I am someone that likes my house to be picked up, pretty much at all times. I don’t like big messes. I really enjoy when my house is clean but personally HATE to clean it.
Every night I like everything put back in it’s place. I like the dishes done. I like pillows and blankets put back where they belong. I just like having some order to my life and my home.
Well…being married and having a 10 month old doesn’t always allow for this. So, I’m learning to embrace the mess! Sometimes I do better than others and there are also situations that I embrace messiness better in than others.
For instance, I’m learning to let it go that my husband will hardly ever actually put his dirty clothes IN the hamper. It’s not the end of the world. I’m learning that some nights we’re all tired and the dishes just aren’t going to get done. I can always do them in the morning and that is OKAY. I’m learning that Sadie’s toys don’t always have to be picked up at every nap or even at night after she goes to bed. I can pretty easily still walk around those toys. These are some things that are easier for me to embrace.
The things that are harder for me to embrace….Letting Sadie start to feed herself, especially when it comes to things like spaghetti or ravioli. Oh. My. Goodness. THAT is a mess!!!! BUT…she is learning a life skill for herself. She is developing her fine motor skills and her hand to mouth coordination. She is learning to be independent. Giving her certain cabinets and drawers she can play in and pull items out of while I’m in the kitchen cooking or in the bathroom getting ready. These are things she can’t break but keeps her happy while I’m doing something else. It’s not difficult for me to clean up later.
You guys, this is HARD for me at times. It is getting easier every day that I learn to let go though. Being a wife and a mom REQUIRES that I let some things go. This is good for me.
God has been teaching me so much lately that everything is a CHOICE! In situations that don’t go the way I would like, I have the CHOICE to freak out and get upset OR see it for what it really is and let it go. I have the CHOICE to get angry OR find the joy. This is very difficult for me but I’m learning. Slowly. But still learning.
I love how God teaches us stuff in the most simplest of things, like keeping things picked up. Who knew that could be turned into a life lesson?! I’d love for you to share in the comments how God is working in your life right now and the lessons he is teaching you!