Well, as with many things in life, I like to take things and look at them from a different perspective...you know just to keep things interesting. So, this morning as I looked around my house I thought to myself, "Self,
you should use your home as a canvas too! Ha, ha!
So, today my blog is not about turning things from drab to fab, but rather what a REAL home looks like, what a REAL mom looks like and what the REALity is for 99% of us out there! (If you are the 1%...I'd love to meet you!). Nothing I'm about to share with you is magazine worthy.
Do I like to post the picture on my facebook that makes my home look clean... or the family picture where you cannot see my double chin? You bet I do. Do I scramble around and try to create an image of perfection when my family and friends come over to visit? Um, ye-ah. (The REALity of it all is that I vacuum just enough to make those fresh lines, I dust just enough so that people with allergies won't get sick, I stuff things in closets and drawers... and...I hate to say it, but even my toilets often have that funky ring of mold -or whatever it is- until guests come over...at which point, I quickly scrub those bad boys out so no one will want to vomit when they use my toilets!)
Why? Why do we have to project perfection. God never once said in his Word, "Thou shalt be perfect" and believe it or not He was NOT the one to coin the phrase "cleanliness is next to Godliness." Thank goodness!Because...as much as I'd like people to think I've got it all together...I don't (I think my admission of the toilet thing solidifies that)!
So, today I've used my home and myself as a sort of canvas. A canvas that portrays reality...a canvas that is funny and at least from my perspective...is in its own unique (and figurative) way... BEAUTIFUL (Well, again, minus the toilet thing I mentioned).
Enjoy taking a peek into my reality... I hope you find it encouraging.
Here we have the before and after photo of "Kendall With Her Coffee Pot". Yes, that is what we call true "bed head" and me with no make up people...and that is the reality. What a beautiful blessing it is to stay up late and wake up early with my beautiful baby - and the ability to make and drink my coffee. Can I get an AMEN?!
Next up is a picture of what I like to call "Garbage". The reality is... I do not have shoes on to take it out right now (not to mention that it is currently 25 degrees and snowing out!), so it will probably sit there until my cute hubby comes home. What a beautiful blessing it is to be married to a man who is the "trash master!"
In this unique - yet oh so intriguing - picture... we have "The laundry room". The reality is... this is what it looks like to be "almost caught up" on laundry (see...there is nothing in the washer - go me!!!) Ha! What a beautiful blessing it is to have clean clothes to wear...and multiple outfits for my baby to poop, pee and spit up on each day! :-)
This next picture is a classic. This is what we call, "The Unmade Bed!" Now, to some of you this may look like a big mess. Actually, it's not. The reality is...according to much research (from a source I cannot remember), an unmade bed is a "healthy bed"! Did you know that bacteria and germs grow much less rapidly if you DO NOT make your bed?! Yes, this is one of those random pieces of information I keep stored in my mind for a time such as this. (Side Note: My hubby likes to toss his t-shirt over the lamp to "set the mood"... you know...creating a more dimly lit atmosphere... frankly, it just makes me laugh thinking about it now!)
Okay, so this next picture is how I like my coffee. My husband likes to say, "How much coffee would you like with your creamer?" To that I say, "There is nothing wrong with a little more dairy in my diet!" The reality is... I'll definitely be the one with stronger bones when I'm old. Mmmm...hmmmm.
Ah yes...this next picture is one of those that I'm sure you all can relate to... the "Chair as Hanger" picture. I don't know what it is about chairs, but they make the most convenient hangers - of all time. The reality is...when advertising chairs manufacturers should really emphasize the duality of these fantastic creations! What a beautiful blessing it is to own a chair upon which we can hang our coats.
Ah, now it's time to get personal. I had a baby (over 2 months ago now) and this next picture is the "I've finally bought bigger jeans admission" pic. Yes, the reality is... babies change your body and the saying, "9 months on 9 months off" is ringing ever so true for me. The beautiful blessing is that my baby was born healthy, chunky and very cute thanks to my substantial food intake during my pregnancy. :-) On the left are the jeans I'd like to wear again someday...on the right is my reality. It may not be completely obvious, but they are four sizes larger...yes indeed.
Alright, if it's one more you want, it's two more you'll get. Yes, the reality is, my hair is not done, I have dried sour milk on my shirt, and I have a very strong urge to go fix the things in the pictures I've shown you, but...the reality is...I plan to finish eating my burnt peanut-butter toast and my coffee (which I do realize contains way too much creamer)... and then go pick up my sweet sleeping baby boy and snuggle with him. I'll probably get a shower in by...oh, say 3pm.
Well, I hope you're encouraged today. It's okay not to have it all together, it's okay not to be perfect and it's okay to not pretend you are... it's okay to be real. And that is the reality of it.
God's greatest blessings to you today!