How do you keep the main thing the main thing, when the main thing is a million little things?
That’s what mothering is. It’s having a heart for the million little things in a day. Especially the little things known as children.
Things like a daughter wanting to create a doll out of my swiffer duster. She calls it the dusting dolly.
Or, things like creative snack times, that let my kids know I’m about more than just getting the food in their stomach and off my to-do list. I have time to delight with them in apple smiles.
Or, little things like agreeing to take a picture of the kids’ food art after dinner.
Or, little things like laughing at Evangeline’s blue crayon debacle of 2011. Boy was that fun on the other end.
It isn’t about catering to our children’s every whim of want. But it is delighting in the direction and duties of the day.
Rachel Jankovic has another wonderful article at Desiring God. Here’s a taste:
“Do we believe that we want children because there is some biological urge, or the phantom “baby itch”? Are we really in this because of cute little clothes and photo opportunities? Is motherhood a rock-bottom job for those who can’t do more, or those who are satisfied with drudgery? If so, what were we thinking?
Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”
How I need these reminders. Lord, give me the strength to love my children with Gospel sacrifice in the little things.