The Many Faces of Mothering Part 4


Happy Mother’s Day to all of you sweet, hard working mamas! Today and through this series, we celebrate you…your journey, your sacrifices, your love, your faithfulness, your trust in the Lord. (If you are just joining us, get caught up with part 1, part 2, and part 3)Wendy Munsell blesses us with sweet encouragement and a reminder that God’s plans are always best.

Far More Abundantly

If anyone had told me when I was a girl that I would grow up to have seven kids and eventually 18 grandchildren I would have said they were crazy! The only families I had ever heard of that were that large were on TV. And although family life as portrayed on The Walton’s and The Brady Bunch looked fascinating it was certainly never anything I longed for myself.


Besides, I had a plan. I was going to grow up and become a brain surgeon! That was the most difficult and important sounding job I could think when I was a child and I desperately wanted, no, needed, to be someone who mattered.


But God interrupted my craving for validation and status with His own plans for my greater good.

The Many Faces of Mothering

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Raising a Family Circus

Our home is a 3 ring circus, complete with clowns, animals, stunt shows, a ring leader and lion tamer. We know that many believe this when gazing at our brood. We can only imagine the crazy scenarios that go through their heads as though poop slinging and wall climbing are commonplace. This was apparent when the realtor came to do an inspection on our home and squealed in shock at how well the home was cared for, “especially with 6 kids.”

There are others who have heard our children calmly responding “Yes, Ma’am,” while obediently walking with a hand on the grocery cart and helping quietly with the shopping list, who believe we have it all figured out.

raising a family circus

Reality lies somewhere in the middle, between the poop slinging and the angelic shopping trip.

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