9.07.2007

On a more serious note...


Adding a new person to our family hasn't been the easiest thing I've ever done. Let that be my understatement for today. There are some days...like today, where I did not get out of my pajamas until 2, did not get a shower until 3:30 and that was only because Kendall came home early (which is very rare and very nice!). And some days I feel that my head might actually explode if I have to repeat the same phrases I say everyday...one more time. (Allow me to wax philosophical and sentimental for a moment) But, there are times when I see that this is the best thing I have ever done.

I realize that my son doesn't know much more than what I teach him. Frightening as that is, I also recongnize the great potential I have to put positive, loving thoughts and interesting information in his head...and not let him watch T.V. mindlessly. It is amazing to watch him learn, I can literally SEE his mind expanding some days. The connections he makes between things we have read and seen, are great. He applies knowledge and he grows everyday. That is amazing.

I realize that in my little daughter I have a great woman in my home. She is going to be a wonderful person (as is Ethan), and I privileged to be her mother. I hope I always feel this way and let her know that.

I got a forward from a friend today about "invisible women" maybe you've gotten it too. It's a mother who talks about how she can say something to her family and they don't respond...some days she feels like she is just a pair of hands, or a car that needs to pick someone up, or an source of information but not a person. Then she gets a gift of a book about the great cathedrals from a friend, and it changes how she thinks about her life. The great cathedrals were made by people whose names we do not know. Those people built these amazing buildings with the knowledge that they would be mostly anonymous, that many intricate details would be seen only by God. But they built them because they had faith that God does see the work of thier hands and appreciates the sacrifices they've made.

You see the similarities. I am building "cathedrals" and someday, hopefully, people will look at my children and say, "What nice people they are."

Thanks for letting me say that. Some days, it needs to be said and remembered! Good job to all you other mothers, for building your little cathedrals into great people. I appreciate what you do.

4 comments:

Cuddlydoll said...

That was a really nice thought. Thanks for posting.

Marielle

Lacey said...

Love your thought...thanks!

Jack and Annie said...

I envy people like you who can so easily put their thoughts into words. Thank you for sharing that little insight into your thoughts...

Tina said...

I, too, have been thinking along the same lines as this lately, mostly because Seth started preschool. I wonder if the things he has learned at home are enough to help him know how to function as a happy child away from home. Anyway, it's good to know that we all think about this. I appreciated your thoughts and insight.