Not a day goes by without my being reminded that I have a little mirror.

 Five little mirrors, in fact, who faithfully reflect the state of my heart.

As a mother, I play a huge role in setting the atmosphere of my home.  If I am honest with myself, most of my “bad days” can be traced to bad attitudes.  MY bad attitudes.

I may prefer to lay the blame somewhere else, but the truth remains: an ugly reflection stares back at an ugly image.  Mirrors don’t lie.



If you are a homeschooling mama, chances are you are highly aware of the struggle of daily “seeing” yourself in your children.  There is no break, no escape.  We are with our children from sun up until sun down.  Faults, weaknesses, selfishness, all come to light beneath the unrelenting scrutiny of motherhood.

 If you ever find the days wearing you down and the pillow catching your tears at night, this post is for you.  I am there too.  I greet the day pleading God for His grace to nurture, love, and train my children, and close my eyes at night wondering why in the world He saw fit to place these little precious souls into my unqualified hands.  

On my very best days, I am still not cut out for the job!


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Several years ago, I wrote the following “poem” and decided to include it in my new ebook,  Homeschooling Day by Day.  My editor liked it enough to create a printable version for my ebook shop.  Of course, you can simply print “My Mirror” right here from this post if you want to.  Otherwise, you can purchase the printable from my ebook shop.  


I hope you will always remember… YOU HAVE A LITTLE MIRROR!  

I have a little mirror.

My mirror does not lie.  Does not pretend.  Does not soften reality.

My mirror is seven years old.

My daughter.  My protegé.


I can hide in church.

I can hide with my friends.

I can hide in this blog.

But my mirror faithfully reflects the state of my heart.

My dear friends and family know my faults.

They overlook.  They forgive.

My mirror forgives, but she does not cease to reflect.

Sometimes I am angry at my mirror.  I dislike the ugly image she reveals.

I blame the mirror when I should blame myself.

I know that someday my little mirror will grow up, and she might have little mirrors of her own.

Then she will understand my frustration, my struggles, my inconsistencies.

Today, she does not understand. 

She simply reflects.

I resist the urge to shut my eyes against the reflection, pretending it is just a mar on my mirror.

I ask my Lord for strength to change, to grow, to yield, to overcome.

His abundant grace is there, for the taking.

For me.





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6 thoughts on “I have a little mirror… {printable for moms}

  1. Wow! You touched me today, thank you! It was a rough day of homeschooling for this “over aged” mama of a beautiful 4 year old. Thanks for the reminder that she WILL be like me…and what that is I can choose. Praying god leads me!!

    Posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    1. Thank you, Suzanne! Yes, that is my prayer every day: Lead me, Lord!!

      Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm
  2. I feel the same way about my daughter. She is my second born, and is my copy in everyway. On the flip side of that, I never saw too much of my mother in me, until I had her.  My mother passed away when I was a teenager, and honestly its kind of nice ot have her back in a way. Our mothers teach us how to be mothers, even before we have children, and we teach our daughters.  I think that is just God’s way. Just keep on truckin sweety.

    Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm
  3. I love how you’ve written these truths, for all of us…in mirrors, the reflection of ourselves.  I know that reflection too…the loving one, the tumultuous one, the grace.  Thank you for these words, this moment, this mirror.  Much gratitude. 

    Posted on October 14, 2011 at 9:32 am
  4. Oh Wow!  Very sobering.  I once heard someone say leadership is always the problem and leadership is always the answer.  Leadership in this case being the parents… when I see things in my children I need to look at myself first and then start there. 

    Visiting from Raising Mighty Arrows.

    Posted on October 14, 2011 at 12:21 am
  5. Wow..powerful.

    Posted on October 12, 2011 at 10:06 am