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That book sounds amazing. I'll have to order it! I have a quote of Marjorie's that I keep on my desktop and read whenever I feel the need. You've probably already memorized it (in fact, I might have gotten it from one of your old posts?), but if not, here it is! :)

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenck's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."

yep that's one of my faves too lindsay!

I totally just started crying at the end. Jeff and I believe this is how to raise our children as well. Make that innocence last as long as possible - to carry over into the stress of adult life.


Must read this book! We really try to do this- telling our kids yes a lot. Must pick battles. And they learn to make mistakes and recover from them.

oh I needed that today. I am so guilty of tipping the balance towards Teaching Responsibility. like, all the time. I had a moment not long ago when I realized... how imperfect am I, yet Heavenly Father forgives me constantly and is so perfectly patient with me... why do I expect perfect behavior out of my little ones when I myself am so imperfect? it's an ongoing struggle. so thank you for this beautiful reminder - I will savor this with the littles tomorrow.

Really, what a lovely sentiment. Let children be children for as long as they can since 1) they grow up so fast anyway, especially nowadays and 2) adulthood lasts soooo much longer than childhood.
Incidentally I was just catching up on m'blogs and your post reminded me so much of the one I just read before this one by Kristin Armstrong: http://milemarkers.runnersworld.com/2012/05/the-clearing/
Hope you can catch a minute to read it!

I just started reading that book and I haven't been able to put it down. I read that story yesterday and had to reread it to my husband- I loved it so much. As I started reading your post the story immediately came to mind, how funny that you quoted it. I must need the lesson right now as it keeps coming to me. Thank you for your thoughts.

What's the name of the book Kell? I would like to read it!


oh wow i loved reading this. just what i needed as i was thinking of getting all scheduled on my kids for summer. thank you!!!

tara- we are always on the same page, huh?

vanessa- great post, thanks for the link!

desiree- so amazing!! heavenly father is talking right to you, how beautiful!

missy- meow meow meeeeewww. j/k. i put a link to the book up there.

we the sanders have a hard time with this, but it is such a wonderful reminder so thank you. lance is so worried that our kids are going to turn out to be lazy slugs like the teenagers we know. i freak out when the kids spill because i have plenty of messes to clean up even without the accidents. oh our kids are going to be working neurotics! thanks again for the reminder to slow down and just love your kids. love you kelly!

lester- no child with lance's genes could ever be lazy!! i know what you mean about lazy teenagers- i don't like that either. teaching to work is necessary, i guess more what i have my own scars from is the stressful feeling that always went along with work in my house. it was usually accompanied with yelling and exasperation. i guess i hope i won't have to motivate that way. easy for a mom of one to say, right?

awesome reminder

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