AMEN!!! I frequently feel I have failed my family in so many ways. There are so many things I have not taught or said or done and I am so sorry. I so wanted to be the perfect Mom...and I am not. I do have to forgive myself over and over and over again.
Though I am not the perfect mom I envisioned I would be (a vision I had when I was young and had all the answers), I try to be a good mom. I can honestly say that I have put the welfare of my children over my own and that I seek to do the right thing even though, way too often, I have no idea what the right thing is. No idea.
When I am tempted to beat myself up for my maternal failings, I have to remember to look to the Savior, to count on His grace to make up for my failings. His Atonement can make up for the pain my shortcomings cause my children. His sacrifice covers all. ALL.
So I thank Him for His grace. And, while thanking Him for grace, I thank Him for also for Grace...and Tanah...and Chick...and Miles. The opportunity to be their mom is truly my greatest sources of joy.