Stumbled across this quote today from Mother Teresa:
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
I continue to be so proud of myself and Mr. Q that we stand fast against this force in our family.
It is sometimes easy and sometimes difficult. I particularly hate saying no to social engagements, whether for me or the kids or our family; but I hate more the feeling that comes when several days have passed and we haven't had any free and easy family time for snuggling or playing or whatever that we all seem to need to recharge our batteries. I worry that we should take higher paying jobs now to have more savings for later, to have a (new-ish) second car, to replace the windows, to have the brick repointed, to take a real vacation, to choose private school instead of public. None of these things are frivolous, for sure.
But those are not the choices that we choose to make.
For all the things that we do wrong as parents and spouses, we do this one thing right.