Dear Courtney…How do you do it all?
I get asked this question ALL.THE.TIME! If I had a quarter for every time this question came into my inbox I’d be a wealthy woman!!! It comes in many different forms - some are skeptics, others want to know the specifics of my menu planning or cleaning schedules while others ask in such a way that it almost seems that my blogging discourages them…they are comparing themselves to me and feeling like they are falling short. This is the LAST thing I ever wanted my blogging to turn into. So this blog post is for those who are being WAY too hard on yourselves and possibly thinking more well of me than you ought.
Every year in the fall, I share a photo of my doorstep here on my blog. I love taking the kids to pick up pumpkins – lots of them, and mums – lots of them and a big hay bale. Then I pull out my fall wreathe and we create a little fall space on our front porch as we usher in autumn.
So last week a long time friend stopped by…she got confused as to which house was mine. The next door neighbor has a house very similar to mine, only their flowers are immaculate. She was sure that that must be my house. Her husband insisted it was not the correct house but they were confused because my house had red, white and blue decorations on the door step and broken flower pots. So our phone rang and her husband asked my husband sheepishly which house is ours and my husband directed them to our house. My friend asked – what’s up with the red, white and blue? Did I decorate for the election? lol!!! Nooooooooooo – I just have not gotten my 4th of July decorations down yet UGH!!!
So lest I lead anyone into thinking I have it all together – I DO NOT!!! My flower pots (which had beautiful toparary trees in them all summer long) froze during the night – a gush of wind came, blew the pots over and they crashed into pieces…and I didn’t even bother to clean up the pots for about 5 days! I was just too busy! And the 4th of July wreathe had lost its shimmer from the fading of the summer sunlight. And this is what greeted our friends!
Just this past weekend I finally got my pumpkins and mums on the porch! But I still can’t find my fall wreathe or door mat - I need to go digging in our basement closet…maybe I’ll do that this weekend. It’s a work in progress!
I simply don’t do it all.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.~ Ephesians 2:10
I believe that blogging is the good work God created in advance for me to do. There’s no glory here for me to take. I should not be lifted on a pedastal as some kind of super woman who does it all. Cause I don’t!
I am a wife, mama, and homemaker just like you all and my house is clean about 1 or 2 days a week…the rest of the days it’s a tornado until I clean again. Isn’t it amazing how quickly a clean house returns to a dirty one – wah! :( So sad!
Like those of you who have a gift of singing or playing an instrument – it comes easy to you – it’s a joy. Writing is like this for me - I can write a post in 25 minutes flat AND it’s a joy…it’s easy.
It’s the other stuff that is SO hard for me! Like cleaning up broken pots! lol!
I don’t do it all.
To some that will disappoint you and to others it will be a huge relief!
I make whoppers of mistakes like not showing up in the nursery on the right Sunday to work and everyone wondering where I’m at *blush* or like this past Sunday showing up to work in the nursery to work and it’s NOT my Sunday. (the 2nd and 4th Sunday are my weeks…someone remind me please lol!) Once I thought it was heritage night at Sunday evening church and the kids were told to dress up representing their heritage. So, I dressed Alexis up as an adorable little hungarian girl…a week too early! SO embarrassing!
2 weeks ago, it was picture day at our Classical Conversations class – I forgot. Typically for a picture day, I would have had the kids all dolled up and Lexi would have her hair in bows and curls…but not on that Tuesday – she was in a sweatshirt with her hair pulled back! Oops!
Clearly, I need to LOOK at the calendar that I write all these things down on!!! But I’m not super woman – I forget, I fly by the seat of my pants and I let others down.
Remember that when you click “follow” on facebook or twitter – that you are simply following a flawed follower of Christ – nothing more. If you need a friend to journey along side of you in your life long pursuit of following Jesus – I’m in. But if you are trying to be like me…this is going to backfire – I am going to fail you and you will hate me in the end.