I've been getting really irritated lately at work when I see pregnant 16 year old girls determined to keep their babies with no idea how to be a mom, let alone a responsible adult. Or drug addicts with several children that have been taken away by DCFS ... pregnant again and using and drinking throughout the pregnancy. This is hardest part of trying (unsuccessfully) to have kids for me. I knew it would be hard for us to get pregnant, I knew it would take a while ... so I'm not stressing about it. But I do feel so sad for all these babies born into crappy situations without dads or with health problems resulting from drug/alcohol use. It makes me want to cry. I could be a really good mom to those babies.
The point: I read this awesome article in the June Ensign. It's by Elder Bruce D Porter of the Seventy, you can read it here. It's kind of long, but totally worth it. My favorite part, from James Lincoln Collier:
“This is an extremely unusual circumstance—perhaps unique in human experience. In no known human society, past or present, have children generally been raised outside of an intact nuclear family. The nuclear family is one of the most basic of all human institutions, a system of doing things so fundamental that until this century it occurred to very few people that life could exist without it.”
I love that last part. The family is so fundamental that until this century it occurred to very few people that life could exist without it. So weird. And this part I love also ... kind of a challenge:
That's all. And read this also. It's the perfect example of how I want to raise my daughters.