I finished a fairly good book yesterday called Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. It was a pretty interesting book about a woman who suffered with depression as a young adult who goes through a painful divorce and at the same time her seven year old daughter starts hearing God speaking to her and performing miracles.
The author had great quotations at the beginning of each chapter and one I really loved:
Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.- Sophocles, Phaedra
In the case of the book, it was particularly true: the only thing keeping the mom from being swallowed up into another depression was her desire to care for her daughter. But even if you don't struggle with those type of issues, I think the quote is applicable: I know that often I feel like my children ARE my life, they give it meaning, they give it purpose. They keep you real and engaged and grounded and responsible and on top of your game.
It's also a great visual of how I feel some days: sometimes that anchor is heavier than others. I could get a lot more DONE without a three and seven year old alongside to manage. But without them... surely I would drift away.
PS- Happy, happy birthday to my brother Brian!! You are loved!