My friend Flo, who is dear to me even though we've never met, posted an awesome and courageous post about her mess, lest anyone who has followed her blog for as many years as I have, thought she was a mama who "had it all together." Her post was very well-received and she created Messy Mondays to help bring a little more of the ugly-honesty to the blog-o-sphere hoping to encourage other moms who also have a hard time managing it all. "Marriage, motherhood, housekeeping: you may choose two," as I always say.
I hope that any long time reader of mine will know that we do not, in fact, have it all together nor would I want anyone to think we do. I have tried to be transparent over the years that I am not always a good mother, I struggle in my marriage, and that my house gets destroyed regularly. I have written things I wish I hadn't, and believed things that I no longer do. That is the essence of "attempting transparency" (my blog address). I recently read somewhere (at the moment I cannot recall if it was on Momastery or in One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp) that clerical positions are not for those who live their faith perfectly, but rather are for those who live their faith transparently - in front of everyone. It is a willingness to be seen. If there has ever been a goal for this blog, that is it. It is my deepest hope that by sharing my messy process and my flawed story that someone else might be encouraged that their messy process and their flawed story are normal. In that spirit, here is my first contribution to "Messy Mondays." I am hoping to bring blogging back into my life and if I do, I hope you'll enjoy the beauty and the mess (in my physical house, marriage, friendships, parenthood, and philosophies).
|The hand-washing often builds up|
|This is what the hand-washing pile looks like on a good day.|
The counter is very rarely bare.
|I recently swept this out from under my dining table after we had eaten dinner.|
Don't you feel normal?