As my girls grow I let more go.
In regards to my daughters - I have recently let go of their matching outfits, perfectly organized toy sets, up-to-date photo records [something that works for me: just print pictures every so often and pile them in a bin to put in an album when the kids are older], and sleeping until the moment my girls wake up...
However, the gain is in the 'letting go'.
I'm learning to plan ahead and be intentional with my time. I'm coming up on almost 4 years as a full-time-stay-at-home-mom and I am just now beginning to grasp how important it is that I run my home the same way one would run a business. This means that I have had several blunders that are now successes!
I'm reminded that God cares most about the details that others outside my home may never see. I've set down a few hobbies / commitments to be more present in this very small sliver of what I believe is the most golden part of my life. These little years with my kids. I know that perfection is an unattainable trap.
Currently, the kitchen is unorganized but the dishes are clean. The girls bedroom floor was a sea of tiny plastic animals that I kicked to the side as I put the girls to bed but all of their toys are in their room. Our laundry is currently not put away but it is clean. Something always has to give.
I hope that the strain [when present] in my relationship with God, my husband and my kids is always the first place that I clean.
My days are usually filled with my children along with the honor of caring for a few others. And Friends - Yay! PLUS our hopeful goal of welcoming a baby foster son sometime this year.
And, our new dog. Oh, yes, our. new. dog. ;)
I want my energy spent on people in ways that impact both of us for the better.
Happy New Year!
May we each have our eyes opened to the many meaningful ways we were created to live.
"Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." - Matthew 6:4