Last day. I’m feeling relieved!
But I also feel glad that I did it. I took pictures of many things I might not have thought of, and I know that a few years from now, these pictures will give us a really good taste of what life was like for us right now.
Here’s our Sunday:
Working in the kitchen, making a dish to take to a potluck.
Getting home (after forgetting to take a picture of the potluck!) and working on pictures for the day.
If you’ve been following along this last week, you’ve probably seen a lot more of my family than you’ve ever wished to see! There are a few thoughts that have been in my mind as I’ve gone along with this project:
1) Everybody has their own “normal”.
I post photos of our little life, and our “normal” way of doing things, but it could be completely different from what other people think of as “normal”. I think it’s awesome that we get to choose our own version of “normal”. We do family and home the way we feel best about it, and it’s going to look different for everybody. Thank goodness!
2) Things are not always the way they seem.
My friend said to me the other day, “Your kitchen always looks so sparkling in the morning!”
Two confessions: Sometimes I move a little junk out of the way to make a prettier picture. Sometimes I just leave it.
And…a good camera can blur the mess in the background right out so that no one can notice.
She said, “Oh good, can you take a picture of me with that fancy camera of yours, and blur out the stuff that isn’t perfect?!”
And I thought of how perfect she is to me, no fancy camera or blurring necessary.
I love my life, I love my family, I love that I get to spend every day with these sweet girls of ours. It is not perfect. Sometimes the background needs to be blurred a bit.
But all of this, the messy parts, and the shiny parts, the joyful parts and the whiny parts…all of it make up my life right now and I’m so very, very thankful for it!
I hope you’re seeing all of it, in your own life. I hope you see the steam coming off the pancakes, and the sun streaming in the window.
A few years ago, I was walking outside with a friend on an evening when the moon was so full and bright, it was absolutely breathtaking. All I could do was gaze at that moon, not even watching where I was going. Finally I said to my friend, “That is just incredibly beautiful.”
And she said, “What?”
Oh, that I would always have eyes to see the moon, and the little hands leaving little toys in funny places, and the mess that’s made because my family is here in this home with me. My floor is always dirty, and the dishes and the laundry never stay clean for long, but there is so much beauty in our mess.
That is what I’m thankful for this week. That is what I want to remember. That is what I always want to see.
And so, as you start this new week, I wish you many moments of truly seeing all of the little joys before you. May this week in your life be a good one!