Thursday, January 23, 2020

Newsflash


WE INTERRUPT THESE (CHRISTMAS) PROCEEDINGS WITH A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Last weekend, Sam and I went out on a date.
When I pulled up to the babysitter's house to drop her off afterward, she said,
"There's one more thing I wanted to say...I know it probably doesn't seem like it to you, but I really think your life is perfect. When I look at your family, I think, 'That's exactly what I want.'"
I was totally taken aback.
What could I tell this sweet 15-year-old girl that would encourage her while giving her a realistic picture of my life?
And she was not the first one to make a comment along those lines in recent years.

Newsflash: My life isn't perfect.

I try to make that obvious here on this blog by writing about my discouraging days and my mistakes,
but I fear there is still a picture painted that it's pretty much all just roses and sunshine.
And the last thing I want to do is to feed the monster of discontentment and comparison that abounds on the Internet.
Please, I beg of you, if ANY of you readers feel worse about your life after reading this blog,
stop reading it!
I promise, I won't feel bad!

I write on this blog because I feel happier when I do.
It's that simple.

I love to be able to find the joy in my everyday life and record it for future reference.
I don't write to gain readership, to give tutorials, or to paint a false picture for others to admire.
I like to keep it on a public platform because it's a convenient way to store pictures and words together and because I write more consistently when I know others may be reading.

But I deeply apologize if I have ever caused sorrow with my words.
Please know that I have challenges and frustrations beyond what I share.

If you want to hear about today's challenges
like a 1-year-old who threw up all morning and into the afternoon, 
a 3-year-old with a fever who was angrily screaming for much of the day,
a canker sore the size of Rhode Island in my mouth that has made eating miserable all week,
being awake since 4:45 with my own sickness,
kids who took short naps,
a sweet boy who doesn't stop kicking my chair in the car,
my husband's busy work and church schedule,
bedwetting issues,
customer service frustrations,
accidentally giving one boy a bloody nose,
and about a thousand other problems,
I could give you an earful!
But I don't think it would help anyone...
in fact, just writing that list put a damper on my mood.

When I share challenges, I typically do so with a theme of seeing God's hand in them.
And I never want to be ungrateful for the tremendous blessings I have been given.
So those writings will not stop.
But once again, I ask that anyone who happens upon this little space of the Internet--
whether family, friend, or stranger--
stops coming back if it does not make your life brighter.

And with that, I'll be back later with more Christmas vacation proceedings. :)

1 comment:

  1. I don't think your life is perfect, but I agree with the babysitter in that it's exactly what I want, too--even with all the challenges. Thank you for being an inspiring example to me and for brightening my life with your writings.

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