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