when I embarked on this motherhood thing over 17 years ago...
I knew it was important...
But not how important.
I thought I wanted a career.
I wanted to be someone important...someone special.
I wanted to make a difference.
I had bought the lie that the only way you make a difference is if you are getting paid to do so.
Now, this is not to downgrade mothers who do work outside the home......
I just wanted to take a minute out to say something to mothers who are asked...
"So...what do you DO?"
I have been asked this many times...in many different situations.
I have gotten many kinds of responses.
From "Oh, how nice..."
"Oh, aren't you bored just sitting at home'
It took me years to realize I had the most important job in the world.
I used to write things like 'domestic engineer' on hospital forms.
Until I understood that I was doing it because I felt that writing " homemaker" would be degrading.
And I stopped coming up with fancy names, and embraced what I was.
There is no higher calling....
Especially now, when the art of making a home is nearly a lost art.
I am forming the character of two distinct people.
The home I created for them (and continue to create daily )Is their doorway to the world. My expectations for them would eventually be the same expecations they would have about themselves.
I aimed high...
So that they would aim high.
I was (and still am) the mirror by which they view the world...and
I was (and still am) their teacher.
I taught them both to read.
to add and subtract, multiply and divide...
I introduced them to good literature and growth experiences....
But more importantly -
I taught them about God.
I gave them a firm foundation on which to grow.
A foundation that can't be shaken.
I taught them the importance of the home...of family....of taking time for the ones you love.
So to all the mother's out there who are asked daily.
"What do you do?"
Tell them...."I raise the future".
That knowledge is gift enough for me, today and every day....
Tell people that you raise the future...
Because you do.
Good job and keep up the good work.
Happy mother's day.