First, it made me want to live a simple, minimalist life on a farm even more than I already did.
Second, it reminded me again of how precious children are and why I want a rubgy team sized-family (league, not union).
Third, I pulled my favorite Amish proverbs from the article to share with you:
an industrious wife is the best savings account
Besides being a Godly woman and wife, this has to be up at the top of my list of life goals. I want to be and try to be as industrious as possible. I learned to sew as a kid and continue to do so. I love to refurbish old furniture. I enjoy repurposing anything so that it doesn't have to be thrown away. I always thrift, shop sales and clip coupons.
place the swing where the children want it as the grass will always grow back
I love this! While we shouldn't spoil our kids with every little thing they want, we should always remember that they are so much more important than other things that sometimes take priority over them (Lord forgive us). Make your children's joy a priority. Make their childhood memories a priority. Forget about selfish hobbies (like tending to the lawn). There is a time for those. But if you are a mom, now is the time for motherhood. Now is the time to focus on your kids.
raising boys is as easy as digesting iron
So I'm not far enough into the process of raising Isaac to totally appreciate this one. But so far I can tell you that he is quite the little pistol! The kid never ever ever stops. Ever. I'm already exhausted and he's only 7 months old. He crawls everywhere. He climbs into everything. He pulls everything off the shelves and out of the drawers. He has to search through, explore and discover every single piece of everything in the house. All I know is that I pray for the strength and endurance to continue to raise the little guy.
the most important things in your home are people
Yep. But how often we forget and give our time to the inanimate, the things that "moth and rust destroy" (Matthew 6:19). Our focus, our time, our heart should always be given to the people in our home. Love you husband well. Love your children well. They are what truly matter.
Happy Monday! Today I'm linking up with Jami: