But at nine we tend to begin discussing sex a little more openly (within reason of course, some things are not for a child to know about). That kind of stunned me, it seems like we only began talking to her about her private parts just a few days ago and when he gets back it will be time for him to talk her about not kissing boys. Although, we are already talking to her about that - because we are encouraging the girls to wait until their wedding day to share their first kiss with a young man. Also we aren't allowing dating - any young man who wishes to get to know our daughters can do so in our house under our supervision.
I already have nay sayers, but you know I would rather the girls not grow up knowing the heartache of breaking up and the pain that go with making poor choices. They have so much time to grow up, but they only get to be children for a short while. Granted Lizzie will probably take longer, but wow, so many children today are growing up so quickly - for what. To be pushed out the door and not nurtured and love, or to have the real world help them grow up. I choose to believe what God said in Jeremiah - that He knows the plans he has for us, plans for our good and not for our harm.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share those thoughts. Chris leaves tomorrow and we will hopefully be able to see him in Nebraska in February and possibly in Indiana.
I hope you all have a good week. Thank you for your words of encouragement and your prayers. We will persevere and the show will go on.