I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good. To be admired, loved, and respected. To have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married if they choose, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send. My dear girls, I am ambitious for you, but not to have you make a dash in the world, marry rich men merely because they are rich, or have splendid houses, which are not homes because love is wanting. Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.” -from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Finding our winter rhythm. Catan (Junior) is a family favorite and today as they’re playing, I find myself stopping all I need to do just to stare at these magnificent humans- in awe of the friendship they’re building with each other, in love with the people they are. I feel this way most of the time, really, but when they are all engaged in something beautiful together, it’s the most majestic music. Any other suggestions for strategic, creative games we should check out?
The celebration of life in nine tiny corners of four through 2018. And as far as 2019? “I pray that *we*, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that *we* may be filled of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, to Him be all glory” Ephesians 3. #topnine
A very Frenchie Christmas.🎄💞
Holly jolly festivities with my life date. 🎄
Our sweetest gift of life and laughter, Rosie Grace. Three years of delight in a smushy bundle of joy.
So many things for me to love about this image - including 11/12 Santa fans and one cousin from each family unintentionally matching plaid shirts.
Truth be told it was a ton of work to take them out and play for a shorter amount of time than it took to get ready let alone the amount of time it took clean up the mess from coming inside not to mention all the zillion other things I wanted to get done today. And several were crying and I was cold and bundling them up made me feel major mom guilt for not having the right sizes or necessities to keep them warm. But this isn’t one of those posts about cherishing these fleeting days. Because honestly I don’t think that cliche phrase has much to do with the lasting purpose or potential of motherhood. Children are not my trinkets or darling accessories to my life. They’re His people, part of His family just as much as I am. And while these little ones bless my life with so much light and laughter on the daily, we are firsthand witnesses to each other’s many major shortcomings. And all these experiences we’re growing up through together? I am so thankful for the way they enrich my life with tremendous depth but honestly the moments along the way are usually full of all the sparks Scripture must be referring to when it teaches - “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Prov. 27:7) Thus, alongside and because of my tribe of iron souls, we are together “contemplating the Lord's glory” and “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory”. (2 Corinthians 3:18) #bedeeplyrooted #clickinmoms #bringingbackthevillage #wildandfreechildren #uniteinmotherhood
Surprised these dozen cousins with matching jammies last night and their response was just what we were hoping for... 😜
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