when it comes to raising a son...

>> Monday, July 13, 2009

I was raised in a family of 2 girls. My mom was raised in a family of 10 girls. (No, that's not a typo.) The idea of raising a daughter felt natural. Not that I didn't want a boy (I kind of secretly did), but just that I couldn't picture myself as the mother of a son. At the same time, I had this strong feeling that this baby was male.

Oddly, when the ultrasound confirmed quite clearly that "IT'S A BOY!", I was thrilled. As an oldest child, I'd always longed for an older brother. Hubby, of course, could hardly keep the volume down as he danced around the doctor's office, "I'm gonna have a son! I'm gonna have a son!" Romanian culture places an almost biblical value on starting a family with a son. The nurses just watched him and chuckled at his glee.

Then I started thinking in earnest about the actual process of raising a son in today's world. You see, we don't just want to raise a nice boy. We want to create a family atmosphere that will encourage Munchkin to be a man of God. A leader. A strong and masculine individual who knows his calling and isn't terrified of his place in the world. A Moses, or a Joseph, or an Elijah.

We chose his name after months of sorting through lists of origins and meanings. We wanted him to know from the start that he is a son of God, with a beautiful life purpose. (Something far more important than making his momma downright miserable for 9 months straight before he was born!)

We know so many wonderful families raising beautiful daughters to love Jesus. Only a few of them have sons, too. There is such a vacuum of godly men in today's Western society that it's daunting to think about raising boys into Christian manhood. Scary, even.

So my first book review (see next post) is going to be on our latest read. It has taken the ideas we already had and crystallized them into something tangible. Can't wait to share it with you!

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2 comments:

Heather July 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM  

Well said about raising a Godly man. I always imagined raising girls but when I found out we were going to have a boy I was apprehensive. One of my coworkers who raised a boy and girl told me that the world needs more Godly men. God has given us a heavy responsibility but its so much fun! Can't wait for you to experience this.

Rachel July 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

Hey Sarah,
You might want to add Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. He has some good info in there.

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