"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Encouraging Reminder

My sister-in-law Christine told me about this video the other day. I hope you find it as encouraging as I did.

Whether she home schools or not, I believe every mother with a number of young children at home can relate to the question this mother of six puts forth in her letter to "Andrew."  And Andrew gives her a great answer.  Very pastoral, I thought.

Ask Andrew - 11-12 from

Everything we do flows from the Story, in which we live, move, and have our being, and remembering that brings me back from a place of strife to a place of resting and trusting in God in all my doings for the day.


  1. I think I watched this in the midst of my Thanksgiving day planning, so I didn't take the time to comment, but now I will. I love this video. You can hear the comfort in his voice and in the manner in which he considers his words carefully. His advice is so good for all mothers, and especially those with lots of little ones and all the work that involves. Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you Leah. That was very encouraging. The last section reminded me a lot of what our pastor has been telling us for years about teaching things with "five minute plans" - and about drawing our children out with questions. Thank you again for all the many encouraging posts you make. I know there are many of us who do read these and appreciate them, but fail miserably at consistently commenting to let you know :-)