"Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world's goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord's kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power."
-Julie B. Beck, General Conference Oct. 2007
I have been thinking about this quote often this week. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with all that is required of me. Of course, many of these requirements are of my own making. I have been plugging along, though. There are times in life, when I get so overwhelmed with all there is to do that I just sit down and do nothing, because I have no idea where to even begin. Do you ever feel like that? Thankfully, I have a dear husband who seems to recognize that and quietly begins to do the tasks that are normally mine - laundry, bathrooms, more laundry... Earlier this week, he made sure that Noah's baseball uniform was clean, knowing that I was too busy and wouldn't remember.
I am working on choosing less of the good and more of what is best for me and my family. There is so much out there that is good, but we need to focus on the best. I love those nights when we don't have anywhere we have to be. It is such a joy to spend those evenings together as a family. So, if I say "no" to something you ask me to do, please don't take offense - I am busy preparing a rising generation...