Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Well Poop!

I often times hop onto the Internet in the afternoons and scroll through Facebook and my blogs that I follow. Many of the blogs and people I follow are in the same or near the same stage of life of raising a family. I find that I compare myself way to much, do you do this too? I know that people (and even I do this) paint a picture of what they want people to know about their life. However, in the moment this is not what I see, what I see is perfection and I think to myself "oh man she does that with her kids...I need to be like that..."

I scroll through status similar to these (exaggerated...but I think you will get the point)

So and So: is painting with her children while sipping on an ice tea and smelling the dinner that is already cooked, all while admiring the laundry put away and the cleaned house...

So and So: is so thankful I was able to run 6 miles, cook dinner, teach my child to read, all while looking perfect...

So and So: is so amazed by her husband who brought home flowers, stayed up all night with the baby, folded laundry and cleaned the house - all while giving me a massage...

I have to be careful how I let it effect me, I also want to be careful because I do not want to portray my life in this way. I don't want to paint a life of perfection, it is so far from perfect. I also don't want to just complain, because honestly that is just as annoying as the braggers. I want this blog and even my Facebook to be a place of reality...day to day struggles, joys and happiness and even the ups and downs all why giving God the credit and glory!

So today my status would of said:

Beth: was suppose to go to the park and library, however the park alone was enough of a work out, stopped by Chick-fil-a because buying lunch is much easier then making it, brought it home and ate it on the porch because their high chairs still had breakfast on it. Ty had leaked through his diaper so being clever I just took it off and let him run around naked, great idea until I discovered he pooped all over the porch...Jaden sat in it, the dogs stepped in it and I somehow got it all over my leg...all while sitting in sweat pants and drinking a root beer because it is the only satisfying drink...

Reality folks...reality. And now after their nap they are watching Curious George...I am not teaching them to read but I am letting the monkey teach them about how to get on a subway...hmmm....Once again thanking God who fills in the gaps...and thankful for a sense of humor that made me laugh at it all!

7 comments:

LisaAnne said...

Hilarious! I totally understand.

I am so glad i am not a reality show. Pretty sure people would be appalled.

I am pretty sure that last night my 10 year old ate popsicles for dinner because I don't remember even offering him anything else.

Oops.

He seems to still be alive today, so I will still count yesterday a success. lol!

I love that you kept it real in this post.

Beth said...

Oh girl, the only reason I remember to feed my kids is because they are at an age where they scream and cry when they are hungry...so I tend to feed them all day long, then wonder why they wont eat their vegitables or dinner...
Thank you for your sweet comment!

Ryan & Amber said...

Well said, Beth. I often have to stop myself from the comparison game, as well and trust that God entrusted me to be Zooey's mother, and if I lean on Him for all understanding and entrust her back to Him, she'll be alright. :)

Sammy said...

Your honesty is awesome! Thanks! I have stopped reading some blogs as they paint a picture of such a perfect life. I know they are showing what they choose to show (and rightly so) and it's not the full picture- but it makes me feel like my life is chaos in comparison!
I so relate to the poop story...!

Andrea said...

Beth,

Thanks for the laugh....I needed it! And imperfection is "perfection" in my world these days :)

BIG HUGS and thanks for keeping it real ;)

Bernardeena said...

I completely understand, my house is a mess, the carpet smells of wee, last night we tried to have a lovely night in with tasty food and a dvd but then ds1 wouldn't settle until half 9. We muddle through, it isn't perfect but it is fun and a wonderful blessing.

Melody said...

This cracked me up! Oh my word, that's hilarious....now that it's been a month, right? Ha. So glad to reconnect with you, my friend!