Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
I think I'm a little off-target on this one, as on most things. Do my children wake up and call me blessed...well....not exactly. Granted, my daughter still stumbles out of bed sleepily in the morning and comes to Mom for a quick hug and snuggle. And my teenage boys (15 and 16) will still submit to the occasional motherly hug...in public, no less!
Is it something I have to wait for until my children have children of their own? How else will they be able to make an informed decision on whether or not my parenting skills are up to snuff? Maybe, if they have some vision of what their future holds, they can/will judge on the basis of how and what I teach them and whether it will bring them happy, productive adulthoods.
And oh, my poor husband. Now this is partially due to my depression, but sometimes I don't give him a whole lot of actions to praise (or, to 'brag on', as we say around these parts). But I have been making strides in showing my appreciation for him, which is something I think he lacked growing up. Why? He had some learning differences before they were given that name, and was therefore labeled a 'lazy' student. When he was preparing to go back to college a little over a year ago, I heard people express concern over his ability and determination. I told him I would support him however I could and for the most part I have lived up to that bargain. In his first two semesters he has achieved a 4.0 GPA each time! Yay him! :O)
And, well, I know I will never excel everyone at being a Proverbs 31-style wife and mother. But that's ok. Most of the time I do my best. When I fall off the bike, I get back on. And the cool thing about that? My children, my husband, and my Father in Heaven love me regardless of whether I'm "Mrs. Proverbs 31" or not!
So, this week, I'm going to ask my family to describe their perfect days. Then I'm going to take a step (for each one) in seeing how I can help them get a little closer to it. How will you serve your family this week?