Wednesday, September 24, 2008

an answer

So while reading this post by the blogger mentioned below, Stephanie Nielson*, I came upon a wonderful quote from Julie Beck:

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.

After making 3 trips to Target in as many days (not out of greed but disorganization), I am ready to do less shopping. Super Q's birthday is today and I'm ready for less drama and fewer meltdowns (please let 6 be the magic age for evening-out emotions). I'm ready for less stress, now that everyone's recovering from the hurricane, and I'm ready for less time inside and more time outside as fall makes its feeble-at-first entry into Houston.

*BTW, Stephanie Nielson is a blogger/mom who was severely injured in a plane crash last month. You can follow her story at:
There is also an etsy shop hosting a benefit sale for the Nielsons' recovery here.


Queen Scarlett said...

I love that quote. Something I totally believe in...and things I still am working on.

Kristi said...

That is such a powerful quote. It is helped make our decision to cut our cable and while the evenings spent around the table doing a puzzle or playing a game aren't as plentiful as I'd like, it was a good move. Now I need to figure out how to cut out some of the activities and consuming. I am obviously still working on that. I struggle because I don't think it is a bad thing to have the kids involved in sports, but then you add scouts and then all of the responsibilities that Troy and I have as parents and it gets tough.

Patty O. said...

I love that quote. I need to post it all over my house as a reminder.

Patty O. said...

Thanks for the link to your blog about breakfast. I remembered that you had written something about breakfast, but couldn't remember if it had been on your blog or in email form. I was hoping you would lead me to it. You had some great ideas that I plan on trying.