"The process of shaping the child shapes the mother herself. Reverence for her sacred burden calls her to all that is pure and good, that she may teach primarily by her own daily example."
—The Shaping of a Christian family, p. 126
A mother is a quiet servant of necessity. I do the work no one notices, tasks my daughter doesn't recognize as sacrifices of love. I don't think she'll notice them anytime soon. It took me years to recognize all that my own mother has done for me—even now I am discovering things as I parent my little one. My mother led me by example; there were times she asked me not to do as she did so that I could be better. I think this was her prayer when she felt like she wasn't enough. My flaws have become so bold, so evident that I find myself praying the same thing. The revelation is not in the shortcomings but in the transformation. I am being shaped and equipped for the sacred burden of motherhood.