Do you ever read blogs and wonder “is this what it really looks like all the time?” I mean, you see the lovely pictures of a beautifully set table for Valentine’s day, children looking clean with hair just so, rooms neat and organized, children calmly doing schoolwork or happily working together on chores, etc. The answer is…. NO! That’s not normal, around here, anyway! I love to capture those beautiful moments… the perfect loaf of bread, the pictures showing my children loving and caring for each other, fun family times, and show myself and everyone else what it CAN be like. I love browsing through other people’s beautiful blogs, too. I love seeing the pictures that inspire me to be a better mommy, wife, Christian.
Usually, I delete pictures that aren’t “pretty”. So right now, I don’t have many that capture those “real life” moments, unless they’re funny or endearing. Funny and endearing are “pretty” to me in their own way, so that doesn’t count in the “real life” category. The picture below is one that escaped the “delete” button. I wanted a picture of the wall hanging, and somehow got my extremely messy sink and counter. A good reminder of “real life”.
I rarely post a picture of myself on here, either, because I’m SO not-photogenic. My children and husband take much better pictures, and I’d rather all of our friends and family see those. My pride keeps me from ever posting a picture of myself that I don’t “like”. How silly. I’m me. I don’t take good pictures, but that’s me in “real life”.
Sometimes…. I need to be reassured that other people have “real life” moments too. So, I’m hoping to occasionally post a “real-life” blog entry that will reassure other people that we have many, many moments that aren’t necessarily perfect or even beautiful. I hope they inspire a laugh, and even more, an understanding that blogs can be a bit misleading.
We’re not perfect (if you know us IRL – in real life – you know that!)… we love those perfect moments and want to cherish every bit of beauty and sweetness, but never to lead anyone to believe that we “have it all together”. Any beauty comes from Christ alone and God’s blessing on our family, not by anything we’ve done to deserve it.
So let’s celebrate and share “real life” as well as the “beautiful moments”! 🙂