Caution: This is a long post! I am writing about my children...and there are many of them....
I loved going to parent-teacher conferences when my children were young. I always felt like it was my payday! I loved hearing the teachers tell me how smart, well-behaved, kind, generous, helpful, etc, etc, etc, my children were.
Over the years, I came to understand that my children were doing well because of their own choices, and that it really wasn't my "payday" - it was theirs. (What if they had been little pills? Those would have been their choices, too...)
Well, today, I am going to claim Mother's Day as my payday. I have nine wonderful, intelligent, considerate, generous children, and despite the fact that I can't take much (if any!) credit for how they've turned out, I am certainly grateful for who they are!
crafty blog is followed by people all over the world, and in her "spare" time (haha!) she does online tutoring and scoring for state assessments from all over the U.S. She is a thrifty inspiration to the rest of the family.
bookbinder. She speaks fluent Russian, and has taught English in Russia for 3 different seasons. She will soon be certified to provide foster care to handicapped children. She is upbeat, loyal, loving, and brave. She is a tireless mom to her two active preschoolers, and on top of all that, her house is tidy and organized. What a woman! She has a positive attitude, and a steady faith that helps her cope with the ups and downs of life. She looks for ways to creatively manage her family budget during this season of her life, when her husband is in graduate school.
crafty blog that is followed by bloggers around the world, as well as a weight-loss blog with an international following. She is organized, loving, and happy, and her greatest joys are coming into her life now as she is a mother.
I am a wealthy woman. As a girl growing up, I never dreamed that I would be mother of such a large and talented family. Like all families, there are times when some of the members of my family don't see eye-to-eye, and we have stresses and tensions just like anyone else. Some of my children might not agree with everything I have written here about their siblings, but this is how I see each and every one. They are beautiful, wonderful, intelligent, kind, loving, talented people. I have been thinking about each of them today. I love each one, and I am honored to be a mother to them.