I came across this motto today, and I love it. It was written by Charlotte Mason, a woman who was born in 1842 and developed quite a philosophy of education. She is also big in the homeschool world (thanks, Wikipedia). I love it. Oh. I guess I already said that. But I really do!

I am . . . a child of God, a gift to my parents and my country. I’m a person of great value because God made me.

I can . . . do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has made me able to do everything required of me.

I ought . . . to do my duty to obey God, to submit to my parents, to be of service to others, and to keep myself healthy with proper food and rest so my body is ready to serve.

I will . . . resolve to keep a watch over my thoughts and choose what’s right even if it’s not what I want.

This is what I want for my kids. And for myself. And for all of you people that I know and love as well.