Every month I participate in a wonderful blog circle called What ___ Looks Like. I have been doing this for a couple of years now even though I took a bit of a hiatus. The purpose of this circle is to blog every month as we see it.We purposefully fill in the blank with whatever lifestyle inspired subject strikes our fancy. I generally post this on my photography blog but I recently managed to break that so I am sharing that post here in lieu of there this month. Please be sure to head my AMAZING friend Summer Murdock of Summer Murdock Photography Here to see her post this month! You can find that HERE.
Like a good part of the country, we have gotten quite a bit of snow this past month or two. On top of that the temps have been brutal and we have spent a good chunk of that indoors waiting it out and trying to put off the cabin fever by staying entertained. With five children I admit that we have our share of insanity. We experience just about every extreme under the sun emotionally and otherwise. I wouldn’t trade the chaos for perfection though. I find the chaos has become our normal. I feel exceedingly blessed to have this kind of love around me. It seeps in every pore and crack and seems to burst from every seam. My very soul is beautifully stained with the love I have for each person in our family. Watching our children become more and more independent as they grow and change. Watching them practice empathy and understanding and compassion for others and knowing they have such depth and strength in the face of a sometimes cruel world moves me to no end. Watching them come to love Jesus as I do one day at a time on their very own makes me realize that the big things matter most and the little things like the frustration and trials parenthood… motherhood bring are only temporary.
Our reality is in the details. Our reality is the day to day victories and sometimes failures. But most of all my reality is overlooking some of the mess, the mischief, and grasping the beauty and blessings each day brings.
There are days we hold more weight than we think we can bear.Or we find ways to uplift one another, not because it is easy but because it is right. And we love each other the more for it.We giggle and laugh and get our sillies out.Or we make silly faces to help others remember to smile.We reminisce about warmer days and get excited for all the adventures that await.We grin and bear it while mom insists on taking a million irrational photos that make no sense.We forget to make our bed.Some days things just don’t go our way.But we wave away our sorrows and continue right on anyway.Someday’s we use all the hot water while we practice getting the perfect mermaid hair.Or we enjoy a good book.Some nights we hang out while everyone else sleeps and catch up on our cuddles.Sometimes we read our homework out loud so our mom and dad can be sure that we are doing it right. Then we read it again because we are proud of ourselves for getting it right the first time.Some days we just don’t stop talking.Some days are a complete blur.Sometimes when I tell you to clean your room I get this face and am convinced you think I am speaking a different language.A lot of times mom is right there but forgets to be in the frame. Daddy is helping me with that.Sometimes we come home from school and eat all the food in the house.And sometimes the mess accumulates and threatens to swallow the floor. I feel like I spend the day walking behind everyone and picking up. I write it off as good exercise. Cardio is good for the heart right?Some days demand more privacy than others.And then there are those messes again.Some days we channel Spiderman.Some days are all about imagination.Other days we just want to sleep and the pesky light won’t stop shining in our eyes.Everyday there are snuggles and kisses.And lots of days daddy blows mommy away with what an amazing man he is.Some days we all watch silly videos in bed.And no one in this house escapes the love.