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eddie, david boy and mama

She says I shall now have one mouth the more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music, and drawing. Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other. Here is a sweet fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ’s name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother’s heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers!
from Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

And again tonight I offer a mother's prayer for each of my darling hearts, and their dear ones.


Cath said…
I LOVE this excerpt! I'll need to check out the book. Thanks for that beautiful thought Cristie. It is so true. A friend dearer than them all!
alison said…
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cristie said…
ok...i'll see if i can find another photo.

this unposed picture of you and baby dear speaks "real" to me. xox
Melissa: said…
Are you kidding me? Don't change that picture! I LOVE this picture. Ali, you are such a pretty mama and Lydi looks so cute all bundled up. You both are on the move together, living your day. It looks like life and it looks so good!

I love the excerpt. I think I may read it to my young women and share it with some friends. So good.
S. Etole said…
that excerpt is so good ... and the photo, too
Katie said…
I also loved the quote - but missed out on the original picture! Email it to me?

I love the picture of you and the boys, though.
Unknown said…
oh, Cristie, I've never read this before. How succinct and true.
yes yes to this.

and the photo is heartwarming and perfect
Denise said…
thank you for this,

it is beautiful.

i will share it with a friend expecting her first child next week.

i will rest in it's truth for my own mommy heart.

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