I was just checking on Learning to Be a Newlywed to see how her baby was doing. She just lead me to think about how so many of us are not alone in wanting to put a positive spin on the sacrifices of parenting.
But lest we forget, the Resurrection was preceded by the Cross (which is pretty ugly scene). And the cross was preceeded by that Agony in the Garden and Jesus asking for reassurance that there might not be an easier way to get the job done.
SO it is with marriage and parenting. I think we spend a lot of time in the Garden/Kichen/Bedroom, telling our Peter/kids/husband to quit retaliating against the enemy trying to cutting off ears/hiting eachother with toy golf clubs/comparing who did the most housework and shedding blood and tears wondering if there is not a better way to bring Peace and Love to humanity/family/marriage.
I think Jesus looked forward to the end....He did announce, "It is finished." Is there a parent who does not rejoice a little in the "dying of the day" when the kids are tucked in and the house is set to rights and there is hope for Resurrection in the morning?