My twin daughters’ bedroom is one of my favorite places in the house. It is partly because it is decorated in pink and green and feels like the perfect room for the little girl in me. Mostly it is because we have filled it with things given to us by people we love and people who love my girls.
During the occasional quiet moment, I have a minute to look around the room and think about the things that make it so special. I love the hand embroidered pillow made by the girls’ aunt. I remember the girls’ great grandmother as I look at the first dolls she gave them. I’m filled with memories as I look at their baby pictures that remind me of how fast they are growing up. I treasure the porcelain doll hand-painted and sewn by my mother that now sits on their shelf. Nearly all the decorations, quilts, toys, and even furniture came from family members or friends that love us. I want this kind of love filling my daughters’ lives.
As I try daily to become a better mom and raise my children to be good people, I’m realizing the importance of surrounding my kids with good influences. I love to tell them about the people that have helped us become who we are. I want them to know where to look for good role models so they don’t turn to popular celebrities or magazines for who they want to become. I’m hoping that by sharing family stories and teaching them gratitude for good friends that one day that special doll or that handmade quilt will become as important to them as they are to me.
The other thing their room reminds me is that I’m not raising these girls alone! There are so many people who care about my family. Motherhood is not always an easy task and some days it can be discouraging. Sometimes we forget that the job we do is incredibly important and affects generations to come. There are many other mothers out there who go through the same things we do and how wonderful that we can uplift and inspire one another to do our best. I have found that little things like the way I decorate my daughters’ room or the stories I tell and the people I talk about influence the girls already. What better decorations could I fill their lives with than things from those we love?
QUESTION: What has your mother done to influence your generation?
CHALLENGE: Think of something you have done or will do that will affect generations to come.