I could never do what you do.
Better you than me.
I don’t have as much patience as you.
These are the top comments I hear from other moms when they hear that I have lots of kids or that I homeschool. And I’m here to say that those 3 statements couldn’t be any further from the truth.
You can do what I do.
You would probably do it better than me.
You SURELY have as much patience as me.
There is a myth that large-family and/or homeschooling moms are somehow a cut above the rest. That only a select few can succeed at such a feat and the rest of moms shouldn’t even try. As my tween daughter would say, that’s “riDONCulous.”
Just like a runner finishes a marathon or an accountant finishes an audit or a nurse graduates from school, any mom can raise lots of kids or homeschool. And just like running, business and college, it’s not easy or for the faint of heart. Dare I say it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done? But it should be hard. Molding little tyrannical toddlers into responsible adults is no small job. But it’s doable. And worthy of being done.
So why shouldn’t you do it? Why shouldn’t you be the one to raise a bunch of beautiful babies who go out and change the world? Why shouldn’t you be the one to teach those minds of mush what they need to know? Why not you?
But I must confess that I do have one secret weapon. And I’m guessing many moms in my situation would agree.
I have Someone who steps in and takes over when I am spent, done, gone, about to run away. He made me a promise a long time ago that when I am weak, He would be strong on my behalf. I’ve taken Him at His word and found him to be completely trustworthy.
You have access to this same secret weapon. His name is the Lord of Hosts. God Almighty. He is the source of patience. The source of order. The source of organization. The source of love.
How many times have I cried out to him (usually by about 8:00am,) okay Lord, I’m all out of patience! I need to draw on yours now. And He delivers. Every.single.time.
So, yes, mom… you can do it. Because He has all that you need. He loves those babies even more than you do, if you can imagine it. He spent 9 months crafting them in perfection in your womb, just the place He chose for them to begin. And He has big plans for those mini monsters. Plans for them to learn, to influence and to thrive. Surely He will give you all you need to partner with Him in this incredible role of Mom.