I don't know about you, but I have to extend grace to myself every single day. Sometimes I forget to do it - and that's when I seem to have the hardest time.
But lately, I've been looking around my house and wishing for this and wanting for that...and I stopped, took a deep breath...and remembered.
This is temporary. This mess? All these toys everywhere, laundry piled high, dust bunnies trailing the floor, dishes in the sink, messy mess? Temporary.
I'm not a slob. I'm a neat freak. And these past two + years have been wreaking havoc on my sense of cleanliness. To the nnnnnth degree.
But it's temporary. A phase. A verse in the song of our family life, before we head back to the chorus.
Some days? Some days I don't unload the dishwasher for the third day in a row. And it ain't pretty. But she is...and so I give myself the grace to let it go. And enjoy the moment.
Other times? Other times I let the toys lay all over the living room floor and we play with this or that one day...and the next day we scour the pile for another something fun to play with. And it stays there. And by day whatevertheheck I start to grumble and feel a little stressed about that pile. And a little mad at myself that my house has left behind the old ways of being "company ready" at all times.
Then again, when we've exhausted ourselves playing and running around and wearing ourselves out with this or that toy? I have to admire the scenery of that living room...and of little boys who are played out.
So I find myself letting go a little bit more each day. It is what it is. And it's not all bad. It's not. Though it's hard to bid farewell to the ideal, I'm giving myself grace to say "this is OK too"
and it's temporary. Sadly, very temporary.
Have a great weekend!
**If you have a minute, stop by and see Suz, Jennifer, and Kelly - who just got their makeovers via Bushel & A Peck Designs! So great to work with each of you lovely ladies!