I read this blog post that my friend Katie shared from the Pregnant Chicken this morning and it made me smile. It's entitled Why You're Never Failing as a Mother, and it gives a lot of great insight into previous generations and how they reared children.
I've missed a few days here and there in my quest to blog every day in the month of November. I haven't beat myself up about it or tried to double post to make up for it or anything crazy like that. I just thought it would be fun to get going on this blog again and share some fun times and record memories of me and my family. And I think I have accomplished that.
However, I DO recognize that mommy blogging, baby book-keeping, Pinterest manifesting and gourmet baby food-making are all relatively modern concepts in parenting. As the Pregnant Chicken notes, it is only in our generation that parenting has been referred to as a skill. In generations past, sure you had six kids and no washing machine or dishwasher, but you could also just tell them all to go outside and run around with the neighbor kids all day and watch out for each other and that was a perfectly acceptable way to get your housework done. I'm not going to be able to do that in our downtown house...my child would be playing with drunk homeless men and that's just not cool.
So, I don't feel a failure as a blogger or as a mother. My home is acceptable in decor and cleanliness. My husband seems happy and rarely complains. My son is bright, well-fed, social and happy. I recognize also that this isn't because of me and all that I have accomplished. I am loved and blessed by a great God. No matter what happens, He's got us. Ultimately, I can't fail.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose...What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us?" - Romans 8:28, 31 ESV