I appreciated the humor. The honesty. And the perspective.
More often than I'd like to admit, I battle with those rotton feelings of insecurity and I ask myself those comsic questions "Am I doing this right?" "Am I messing up?"
You human beings know what I'm talking about. Whether your story is leading you on a road of motherhood, fatherhood...or if you're walking the mighty walk of singleness. Or you may be a teacher, a student. Whatever your story, you're human, thus (according to our old natures) giving you the ground to fight with yourself.
I very much enjoy it when a window is opened for me and light shines in and I realize my moments on this earth are directed by a much higher, and much more beautiful God of hope. If I were doing the directing of my story, it would be quite the mess. (You KNOW how unorganized I am).
So reflecting back on Julie's post (she's pregnant with her fourth son and one of my most favorite of women) I smile with pleasure at the thought of all that DOES and DOES NOT go on in our house. :)
Shall I share a few with you now?
- I do have a morning and afternoon playlist of music for our house to listen to
- I do take the boys for lots of walks
- I do let art happen
- I do read to my boys often and in different voices
- I do tell stories that come out of my head
- I do get on the floor and play with them
- I do feed my boys fruits and veggies...and crackers and cookies
- I do sing to my boys (not very well)
- I do take pictures every day and show the finished work to the boys
- I do take the boys exploring the city
- I do emphasize the need for salvation and pray with and over my children daily
- I do serve cereal. For breakfast, lunch or dinner
- I do let tv happen
- I do enforce chores with my 3 year old
- I do allow imaginations to fly and dirt inside the house
- I do cook....sometimes :)
- I do give lots of hugs and kisses
- I do take my boys to Camp Zephyr to play and explore
- I do let them have a dog to love and be loved by
- I do turn shopping trips into educational experiences
- I do laugh (a lot) with my kids
- I do allow them to see me cry
- I don't allow bad manners
- I don't shop organic
- I don't have my own chickens
- I don't get 8 hours of sleep
- I don't mind reading the same stories over and over
- I don't sew. At all.
- I don't do math. Ever
- I don't eat canned green beans, so rarely does my family
- I don't put the boys in school or day care
- I don't enforce bedtime
- I don't sort laundry.....or keep up with it, often
- I don't pressure for perfection.
- I don't mind listening to every David Crowder album in one day
- I don't always have a game plan
- I don't take showers every day. (that ones for you Julie)
The list goes on, but I'm thankful for the perspective. The things that I do and do not allow to happen in my home are all wonderful, silly, learning experiences. And while I don't have a "parenting" game plan, I'm thankful for wisdom from others, for my own intuition, and for the direction of an Almighty God.