Friday, April 1, 2011

Inspiration for the Moms Out There

Have you ever caught yourself responding "I'm just a stay at home mom" when someone asks you what you do for a living? JUST?! Seriously?! This is the hardest, most exhausting, most time consuming, most important, (most rewarding!) job available - raising the next generation to be thoughtful, considerate, contributing and intelligent members of society. When you're tempted to feel like you're *only* a stay at home mom, think about this quote and realize that we have the only job out there where we get to be everything to someone (or multiple someone's!)

To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. (Excerpt from What's Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton in Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge)

Stand proud moms - you're indispensable!