The Happy Mother

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When I looked for an illustration to go along with Jesus’ promise for those who are weary and burdened, I searched through the Smithsonian’s public domain images related to sleep. One of the pieces of art I found was the sculpture Sleeping Children. I also found this painting: The Happy Mother.

Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary B. Longyear.

Artist Max Bohm created this oil painting in 1913. Bohm was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1868 and died in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1923.

I love the message of this painting:

  • A child is a joy to cherish.
  • Motherhood is a joy to cherish.
  • A moment is a joy to cherish.

Mothers are gifts to children. Happy mothers are an even greater gift.

I am grateful that our friend Todd Wilson invited me to be on The Smiling Homeschooler podcast last week. He is a great combination of fun and wisdom. He has a wonderful ability to get you smiling and thinking about what is most important at the same time. If you’d like to listen to our conversation, you can find it here: The Smiling Homeschooler. It is entitled Be Happy Homeschooling and is episode 206.

A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
All the days of the needy are bad,
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:13-15


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