I watched her with her children today…

photo by hollyclousephotography.comI watched her with her children today.

The gentle voice.  The soft instruction.

She didn’t try to moderate disagreements from where she was at the kitchen counter; she didn’t wait until she was finished mixing the cornbread to explain their error.

Swiftly, silently she was there dealing with the offender.

She wasn’t so engrossed in her work that she could turn a deaf ear to the upset voices; she wasn’t more intent on her task than on her children.

She was awake and attentive to the constant need for instruction.

 

I listened in her home today.

Peaceful.  Playful.  Quiet.  Happy.

We swapped ideas about teaching reading and sharing. We discussed titles and concepts of parenting books and methods.

She’s not perfect, and neither are they.

But what struck me most was what she didn’t say, the tone that wasn’t in her voice.

What I heard was the loving, patient way she spoke to each one of putting her sister first.

What they saw was that she put them first.

Gretchen Louise
I'm a farmer's wife and mommy to our three curly-haired children. I love words and The Word. I write in CSS, HTML, PHP—and English. I collect old books, vintage kitchenware, cute aprons, and dark chocolate.
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follower of Jesus, wife to my farmer, mommy of three, connoisseur of words & code, community leader at @KindredGrace, blogger at @Adornabelle & @INWCW
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  1. Esther says

    I’m not a mother, but I am a big sister! This is my big challenge now. Thank you so much, this came when I needed it! <3 Blessings!

  2. says

    Lovely. I’m not a wife and mother yet, but sometimes I see mothers with children and think, “Yes! I want to be like that someday!” That’s how this post makes me feel too …

  3. Chloe says

    “We swapped ideas about teaching reading and sharing. We discussed titles and concepts of parenting books and methods.”

    Wow…my heart has been soaking in this simple little post for some time now. My little one is just 6 months old, but my heart is so hungry for real live example of such a mother in my own life.

    Please, Gretchen, could you share some of the parenting books and/or teachings that you discussed in this conversation…the ones that have been the most helpful? I know you’re such a busy mommy…if you have time…?

    Thanks!!

  4. says

    “what she didn’t say, the tone that wasn’t in her voice” louder than words.
    In her mouth is the law of kindness – this is my desire for this new year.
    Thank you for saying it so sweetly.

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