Ma Hoffman not only raised her children but had a hand in raising her grandchildren, whether we wanted that or not. I think about my self esteem and that of most of my cousins. Most of us are very self-assured individuals. You couldn't go to visit without being told how skinny, beautful or wonderful you were. Surely you had time to sit down and have some ice cream. She always had Dehn's ice cream.
I pray that one day my other children will be blessed to be a mom or dad and be able to experience those things that can only come as you are a parent. First of course they need that eternal spouse. Time should take care of that.
The opportunity to be a wife and mother is the greatest calling that I could ever hold. I've had callings in the church that I love. I love being a seminary teacher. I love being with the choir every week. Those things, as great as they are, don't even compare to how much I love being a sweetheart and mommy. They do help me become a better one though.
Heavenly Father surely knew what he was doing when he created eternal families. I'm ever in His debt that I've got one!