Mothers and the Role of Women at Home. Scriptures on motherhood.

The women who bore these men were no doubt thankful and appreciated the role ofmotherhood.

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3 I thank Elohim, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

As we have seen, motherhood is a crucial part of a spirit filled home ofrighteousness.

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It’s very hard to have perspective when you are in it, but–
1) Rufi’s problem isn’t motherhood. It’s that she is married to someone who does no childcare whatsoever. Maybe they need to renegotiate their values and relationships. And what kind of idiot leaves his underwear on the floor?
2) Yes, it’s impossible to get a lot done when your children are very young. If she does not have any more children it will be about 10 years of her life. Then she can have the next 40 to write her heart out.
3) There are PLENTY of writers who are mothers. I would say prob. 50% of the great ones. This need for drama and bohemian existential crises is a bunch of Hemingway bullshit. Plenty of writers kept to a strict schedule and wrote at set hours during the day. Thomas Mann. Marcel Proust. Yes, you can be a great artist IF you are a great artist, in small spurts every day, although it is harder.
4) Are those childless, neurotic writers (hello Franzen) really happy? Do you want to spend half your life in a lonely hotel room so you can reap praise in the paper? Or do you want a full life, with work, and family?
You are LUCKY, even if your days are long and sometimes frustrating.

Thank you for this beautiful artistic piece of writing. It articulates so much of motherhood in such an insightful way.

And you can do your version of the same thing. You are not toothpaste–you are a creative, powerful, passionate, thinking woman. And you can have a life where you feel cared for, rested, fulfilled and full of joy.

I’m Liz Joy and I am here to share all of the things in life that make me happy. Take a look around and stay a while…

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Still, there is a concern that the stank of uncool motherhood will befoul the beautifully tormented artist. It is, I think, this same stank that women’s magazines would like to occasionally excise from my work. In the novel Dept. of Speculation, which seems to be an , Jenny Offill’s protagonist and narrator writes: “My plan was to never get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things. Nabokov didn’t even fold his own umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him.”

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Words will not express the joy, strength and courage you bring to so many. The laughter, smiles and band jokes will be how I forever will remember you. Swinging in DC at Dave’s graduation- before you met my friend J. Your J. The two of you were meant for each other/ crazy how twisted together the college years and after college years were. Love the connection to GW and UW! Best of both worlds. Our family grieves this world without you Beth. We grieve for your family and promise to continue to share the stories and exchange the years of accumulated photos. Oh yes- we have photos for the appropriate time. For now- know you are loved and we wish you peace in passing. Until we meet again…

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For me, the conflict between motherhood and my life as a writer is not so much Brooks’ fear that art’s job is to unsettle, while a mother’s job is to make safe. I unsettle and disturb my children all the time. I remain unconcerned that my safe, middle-class life as a stay at home mom makes me less edgy or interesting. I view my own interestingness as being directly related to the thoughts I think and the work I do rather than the aesthetics of my leisure time. After all, Wallace Stevens was an executive at an insurance company. The idea that parenting is any more boring than working at an insurance agency is absurd.

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It is high time that we lift up the blessingand importance of motherhood! So important is the role of motherhood, thatone is not even considered a widow unless she has brought up children: