Rob and Jordan went on a little trip together. They went away last weekend. They went to Brown County State Park for camping and fishing, campfires and all that goes with camping. Well, with one addition. The "boy talk".
We purchased the "Preparing for Adolesence" from Focus on the Family. It is a 7 cd set. You are supposed to drive about 3-4 hours away, and listen and discuss everything you've listened to. Well, Rob said they made it through 2 of the cd's. He did the ones he felt were necessary at the time. He said 1 or 2 of them will be listened to in a year or so. Rob said it went well. He was a little sad at one time Dr. Dobson made the comment, something to the effect of this. "This is a journey from boyhood to becoming a man, and once this journey starts you can't turn back." Rob said that was a little sad to hear, Jordan is turning into a young man, and there is nothing we can do about it. Our prayer is that he will remain a follower of Christ when he is an adult. Wow, it is a little overwhelming at times to think of the responsibility we have as parents, and then to realize that we only have 6 more years with him at home (at least). Let me say, when he came home, he put his arms out and said, "Mom, I need a hug." That was a great feeling. I figure, if he is 12, and still wants to hug his Mom, that is wonderful.
Rob will do this same type trip with the other 2 boys as they reach "that" age. Rob will let them choose the destination. They are already looking forward to the "special" time with Dad. I'm so thankful for my husband who is so proactive with our family. He is not content to just let it happen however, he works continually to make us a more Christ centered family, and have a open relationship with the boys. I am truly blessed.