Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OK with the mess

I've decided this is my new slogan for this season.  I'm gonna settle down with a cup of coffee and just get comfortable with the mess.  The emotional mess.  And the literal, physical, tripping-over-stuff mess that is my life.  Some messes you can conquer in a day; some you can't.  So occasionally you just grab your camera, literally and figuratively, and capture the happy (or not so happy, as I documented here) chaos of the moment.  Even if the floor is littered with K'nex and there's unfolded laundry spilling onto the floor. 

A spontaneous game of laundry basket ball, inspired by the hand-me-down kid's uniform in the dress-up box.

She's a surprisingly good shot.  And she's wearing her brother's clothes.

Can't always clean everything up all nice and pretty.  You just might see some of my junk--both literal and metaphorical, a fact which keeps me humble. 

The Absent Minded Professor designed increasingly harder levels for Hummus Girl.

Princess Firecracker is hiding under that blanket.  And Shu flashed the camera a rare and beautiful spontaneous grin!

She emerges from the blanket.   See the scar on her chin?  She burned it by putting her face on a hot skillet.  That's what she does when she's not eating blue crayons or putting Cajun seasoning in my coffee. 

And then she gets attacked by a tiny Chinese dude.

Shu decides he wants in on the basketball action.

The A.M. Professor is a fantastic older brother.  I'm so proud of him. 

On this day before Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for kids who, when no one is crying, whining, or being injured, delight in playing together.  I'm thankful for God's mercy.  And I pray He continues to open my eyes to the beauty and joy inherent in the mess. 


Lindsay said...

It's helpful to find the humor in it, isn't it? Being comfortable with the mess is SO much easier said than done for me, though. I read something the other day that said something like, "Good moms have dirty floors, messy kitchens, and happy kids." (I'm sure I butchered that, but you get the gist.)

Rita and John said...

Beautiful! Your children look happy--who cares about the mess, right? I love Shu's spontaneous grin. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Krissy said...

glad to see you reveling in your chaos - bless you momma of 4!

Janet said...

J, that's not a mess. That's FUN! Besides, folded clothes are overrated. Leave them in a pile on the couch and the kids can just dig thru to find what they need! :D

Johanna said...

So true!!! Kids are actually more entertained when there is a fun mess!! They get bored in ultra clean rooms that are untouchable! It's funny because I just wrote a post about how following God is just messy....but a good kind of messy. :)

a blog full of weldons. said...

all i know, is you and i would get along great :)
my house looks exactly like yours.

it looks immaculate about 1/2 hour ago. i was determined to have one day of everything put away. and then they woke up.
3 mess making professionals.

so i embrace.

glad i'm not the only one :)