I sat down on the plane next to a young man. With his laptop open, he was busy at work. We exchanged greetings. Not used to traveling alone, I had brought a needlework project to pass the time. It turned out to be much bigger and more detailed than I expected. I had been inspired by my mother-in-law who has a way of making gorgeous works of art with a needle and thread! Looking down at where to begin, I felt a bit overwhelmed. The young man with the laptop paused from his work and looked over at mine. He simply stated, “Anything worth doing takes time and hard work, but in the end it’s worth the effort.”
Looking back to that day, 22 years ago, being pregnant with our 5th daughter, I know he was right.
Marriage, raising children, supporting a family, nurturing relationships all take work, endless, tiring, draining work.
Was it worth it? Is it still worth the effort? Would I do it all over again? (Glad I don’t have to, but YES! YES! YES!
– Last night I had a date with just one of my daughters. (very precious time)
– Sunday we had all 14 of our children plus spouses and friends all together for a picnic. (a mom and dad’s heart doesn’t get much fuller than that!)
– I just got home from taking the younger half of the family fishing. ( 10 Blue Gills – and no, I don’t fish, I just detangle fishing line)
– I have a husband that is taking me out tonight because he loves me. (What to wear???)
Life isn’t perfect. Our relationships are not perfect, but they are always worth the work!
I am so glad I never gave up!
By the way, after many years, I did finally finish the needlework project.