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What (Our) Reality Looks Like

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.

February 11, 2014 - 12:50 am

tabitha - fabulous. fabulous. fabulous.

February 11, 2014 - 12:50 am

Amanda Monday - Oh my goodness these are too cute!!! Thank you for sharing and Ezra on the chair AHH so cute! And he’s smiling like everyone else on the bed watching the movie, so awesome!!

February 11, 2014 - 12:59 am

ginette - Love reigns supreme. And that is the essence of a life well lived!

February 11, 2014 - 1:36 am

Lizzy Reiber - I love you guys so much. Your captions made me smile, love.

February 11, 2014 - 1:50 am

deanna mccasland - I love the way you document life and your words. Your family is so lucky to have you. What a beautiful gift <3

February 11, 2014 - 1:54 am

becky - Love love love!!

February 11, 2014 - 2:41 am

Summer - Your reality is beautiful Sarah! And you are inspiring me to make sure I get everyone together in the frame more often…i find that SO hard with my four…but you are doing it well and you have five! I can do it right? Love these..

February 11, 2014 - 2:56 am

Kara May - You have an amazing way of telling a story through your images. These are amazing Sarah! Love your posts!

February 11, 2014 - 3:06 am

Kelsey - Such a lovely month. That daddy photo with all of his smiling babes is adorable.

February 11, 2014 - 3:52 am

amy grace - “a soul stained in love”. with light leaking out…you have such a special family. and you maintain such an effusive joy and freshness that i have no doubt turns that chaos into something so much more. the silly videos in bed…you are just plain kidding me. i love you ALL. xo

February 11, 2014 - 4:05 am

jamie - gorgeous images and family!!!

February 11, 2014 - 4:39 am

andrea - so lovely to get so many glimpses of ALL of you. your imperfection looks pretty perfect to me.

February 11, 2014 - 4:58 am

nicole - Your overflowing love for your family is absolutely uplifting. Reading your words help me remember to slow down a bit and enjoy things more.

February 11, 2014 - 5:07 am

Megg Lasswell - simply beautiful!

February 11, 2014 - 5:32 am

Séverine - Wow! So inspiring! I just want to have a day of and take hundred pics of my family!

February 11, 2014 - 8:16 am

Jo - LOVE. I wish my house looked so beautiful messy 😉 You have a beautiful way of capturing your life & family! Thank you for inspiring so many xx

February 11, 2014 - 2:45 pm

José - So precious. Thank you for sharing…

February 11, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Heather Carollo - Your creativity and way with words is a blessing…thank you. I always enjoy reading your posts and following your work. Your family is gorgeous!

February 11, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Katy tuttle - My oh my. Your gifts are so many and your love so radiant… You are a bright spot. Xo

February 13, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Amy Schuff - you make reality look beautiful, which when you have love in your life, it should be 🙂

February 14, 2014 - 2:07 am

el - What a great little peep into your days. Just beautiful. These are so great, and I can’t WAIT to see more, and get to know you a little better!

February 14, 2014 - 2:35 am

Wendy VonSosen - Your outlook on the chaos of life with lots of littles is perfect. Bask in this season because if flies too fast and it will never be the same. Document it in all of its craziness as you do so well. I am smitten with that sweet baby of yours and love watching him grow through my computer monitor. So glad we get to collaborate on this project together from afar. xo

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