Sunday, March 16, 2008

I Am a Mother

My mom gave me I Am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson last year for Mother's Day when I was reading nothing but anatomy textbooks. I finally picked it up and was hooked instantly. She's an amazing lady with an amazing testimony. The book is about understanding our callings as mothers and taking pride in it; realizing the impact we have, and what we've been given to fulfill our callings. There are great stories from her life and beautiful quotes from prophets and apostles. It's full of encouragement and inspiration and made me want to try to harder. One proverb in particular struck home for me...

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
For babies grow up, I've learned, to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

I stress way too much about everything there is to do and have asked Hope to wait too many times to be snuggled or to look at the pictures in her book while I finish something, and then we can read. I know there will always be things that are urgent and can't be done later. But a lot of it can, and it's important for me to "help" Ben with his puzzle that he can easily do himself, but just needs my attention.

I hope you will all read it and that it will impact and touch you as much as it has me.


Stef said...

Aww, that little poem is sweet, and almost made me cry! Thanks for that little reminder!

talesha said...

I was given this book for my b-day! I love it,too! Thanks for the little reminder that the house and other things will wait but kids won't!

Laura said...

hey Mindy! I love this post. Isn't it true? our children are our greatest joy. No sense missing it! Our Escalante trip has been canceled, because Mike's grandpa died this week. but we hope to get down there in the fall, so I will be in touch and hopefully we can get together!

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Wehrle said...

Hey Mindy! Your blog is so cute! It is fun to see all your pictures, now I really want to see your cruise pictuers!!

blairandmaisy said...

Hey Mindy- did you purposefully keep your post on "mothers" up on top all the way until mother's day? ingenious. It sounds like a good book- maybe I could borrow it?

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