Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family / Life & Faith / Motherhood


It is the quiet of the night again. I savor the time. No one is touching me. No one is shrieking in my ears (with delight or distress). Save some dishes on the table from dinner, the house is right-side-up for a few serene hours. The quiet night allows me to let the day’s wind blow through my heart for a second time so that I might see with the soul’s eyes. I am grateful for many things, the most of which is the sweet truth that mercies come new with every morning. A fresh start each morning is a gift of grace for those in the trenches of the little years.

One photo a week of our family throughout the year. 31/52

I talked with my sweet grandma on the phone this evening and she said to me, “Dear, you just do so well with those kids. You seem to handle it a lot  better than I did when I was your age. I always felt like I was just surviving the days.”

Yes. I’m surviving them too. There is nothing easy about this motherhood gig. I fail at stuff all the time, bumble through rough patches, and feel the pang of my many inadequacies as a mother. I can start out my day, purposed to be cheerful, consistent, diligent….and then find myself squawking like a sick seagull at everyone by the end of breakfast. You don’t see photos of that because there’s nothing lovely about it.

So how about some lego pictures?

A few days ago, I happened upon a blog that other moms of littles might find helpful. I usually skip over parenting tips and take the ones I do read with a grain of salt because there is a lot of fluff out there, but this mother really inspired me. She has 9 kids and oodles of wisdom. One of my favorite entries was a practical list of ways to “reset” with kids when the hard days come ’round. Worthy of a read! I haven’t specifically tried all of her ideas, but I do have a small set of my own that have been working well lately.

This last photo puts a smile in my heart. Big brother’s satisfaction with a pile of sisters on top. And that dimple gets me every time.


“You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16

“Behold the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who home for His lovingkindness, To deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and shield.” Psalm 33:18-22


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226. restoration, 227.promises fulfilled, 228. rhythms of home, 229. paper plate crafts, 230. sleeping baby, 231. the owed of simple stories, 232. the rewards of doing, not just thinking, 233. clean sheets, 234. air in, worries out, 235. uninterrupted sleep, 236. friends over, 237. fun new games, 238. meeting fitness goals, 239. dad conversations, 240. vacation plans

1 Comment Night

  1. Judith A. Genaway

    Hi Emily,
    I always look forward to your blog in my inbox…you are a GIFTED writer….love the way you put words together. Your littlest one steals the show! But ALL of the children (with their DIMPLES) melt my heart.

    Legoes are such an amazing, creative toy…and…it lasts for years….we had TONS of them….and I ‘parceled’ them out in batches to each GRANDfamily a few years back. I STILL love to play with legoes!

    Your honesty with parenting is UNDERSTOOD! I, too, was a squawking seagull….and prayed that I could STOP yelling. I’m not the quiet, reserved type. The kids KNOW when they’ve pushed too far!

    Have a wonderful day….and keep those pix/blogs coming! Your Faithful Reader….Judy 🙂 🙂


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