Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keeping it Real

My husband took this picture at the pumpkin patch the other day - I just love it. Everyone is looking at the camera, we're all smiling - these are the moments we like to remember; the ones we love to share with everyone. The ones we frame and hang on our walls.

Here's the one he shot a couple seconds later...

It's the pictures between the pictures, the face my children see every day that is the one that matters.

Another sobering moment...

As I'm reading about George Stephenson in Story Of Inventions to my daughter...

Among the shoes sent to him was a pair belonging to the girl who became his wife, a young woman of sweet temper, kind disposition, and good common sense.

She comments, "That's what I wish you were."


And our memory verse this week:

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~Ephesians 4:1-3

A prisoner yes, but Paul, I'm pregnant! Doesn't that count as a good excuse for impatience? {sigh}

Teaching my children, I've found, I am continually being taught myself. And it is good.

...this atmosphere in which the child inspires his unconscious ideas of right living emanates from his parents. Every look of gentleness and tone of reverence, every word of kindness and act of help, passes into the thought environment, the very atmosphere that the child breathes. ~CM, Vol. 2, p.36

Hoping I remember to smile and show love, approval, kindness and patience in my face along with the rest of CM's philosophy I focus so much on!


  1. Exceedingly excellent and real post, Naomi. I am challenged. Thanks for putting in the second picture.
    Congratulations also,on expecting! How exciting! And remember. Forgiveness and a fresh slate is just a prayer away. God's love, Pam

  2. I suspect that this story is the same for many of us homeschooling moms. Oh, thank goodness for amazing grace and I pray we all transmit that eternal lesson to their little hearts. Thanks, Naomi, for your transparency.

  3. Thank you for your post! I live on the other side of the country in South Carolina and love your posts about the tide pools (we have nothing like that near me), but this post was comforting. Yes, we all have those moments when "mean mom" shows up instead of our better selves. A reminder of our need for grace, too! I've also found that my hormones are making a huge effect in my ability to keep her under wraps. LOL!

    Thanks again!

  4. So true Naomi, the face our kids see everyday matters so much! Thanks for being so open and reminding us of what we all need to keep in the forefront! Those words from Story of Invention set so sweet. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Thank you for the encouragement!