Every Friday Night, My DH read to me the following from the Book of Proverbs.
He read it to me as the children grew, and at the end of his life, they stood tall at the table as the juniper trees I had planted in honor of my pregnancies with them.
"A woman of valor who can find?
For her worth is far above that of gems and rubies.
may safely trust on her,
and he shall have no lack of gain.
For she does good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She gives food to her household...
She stretches her hand to the poor;
She reaches out her hand to the needy.
Strength and dignity are her raiment,
and her laughter may be heard even in time to come.
She opens her mouth, and there is wisdom;
and the teaching of loving kindness
is ever upon her tongue.
She looks after the welfare of her houseold,
and she will not partake fo the bread of idleness.
Her children rise to proclaim her 'blessed',
and her Husbandtoo praises her aloud:
'Many women have done valiantly,
but you excel them all'.
Charm may deceive and beauty may be empty,
but a woman who reveres the Lord is to be praised.
Let us all acknowledge the fruit of her hands,
for her own good works praise her in the gates."
: for peace
Think about the kind of impressions you had as a child. Think about how the things you do today will leave the kind of impressions on your children that you desire. This was told to me by Rabbi Tzvi Derschowitz and his wife Rebbintz Tovah when we had our third child, second son.