Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the beauty of parenting

In an effort to be more organized and more intentional about this whole space that I am cultivating in my life as well as online, I’ve decided to devote Tuesday posts to parenting. A couple weeks ago, I participated in an online link-up hosted by Sarah Bessey called Practices of Parenting Carnival. As you may not have the time to wade through the more than a hundred posts in this particular link-up, I’ll share a few of my favorites with you. Although, if you do find yourself with extra time, you will not regret the time you spend reading through these practices. It is a thing of beauty.

The Practice of a Happy Bedtime - Kingdom Civics: “No matter what craziness, chaos, heartache, or drama happens during the day, I want my children’s last thoughts at night to be that they are loved dearly, that they have people in their corner, and that everything is going to be alright.”

In Which I Assign Beauty - The Not-Ever-Still Life: “I am cultivating in my children an Uncritical eye. I want them not to define beauty by celebrity gossip nor by what some mean girl will one day say. I want them not ever to define their worth against an other; not their beauty nor their wisdom nor the measure of their hearts. So I assign beauty uncritically.”

We Will Come Running - Capturing Life: “So that's why we were okay with sleepless nights and feet in our faces and ribs and long nursing sessions in the middle of the night (yes, I kind of miss those - the feet in my face are here to stay for now;). Because it all lays a foundation. One that says "We are here. And we are running to meet you where you need us."

Free Pass - The Extraordinary Ordinary: “He loves me despite how I can’t keep it together at all and how my insides don’t match the outside and how I can’t hide my pain so much of the time. He is a little God reflection. He doesn’t wait to love me until I’m doing it all right. Kids don’t expect the impossible in their mothers. He just wants me. It’s hard to carry all the doing expectations with you and then learn how to let them go. To accept the free pass and not trample on it, and to just keep going, truly believing that it’s enough.”

(As always, these are snippets. Please click through to read the full posts.)