Can anyone relate… this? I do so deeply that it makes my heart ache…

Last year on this day I was in the Dominican Republic meeting Maicol. This week another group of bloggers is going to see Compassion’s work in El Salvador


  1. Your link isn’t working:

    But, yes, I relate! I often would rather do my own thing, but have to remind myself how much I will long to have these days back in years to come.

  2. Jacqueline Strawder says:

    Givin the chance to do it over …..I would have let the work pile high and I would have played more, laughed more, read more , sang more…I missed so much by helping my husband to grow our business, to build what we thought was important for our family. But what took 25 yrs to build the failing economy took away in less than 3 years….now we are left with an empty building , an empty home ( they are almost all grown), and plenty of regrets. Enjoy them while they are young…everything else can wait….

  3. Hi Mary- Just wanted to let you know that I made the Mexican Chicken w/Bow-Ties from your cookbook and it was a big hit with my family! I used taco sauce in place of the salsa, because a couple of mine don’t like “chunks”, but they all said it was yummy, even the pickier ones. Thanks for a great book!

  4. Oh Mary, this touched my heart and made me cry.
    I think we all feel this way to one extent or another, we as mothers are our own worst critics and put more guilt on ourselves than anyone else.

    A woman once told me when I first got pregnant a long time ago, “remember that your children are a gift from God and always remember to show thanks for them by being there for them no matter what.”

    BTW – I really enjoy reading your blog… : )

  5. wow, I just read it. it’s a tear jerker.

  6. Yes, so very much so.


  7. That hurts so badly to read that…. I’m appreciative for the reminder and perspective, though. Now if you excuse me, I have some snuggling to do… 🙂

  8. I can totally relate. I was just thinking on this over the weekend. I need to be way more purposeful in my time, especially with the kids. Great post! Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Wow. I read that and recognize myself although I admit many nights the annoyance and frustration CLEARLY show through to my older kids (my youngest happily goes night night – love it). And I just realized my daughter actually has stopped asking me to lay with her or to tell me another thing and sadly I think that is the worst – that she has given up vying for my attention at night and being satisfied with a tuck in. sigh. if only my actions and attention matched the love I have in my heart for my kids. Good post – makes me really think.

  10. Thanks for sharing the link. It is such a tough job we do as moms. It is helpful just to know that the struggles and frustrations I go through are shared by others and it’s not “just me” that faces these kinds of feelings.

  11. Thank you for sharing this link…

  12. Amber Howard-MCGinnis says:

    Barbara Walters once said,

    “Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she

    doesn’t is someone whom I admire but have never met.”