I know this is going to sound weird…but I’m really thankful tonight for my messy house.
Do I love having junk all over the floor? No. Do I enjoy stepping over cords and shoes and swords and sticks (who brought those sticks into the house, by the way?)? Not really.
But we’ve had a busy weekend, full of soccer games and family time and tomato sauce canning and chicken cooking and all kinds of work that needed to be done.
I’m thankful because we are all healthy enough to work hard and play hard and make messes. I don’t want to ever take our good health or the good health of our kids for granted.
The messes will still be there tomorrow…and we can tackle them all eventually (probably starting with those sticks!). But looking at our busy-ness, which there is evidence of in every room of our house, makes me smile tonight. I’m thankful for my crazy household. I’ll take this over a spotless house any day! I truly am living my dream…
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Lori @ Shine Like Stars says
I could have written your post. “Messy House”. But, thankful to have the kids home all weekend and out of school today.
It was a tragic weekend in our small town, so we didn’t have time to clean like I had planned to.
Wow, I really needed this. The last two days, I have been so overwhelmed with the mess in my house and the inability to keep it looking clean. I have 6 kids and expecting another..so I am tired and my kids are always busy too.
I wish I would have read this yesterday. LOL
Thanks for the post.
Amy Steiner says
I know exactly what you mean.
I am also living my dream and take it for granted far too often. Thanks for this reminder to “enjoy the mess”!
ZING! Thanks for the reminder friend.
Paula L. says
Well, I am glad i am not the only one. I now have 7 . My baby boy was born Aug 30, 17 days early, nonetheless. I want to be thankful messies and not obsess over keeping order. and am so very thankful to be blessed with one more round of motherhood. thank you , Heavenly Father. Pray for me that I can be a good mom and bless my household, not grump over what does not get done to my expectations, that I can serve, teach and guide by “example”, not merely “wishing I could”. thanks for the inspiration I recieve here.
Thank you for reminding me not to take for granted my kids and the blessings to be at home with them. I tend to require organization and order at home, and sometimes that doesn’t mix well with kids and homeschool!
I’m thankful because I did not sleep well with my 7 year-old sleeping by my side scared to death after watching Jurassic Park last night! I have not been able to do anything today because I feel sooo tired and sleepy, but I was like him when I was a little girl… That’s why I understand him and allow him to sleep by my side. Today is going to be a non productive day but he was comforted by mom!
Semalee Bilbrey @ Nailing Jello to a Tree says
Just the words I needed to hear today! I’ve been so overwhelmed by my house lately and it is a good reminder that I should be thankful for the mess. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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I loved you post. I think that most of us deal with the same issue and that is a WONDERFUL way to look at the mess through thankful eyes. Thank you!
Eventhough my 3 year old knocked his tooth out Friday afternoon, cancelling our plans for attending a birthday party on Saturday that he was REALLY looking forward to, I am thankful that it was only a baby tooth, he will get another tooth (in a few years) & that he was not otherwise hurt when he fell. I am thankful for my fussy baby yesterday who caused me to just sit & rock my 2 kids & I am thankful for the wonderful encouragement I get everytime I read this blog.
What a beautiful perspective! Many times when I want to get frustrated with Clara pulling apart my house or feel sad that she’s growing up and not my baby, I just feel a wash of blessing for having a sweet daughter and having her grow up healthy and having her interested in life enough to want to take all the muffin cups out of their packaging one by one. :) Even the messy house often means that we are happily spending time with friends and family or enjoying time with each other. Still *I* am thankful because we worked together to make things really nice at my house this weekend. We had James’ parents over for their 40th anniversary! Next weekend, hopefully it will be neat again as we are hosting all the young adults from church. There is a lot to be grateful for.
Hi Laura, I am thankful that my son can recover from Autism.
My 3 year old brought sticks into the house this weekend! They are still there. They’ll get picked up eventually. As aggravating as it can be sometimes, I am so thankful that I’m able to stay home with my kiddos and love on them and teach them. I agree. I’m leaving my dream!
We found out today that grandchild #3 is going to be our first granddaughter! I am so thankful for the blessing of grandchildren.
butterfly 4 JESUS says
Thankk you ssoooo much for this perspective on the messy home I live in. I have 7 blessings, so far, that are not quite in to helping with house cleaning, and either is husband… it is so hard to homeschool and cook and serve at church and…. and keep the house clean. Moms who share these things on their blogs with others are truly a HUGE blessing.
Thanks for this. I also have 7 kids and work full time. I often beat myself up about the mess–not a “perceived mess” by a neat person, but a true mess. I do what I can and places in my house get clean, but, generally, it just doesn’t happen. It’s easy to close off my house to others because I’m ashamed of it. I think that’s what I fight the most. Anyway, thanks for your perspective. It helps.