In Real Life...
Too often I worry about how to do it all by myself. I worry about how every tiny little decision I make as a parent will affect the rest of my children's lives - and I judge. I judge a person who does it differently (because nobody can possibly care as much about this vocation as I do, right?). Not on purpose. I just want to get it right.
But, smack me over the head again! Because in real life, we're just all on this ride together, learning as we go. I will very likely discover a better way probably too late and there will always be somebody who has something to teach me. Namely, the most amazing husband in the world who is walking right along side me. Remind me that it is not about simply doing all the right things.
Isn't it about entrusting all of this and them to God? Laying at his feet all of my imperfections and admitting I don't have the power within me to create beauty out of ashes - but, He does.
When these four children are grown, not as I imagine them to be but in real life, will I be striving to hear them say, "I'm where I am because of everything you and dad did right, mom," or, despite all we did right and all we did wrong, will I be giving glory and dancing to the tune of somewhere a long the line Jesus took a hold of their hearts and the persons they have become was purely and simply because of Him?