16 June 2008

Imperfectly Beautiful

Well, one of my favorite bloggers, The Nester, is have a little bloggy carnival thing celebrating the fact that It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful (otherwise known as IDHTBPTBB). She has challenged us to show the imperfect side of our lives (you know, the ones that we don't usually post pics of) and celebrate it!
This has actually be sort of on my mind lately anyway. I tend to be a *bit* of a neat freak and a *little* retentive about stuff and I'm sure I drive my family crazy-ha! Now, while I'm not going to stop trying to teach my kiddos good habits concerning picking up their toys, I am trying to be more postive about it. Even when I want to scream after realizing that you can't even see the carpet in the family room, I stop to remember WHY its such a mess. Its because I have been blessed incredibly with two precious children! If there were no mess, that would most likely mean that there were no children in my life. So, with that in mind, the mess is a blessing, right? I will simply work on learning more patience and repeating myself patiently to them about picking up. Meanwhile, let's celebrate the imperfect beauty!

clothes (among other things) that my daughter left there

after putting on her swimsuit to run in the sprinklers

the (semi-cleaned-up) coloring table

the aftermath of a week of company and a weekend yard sale

the t-rex rampaging through my kitchen

Head over to the Nesting Place to see more pics of imperfectly beautiful homes,then celebrate yours!


Rachel said...

cozy home :)

Jamie said...

the t-rex in the kitchen made me smile!

Nancy said...

I am so with you! I remember you telling me when Mr. B was, I guess 2 years old?, that you felt like all you did was clean up messes for two years! I think of you and that comment every day at lunch! I am so there and it is SOOO frustrating (and I'm only 9 months in!). But you are right...it is only evidence of the blessings we have. I'll have to head over to the Nesting Place and check it out!

Oh, get this!...I e-mailed Sally Clarkson to say how much her book meant to me and how it had impacted me. (I found her e-mail address on her blog.) And today I got a response from her! I NEVER expected that! It was such a sweet, encouraging note...hey maybe I should blog this. (Maybe tomorrow's post...you get a sneak peek!) Anyway, I thought that was so cool. I'd love to meet her someday, she seems so interesting!

PinkDaisyGirl said...

I found your blog a while back and enjoy reading it, and I wanted to pass this vintage apron giveaway along to you because it seems like something that you would like, but your email isn't available, so I posted to your most recent entry hoping you'd see it. It's at anapronaday.blogspot.com

Heather & Reese said...

I loved the part of your post when you remembered WHY there is a mess. I have to do the same thing, and when you look at it that way it really is a blessing.

Look at the bright side: at least the T-Rex is only 5 inches tall, right?!

Bless you,


Mama Said said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Thanks for visiting mine! The T-rex in the kitchen is adorable! I love, love, love your hubby's Pac-Man cake! That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

Songlee said...

Hey Lora,
I have started on Velvet Elvis. Such a good read so far! Can't wait until Friday. I have heard of a couple of museums in Memphis. You're probably the only other one who would want to go! Hope you enjoy the Shack!!!!!

PinkDaisyGirl said...

Glad you were able to get in on the apron giveaway. I'm going to try and dig up a picture of my great-grandmother in one of hers and post it on my blog when I get mine.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Great blog- just hopped over to say hi!

kari & kijsa