My Boys? Let ’em suffer.

IMG_3359BMX, really?

Can’t say I would have chosen this sport but it’s here in a big waace big smiley. In the four years that my kids have been riding most of the tears have had to do with saying goodbye to Oregon BMX since we don’t have a track where we live in Hawaii.

That is, until this past summer…

It’s hard to watch the tears rolling down my child’s face. But if I believe in God and what His word says I’ll just let the tears pool in big wet puddles. The Good Book says, “that  suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”


We’ve all seen enough movies to know that this is true. The best stories HAVE to include suffering. It’s how that suffering is handled that bears the fruit of character, belief, and confidence.

I’ve heard if you help a butterfly out of it’s cocoon that their wings won’t fully develop and they’ll die. First time I watched one emerge it was mighty tempting to give it a little help while looking at the rumpled wings.

Now, I’m very thankful I had the chance to practice on a butterfly as I watch my boys struggle.IMG_3081

Who knew the opportunity to teach, experience, and live; kindness, thoughtfulness, humility, perseverance, courage, and endurance, first hand would be found on a dusty bike track.

I’m proud of you boys when you’re hunched over the handlebars crying, but it’s really nice to have something cool to pack up and bring back to Hawaii with us.

mama and sage butterfly


Romans 5:3-4



Hannah Bader

Homeschooling, mompreneur enjoying the pursuit of health, wealth, and wisdom! Loving my man for 20+ years and mama to three boys who love to go fast.

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3 Responses

  1. Christin Seed says:

    This is my second time reading this post and it gives me much encouragment. Thank God for His guidence and experience from other Mommies.

  2. Celeste says:

    I’m learning that much comes from the struggle found on the dirty track. Happy to say meeting your family is one of the joys.

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