My attempt to find balance with the sweets, and the sours, of life.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. ~ Mother Theresa
This photo just speaks to my heart. The connection between MT and that child, how soothing and joyful her look . . . what food for the soul. (I'm pretty sure it was special for the baby, too.) I could stare into this photo for hours; it fills my heart.
Mother Theresa resigned from her teaching job and devoted her life to serving the poorest of the poor at age 38. For me, what is most inspiring about Mother Theresa is that she spent all of her adult life grieving the alienation she felt from her Lord. At the age of 12, she felt a strong calling to missionary work. All her life, she waited and pleaded for another moment of such grace, such connectedness with her God; that moment of grace never again came.
She served in the darkest corners of this earth every day of her life, until she died at age 86.
“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be...’ - she always called me Elwood - ‘...in this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”~Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey
I am a stay-at-home mom who is coming to grips with the fact that my children are growing up, and that is bitter sweet. I have several pets who understand me including a couple dogs, some beautiful pigeons (yes, pigeons), some chickens who boss me around, and a mourning dove who I believe is God's little whisper to me from heaven. I was a lawyer before I got really serious and became a mom. I love to knit, write, cook, and to take good care of my family. We struggle with my daughter's Reactive Attachment Disorder, and hold hands very tightly sometimes while we withstand the high tide of her challenges. Through it all, I am blessed to have a husband who is the corner piece to my puzzle.