Learning to Have Patience Takes Too Long

The other day, my son asked for my help finding a video online (parental confession number 1 for this post: my kids watch too many videos on YouTube. I'm okay with it. It prevents Mommy from spiking her coffee). I explained I would be happy to help him, but it might take a little patience. He looks thoughtful and says "That's okay, maybe Dad can do it", to which I insisted "I can do it! I can be patient! I swear!" He considers this for a moment and then replies "You know what, maybe I'll just do it." He's pretty smart, that one. 

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Unconditional Craziness

So, usually our house is complete and utter chaos. It kind of resembles a three-ring circus, only without the ringmaster holding everything together. I think I am supposed to be the ringmaster, but since I am an introvert I am usually hiding out in my room, so there goes the whole "managing the chaos" gig. Just to demonstrate what I mean by chaos, one day my status update on Facebook was that at the particular moment my daughter was on the computer asking Google how to potty-train a hamster, my middle child was running naked around the house and screaming at the top of his lungs, and my youngest was happily engaged in drowning his stuffed animals in the tub. Because that's not concerning AT ALL. And I was sitting in the middle of it and blocking it all out with social media. So yeah. And for the record, that was not an unusual day. For some reason, I just felt like sharing our normal madness with the world that day.

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When You Can't Find the Beauty in Your Life

There are days when I marvel at the beauty around me. When the sun is shining and it’s a perfect 75 degrees outside. The flowers are blooming. A friend texts me a thoughtful message of love. I’m rocking my skinny jeans. My coffee is delicious. Birds flutter around my head and a rainbow follows me everywhere I go. The other 363 days of the year, I get out of bed and stub my toe on the shoes I didn’t put away yesterday. The sky is cloudy. There are no thoughtful messages on my phone and I wonder if all my friends forgot about me. I dream about putting on sweatpants. There are toys all over the house and my preteen son’s room is starting to emit a smell. Some days, finding the beauty in your life feels straight up impossible.

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If Life is Laundry

    I'm currently reading the book Hand Wash Cold. In it, the author, Karen Maezen Miller, makes the point that laundry is life. Literally. Life is also dishes. And all those other things that we often try to rush through or avoid. Your life is not an ideal "someday". It isn't a perfect vacation. It isn't waiting for you to get the perfect job, or the right career.  Your life is the everyday details you currently deal with all the time. Like laundry.  And there is an incredible amount of beauty to be found in the sheer realities of life.  While reading her book, I found myself thinking about how much a pile of laundry says about your life. The words below just tumbled out of my head and heart. Perhaps they will remind you of the gorgeous details to be found in your own life.

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