Their play or "work" as Maria Montessori calls it is by far my most favorite thing about children. It is all very involved in their world. They constantly come up to me needing input for their next play. Lists are constructed daily about the next project be it the birthday party planning committee, ways to earn money for more Legos, shows to produce, costumes to make, etc., etc.
1. Of course they fight, bicker, and say inappropriate things. Daily. So do I.
2. Of course they are selfish. Daily. So am I.
3. Of course they are often unsatisfied with what they have. So am I.
4. Of course we don't have a perfect life, with perfect kids, with perfect green grass.
5. I have absolutely no preconceived notions about how our children will turn out. I have seen WAY TOO MANY exceptions to the rule. I don't know what God has planned for our children and for John and I. So much of parenting involves the cross. I know the cross comes throughout our whole lives. I know teenagers are generally very hard. I am expecting it. I am afraid of it also.
6. Of course I don't think homeschooling is the answer to good kids, or that we are better parents for choosing homeschooling. NOPE. We simply feel called to it. That is it. I have seen WAY TOO MANY exceptions that defy what one would normally think.
7. Our marriage isn't bigger or better than other marriages. We love each other, love confession, and again simply want to do the will of God. We fail. We try again. We are all married to different types of people. I am John's only wife. So, I will be the best wife to him for that simple reason.
8. I don't love my kids more than you love your kids because of X, Y, and Z. I am THEIR only mother so I will be the best mother to THEM by the graces God gives to me. Whatever we do, where ever we go, however we celebrate is unique to each family, but certainly doesn't define greatness or holiness for that matter.
9. The number of children we have DOES NOT make us great. Nope. Never thought that EVER. They are each a gift and I can't imagine our lives without any one of them. Each child is so special to us. I don't pretend to understand anyone's life or circumstances.
10. I also don't assume anybody thinks these things about us nor has anybody said any of these above often.