Recently, I was preparing for an out-of-town business trip. I was not packing my usual “mommy” clothes, since I would be traveling kid free. So as I tried on a few items before packing them, I was completely surprised by the reactions of the boys in my house. When I walked out into the living room with a dress on, my two-year old very excitedly proclaimed, “Mommy! You are a PRINCESS!!” And when I painted my toe nails, all three of my young boys were so enamored with my sparkly toes, couldn’t get them away from my feet! Clearly, I don’t do “fancy” very often, ha! I was so surprised by their reactions, but then it really got me thinking…
Being “girly” in a houseful of boys (and me) is my chance to be the example of a what a future wife might look like for them. Not that I want them to marry someone just like me, but I don’t do girly things enough. I play in the mud and the rain, inspect bugs, race cars, rough-house and wrestle, chase the bad guys and study lots of boy-ish things in our schooling! So I think it’s high time I brought on the girly! I want them to know how to care for a woman, how to respect and love her, and what qualities they might want in a future wife. I often feel like I don’t fit in around here already, but maybe that’s okay!
I can make the ordinary, extraordinary. I can decorate a comfortable home for my boys. I can get fancy once in a while. (Not just with my outfit, how about the table too?) I can be an example of a godly wife by supporting, encouraging and even smooching my husband in front of the kids. Grossing the kids out every once in a while is a necessary part of parenting, I’m sure! ;-)
I can get so caught up in the mundane of life, that I forget what an amazing opportunity I have!
Whether you have boys or girls, young children or all grown-up, God has chosen YOU to be the loving example they need. Embrace the task set before you, challenging as it may be and you will reap the rewards if you do it in God’s strength, not your own. Blessings to you, my friends! ~Kelly