Some days, it's hard not to get distracted by the dirty dishes and the leftovers, the unfolded laundry and homework to check, the little noses to wipe and naps to enforce. The bills to pay, papers to file, errands to run. Donations to give and people to serve... they are all good things, either necessary or important and all certainly worthy of my time, but my heart gets as tired as my body.
This week, I chose cuddling a sick one over getting work done, and I have to admit... I begrudged it. Even as sweet as my little patient was. I'm not proud of that, but it's the truth. I worked late hours after the kids were asleep, to make up some lost time, but without the option to sleep in or nap the next day, I got tired and rundown myself and guess what? Sick, all weekend.
Yesterday I slowed down, turned off my phone and email, read a book, and baked a batch of cookies to share with the neighbor kids who came over to play. I recharged in as much solitude as you can get with three kids in the house, and I went to bed early, accepting more of His grace. Not because I deserve it, but because I desperately need it.
If you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I like to keep things positive here on the blog as much as I can. In all honesty, I would love to only show you pretty pictures and have you believe that my life is easy, my children cooperate for photos and are obedient and kind. But on most days, that's not real life. And I believe in being authentic, as you'll also know if you've been with me for the past few years. Even if it's not pretty.
Along with those delicious homemade cookies comes a messy kitchen. Both literally and figuratively speaking.
Anyone else in need of grace this Monday morning? You are not alone, friend. Life is tough sometimes whether you have no children or five of your own, if you manage your own business or if you work long shifts for someone else, whether you're a great cook or if you fight the urge to order takeout every night. And I'd rather you not know how messy my kitchen/life is, but if sharing my daily struggles, along with the highlights, will encourage another mama... then I'll gladly share.
Let's be real. Ok? And then let's lift our chins together. I've got a plan to make this week as productive and positive as it can be. I've made coffee, have taken two kids to school, and have snuggled and settled the sick one in. My to-do list won't know what's hit it today. We are equipped to handle whatever the day brings. Even if it gets messy.
I'm just like you. I may never "have it all together", but if you share your burden with me, then maybe it will be a little lighter for you. I'd love to encourage you if I can.