Ok, so heres another old picture. I just don’t have new ones with all 4 of us. I like the look of the outside shots in the fall.
Sometimes it seems like there is trouble all around with families. This really bugs me. I know that the world isn’t perfect and can’t be perfect, but why is it so hard to have family be a priority? With the world being crazy and often harsh, family is what we have shelter and can protect. It is here to give us a safe place to grow.
Wouldn’t it be nice to say that work, addiction, selfishness, pride, material stuff, or past hurts only messed up a few families, and that the normal family was healthy? It isn’t like people disagree with the fact that family should be priority. Is it that everyone thinks they are the exception to the rule? or do they just not spend enough time thinking?
At the end of life, I won’t regret not working as much or not having enough stuff or any of the other things on the list. I will feel my life a failure if I can’t keep my family priority. Promised before God and given by God, they are my responsibility for the rest of my life.
I wanted to write out a pledge to my family. I am not perfect, but having goals and something to live up to makes a difference.
I pledge to choose to love my family, and when I can’t or don’t feel love, to pray for more of it to give. I pledge to choose happiness because it also is a choice and my family will benefit from my mood. I also pledge to be real, honest, and authentic in my dealings with them as much as they are mature enough to handle it. I pledge to defend my family emotionally, spiritually and physically as much as I am able. I pledge to encourage them to grow and give them a criticism free environment so they feel safe to try and unafraid to fail. I pledge to admit when I am wrong and ask for forgiveness whenever needed. I pledge to give more than I receive.
I pledge to be here both physically and emotionally when wanted or sometimes not, because I am a wife and mother. I pledge to allow my children to grow up and support them in their lives, but I will NEVER stop being their mother. I pledge to join in their celebration and their sorrow, success and failure because we are one, we are family.
I pledge this far past the day the kids turn 18, I pledge this until I die, and God willing, into eternity.
Thanks so much for coming by today and reading! I love having you here. Want to join me in this pledge? Anything I forgot that you would like to add?