Thursday, November 11, 2010

Too Beautiful to Bake

A very good friend and co-worker of mine once told me that I was too beautiful to stay home when I became a mother...(I'll give you a minute to stop laughing.)...Anyway, this dear friend of mine thought that it would be a waste to stay "locked away" from the world as a stay-at-home mom when I could be enjoying a career in front of the camera.  I think that her comment was meant to flatter me, but I also think she seriously thought that her words would sway me in her direction.

See these pumpkins?  They are called "Cinderella" pumpkins, and I think that they are beautiful.  I want to enjoy looking at them some more, but my children have been begging me to cut them up and bake them into pumpkin pie.  They seem to value what's inside this pumpkin and what it can become more than what it looks like on the outside at the moment.  Something inside me thinks that they might just be too beautiful to bake, but bake them, we will, and enjoy them we will--even more.

I received these pumpkins from my Mennonite friends.  I think that these friends of mine are absolutely beautiful.  I think that their whole way of life is beautiful as well.  They allowed me to take pictures of their family once a few years back, and I love looking at their smiling faces in those photos.  They shine from the inside out.  I wish I could show you the pictures that I took of them, because they would surely bring a smile to your face, but I promised that I wouldn't broadcast them across the internet.  Some of the most beautiful faces you will ever encounter in life will not be seen by the world.  They will remain private, but just as lovely...lovelier than...any face that appears in fashion magazines or on the big screen.

Would I be more beautiful today, if I had stayed in the workplace, chasing my dreams of a career in Television?  Certainly not.  For I would have missed out on the chance to be turned from something that sparkled on the outside, into something warm, sweet, and nourishing to the body and soul on the inside (obviously, I'm a work in progress...).  I also would have missed out on the faces and expressions of my children day in and day out whose smiles, countenances and true beauty are known only to me and to the Lord.  

I also would not be baking pumpkin pie right now, soaking in the beautiful revitalizing November sunshine, or enjoying the fruits of my "labors" so fully.

Thank goodness for Motherhood!

(On the other hand, I'd be much more aware of what day of the week it is.  I though it was Thursday all day the winner of our giveaway will be announced tomorrow...which is Friday....not today!)


  1. Thank you for sharing this post! My 1-year-old has begun a shrill shriek phase and so I have to remind myself often during the day that it is a blessing to be with him all day. :) I am most definitely still a work in progress!

  2. Ehh...knowing what day of the week we are on is over-rated anyway. :~) Motherhood is much better. Thanks for the great thoughts to power me on through the rest of the day. Go Super Moms!

  3. I love this post! it has been a blessing to stay home with my kids, we don't live like millionaries, but we have what we need and a little bit more ;), I love staying home with my kids, they are so precious to me, the best gift Heavenly Father has ever given me, and I treasure them every single second of the day....

  4. What a beautiful post. It is always nice to be reminded why I chose this path. :)

    On another note, PUMPKIN! I am LOVING pumpkin right now. It is just a wonderful addition to so many yummy things. :)

  5. I had to laugh that you thought yesterday was Thursday all day, because so did I. (It's reassuring to know that it happens to young people, too!)

    Those pumpkins are outstanding, and so are you for being the kind of mom we all wish we had. (Well, actually, I DID have one...)

    And it's a very good kind of mom to be!


  6. I love pumpkin pies and motherhood-what a combination. Go Jocelyn!

  7. What a great analogy! And speaking of baking pie, I'm off to see what this 30 days of pie is all about. :)

  8. This post title is so snazzy. Just had to click on over and of course, you delivered a beautiful explanation as always.

  9. tee hee....I get it....only the uglies stay home.

  10. Cinderella pumpkins are some of the best pumpkins to bake with! Yummy!
    Love the sentiments you shared here.

  11. A very very excellent message for our young women and those of us who are young at heart! Thank you! I will remember this one!