This month, the Green Moms Network has put out a challenge that features a different writing prompt each day. Not only am I trying to get into the habit of posting non-giveaway or cloth diaper sales posts every day, but I would love for my readers to get to know me on a more personal level.
If you have a blog and want to join in the challenge, you can find the writing prompts in this post. Anyone is welcome to join in, and there are prizes up for grabs for group members! Interested in joining the Green Moms Network? Click here.
Before marriage and kids, my husband and I spend most of our free time together. One of our favorite activities was going hiking and backpacking. We spend any vacation time that we could hiking the Sawtooths, Zion, Yellowstone, the Tetons...
Life was about us, nothing more.
Then life became a little more demanding, and that personal time that my husband and I once shared, grew shorter and shorter.
At times, both of us feel like we come in dead last. There are days when I literally fall to the ground because I would like to hear a few words of appreciation. Most of the time, they don't come.
Today was a different story.
I really did not know what I was going to accomplish today's writing assignment. Sure, there are many things that I love about my husband, but what on earth would I say?
As I sat down at my computer, I log into my personal Facebook account and find the following posted on my wall:
"Just a little piece of encouragement. Thanks for all you do for our kids:
'It is a fundamental truth that the responsibilities of motherhood cannot be successfully delegated. No, not to day-care centers, not to schools, not to nurseries, not to babysitters. We become enamored with men’s theories such as the idea of preschool training outside the home for young children. Not only does this put added pressure on the budget, but it places young children in an environment away from mother’s influence. Too often the pressure for popularity, on children and teens, places an economic burden on the income of the father, so mother feels she must go to work to satisfy her children’s needs. That decision can be most shortsighted. It is mother’s influence during the crucial formative years that forms a child’s basic character. Home is the place where a child learns faith, feels love, and thereby learns from mother’s loving example to choose righteousness. How vital are mother’s influence and teaching in the home—and how apparent when neglected!'
― Ezra Taft Benson"
I seriously wanted to cry.
Today had been a stressful day. After being screamed at, hit, and ignored by my children, I planted my face on the kitchen table. I wanted to scream "Why, why, why must this be so tough?"
When I saw those words my husband left, I thought about the reasons I wanted to stay at home with my kids and take on the responsibility of homeschooling them. Parents have done this for years and sometimes even with a dozen children...how on earth did they have the energy?
Then I thought of the reward...
First off, I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of my children's life 24/7. Monotony does take it's toll, but to be able to witness every accomplishment is worth more to me than all of the world's precious metals.
Thank you, my husband, for working so hard so that I can enjoy our little blessings and for giving me the encouragement to do so. I seriously could not do this whole motherhood thing without you