This is a re-post from a few summers ago. Thankfully my family has gotten (much!) better about keeping up with things in our home, but I'm pretty sure we all have these moments. If you've felt overwhelmed as a mom ~ you're not the only one ~ but life changes so very quickly, so slow down and soak up every moment!
It had been one of those weeks at our house. I'd felt overwhelmed, overworked, and under-appreciated. I came home after grocery shopping at 10 PM (so that I could sneak out without any kids in tow), and after finally unloading the trunk full of groceries noticed that my kitchen was a disaster. Not only had I cooked dinner, couponed a crazy good deal for that meal, and then gone out and shopped again, but my family had left their dishes out, their shoes everywhere (the shoes are driving me nuts in our house!), and right smack dab in the middle of my kitchen was a set of drums. Seriously?
I was mad. Really mad. I felt stomped all over, hurt, and angry. I managed to get those groceries put away, clean up the kitchen, and put away all the shoes. As I put those shoes away, God tugged on my heart. I had no less than eighteen shoes in my entry way. . . my kids have abundance. I had a set of drums that littered my kitchen. . . I have three precious children who are healthy and love to beat on a drum. I had a load of dishes in the sink to put away. . . our home is filled with plenty and all of my family is well provided for.
Guess maybe I shouldn't be so mad.
My heart changed, I packed my husband's lunch for work, and vowed to do better the next day. In truth, I'm not sure I did much better at all. I still got frustrated with the summer clutter in our home, still nagged my kids too much, and once again stood far from the woman I'd like to be. But, somewhere in the back of my head I remembered that what matters right now isn't the clutter and the craziness, but rather the people that hide behind it. So, in the midst of the dailiness of life today, I'm choosing to appreciate these gifts I've been given. Maybe you can join me too. 😉
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