"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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My imperfect life

It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking I have “the perfect life.” (I giggled just typing that phrase!) But just in case I’ve given anyone that impression, I want to set the record straight. Right here. Right now.

This is a blog about why I smile. I share with you the happy parts, hoping they’ll make you happy, too.

But trust me: Things aren’t always all “sunshine and rainbows” around here!

I have bad hair days.

I  oversleep.

I  lose my temper.

I  let the laundry pile up.

Less than HALF of what is waiting in my laundry room at this very moment…..

I  miss deadlines.

I  lose things.

I  let the house get way too messy.

I eat junk.

I  run late.

I  spend foolishly.

I  get my feelings hurt.

I  make bad decisions.

I  waste time.

I have, on more than one occasion, found things growing in our fridge that I could not identify. I have been afraid to look under my child’s bed. I have lost things that weren’t even mine.

I get discouraged. I get overwhelmed. I get frustrated.

Many days I am surrounded by dirty dishes and sticky floors and overdue library books and at least one cranky kid.

But I am fully convinced that, even on those days, there is always something to smile about. ALWAYS. And that’s why I continue to post to this blog.

I love these words from Melissa Wiley, which perfectly explain the way I think and write:

“Every day is complicated, messy, and full of friction. And every day has glorious or cozy moments worth celebrating. I seldom bother to chronicle the friction and the mess because writing time is fleeting and precious—and childhood even more so. I’d rather capture the small joys that I might forget—or take for granted—if I don’t take time to set them down in words. I don’t want anyone to be under the impression that things are always perfect around here! Heaven knows we are anything but. Perfect, frictionless, orderly? Nope. Happy? Most of the time!”

My other reason for sharing “the good parts” with you? In Mark 5:19, Jesus said to a man He’d just healed, “…Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”

My God has shown me great mercy, which I do not deserve, and He has done many great things for me. I want to share some of them here. He’s done much for you, too, and I want to remind you of that.

I want to daily look around me for blessings to acknowledge, for reasons to give thanks, and for excuses to smile. And I want to motivate you to do the same.

I am just like you, living with struggles, with sadness, and with sin. But together we can be on the lookout for the joy in everyday life…..the small victories…..the smiles and successes we might not notice if we aren’t actively looking.

So let’s keep looking!

“I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me…”   (Neh. 2:18)

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The Monday list

My first thought when I awakened this morning:

School. Orthodontist appointment. Loads and loads of laundry. Monday, here we come!

If you, too, woke with the Monday blues, why not join me in whipping up a quick list of things you’re thankful for? They don’t have to be big things—just jot down the first five things that pop into your mind.

Here’s what I came up with:

1. It’s raining. (I love the rain, and we need it.)

2. I have a working washing machine and dryer. (I’ll be able to conquer that mountain of laundry despite the pouring rain.)

3. My vehicle runs. (And I have just enough gas to get to that orthodontist appointment and back.)

4. We paid our final orthodontist payment last month. I will not be pulling out my checkbook at this appointment. (This one needs no explanation.)

5. There will be unexpected blessings popping up throughout the day. (I can’t wait to find out what they are!)

So, what are you thankful for today? I hope your list makes it easier to get through your Monday. And, just in case that’s not enough, I’ll leave you with this:

“This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

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It’s not about me

I woke up this morning to a house that’s a wreck. No, that’s too mild. It’s an absolute disaster. I checked the library website to find I have exactly 25 overdue library books. Yes, you read that right. TWENTY-FIVE! My laundry is overflowing.  I have about 33 hours worth of stuff to do in the next 24, and I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done.

All of that is just the tip of the iceberg. I won’t go into the BIG stresses here. Let’s just say they’re definitely there, and they’re causing the smaller ones to pile up around me.  Some days/weeks/months are just tougher than others, and this happens to be one of them for me.

I thought about all this in the first few minutes of being awake. Then, as I opened my Bible and looked over my prayer list, I realized something. There are a whole lot of people out there who have much bigger problems than I. And while I’m certainly not glad about that, it does slap me in the forehead enough to make me realize that I need to quit worrying about MY stress and start focusing on how I can help other people get through theirs.

As I think further on the subject, I’m also reminded of just how much I have to be thankful for. My life now, even with all the trouble that comes with it, is better than I could have ever imagined, and certainly much, much better than I deserve. So today, I’m going to try to smile through the stress, to lean on the One who assures me of this:

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

I’m so glad it’s not about me!

UPDATE: Not fifteen minutes after I typed these words, I realized I’d left my phone in the car and went to retrieve it. Phone, meet Pavement. Pavement, Phone. Good-bye, Phone. I’ll reeeeaaaally miss you.  (Of course, I just gave away my upgrade last month.) Sigh.

Then, while cooking dinner tonight, I had two pans sitting on the stove. One was ready to go into the 425-degree oven, but when I went to put it in, I accidentally grabbed the other one instead…the one that had just come out. I actually picked it up with my bare hand before realizing.

So I’ll just keep reminding myself: Things could always be much, much worse.

I hope your day’s been better!

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One last smile before bed

I was tired. It had been a long, long day. (Sound familiar?) I wanted to go to bed, and was a little miffed that I still needed to do one more load of laundry before turning in for the night–after all, how many had I done already? I trudged toward the washing machine, and as I did so, I noticed that the dryer door was standing slightly ajar. I peeked inside…and found out why.

Although she’s not yet able to write out a sign saying, “Remington was here,” it wasn’t really necessary. Finding those cookies in the dryer put a grin on my face just when I needed the help, and I marveled at the way our children can make us smile even when they’re not around.

           Lately, I’ve been noticing that a smile on my face usually leads to a smile in my heart.

I started thinking about how blessed I am to have a washing machine and dryer to make the laundry burden easier.  I know my great grandmothers would have appreciated that blessing.

Not only that, but I have them right there in my home, to use any time I “want!” And I, of all people, should appreciate that. In our previous two homes, the washer and dryer were in the garage, so doing laundry was a hot, hot job. Back when we lived in The Netherlands, we had access to a washing machine and a dryer, but they took hours to get a single load done. The washing machine was on the first story of the building we lived in, and the dryer was on the second floor, while our closets and dressers were all on the third. I remember lugging those full baskets of wet laundry up the very steep stairs and wishing for a different setup. I was sure I’d appreciate it when I had it…

Back to today:

When I stop to think about it, I remember that the only reason I have so much laundry to do each week is that I have all my very favorite people living under one roof. How could I not be grateful?

So, today I will work on being thankful for every dirty dish (We always have plenty to eat!), every clump of dirt tracked in from the yard (My kids are healthy enough to run and play!) and yes, even for that giant mountain of laundry that never completely goes away.

Thanks, little Remi, for making me stop and think…and smile.

And thank YOU for stopping by!

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