loving the little years

i came across this quote in the book loving the little years...

“Another way that we try to counteract the bulk effect and treat our children as individuals is simply by realizing that it is not their fault that there are so many of them…Dry erase boards and chore charts are all well and good, but they do not change the fact that what you have on your hands is children, not an organizational problem. When Scripture says to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it is not talking about finding the most effective way to organize them…Christian childrearing is a pastoral pursuit, not an organizational challenge.”

even though my children are no longer considered little, i am often guilty of getting caught up in the logistics of parenting...  educating, checking homework, driving, disciplining, disciplining ... the list can go on.  some days i feel the logistics and organization unbelievably draining. but i need not forget that i am caring for precious souls that need loving more than organizing and discipling and educating. 

to truly love our children we need to stop...
and stop can be hard concept for (this) working mom.

in the little years and the teen years  i find it so crucial to sit down and listen. 
 plop down on their bed and chat.
some nights those chats leave jeff and i surprised, happy, disappointed, sad, worried, proud... that list too, can go on and on. 
last week parenting with grace was more challenging than ever.

so last night we decided to make a mess in the kitchen. together with my girls... baking a favorite cookie recipe. i stopped, ignored what my to-do list was shouting from my office door

that night, this was my most important work.

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