Q: How do you do it all?
A: I don't! Seriously...I know how it is...you look at someone else and they TOTALLY seem like they have it together. Let me assure you...I am NOT that person! I don't have it all together and I hope I haven't given anyone the impression that I do!
Here's the reality:
My house isn't spotless.
I don't always finish a complete thought OR sentence.
My kids don't have a bath every night.
I don't know much about what's on t.v.
My van is usually a disaster.
Our laundry pile rivals Mt. Everest at times.
Not every meal is a square one.
We've been known to eat on the floor because the kitchen table is covered in a project of some sort.
Sometimes I get down on myself and wish that the above wasn't true...then I think of something my good friend Julie said to me, (I can't remember her exact wording, but essentially it was), "I wish I hadn't worried about a clean house and done more cool stuff." Am I blessed with amazing mentor-friends or what!? That ONE comment has brought me so much peace...her wisdom has reminded me to look at my life and think, "What do I want to look back on my life and see?"
(For the record, Julie has done a TON of cool stuff...her kids' theater productions would have been NOTHING without her hardwork in finding props/costumes, not to mention that her four kids are all AMAZING people...to just name a few things.)
So I ask myself, do I want to be able to look back and think, "Good job. The house was always perfect."? That might be what someone wants...a tidy house is definitely a nice thing!
Do I want to look back and think, "My kids were spotless and perfectly cared for." Again, that would be nice.
But for me, that's not my ultimate....mostly I want to look back and think, "I took what God gave me and did my best." God gave me a creative mind, able hands, and a husband that supports my crazy ideas and doesn't seem to mind that the house is less than perfect...that's HUGE! I WANT to create, I WANT to volunteer and help others, I WANT to teach my kids the importance of creativity, of serving others, of loving and being loved. I hope that what I'm doing today brings that to fruition.
So, no, I don't do it all. Not even close. But I try to strike a balance between what must be done to keep my kids healthy and cared for and what is fun and life-giving to my soul. Isn't that what we're all trying to do?