My second son will be moving back to nola when he graduates from Bible College in Springfield, MO. This kind of surprises me. My oldest and his wife live in nola and my third is in college in nola and he and the youngest still live at home. They all like spending time with us. You’d think after 18 years of pretty much always being home and with me (especially!) 24/7, they’d fly far, far away!
In raising them, we knew that we were the parents, and we set boundaries, expectations, rules, and were consistent (most of the time) in disciplining. We all worked hard but we played hard. We did not try to make them like us, but we apologized if we got something wrong and were quick to restore relationship.
24 years later, our adult children are also our friends and co-workers, making possible a God-called dream to plant a church in the urban center of a great city. I can’t say enough how blessed I am : )