Monday, September 2, 2013

Real Motherhood Link-up

As mothers we all want to be awesome. And most of the time we are, it just doesn't look like we think it should. So if you are feeling like a failure as a mother (or maybe just as housekeeper) check out this link-up hosted by Sarah from Mommy Notes and Mandi from Messy Wife.
For everything that gets done something else must be left undone. 
This does not make a mother lazy, it simply means she must prioritize her activities.
Clothes waiting to be put away because I folded them while the kids napped and then sat on the couch taking weird pictures with my son.

The piano becomes the regular drop off from my planners, Roman's business ideas, and all sorts of other random stuff. (An unopened birthday present, an orange felt beret I made, etc.)

It seems inevitable that the dishes are stacked two days high when I need to make dinner right away. So I was the pan I need and return it to the stack. I try to be diligent, but dishes are my least favorite of all household chores. I frequently mop the kitchen floor while letting the dishes sit for tomorrow. Baby crawling into every mess down low takes priority over the ones she can't reach!

And so many days motherhood means no make-up, tousled hair, and clothes that have done double duty as napkin and hankie. What can I say? Everything in life takes time, and the to-do list will never grow any shorter. Each day I am presented with choices about what needs doing right now

We move forward and I will look back someday to see how things have changed. I hope also to see that we lived a full and happy life, with children who carry a zest for life, a passion for the Lord, and a deep love for home and family in every undusted, unwashed corner.


  1. We don't have a piano so our kitchen table is our catch-all and I hate it! We just cleaned it today, so let's see how long that lasts.

    I love this quote ------> "For everything that gets done something else must be left undone.
    This does not make a mother lazy, it simply means she must prioritize her activities."

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks for hosting Mandi! I think it does us all good to be a little honest about motherhood once in a while. Hope your table can stay clear. And my piano looks even worse today than when I took the picture!

  2. I love that quote too. I do the same thing: pick my priorities for the day and the rest will have to wait. I don't want to miss out on time with my kids and lose even more sleep so that we can have a spotless house. Our paper/ junk collection ends up on the kitchen counter, but what's really scary are the papers in bags that I'm supposed to sort through someday. Oh my!

  3. I love that C.S. Lewis quote. Very true. Unloading the dishwasher or putting away the laundry are my least favorite. For some reason it's that last step that gets me!

  4. I really enjoyed this post :)
    And I do the same thing with dishes--we have an over the counter water filter, but I'm always frustrated because there are too many dishes in the sink to fill up the pitcher!


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