I am constantly reminding myself to just laugh. I come by this quite naturally, but I have found that as my family has grown that I am having a harder time remembering to do this. From the messes the kids make including rips made in the couch, our couches being unscrewed by our 2 year old, a 12 year old with a temper who "accidentally" broke the plastic on the front of my dryer, bottles of salad dressing poured out onto the kitchen table and chairs, eggs being thrown onto the floor, my 2 year old peeing on my carpet, windows with constant fingerprints and spit on them, a 4 year old who empties her closet daily to change her clothes many times a day, my makeup drawer is no longer organized and J has come out of my bathroom covered in 12 hour lipstick, H with lip stick on her eyes, art work with a permanent marker on my cabinets, walls, and furniture, you would think I don't watch these kids at all, but I do, I just can't keep up with them. I clean one mess, and find out that while I was doing so, another mess has been created.
LOUD! Oh my goodness our household is so loud. You know the song "Love At Home?" Steve and I joke about this song. " There is joy in every sound? Peace and plenty here abide, smiling sweet on every side? This song is a beautiful thought, and there are even moments when I see this, but for the most part we wonder how much Prozac one needs to be on to feel this way in their home.
I am not complaining, I just wanted you all to know that our household is not perfect on any level. I miss the days of a perfectly clean home, and I look forward to when I can have that back again. There is a time and season for everything. This is just my season to hang on, and enjoy the ride. My kids make me laugh in happiness too. We are so lucky to have happy, creative, compassionate, and most of all funny kids. They constantly amaze me, and make me laugh til my cheek's hurt. My life is hectic, but remembering to laugh is the key to me being happy. I'm rolling with the punches, and trying to find joy in every hit! I just have to remember to LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE.