Friday, August 3, 2012

Full Hearts...

" We owe our children- and ourselves- our full hearts... not what is left over after a busy day..."
Sally Clarkson

Summer is in full swing and wafting in with beautiful storms and then hot, sticky weather.
My garden is finally blooming and growing with a fervor to finish strong as the days get closer to Fall.

And even though our days have been filled with work, more work, and other commitments...I am trying to slow it down, treasure these days, and give my full heart to my children and husband.
I finally ordered this book...

and oh what a doozie of a read it is!
I have been enjoying it in the mornings with a warm cup of tea and the sun just coming over the hills.

Sally Clarkson just speaks to my soul and has been giving me a fresh outlook on motherhood...

"The ultimate key to providing a nurturing environment in my home is me."

So, feeling a little overwhelmed this week by busyness...I decided a little nurturing was in order:).
We went to the lake with ALL of the cousins and then were lucky enough to keep one of them for a couple of days.
 Oh...the excitement and happiness of being together was so sweet between the kids.
Babies played in the water...and ate sand:).
 There was lots of swimming in the ice cold mountain water.
Big cousins helped the littles...

And then more time together just made for the most lovely memories.
This is a mission of bond and keep those ties blossoming between your children, and then build and create those ties between family for a strong foundation.

My heart just aches that we have to give my nephew back tomorrow!
I feel like that about all of my nephews and nieces...
they are just sweet beyond words.

I have been entrusted and blessed with these precious children and hope that the relationship I am building with them nurtures their hearts.
I want to be patient, gentle, and a Mom that reacts sensitively to them so that they will emulate these qualities in their own lives.

There really is an eternal significance to our choices...and sometimes that makes me feel anxious.
In Clarkson's book, I found this quote though, and I think it sums up the true basis of giving your full heart in motherhood:).

"The Lord would have us know that He is ultimately the one in charge of our children. He will use all of our willingness and efforts, then fill in the gaps of our inadequacies, to prepare their hearts for what He has in mind."

Wishing you a weekend of giving your full heart to your family!



Lisa said...

What a lovely post, and I love the pictures of the memories you made. The years are all too fleeting, you know?

I think it is pretty awe inspiring to think that God trusted me to be a steward over my sweet children. What an awesome and sometimes overwhelming be called Mother.

Cheryl said...

I haven't read the book but may just get it after what you shared.
If I could turn back time I probably would do things differently as a mom. My kids are in college now, but I am resting in knowing that the Lord filled my gaps along the way.
Thanks for sharing this.

Carol Blanchet said...

I just LOVE your blog - not because your garden is beautiful (it is), not because your homemaking ideas are inspiring (they are!), but because your love for your husband and children and your connection to them is just so heart warming. You are such a cheerful encouragement....Thank you!

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

oh that last quote you shared there by Sally...

what a breath of fresh air (all grace!).

Thanks for sharing.

I seem to think maybe this book, I should get - soon!! It's the second time in a week that someone has referred to it and it's been nagging at me to buy it. ;)

Jacqueline said...

Julia, your blog is just what I need everyday!!! You are such an inspiration. P.S. I was just checking out your pinterest boards and they are AMAZING!!! I'm having so much fun looking through them.

Gumbo Lily said...

I read Sally Clarkson back in my child rearing days and she has such a heart for God and family. It is evident by your post that you "get it" and your children will be blessed by you.


Anonymous said...

This was one of your best posts for me. It really spoke to my heart and my current situation. I am fully focused on taking the best care of my family right now, and not taking on anything else. Thank you for the encouragement. xo Megan


Julia, Julia, Julia.
That is exactly the point, giving my full heart to my little boy, after a whole day at work, after feeling so tired (I'm pregnant and I am always asleep)and sometimes nervous.... it gets difficult at times but I know that is the right thing to do and the only one. Thanks for this great post.

Cailan said...

I will certainly be looking into that book, Julia. God has been getting my attention in this area to as the summer wanes and I realize this is my last chance at a summer with a five year old and two three year year they will be six and four. Of everything I could do with my days I know that choosing to nurture and mother is a choice that's impossible to regret. Thank you for the good encouragement along this line and sorry to be a stranger for so long!
with love,

Liz said...

Julie- your blog is just beautiful.I love the pics of your kids with their cousins. They make me miss Molly's kids even more.

Unknown said...

Oh what a heartwarming post!
I will also put that book on my wish list! It sounds indeed like a true Doozie!


Limestone fireplace said...

Julia, you are a caring mom and a wife. You are blessed. All the best.

- Herman Swan

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