Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Thursday, March 3, 2011

And Miles to Go Before I Sleep

Everyday I make grandiose plans for the things I want to accomplish.  I don't finish nearly all the things I'd like because it's hard to plan for boo-boos, unexpected company, behavior adjustment implementations (:D), or just getting off track to see the newly blooming flowers, a butterfly, or to count airplanes with the toddler.  However, I find a deep sense of satisfaction if when my graying head hits the pillow, our home is at peace, the kitchen is clean, the house picked up, and laundry mountain only remains a small hill.  If we were able to laugh together while we worked together and we accomplished the majority of school without threats or tears, it's been a great day.   There was a time I would have felt defeated by not doing much more in a day but I've learned to find joy in just doing the best we could and pressing on to another day.  It makes for a less stressful day for not only myself but my family.  May our homes be filled with the peace and fragrance of our Lord Jesus and we will be satisfied with all that we set our hands to do.

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