During our family vacation this Summer, we went on many a bike rides around the 30A. We LOVE to do this as a family and have so much fun riding along the cute beach side towns. The girls’ legs get quite a workout! Towards the end of a longer ride one afternoon, Addi was getting tired and would ask me for a push every now and then. I would gently push her along and she would peddle for a while and then need another push. Kam is pretty fearless when it comes to riding bikes…she whips around, goes up & down hills like nobody’s business. Addi on the other hand it a bit more timid, we really have to coach and encourage her. It constantly amazes me how different our girls are.
As I rode alongside my babies, one of these sweet vacation days, I got to thinking…
- I hope & pray I can always be there for my girls when they need a little push in life. Those times when things get downright hard, when they set a goal to accomplish something, when their hearts get broken, there’s a big test at school, a friend lets them down, they lose the game, they want to try something new, etc. I want to be there for them when they need me most. To help them keep going. To press into Christ, learn from mistakes, grow in trials, and move on. To “keep on keepin’ on”, as my Dad used to say. We tell our girls all the time, “Dixons don’t give up!”. I want to encourage them to be the best they can be, while loving them the best that I can. I want to motivate them to achieve their dreams and accomplish their goals. I want them to know that Mommy loves them no matter what and I will always be there to give them a little push when they need it. I love these two and thank God for them and the way they push me to strive to be a better person.
- Don’t we all need a little push at times? Life will inevitably have it’s struggles. My family recently went through a really tough one on our adoption journey. Thankfully, we have friends & family who continuously encourage & lift us up through what feels to be an uphill battle, on days when we want to just throw our bikes down and give up. But God’s mercies are new every morning, giving us strength we need to keep pedaling away towards our goal.
- It’s along the ride and through the struggles, that we grow stronger. Don’t discount that! It can be a beautiful thing. We learn more about ourselves. We learn to trust in God who is in control of all things. When we need a push, we sometimes have to humble ourselves and not be scared to ask. Honesty and vulnerability is where growth and amazing things happen. Outside of our comfort zone is where we really thrive. Embrace it.
Friends, I hope you will give your kiddos a push when they need it.
I hope you have friends that will give you a push when you need it most too.
When your story comes to an end one day, don’t look back with regrets. When you need a little push, ask for it! This journey is a beautiful one when we fully embrace every part of the ride.
Much love, Traci