It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do a real, down-to-earth post around here. There’s so much cool stuff I want to share with you, I don’t often find the time to just be ME. Today’s Five Minute Friday post was an irresistible invitation to get real…(and to break rules and go overtime. I understand if you don’t have time to read my ramble…)
Real is what you get when you’re face-to-face. It takes real effort to be real online. If you were to stop by in person today, you’d get my reality by default, whereas online this only happens if I choose. And why would I want to choose to show you my reality? Because truth is more meaningful than the fiction we create to fill in the gaps of what we reveal to each other in this online world. Openness fosters true fellowship and the accountability that allows us to grow.
So, here’s what you would see if you stopped in today. And I have to use my words because my camera’s broke and the desktop (with all my photos on it) is sick today.
Unfortunately, your first impression is not so good…the screen porch you enter my house through looks like 3 small children have been partying (probably ’cause they have?) Garishly-colored toys and food scraps create booby traps for bare feet. But if you can make it past the porch (which I plan to clean tomorrow, I promise!) the kitchen’s not too bad. Yeah, I’ve got dirty dishes from lunch still, but dinner’s cooking and I’m going to make cookies tonight, so butter is softening along with coconut oil in the mixer bowl.
The kids will notice you, but as they are generally quiet and shy at first ,they’ll turn back to their movie. I just finished a consultation with a bride I’m working with (I’m coordinating her wedding next week) so I had to give them snacks and put a movie in and spent half the afternoon on the phone.
We could sit at the dining room table, but more likely I’ll invite you to pull up the bar stool and keep me company while I tackle the dishes. We’ll talk about whatever is on our hearts this week because I love getting down to the nitty gritty as fast as possible.
Heavy on my heart this week is balance–struggling to find it and keep it for a few minutes at a time with all the plates I have in the air. I might tell you what I told a friend on the phone this morning, how it’s easy to prioritize and know what you have to let go of when you have a new baby–it’s really life or death that you put that baby first, and a clean house or correspondence or creative meals easily goes on the back burner. But when you’re in a season of productivity, with fewer physical limits, it’s harder to discern and to keep things in the proper order. I’m working hard this week balancing my marriage, motherhood, ministry, business, homemaking, and still fitting in the things that refresh and recharge my own soul. Sacrifices are made daily, and I strain to make sure they’re premeditated and not accidental.
And yet, I’ll be smiling as I get real with you, because the truth is, I’m feel very, very blessed even in this busy season. It’s like the problem you face at a really great dessert buffet – so many good choices! It’s a great place to be, when so many areas of my life are vying for my attention, but each one is a joy-filled opportunity. Connecting with women online and in real life…sharing my passion for real food with families…teaching my son to play checkers…sitting on the swing in the backyard talking with my husband as the sun sets…so many delectable choices! I’ll laugh with you and conclude that it’s a good problem to have…
And then I’ll ask, “What’s up with you this week?” And you could answer in the comments…