I never felt right about sleepovers when my sons were growing up. I just didn't. But it was such a common thing to do, part of a "normal" childhood, right?
I was accused often of being overprotective. Because of this, I feared that my sons might "turn out" like the 2 'boys' down the street from us. They never ventured out on their own, and still shared a wagon wheeled bedroom set, when they were in their 40s. If one of them came to see us, 5 houses down, their Mom would often call them within 15 minutes to make sure they were okay.
So no, I did not want my boys to be like them.
I wanted them to be men, and move out, and have families of their own, and be happy.
So I suffered through the many sleepovers. As the years went on, and the world got crazier, I started deleting more of their friend-sleepover ideas. But I often felt like a Mom all on her own....no other Mothers I knew seemed to have a problem with it.
So can you imagine how happy I was last Sunday afternoon when Elder Larry Lawrence said this in his talk:
I am so thankful for General Conference, and the guidance we get to receive.
I'm also thankful my sons all enjoy watching it, too. Even when they live in Provo, and their Uncle Richard so kindly has them all over. It's a great time to be with extended family.
My SIL, Wendy, was here in Clovis for the weekend!
Thank you Karen for taking the pictures!!