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“Seeing the beautiful Julia (a baby) reminded me of a conversation I had with another young parent at Sukie’s wedding. He commented on his growing resolve to homeschool his children.

At that moment I thought of how, well, homeschooling or not, that’s not so much the point as that it’s worth it to commit, to devote yourself to the mission of building your family and beyond into the community and the culture. To do what it takes.

For a long time I didn’t understand how to do that; not that I think you ever really do understand, human nature being fallen and all, but I really often felt lost.

There is suffering and disappointment; and there are moments when you just don’t think you will make it, in the sense that you can’t imagine how these fairly intractable people with their headlong refusal to mold themselves into an approved happy family vision,  and especially yourself with all your faults and failings (and not to mention the world beating down on you), will come together in some sort of cohesive unity.

And then one day, by the grace of God, they do. And you do. And you are you, the collective you that you were trying to be, only at the same moment — like a wave on the sand that retreats before it quite reaches the tide line — they have their eye on another shore.”

(From Leila at Like Mother Like Daughter who just married off two beautiful daughters in the past month! She said it so well).

Persevere in your mothering, dear women. Keep an eye on the prize as you build your marriage by honoring your husband. You are doing a great work!