11:11 PM

Babies, diapers, toddlers, learning to read… 
sweet baby toes
 

Teenagers, late night talks, life questions, and hormones
Teenager girl sit holding small laptop 

When they were all little, they all needed to be buckled in,  have their shoes tied and food cut up.

Now, they are wondering about opening bank accounts, how soon can I drive and why do I believe what I do?

Our family is in a season where we have both ends of the spectrum.  Soon to be newborn babe arriving in just a few short weeks.  We are pulling out baby clothes, the car seat and getting the crib ready.

Soon to be 14 year old son, this summer.  He is taking me out on a “date” in a few days, complete with cash from Dad and instructions in chivalry.

And we have all ages in between. Who is sufficient for these things, Lord?

But, He giveth more grace.

A friend of mine shared a wonderful memory she had of the late night talks with her daughter growing up.  She prized those nights of heart to heart discussions.  Her daughter’s bedtime showed on the digital clock as 11:11 PM.  They would look over at the clock and it was that girl’s favorite time of the day.  11:11.  To this day (her daughter now nearly 40) the mother sees the clock at 11:11 and remembers fondly those times, taking that moment often, to pray for her grown child.

Mother, we never know what memories we are making. The seeming little things, that will one day be big things in their and our lives.  So the challenge for you and for me  today is…what 11:11 can we give our child?

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10 responses to “11:11 PM

  1. Such a good reminder before we head into schooling today…thank you. Love the idea of a mom/son time together…
    Your words “He giveth more grace” reminded me of my favorite Annie Flint poem/song:

    “He Giveth More Grace”

    He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
    He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
    To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

    Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
    Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
    Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
    The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

    For His love has no limits, and His grace has no measure,
    His power has no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Christ Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

  2. Hi Jenny

    I can so relate to this post of yours! I too am at both ends of the spectrum. One daughter is in college and almost 20 (she keeps me on skype for over an hour sometimes! our 11:11 I guess), one is 18 and wants to head off into the wild blue yonder of education herself later this year, the other is 14 and my last… the lagniappe gifted by our Creator … is four. I actually have a half-written blog on this very same topic… how do you stretch yourself and give each of them their needs? Tough, but life will never get boring, right? As I put in my half-written blog (soon to be published I hope) I will probably never have empty-nest syndrome since by the time the youngest is ready to fly off, I’ll be minding grands! Thanks for a great post!

    Love & Blessings

  3. Yes, our days and lives may be full, but so are our hearts! Kari posted a poem just ahead of you in the comments…make sure you read it..it is wonderful!

  4. 11:11:) Excellent idea! I’ve found that it’s the traditions that my children cherish and look forward to so much {I was the same way as a kid}. I would love for you to link this up at my Unwasted Homemaking Party!

    http://www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com

  5. Thank you for this! Lately, my infant has a hard time falling asleep and often doesn’t finally crash until close to midnight. This is hard for me because I’m a morning person, but not at all a night owl. Also, my 2 year old and 4 year old are early birds AND they no longer nap, so me catching a nap is not an option. On top of it, I’m one of those people who tend to need 8-10 hours of sleep to function. Still, there’s something sweet in those late, quiet, dark hours. There’s that moment of preciousness when baby finally falls into peaceful sleep in the only arms that can soothe him. And, there’s the miracle of being able to function on so little sleep day after day! God is so good!

  6. I hope that some part of what my kids and I do together will be like that. You never know what you’re going to start, what will stick and what will be remembered. I know I only remember the (basically) good things from childhood. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Found you through the Wednesday hop!

  7. I love the 11:11, what a great way to know that someone you love is thinking of you at that exact moment.

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