This week I was forced to slow down as Ella was quite ill. I pulled out my camera to note the ordinary – the everyday, in the trenches, scenes of motherhood that make me giddy inside and remind me why I do just what I do. The details that we so easily miss as we rush from load to load, school to soccer practice, lunch to dinner. So often we think our lives have to be neat and tidy. I, first and foremost, will admit that I can be a prisoner to this idea. Borderline OCD? Possibly. But the reality is, there is beauty in the messiness.
In the early days of Audrey’s life, my friend Kat came over to capture life as a family of 5. I assure you that, when she arrived, the house was tidied, my hair was a least pulled back and make up was on. Fast forward to this past Wednesday, when I was desperate for someone to come over and hold the baby so I could go pick up some Acetaminophen for Ella and gather up the pieces of my life. Kat came to my rescue and as she entered my home, I quipped,
“Now you can see what life is really like with three kids.”
Laundry piled high, unfolded, getting more wrinkled with each passing minute.
My kitchen counter somewhere under a mountain of dishes.
Snotty kleenexes, dog hair and lego as far as the eye could see.
But as the shutter opened and closed my heart smiled. This is life. This One Beautiful Life. And while I think we all wish for different circumstances at times, I was enraptured with the everydayness.
Before the circumstances, the finances or the career, in this moment, life is beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend. May your everydayness take you to wonderful places.