I've seen it all. As a mom of 5, I've seen pretty much all the clean-up-my-room tricks in the book. My kids know when I get to the end of my messiness rope and give the great command to Clean Up Thy Room, it means I want everything off the floor. Now! In these past two decades of mothering, I've witnessed clean clothes dumped back into dirty hampers. I've found dishes stashed inside desks and even beds made with toys flattened-(best-they-could) beneath the covers. One child liked to hide dirty socks behind his pillow. (Gross, I know). And today ... well, the littlest one hung up her underwear on a hook in her bathroom. Whether these unmentionables were clean or dirty remains unimportant. A pair of panties just simply don't belong on a bathroom hook. She has a dresser and that dresser has a designated drawer. But, in her haste this morning, this hook is where she decided to dangle her personal drawers. Of course, when I saw them, I had to laugh. True, she accomplished what she was supposed to in getting all of her clothing off the floor. But, if we're being honest, we all know she sort of missed the point in this clean up process. We also know, this is not a sustainable option for her underwear. I mean how many pair of panties can possibly perch from that one hook? It made me think about how I do things ... how I show my obedience to God. I kind of accomplish what I know He wants me to do, but maybe not in the way he purposes or plans for me to do it. I get it done, but I don't really give it the direction or dedication He intended. I go through the motions and obey the letter of the law, but can often disregard the spirit of the law. I check the box. I cross it off. I get it done, but miss the good. Bella's room clean up wasn't about emptying the floor of her items, but about putting them in the place they belong. For her. I know, I know. Let's just be happy she cleaned up. Right? That's what she'd want my reaction to be. Just like when I go through the motions of obedience, I want God's approving pat on my back. Except, because our God loves us so much, He wants His best for us always. In big things. In small things. Even in our unmentionable things.
Great night double dating with these two at the annual Promise686 event. #bringthemhome #promise686 #adoption #fostercare
celebrating our beautiful friend, @karenbhenderson! #saturdaylunch #girlfriends
friday night hot tubbin with a couple of mermaids. #tucker
I'm in the next room over, rinsing dinner plates and wiping down kitchen counters, but I can hear her: Reading portions from her children's encyclopedia to the cat. With expression and enthusiasm. Tonight's topics include---human anatomy, birds (did you know they have tiny hearts) and the history of china. Lately, this 9 year old can't seem to get enough information. She loves facts. She adores discovery. And she's beyond eager to spout back out what she's soaking in (hence the cat). She might be our 5th, but I still marvel at a child's innate wonder and love for learning. Side note: I'm also marveling at that giant bun on top of her head because she does that all by herself for ballet class a couple of times a week. Truly, a beautiful thing. I am a big fan of age 9. • • Please, no comments about teenagers. We aren't discussing them in this post. Only 9 year olds. 🙃Thank you.
i believe, on occasion, it is a mother's duty to drag her family to places such as sunflower farms and pumpkin patches---even the teenagers. spontaneous weekend outings are (mostly) good for the soul! 🌻 the weekend's over, you can all head back to high school and college now. 😉
so a photographer was born today in a sunflower field.
WHAT??? drove all the way to the pumpkin patch. #protesting #notfair
senior photo shoot! @christinapughphoto 📷thank you for capturing our girl's spirit and sparkle in these pics. amazing work! ••• and, please, someone pinch me. how is it this middle child of ours is going to graduate this year and has already committed to auburn university for next? love her so much! #shesonherway #finishstrong #wareagle