Archive for the ‘Teen Love’ Category

True Love lives in a real world, with real challenges and other real emotions. It is incredibly beautiful, True Love. But it takes lots of strength, courage and faith. A little humbleness, too. A little taking the back seat sometimes and a lot of never giving up! True Love is all encompassing. It loves your husband, your children, your friends, God – even strangers. I would not want to live without it ~ Blue Cotton Memory

My son just got his license. He not only met our requirements (grades) but he met the State of Tennessee’s requirements. The first thing he did was go pick up his friend, who had often picked him up, checked on him when he was having a hard time. His friend’s grandmother had suffered a heart-attack followed by a stroke. Her life is tenuous right now – and he feels his girlfriend isn’t there for him.

I told him what I told all my boys – when you meet the right girl, she will be there for you. God will give you a trust, a trust like the kind you had for your parents the day you were born – a God-given trust. . . and you will be there for each other because not being there isn’t fathomable. We talked about praying – for his grandmother, praying about whether this was the girl.

God took a rib from Adam and made woman.  Eve completed Adam; From Adam, Eve became. Neither of us, my husband or I am complete without the other. Jerry McGuire with Tom Cruise didn’t come up with that. God did – He created that.

The searching for that person who is the missing piece, the part that completes is a tough journey. Especially for teens and young adults who just recognize that yearning and might not understand that it is a journey to that person – God knows the place, the date, the time of that meeting.

Below is a chronicle of mothering through this journey. Please stop by. Visit. Some are funny. Some are serious. All are focused on true love.

June of 2009 – It was my second month of blogging – and it is the most special to my heart. All the posts led up to my oldest son’s wedding and they are all about teaching my sons about girls and love. Perfect for Valentine week! Can you guess which is my favorite?

Just case you’re wondering what I think about the love of my life, please check out these posts:

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“Mom! You’ve told that story a hundred times,” the oldest son will tell me, exasperated. He isn’t a parent yet – not until New Years Eve – so he doesn’t really understand what your children do to  you.

“Well, it’s just that good,” I toss back at him, finishing my story. I feel that way about my Relationship Trilogy for Teens (7th, 8th and 9th grade relationship “lectures”).  While I move today and unpack, maybe you would enjoy hearing these stories again – and if you have not read them yet – well, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy telling them! Sit down, grab a Pain au Chocolate and cup of coffee – and let this mama tell her stories!

Hubba Bubba

One of my sons didn’t have a girl friend until he was 17.  However, a little girl did ask him to be her special friend the first few weeks of first grade.   He told me that right when he got in the car.  I replied, “Oh, how sweet – that someone wants to be your friend.”  I knew life had definitely changed when he said, “She didn’t mean it that way, Mom.”  [Read Full Post]

You’re a Cake; She’s a Cake

Seventh and eighth grade are rife with drama.  Young boys and girls budding into young men and women – wanting to be all grown up.  Gymboree is all packed away – no more Baby Gap.  Disney is passé and, suddenly, you realize most movies aren’t what they used to be.  However, it’s the relationships that rule the day – and the emotions. [Read Full Post]

Are You Man Enough

My second son came in the kitchen late one winter afternoon. He was a freshman in high school. He pulled up a stool at the counter. I was doing dishes and cooking. He was dazzled again, by the sweet girl who had dazzled him in the 8th grade, the lovely girl who prompted the “You’re a Cake” lecture. They had “broken” up way back in the old days of the 8th grade. To be honest, even though they had broke up, they still admired each other” [Read Full Post]

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