The Present Mama

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I wonder just how many distractions vie for a homeschooling mama’s attention every day. That I do not know, but I do know that each of her children need her to be present when they need her to be present.

I started also to write that they need her to be mama when they need her to be mama, but they need her to be mama all the time—even when they are toddlers or teenagers or adults who act like they don’t.

I love how this 1901 painting, Mother and Child by Helen Hyde*, illustrates the beautiful mama verse in 1 Thessalonians. Hyde didn’t illustrate this mother attending to her distractions, but to her child.

Cherish every moment you can do that. Those moments are too precious to miss.

But we proved to be gentle among you,
as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.
1 Thessalonians 2:7


*Mother and Child by Helen Hyde. Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Hyde Gillette in memory of Mabel Hyde Gillette and Edwin Fraser Gillette.

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  1. It’s a sweet illustration and tender reminder of the interactions I have with my kids that sometimes in my sweet chaos I forget the importance of.
    Thank you for sharing this!

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