It’s so simple, really. When your brother or sister is cleaning your room, remember to say “thank you.” When they are tattling to mom about what a dear help you have been, turn a bashful eye. When they are cuddled up next to you reading a book and smelling so sweet, kiss them on the [...]
If you are a woman, whether you are married or single and whether or not you have physical children, there is a maternal spirit within your very nature. That maternal spirit has been given you by God Himself and is an essential part of His plan for reproducing His heart in the next generation. – [...]
I was eleven years old – bookish, imaginative, shy, average – when I met Bethany. I had outgrown any possible cuteness, but not yet grown into any possible maturity. Bethany was sixteen. She was beautiful, creative, ridiculously intelligent, and with an effortless poise that was never intimidating, only kind. Her bookshelves groaned under the weight [...]
You know you’re the second mom in a big family when… You start saying the same things to your siblings that your mom said to you. Your siblings accidentally call you Mom. You’re always counting heads to make sure everyone is accounted for. Your siblings ask you what’s for dinner even when it’s not your [...]
One of the things I love best about hearing tales of “the good old days” is the camaraderie between neighbors and the kinship that linked generations. Little girls learned how to be women simply by being with the women in their lives. Cooking, keeping house, taking care of babies — all the ins and outs of womanhood were learned as a matter of course, simply by one generation absorbing these things from previous ones.