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June 08, 2007



I was struck by your post on June 8, 2007. I too am a parent of five and have two that trail the older three. As I see the way in which you interact with your children I am mindful of some of the ways in which I wish I interacted with mine. I fear there are times when my oldest comes in the room and I do not notice her, let alone allow her to articulate her neediness. Even more, as I read of each of your five children and the painstaking efforts you must take to see that each of their specific range of needs are met. I think of how very difficult this has to be for you. I say this because perhaps more than anything else I am mindful of the difficulty I experience in my life to both celebrate my children and allow them to celebrate me. Having virtually never been celebrated as a kid, today in my life I find it nearly impossible to celebrate anything and the moments of celebration I do experience must be quickly forgotten in order to allow me rest from the tension of both hoping and hurting at the same time.

I guess what I really want to convey to you is that your neediness should never be viewed as too much. We are designed to experience life in relationship and even though your thirties are gone now it is not too late for you to find a community who will come along side you to bless. I have heard it said that love is the giving and receiving of pleasure for the glory of God. As I read of the pleasure you both give to and receive from your children I am well aware of the love that you bring to your home.

I desire this kind of love to be present in my home and a woman of beauty and courage like you calls to me to be encouraged and to fight to provide the same for my family.

May you husband be a man who helps meet your every need

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