This, That and The Other
Right now I’m feeling like a terrible failure. I know that I am in fact not a failure, but I
still feel like one. The last weeks I
potty trained my youngest
read books to the kids in bed
hugged them multiple times a day
Got to the bottom of why Elena was “sick” and wanted to skip school
Taught Brandt to carry a big stick while he walks around the house, all the
while speaking softly “God is with me, God is with me”
Made chicken stock that is really good and really handy
Sounds Ok right?
Well, I also:
Let my kids watch WAY to many movies
Let chicken spoil in the fridge because I didn’t take the time to freeze it
(this one bothers me very badly)
Let my house become a smoldering pot of disarray
Barked at my child. Then preached at him.
Then scolded some more. Until he said: “Uhhh, I TIRED of all the YELLING”
Gave my husband the cold shoulder because I thought he was working too much
Let some wash on the line for an entire
week, because I was too lazy to take it off
(please mom don’t be embarrassed, the
issue is not that you didn’t teach me, the issue is I don’t put into practice
what I know)
Kissed Madelyn and made her cry (its true she said “ouch ouch don’t kiss,
it burns me!)
Plus many, more failures, these are the ones I could think of in five minutes.
So there is good, and there is ugly twisted together into the lumpy braid of my
life. Right now the knots in the braid are
glaring at me, demanding my attention.
But Christ the loving hairbrush untangles all my split ends,
and conditions the strands of my life. He
gently whispers “I will be your permanent refuge”.
I am sensing that I have taken the hair analogy a bit far. Be glad I stopped, because I was trying to
work the words fringe, bob and highlight into the sentence too.
THE POINT IS: Yes the point, I can’t
find the point because now I see golden hairbrushes floating around the sky,
plus I have the giggles. The point is…that I am noticing all my flaws lately and keep beating myself up about them. I keep waiting for the grand and glorious day, when I will have my act together. And I’m realizing that that day will never come.
Carrying on. Why am I desperate to get
my act together?
A heart-longing of mine is coming true.
A dream that I’ve had for years is creeping
to a reality.
We are DONE with our home study. We are adopting. Somewhere out there is another little person
who is going to join this laid back, get nothing done, messy-haired family.
That is why, the reality of who I am, and who I am not, is hitting home.
When I say creeping to a reality I mean creeping to a reality. Home studies
should take two to three months, ours took nine. Yes, we move at a
And now we join a multitude of other people in the waiting game. Waiting for God’s timing, and praying that
this dream won’t vanish in thin air.
Praying for a nameless little person who will have to suffer much loss,
and come bearing hole in his heart that we cannot fill.
Frequently asked questions:
Where are you adopting from?
Under two, good chance it will be a baby
Boy or girl?
How long will you have
Again don’t know, ball park figure- 4 months to two years.
So if you wake up at 3AM with insomnia, and our faces flash in your brain say a
prayer, because like all the other parents on planet earth, we could use them.
Ps. If I have offended anyone by comparing Jesus to a hairbrush, my sincere