Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second post of the day. WOW

While browsing blogs today I stumbled across this amazing blog which is providing me with alot of encouragement in my walk as a Stay At Home Mom.

Currently she has a Fall Challenge I am going to participate in. This is my first blog challenge and I am excited.

Here are the details. Would love you to join me. Hope I am doing this right.

Being a grateful Stay at Home Mom

I have not updated everyone on the condition of my mom lately so am going to take the time to do that. My mom is leveling off on her health decline. She recently had her meds readjusted and my faithful father has been visiting with her 12 hours a day. We actually suspect that her medication was not being given properly which caused her to exhibit stroke like symptoms and more falling. The combination of med adjustment and my father's presence has remedied all that. God is so good.

I am really loving my choice to stay at home with Jake. I am loving being a mom and Dayne's help mate. One thing helping me is reading other women's blogs and seeing how they get so much JOY out of taking care of their family. I have always dreamt of being a homemaker but that has not been possible until now.

Jake and I are getting into a more predictable rhythm and this is helping me alot. I also have done some inner work and realize what a precious and important job I have to make my home a haven for my family. I realize that having a place for my family to receive rest and peace is every increasingly important.

Now the confession part of this post. I have no idea what I am doing. My mom was a SAHM and did the most fabulous job of anyone I know. Dayne's mom was a SAHM and from his description she shined at her calling as well. I must admit I never took the time to allow my mom to mentor me. I saw the fruits of her labor but did not stop long enough to learn HOW to do what she did. So I am trying to learn as much as I can about my calling to be a SAHM. I have alot of skills to learn but instead of being intimidated I am getting excited and grateful for all the women who have gone before me and are willing to show me the way.

I love the process of nurturing my family and providing a place of joy, peace, order. I love that Dayne is patient and loving and is encouraging me along the way. I love that he values what I do at home and tells me daily. That can make all the difference in the world.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to bear my soul again.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Mothers.

Three Masons

Once a man came upon three rock masons at work. "What are you doing?" he asked of them.

"I am carving these stones into the different sizes wanted," answered the first.
"I am earning six dollars a day," replied the second.
"I am helping to build a great cathedral," commented the last.

Only he had caught the vision of the great work that he was helping to do!

Three Mothers

Once a woman came upon three mothers at work. "What are you doing?" she asked of them.

"I am doing the weekly washing," answered the first.
"I am doing a bit of household drudgery," replied the second.
"I am mothering three young children who some day will fill important and useful spheres in life, and wash-day is a part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever," replied the third.

Only she had caught the vision of the great work she was doing!

(Taken from the book The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell.