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!"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Taking Teaching Opportunties

My plate is definitely full but I'm not complaining, I love it. But I do have to continually remind myself of the important things when I am trying to accomplish so much in a little time. Being a huge multi-tasker, I set goals each day of what I need to accomplish. I have to be sure I'm not so goal focused that I miss opportunities to speak Truth to my children. The baby and his same age, 2 year old nephew, were arguing this morning over the stool to help me cook. They decided to call each other "baby" because what a HUGE insult that would be to another two year old :). Now to my grandson, that really is fighting words but to my son, he just loves being the baby so it doesn't really bother him. To be honest, I was tempted not to even bother them because they ended up just laughing at each over their name calling. I NEEDED to finish breakfast and get moving on school. I was a bit behind from where I needed to be to get things done. Part of me was aggravated trying to figure out where they even picked up name calling since it's not allowed at any age at our house and the other part just needed to get things done. At least for this day, I made the right choice and had a little talk with the fellas. It's definitely difficult to take time outs in our busy schedules to take teaching opportunities as they present themselves but I know it's worth it in the long run.

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