Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oldie but goodie

Someone recently asked me what my all time favorite blog post was that I had written. I decided to 're post' it here. I think the reason I love this one is because while I do try my hardest to always be authentic on my blog- at the same time I realize it is a blog that anyone can read and there are some things that you just 'keep in the family'.
This one is for you- my blogger family. :0)
Behind the scenes...
(re posted from 6/08)
My sister and I were talking this morning about “church face blogs” and how most people who blog do not always ‘keep it real’. I have a confession to make- I don’t always let you know what really goes on behind the scenes. Here’s the truth- I have my pride you know… and while even though it’s a sin- it’s pretty hard to just lay it all out there. It’s kind of like when you step into church on Sunday- like you are really going to admit you were just screaming at your husband in the car on the drive there to anyone. Nope, you are going to plaster that smile on your face, walk in that door and act like you’ve got it all together. You are going to greet each and every prominent person with a smile in your eyes and a skip to your step- because God forbid they find out you are not perfect. So, I am going to come completely clean here today and admit we are SO NOT perfect. Yep- I yell at my kids more than I should, my house is not always clean, sometimes we have cereal for dinner because I am too lazy to cook, and no I do not always like my husband. As a matter of fact, sometimes he drives me crazy just because he’s in the same room I am breathing my air.

So- just for you today- here is a look behind the scenes… because while it's hard to air your dirty laundry, I don't want ya all feeling bad about yourselves if you too don't have it all together.
Normal Blog post:
It was a boring, rainy day today- the kids are hoping for something fun to do (besides the endless chores I give them). So SUPER MOM comes to the rescue!

And created this amazing go fish game all for free! (went out in the rain and found those sticks myself!) It was endless hours of fun...

Yet when that fun ended I came up with another idea to keep my little peaches happy... We traced ourselves and then the girls colored and cut them out. Aren't they just the cutest? (Just what I need- double of them!)

After that was over- I actually gave them French Pedicures... even their toes are cute now!

For lunch the kids actually made their own food! While creating this amazing lunch we worked together and talked about the importance of eating 4 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Sweet aren't we??

Now while all of this did truly happen... I'd like to take you BEHIND THE SCENES and let you know what also went on while I was capturing these precious moments...

This is my teenage son Travis room... can I just admit to you that while tracing bodies and cutting out little fish I yelled up to him, not once, not twice- but SEVEN times to PLEASE clean up his room. He told me he did- and this is what I found.... Need I say more?

This is a picture of the inside of our trash can... Yep you guessed it. Those nice little veggies we talked about being important to eat at lunch- guess where they ended up??? This is a picture of Mya on a time out. Not a happy camper, but this is what happens when we pull our sisters hair and disobey our mommy.

This is my dumplin Kallan- in his underwear, he's STILL watching TV as I blog this. It's after 2:00 and I have asked him 15 times to go get dressed for the day. Maybe #16 will do the trick? (by the way, he has NO CLUE I even took this picture he was so zoned into the TV) Oh and all the while I am in sitting here in front of my computer blogging... this is piling up.
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians3:1
Heavenly father, everything I am, everything I do reflects you. I know my life will never be completely perfect until the day I stand before you face to face in eternity. Help me live the life I have now to bring you glory in all I do. Help me to look to you even in the small things- in the way I spend my time and the way I talk to my children. Your love tranforms me daily and I am forever thankful for that. I love you Lord- and that could not be more real.


Unknown said...

i didn't get to read this the first time!

great post and i say AMEN to your prayer!

oh you are one patient mom - there is no 2nd time in our home let alone a 16th - yikes. i would have no hair or they would be on that couch with a grumpy face for hours!

love you!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Love that post- that is soooo my reality!!!!!!!

Live to love and laugh said...

Oh my I missed this the first time. So glad things like this go on in homes just like mine.

Milk Mama said...

I love reading this blog. It's very uplifting. And this looks like it was a great day!!! :D

No Greater Gift Mom said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I first want to say that I LOVE your blog (just posted a link to it yesterday)! It's so easy for each of us to fall into the "everyone else's lives are so perfect" syndrome- something a friend of mine and I were talking about today, actually. Thanks for being real and laying it out there for the world to see. Noone is perfect and I needed this reminder today.
In Him,

Holly said...

Yep. I still love you Amy.
And I am still impressed that you came up with those cool ways to entertain kids, even if some were watching tv, pulling hair etc.!
You still rock!

Shonni said...

When I saw the plate with all those lovely veggies, I wondered if they would eat them all (LOL). Now I feel better (LOL again). One of our sons use to throw his veggies down the window well to show us how he "ate it all". We did finally find out though.
Thanks for this fun post this am. I may need to do something like this too. It is fun and so "real".

Cari said...

Were you the "fly on the wall" and acutally blogged about me? LOL....which reminds me...I need to get off the computer and go start the laundry! :)

Dardi said...

Okay, Amy, here's my first baby step into the blog world...are you proud!? lol I am all about the "REAL" stuff. How do you ever have real relationships if you are just playing make believe all the time!

Perfect timing to read this as this is how my day started: Alarm clock is randomly going off this morning at 5:40 AM!! I stumble around until I find it & turn it off. Finally fall back to sleep & end up sleeping until 9:00. Sounds good, right? WRONG!!! I hear a car door as I'm making the bed, look outside & realize with horror that my social worker has appt. with me for home visit today! Crap! Not only am I in my pj's still--with no bra on--my little almost 2 yr old sweetheart that SW is coming to see is just getting up wearing her little mismatched ensemble that she put together last night with curly hair EVERYWHERE. Yep, & there's a big basket of unfolded laundry sitting in the foyer. It is what it is.........

natali said...

I never read this the first time around either, b/c i've just recently began following your blog. But, I really like this post! It's really hard to air your dirty laundry, but you did a fantastic job at it! :))

Chantelle said...


Tracy said...

Amy - since you are my 'go to mommy' when I need adoption pick-me-ups -

My husband and I just went through training with the social worker about racism and what all our kids will face. He is concerned about what he will be forcing on our older kids (racism, persecution, etc.) by becoming a transracial family. It seems I remember reading a post you wrote about the gift you are giving your older kids through adopting vs. the pain. Do you know which post that is so I can let him read? it was perfect, and I sure thought it was your blog but can't find it. Thanks and blessings, Tracy