Faith, Parenting

Dirty Kids, Messy Home…Happy Life. Why Letting Go Is The Best Thing You Could Ever Do For Your Family.

Maybe it comes from all those beautiful summers as a child where both days and nights seemed endless,
but every summer since my first was born, I seem to be under some unbroken illusion that I will finally have the time to complete those projects I’ve been meaning to get to all year long…

You’d think I’d learn after nearly a decade, but ever the optimist,  I’ve held onto the hope that big things will happen each summer!!

What I’m really starting to realize now is that they are happening…

just not in the way I’d expected.

Instead of a finally neat home,
I find it’s way messier..

Instead of cleaner kids,
they are definitely dirtier…

Dinner before 6:30?
Ha!
Try 7:30…and even 8:30 sometimes!

It would seem I’m moving away from my goals, 
but I’ve realized I’m closer to them than I ever was before…

See, the house is messier,
the kids stinkier,
the dinners later,

because I’ve dropped my plans and let God lead. 
…And He’s led me straight to my kids!  

Yeah, we might still be trying to get to that bucket list I wrote about at the start of summer, but we’ve been places, and we’ve done things, and we’ve just enjoyed being together.

I’ve got a neighbor that is in his 80’s.  His wife passed on, and his children live elsewhere, so he lives alone.

Sometimes when life has been especially busy, I’ll look out the window at his house where he is often lounging on his front porch,

and I realize that his home is probably super neat,
his projects so done
and his dinner promptly eaten,

but I can’t help but think how he must long for what I have:

the endless shouts and squeals bouncing off my walls,
the children a mess from puddle splashing and dirt digging,
the house a wreck because we are too busy being together,
the dinner late because we just didn’t feel like coming inside yet…
Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to grow old like this man has, and I’m sure my home will be neat and my projects done with me looking for others to do,

but more than anything,

I know I’ll be longing for the loudness in my house…
the endless squeals of laughter from my children…
and I just thank God that I’ve come to understand this NOW…

…that I’ve learned to let the plans go and just delight in where the Lord leads, messy house, dirty unfed kids and all…

Praise be that He gets it right every time…
and thank God that I’m starting to listen and to follow!

Kay Kathleen

I write about my life's core: Jesus & my faith, my family, and the struggles I have met along the way. I figure...I hope...that if exposing my life and it's lessons learned can encourage even one person, this blog and all the hours I have spent behind this computer will have been more than worth it.

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