After a little incident last night,
I have again committed to re-doubling my energy to becoming a better mother.
I can't help but go back to my best resources.
the one's I have poured over the last 10 years in my search for strength in this daunting task.
I found the direction I was hoping for in a parenting guide.
A quote from President Ezra Taft Benson:
"I would now like to suggest ten specific ways
1. Be at the Crossroads.
Circumstances don't always allow for mothers to be physically at every crossroad,
we should be standing in our posts at all times.
I am really thankful that, for the most part,
I am blessed to be in the places I am expected to be.
And if it's not me,
Our older children are beginning to understand that they can also assist with each other and the little ones.
I appreciate every helpful act they perform in supporting one another.
And in my mind,
Being at the crossroads is first on President Benson's list for a reason.
It really is the most important place for us.
From President Hinckley I remember the "9 Be's".
One of those...."Be Involved".
at this stage in my life,
being involved is exhausting.
Dan and I sat down this morning
and read some inspirational words.
We then made a plan.
To have our home at the center of the crossroads requires a commitment of:
chips and salsa
and an assortment of many other "preparedness" items for the massive number of kids that come and go from our house.
I have never been interested in popularity,
but I believe kids need places where they are accepted and directed.
And I hope our home can be that place for them.
And to my children on this beautiful Sunday morning:
I love you more than you will ever know.
I love your friends.
I support your efforts.
I protect your causes.
I am sorry for the moments that seem so hard.
and I will too.