Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Blessing of Children

I love being a mom.  It's hard work, and it takes every ounce of energy I have to spare, but I love my children so very much.  I can't imagine life without them, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

William and Adelaide are precious to me.  They are priceless gifts from God.  I like the following quote from Stepping Heavenward.  It sums up some of my thoughts on the value of children that makes the physical sacrifice worth it all. (Background information for this quote: Katy has given birth to yet another child, and she also has poor health. There are some who are displeased with her for having another child.)
She says I shall now have one more mouth 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 pattering about my nursery.  Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worth all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant.  I may see less of friends, but I have gained one more 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 darlings had left me.  Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers!  Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!
From Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

With William (4 1/2) and Adelaide (9 months old)
I am blessed!


I'm linking this post up with Raising Homemakers and Women Living Well.

4 comments:

Tasha said...

You ARE blessed Rachel! I found you on incourage....we had commented on the same thing and I noticed your blog is also One day at a time...
I love being a Momma too!
Tasha

Anonymous said...

Rachel - You are such an inspiration and blessing! I hope you don't mind, but I quoted part of this blog on my FB page. I've been feeling especially weak lately and have been trying to sum up my feelings - you've done it beautifully. Thank you!
crystal hull

Kerri said...

What a wonderful quote. And how appropriate! My family thought I was crazy to get pregnant (they were scared, mostly!) but I wouldn't trade Jacob for all the health in the world. Sometimes I think, what did I ever do before I had him?

blythe said...

Hey Rachel!

It's your old neighbor! Just wanted to say that your blog is very encouraging and I totally love the quote about our precious little children (one is sleeping on my lap at the moment).

Take care!
Blythe

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