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  • Oh, Colleen, how aptly put! None of us can be the "best us" without the help of God. How I've thought about what I wish I could have done differently when my son was growing up. Spent more time with him, etc. What is that saying? "In the long run they won't remember how clean the house was, but how much time you spend wth them (paraphrased, and badly, but you get my meaning)." Thanks for showing us all in your words.

    Posted on Dec 20th, 2010 at 9:50 AM by Mary Breiner

  • We must have had a similar light....at confession I realized I had the "What will I get in return?" attitude. It's so easy to need reciprocity in times of motherhood...my guidance was to let Christ allow the small things as a way to die to self and allow him to really help me to be holy. Example tonight....after tucking, re-tucking, laying, laying one more minute, singing a lullaby, and then another (for 3 sweet darlings)...they STILL NEED A SIP OF WATER????? It's always the smallest things, dang! John has inspired me, thanks for sharing!

    Posted on Dec 20th, 2010 at 9:54 PM by Carrie Chaumont

  • Colleen, great reflection. I think a lot of us go back and forth from thinking that we are good parents and not challenging ourselves to give more to beating ourselves up because we do not measure up to some self-inflicted standard. I think you hit the nail on the head when you point out that giving to be authentic cannot come from guilt or obligation. You give in many ways that are truely great, like instilling the love of reading and books to the kids. First you research what books and authors would be good, then take the kids to the library (which can be a challenging task with the two babies in tote!) and consistently reading multiple books to them after dinner as they jostle for position on your lap! Oh, for the record I made Mary the coffee milk but was also motivated to have a cup of it myself:)

    Posted on Dec 21st, 2010 at 9:23 PM by John