Summer means outside play. Sand in the diapers. Dirt between the toes. Rocks and shells and all kinds of treasures brought from the outside to the inside in pockets and makeshift big girl purses to be dumped on the floor as mountains of treasure. Summer means messy for moms.
So here we are in our final week of the July summer book club for moms of wee ones and we’re still in the middle of full-on mess? When does the mess get cleaned up? Ever?! Will we ever have cars without crumbs? Sinks without dishes? And floors without trails of unidentified stickiness? Probably that day will come. Someday way far away. And when it does we will probably miss the mess and the little people it represents. But in the middle of summer days we need relief NOW.
Maybe the key is looking for what is beautiful in the midst of it and holding on to those moments. Those snapshots. Even if our holding on is with white knuckles. Because if we spend our now wishing it away, are we really embracing it? Because to embrace means to not only accept the state of our life, it means to claim it. Own it. Call it ours. And be thankful for the beauty when we can find it.
So what are the messy parts of your life these days? Those hard things that make you cringe? And how are you looking for the beauty in the midst of the mess?
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