A few of my favorites…

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

~Elizabeth Stone


It is one thing to be dedicated to the idea of parenthood and quite another to be dedicated to the practice of it.



Children should be seen, not hurt.

~a billboard in Georgia


A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

~Chinese proverb


The only place where you are irreplaceable is at home.

~a church marquee in Kentucky


Parents are pals nowadays because they don’t have the courage to be parents.

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Everything you do is a self portrait.  Make excellence your autograph.

~my version of Jessica Guidobono


A child is the only known substance from which a responsible adult can be made.



The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

~George Santayana


We have not inherited the earth from our fathers.  We are borrowing it from our children.

~Native American proverb


And that is best of all, Ceddie – it is better than everything else, that the world should be a little better because a person has lived – even ever so little better, dearest.

~from “Little Lord Fauntleroy” by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Mom and Dad are the names for God on the lips and in the hearts of children.

~William Makepeace Thackeray


So much of what we know of love we learn at home.



A few of my own…

The mission of a parent for life is to become unnecessary.  The challenge is to do so without becoming unwanted.

~Carolyn Waterbury-Tieman


You can only do what you know.  The more you know, the more you can do.

~Carolyn Waterbury-Tieman


What a difference three letters make…earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh.’

~Carolyn Waterbury-Tieman


Art is at the heart of eARTh.

~Carolyn Waterbury-Tieman


It is not how many years you have lived, but how you have lived those years that matters.

~Carolyn Waterbury-Tieman

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