I want to personally thank all of you for the love and encouragement that you have showered upon Mike and Janelle—not only this past week, but throughout Janelle’s pregnancy. Mike and Janelle are staying with us for several days, and both catching up on much-needed sleep in between Caly’s feedings. Caly is eating very well, and sleeping a lot, as newborns do. My little granddaughter is truly a gift from God!
A reader, Desiree, sent us the following quote by Elisabeth Prentiss on the birth of one of her children. It beautifully expresses the heart of a mother, and thus, I think it is a fitting way to close out this special week. (But don’t worry, Friday Funnies will be along before the day is through!)
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 God’s name, I will 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, her life-long prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!
May God continue to bless all of you mothers who “make a willing sacrifice” of your leisure time to train your children’s souls for God!