For many of our friends down south, the school year has already begun & new routines are being settled into. For us Midwesterners, tomorrow is the big day! I will have a second grader & be dipping my toes into homeschooling our little lady for preschool. Wish me luck!
As with every new season, we get the excitement for change accompanied with a little bit of dread & maybe a touch [or a whole scoop full] of anxiety. So many questions. So many possibilities. So many unknowns. & yet here we are thrown into the thick of it all, no turning back, only able to move forward.
This can seem overwhelming unless we decide to embrace it. If we choose to not commiserate every chance we get about the things that are out of our control.
Our kids will grow. Our emotions will fluctuate. The routine we made will happen & then be thrown off at least a handful of times. Our kids’ teachers will do things different than last years. School drops off will still be a cluster of craziness & if you’re like me mornings will most likely involve you panicked & saying a thousand times to your kids how late you’re running while still trying to make them look presentable as you rush out the door.
I mean, I saw this tweet recently & thought I had made a new friend…
Just dry shampoo’d and Febreze’d my kid on his way out the door so no I’m not really interested in your family’s morning chore chart, Laura.
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl)
I mean chore charts are wonderful & I seriously have at least of dozen ideas for them saved on my Pinterest but it never fails that I end up being more of the dry shampoo & Febreze kind of Momma. Namesste 😉
So wherever you may fall on the spectrum of amazing Mommas & their strengths/quirks & whatever the new season has in store for us let’s keep this week’s affirmation in mind:
I willingly accept change
Not begrudgingly, but willingly. I eat change for breakfast. [but not coins, because that’s dangerous]
My Mum & I were talking today about change. I said to her: you know when we are in the middle of chaos & pain it’s hard to keep our chins up. But I just love how God has a way of orchestrating all of it into something good. He may not have wanted it for you, but He can still use it. I get that it sounds cheesy just reading the words, but I promise they are meant genuinely & it’s completely true.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. ~2 Corinthians 4:18
What seems crushing today will be gone another day. The pain we feel today will heal, maybe not completely, but it will certainly change. The ache we feel as our kids grow & have “big” first days, quickly dissipates with the first fun art project, field trip, new friend, or good grade.
There is a joy to be found, if we just keep moving forward, willingly accepting the change that lays ahead.
The Mess in Me Honors the Mess in You