Tuesday, June 21, 2011


What do you do when you realize that no matter what you do, you can't keep your house clean?  What do you do when you realize that you yelled at your children more today than you ever have?  What do you do when you realize that no matter how hard you try, your husband still annoys you?  What do you do when you finally realize that you aren't perfect?

Perfection.  What is perfection?  According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfection perfection is a state of being complete and flawless.  When was the last time you felt complete?  When was the last time you felt that you did everything flawlessly?  I know for me, the answer would be never.

Never.  Never have I felt like I do everything perfect.  I mess up.  Time and time again.  I diet.  I do good for a week and then I fall off the bandwagon.  I research new parenting techniques online and then turn around and snap at my children as they fight in the other room.  I devise a new "behavior" plan for my children to follow and then their chart sits there with two or three stickers on it.  I fail.  Time and time again.  Am I happy?  Certainly I must be.  I have two beautiful children, a loving, stable marriage, a house, two cars and name brand clothing on my children.

But what brings happiness?  What brings that feeling of completeness that is the definition of the word perfection?  I think I have found the answer, actually, I know I have found the answer.  Finding joy in the simple things.  Even in the imperfection, finding what truly makes me happy.  No, I am not happy go-lucky every single day, but I strive to be.  I am trying to say "yes" more than "no."  I am trying to be intentional with our activities, our meals, and our schedule.  Yes, it will sometimes backfire and yes, I will sometimes be too lazy to get up and go swim in the pool.  However, I feel that as long as the good times override the bad, that we will all be okay in the end.

Join me as we journey to find joy in the simple things in life.  Mini vacations.  Weekend trips.  Day trips to the lake.  Playing catch on the front lawn.  Nightly strolls to the park.  I am here to hold myself accountable to making the most out of life.  I am here to give you ideas for activities to do with your family.  I am here to say that we are not perfect, but we can certainly find joy in the journey!

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