Friday, February 13, 2015

Embracing the Season

There was a time in my life when I looked at Pinterest for hours, looking for examples of the perfect home. The perfect kitchen. The perfect pristine dining room. The perfect living room. 

There are a lot of perfect things on Pinterest, but most of those pictures are missing something critical. 

Life. 

I am not the first, and I certainly won't be the last to proclaim that Pinterest is not real life. It's just not. 

This season I'm going through. It's just that, a season. And seasons eventually change. My children are ages 5, 3, and 1. And I know that with a couple blinks I will be sitting here saying that they are 15, 13, and 11. I really don't want to think about that. 

All that's left to do is embrace the season, and love it for what it is. 

My husband mentioned that when our kids grow up and watch our old home videos, that they will most likely be like, "Wow... the house was REALLY messy back then." Well kids, it's not because we don't know how to pick up a broom or dust. It's because we were spending our time enjoying you as little ones. 

I have not always been this zen on life. When my first was a baby, I would spend an endless amount of time each night organizing her toys back to the exact spot that it went. If one piece was missing, I started tearing the house apart. It was unhealthy. And like my husband said, "It just doesn't matter."

I had to start letting go. If there is one thing that I have learned since becoming a parent, it's that the moment those little ones enter your world, you have to start letting go. At first it's obvious things, like letting go of your freedom and your sleep. Then, it's changing your routine to fit theirs. Doing things you would have never done before you had kids but now seem totally normal. 

Let me call the season we're in, the Season of Preschool Art. I LOVE preschool art. There was a time when I imagined a perfect kitchen, with one perfect piece of art on the refrigerator. Perhaps a piece of art I would change out each day. But you know what? That just didn't do The Season of Preschool Art Justice. 

I give you my real kitchen wall. 


Isn't it beautiful? 

Now I know there are people who have come to my house and probably thought that this wall looks messy or that I'm ruining the paint by using Scotch tape to hang up these beauties, but I just don't care. This is our season. I love every single one of these pieces of art. 

Because before I know it, the art will be farther and fewer between. Before I know it, they won't want to share it with me. It will be embarrassing to have their friends see their art displayed on the walls. The season will be over. 


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

What season are you currently in, and what are you doing to celebrate it? 

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