A friend was surprised the other day to find out I don’t use cloth diapers. (Hi, E!♥) I realized it was time, once again, to dispel the pedestal. In my desire to inspire you here on the blog, I most often share the good things in my life, and don’t bore or pain you with too much of the mundane (or purely awful). Unfortunately, that often leaves my blogger friends (who love to believe the best about me) thinking we live perched on a pedestal of perfection. That is just not the case. We all have our bad days – the laundry piles up, there is food in my children hair, and I indulge in chocolate on a regular basis. There, do you feel better?
I thought a few more revelations from behind the laundry room door may encourage you. (The Laundry Room is where I throw my mess when company comes!) The idea of this post is to show you that we should do our best with our time, money, and resources, but not to stress out or become discouraged in our quest for ‘all that is good’.
1. We don’t eat all organic produce. Sure, I’d love to, but it’s not quite in the budget! We do what we can, when we can. I buy my veggies at a local, organic Amish farm that has great prices in the summer, but in the winter I do my best at the local grocery store. I do try to save money in the produce section by buying seasonally – we enjoy citrus in the winter, berries in summer, apples in fall, and refrain from succumbing to the temptation for California strawberries in November.
2. Not all our meat is pasture raised. We get a 1/4 of a grass fed (though not certified organic) cow when we can, and stocked up on a few dozen organic, pasture-raised chickens last fall. I supplement our ‘good meat’ with cheap meat from the supermarket, attempting to shop sales and make the most of what ever we have (always saving the soup bones for stock, and wisely using leftovers.)
3.Our dairy is not organic. We get our milk from a local dairy. It is not certified organic – but it IS raw, fresh, and un-homogenized. I buy butter from the supermarket. I cannot afford, nor do I have the time right now to track down a source for grass fed, organic butter, nor can I make my own, as the milk I get does not have the butter fat content I would need. However, I do know that butter is better than margarine, and I am doing my best in this season.
Moving beyond the kitchen…
4. My studio is a mess. Why do you think you haven’t seen pictures of it in months????
5. My desk is a mess. I really should be sorting receipts instead of blogging…
6. The Laundry room is full of laundry in various stages, camping gear from Jeremy’s trip to Creation last week, a large box of unsorted junk, several bags of unsorted clothing – need I go on? That room is the most unbearable in this heat wave we’re having, so I keep the door shut and am waiting for cooler weather to address it.
The reality is, I have just as many messes and things that need redemption in my life. By the grace of God, I am doing my best with the time and energy I have. I would encourage you to do the same. And please, don’t put me on a pedestal – I don’t enjoy heights that much!