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January 16, 2009

Rise Up and Call Her Blessed

I feel so blessed. Of course I understand that having a new baby can make one feel this way. But it isn't just the baby, it's the way everyone has pitched in around here to help out since Josiah has joined our family.
I know I have mentioned here before on the blog about how important it is to teach your children to help out around the home, but I think it deserves repeating.
This is to all you moms out there with younger children. It is so important for you to include your little ones in the daily tasks of keeping a home. I know there are times when it seems easier and faster to do it yourself, but I am here to testify that you will bear good fruit if you persevere. I know, I've been there, and it wasn't always easy. Many times I had to turn my head at a job not perfectly done, or a meal not perfectly baked, or a kitchen not perfectly clean, or laundry all perfectly done. But today I stand here a witness and say that it has all truly been worth it. Our older girls especially have been running a smooth household. I haven't had to lift a finger since I got home, I haven't even had to give advice. The three of them are working together and tackling the tasks before them like it is normal life. And really to them it is. They have been trained to do it all and to have a servant's heart while doing it. And it has been such a blessing for me to see them work in harmony. And to top it all off, they have been taking turns in the night to take Josiah when he is fed and cuddle him so I can get my rest. I feel blessed.
Moms sometimes say to me, 'You're so lucky to have your girls to help you.' Well it isn't a matter of luck, it's a matter of training. And you can reap this too someday if you sow it today:)
A huge thank you to 'my girls' for all the help, rest and peace of mind they have given me over the past few days. I love you all more than you'll ever know :)
Her children arise up, and call her blessed. Prov. 31:28


Laura said...

Thanks so much for posting this! You are so very blessed. :) I've been trying to do better about having my children work alongside me. It is SO much easier to just send them off to play and get the work done quickly myself, but I know that it's better to train them, like you said. I just recently started including them in pretty much all of the housework, and it is slow going, but they're learning quickly. My 3yo can almost fold all of the laundry properly by herself, and I'm not even tempted to refold it after she leaves the room! :) I think that I often underestimate what they are capable of. Thanks so much for the encouragement to keep at it! I definitely don't want to rush this stage where they are little and very needy, but I will be grateful for the help when they can take over some things.

That's so sweet that your girls take turns snuggling Josiah in the night. :)

Please keep the advice coming! I know that there is just so much that I could learn from a wife and mama like you!

Laura said...

What sweet girls you have. You do truly reap what you sow! Their time with Josiah at night, well that's just precious and what a wonderful way to bond.

I love hearing about your family and you are each so very blessed!