I Had Planned On Awesome
I’m pretty sure I knew I’d be a good mom.
I remember when I worked in a restaurant in high school and some of the employees were all standing around and talking about our futures when I said, “I want to be a stay-at-home mom.” One of the men got down on his knees in response and asked me to marry him. He was joking, of course, but I’m pretty sure he was alluding to the fact that not many women wanted to be stay-at-home moms.
I don’t really know, maybe I just looked extra cute that day. Either way, his “proposal” gave me a hefty dose of mommy-to-one-day-be self-righteousness.
I went to college and was a human development and family studies major, which to me meant great preparation for being a top-notch mom one day. I was planning on being a counselor so I could be home when my babes got home from school each day. I envisioned myself teaching my kiddos, baking with them, doing crafts, laughing all the time, and being just plain awesome. Yes, these were my future plans.
I got married, and less than two years later was pregnant. In my ninth month of pregnancy I quit my job and began the future I had always envisioned.
Except that after three babies, the “future” didn’t look anything like how I’d planned it.
Eight years of marriage and three babies in and I was losing it. I knew I had so much to be thankful for, and that I should count my blessings, but all I was counting were the days until my next break.
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Eight Ways to Nurture a Child’s Souls
I am nurturer of souls, and so are you.
We moms (and really, all people) have the opportunity to influence the souls of the children in our care. It can feel overwhelming, just thinking about what all that means, that we are capable of cultivating a whole life, beginning in the inner most parts of a being. It’s staggering, really, what we are capable of if we are intentional and loving.
In pondering the significance of my influence, and of your influence, I’d like to offer a eight ways you can nurture a child’s soul.
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