"Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort."-Humphry Davy

I've been part of a bible study the past month called Gideon-Your weakness. God's STRENGTH- by Priscilla Shirer . It has been such a beautiful and affirming study as a mother to three young children.   It is easy to go from one day to the next taking care of our families with time slipping by much quicker than we realize.  Some days it is easy for me to forget the importance of my purpose as a mother and teacher to my children.  But this purpose that God has given me is more important that I even realized.  

I love when Pricilla Shirer says " I have  been commissioned by  God to be their mother.  Being a parent may seem like a commonplace human relationship, but I will not be lulled into downplaying it as ordinary." Later in the study she says "And yet your greatest impact will be done here --in the ordinary rhythms of your daily living"  These statements are so powerful. They reminded me to look at everything in my day with purpose.  They also remind me that these traces of "kids were here"....its so much more than mess.  It is evidence of living and growing together for God's purpose.  I want never to take this for granted.

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I participate in this project with a group of 25 other photographers.  Please visit the Kids Were Here Blog to see their images.