Encouragement For The Week

Please know that if you are home full-time with your children, you will never regret not missing the days.  I know some days are overwhelming and difficult and you never seem to be able to catch up.  I know there our days when you might be wondering if it is worth the self-sacrifice and all other kinds of sacrifices too. 

From someone who has been there, I can tell you it IS worth it.  If you made the choice (sometimes having to trust that the monetary sacrifice will work out in the end) feel good about not missing these days-not giving them to someone else, who could never appreciate them as much as you will.

Bask in it all-the sweet, and the not-so-sweet and yes, even the the dirty diapers.  Know that you are doing exactly what God wants you to do, and it will pay off, if only in knowing you gave your most precious treasure the bulk of your days.  It is NOT easy, but it is so so fulfilling, and I wouldn't trade those days of little ones home for the world. 

Your children want YOU.  They want your time and they want their home and they want attention and love and consistency and cuddles and they need to be taught discipline from someone who wants the best for them and cares deeply about their future.  We have come so far sometimes in the opposite direction, in knowing our worth as mothers.   It's not always about us, and what we want, and our goals, and our happiness.  We can find happiness in the deep gratitude of knowing we are caring daily for treasures we would trade our lives for-happiness is not found out there, it's found inside, if we are attentive in counting our blessings.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21


  1. Wow, just wow. What you wrote is so beautiful and so spot on. Thank you for sharing your heart Sarah. I'm so grateful for you and your blog. I seldom comment, but I check in daily. You inspire me as a mother and the space you've created her on Clover Lane is truly an oasis for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  2. Beautiful Sarah! Thank you for this encouragement!

  3. Amen! So very true... and I would not trade my days at home with my kiddos for nothing...

  4. Beautiful. Sarah.
    And so very true.

  5. How do you feel about working after they are in school? Is that okay or is home forever the only way?

    I chose to go back to teaching after my youngest was in 6th grade - that's not easy either but I believe that I am teaching my daughters that working is okay too - that using my brain in a different way is worthy of praise too.

  6. Tara my mom did the same-and I might also. :) I think if it is possible during the very needy vulnerable impressionable years it is a very very worthy undertaking and should never be discounted.

    1. Dear Sarah, I appreciate this post very much and this answer even more!!

  7. I am so, so glad you are doing better. That's all.