I wonder if my daughter senses my absence and is worse off for it. I worry she will be close to her father and not me. I fear she thinks I can't bear to be near her because I leave each morning. I know none of these concerns are valid, but sometimes I let the doubts slip in anyway. I say "I let" because I can, and am usually able to control those worries and choose to feel positively about my capabilities as a mother. Never in my life, have I been more aware of Satan's desire to destroy the family unit; yet, never in my life have I been more determined to prevent that presence from destroying what Daniel and I have worked so hard to create.
Today, I really didn't want to leave my darling girl (and hearing about how she fed herself pears and made a big mess this morning made it harder!!) so I needed a bit of an emotional boost. I found some talks regarding parenting...Enjoy:
There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else. - M. Russell Ballard
First, recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction. - M. Russell Ballard
(Abigail playing with Auntie Katie and Uncle Nicolas - she is so blessed to have them in her life!!!)