Grace for a messy house

Last week on Facebook, I posted a quick thought about the state of my messy house.  I said simply

“Mom, do you know what it means when you have dishes in the sink? It means you fed your family. It means you’re awesome.”

I was talking to myself.

I was in the grips of guilt because my house wasn’t exactly company ready when the doorbell rang.  It wasn’t a drop-in guest. I should have been more prepared, but life got in the way.

It wasn’t until I viewed my home through the lens of Grace that I could see the beauty of my messy house.  Come look. I think you’ll see it too. [Read more…]

Spring Break means Spring Cleaning

Today’s post on spring break and spring cleaning is inspired by a writing prompt I spotted on Pinterest.

Spring Break at my house means spring cleaning.
There are jobs I don’t mind doing and jobs I hate.
Write two lists of chores you hate and chores you don’t mind doing.
How do you make the chores you hate more fun?

The pin came with a super cute graphic.  It’s from a blog called Artistry of Education.

(Why yes, this is part of the week long series on writing prompts for adults. I’m so glad you asked.) [Read more…]

But… I want to do things that MATTER

In the three weeks since I had knee surgery, I’ve seen and heard some amazing things around my house.  My favorite phrase so far has to “but… I want to do things that MATTER.”

It came from one of the three males that live in the house, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out who said it.

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Five Minute Friday – Grace

It’s Five Minute Friday and I’m back!  

Oh baby I’ve missed this.  Mmmm.

Somehow, it feels so right for my first post after the 31 Day series on Anger to be a Five Minute Friday post.

No intense planning.  No pre-work.  Just me.  Showing up and letting my fingers fly.

Today’s writing prompt is… GRACE.

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Introducing the Points Project

Welcome to the points project.

I decided my kids would have to earn their own spending money this summer.  My goal was to get myself out of the role of saying NO quite as often.   Every time we go anywhere, my kids want me to buy stuff.  Candy, sodas, legos, video games, small plastic chunks of garbage… the list of stuff they want is endless.   So the first day of summer, I stuck a list of chores on the refrigerator.  It wasn’t exactly received with open arms.

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Pointed Questions – I didn’t like these.

I don’t like it when my kids ask pointed questions, but they are really good at it.

A few days into the points project, my kids each asked really good questions.

Since it was about the points project, I think it would be fair to call them “pointed questions.” (pun intended).

Sometimes my kids ask me the really hard questions.

I jotted them down on the first scrap of paper I found and carried the card in my purse a few days while I pondered a response.

Pointed Questions:

Why do I have to do everything around here?

Mommy, how many points do YOU earn?

Have your kids ever asked you a pointed question?  How did you respond? Care to share what it was?

Pointed Questions, part 2 (answers)

Pointed Questions from my kids require answers.  Sometimes that leaves me struggling with what to say.

About the second day of summer, as I asked Watty to pick up his trash off the floor, he rolled his eyes and gave me the big sigh. Then he yelled “why do I have to do EVERYTHING around here” and stomped off. I adjusted my attitude (mommy timeout) and then adjusted his. He did pick up the trash as expected (eventually).

Later the same day, as I was adding up their points for the day, GoGo sweetly asked me “How many points did you get today mommy?” I didn’t have an answer.
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Crazy Laundry Battle Update

laundry battle laundry wars

My friend and I are in a week long laundry battle to get caught up on our laundry.  This is day three.  I thought I would give you a quick update of our progress.

Friend: Yesterday got 3 loads washed and dried, two loads put away plus put away all the clean clothes left from our trip. Will be gone a good portion of today (swim class, bible study, swimming pool) so you will probably win 😉 Getting load number 4 (of 6) in washer now, will dry when I get home later. [Read more…]

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