Joanna Gaines has a rare perspective on the bittersweet passage of time thanks to the 14-year age gap between her eldest child and youngest baby.
In a touching Instagram post, the mom of five shared a photo of Drake, 15, as he achieved a major milestone the very same day that 1-year-old Crew reached a developmental one.
"Drake waited in line for an hour and finally got called up to get his drivers permit, and then my 15-year-old little boy drove home with Chip and all of a sudden he is all grown up," she wrote. "It's crazy because this morning I spent most of my time teaching Crew how to go up and down the stairs because he is still so wobbly – his weight is not distributed evenly quite yet. He used to reach for my hand when climbing the stairs so I could help him and now he insists on doing it himself."
The connection of these seemingly unrelated life experiences was not lost on her.
"The gap between these two circumstances with my boys is wide but the feeling on both is somehow the same," the Magnolia Table author continued. "So many hard and beautiful moments of beginnings and ends."
Although the age gap between her children isn't typical, the heart-tugging feeling she expressed is certainly relatable.
"Parenthood is all about training these babies up to eventually let them go," Joanna wrote. "May we savor all the big and quiet moments along the way."