A well loved wife and happy mama to five kiddos.
That is what I normally put whenever I have to include some sort of “about me” profile.
And it is true…I am well loved by my husband of almost sixteen years. He delights in me and I am him and our life together is good. But it’s the kind of good that’s not perfect…the kind of good that causes us to grow and and come apart and come back together again into something stronger and more beautiful each time. Perfectly imperfectly and being shaped and formed more and more into a marriage that reflects the Gospel.
Indeed I am. In some ways now that the children are older I feel like it’s easier but not really. Because what I am learning is that in the little years it is taxing and physically demanding but the answers, while still requiring stamina for sure, are somewhat simpler and pretty clear. Hello there, Mr. Cranky Pants. Looks like somebody needs a nap. And off we go so I can tuck them in and all is right in their world when they wake up. As they grow up their needs become less tangible but the faithful toil of the early years has done it’s job and while it can certainly be challenging it is a delight to see who my children are becoming.
What else should you know about me? I don’t really know what to put in answer to that. I am a typical woman, living a typical life like every other typical woman next door, down the street or across the country and around the world. It’s not false humility or fishing for compliments to say that I am pretty average and while I am good at some things there are others who are better at those same things.
But what I have been given to do, and am able to do, I want to do for His glory. So, I look for the truth, beauty, and goodness in each task…I look for the reflection of His presence in everyone in my life…and seek to honor them because He is my King.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable, wealthy, not rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart;
to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently,
await occasions, hurry never;
in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common-
this is my symphony. ~ William Henry Channing