Sunday, June 5, 2011

not perfect is okay

To be perfectly honest, the last few days have not been the most lovely when it comes to my 3 boys.

There has been a lot of fighting in this neck of the woods.

A lot.

Over everything possible.


Several nights in a row, I put them to bed, crashed on the couch, and questioned what in the world we were possibly doing so wrong as parents.

And then the dark cloud lifted.

This morning was back to normal. Not that it was perfect because perfect does not exist in this casa.

But when I caught a glimpse of all 3 boys joyfully playing legos/pirates in the same room with the same toys peacefully, it stopped me dead in my tracks.

I was reminded of how much I really dig those 3 rascals. It reminded me that although some days are brutally rough, that in the big scheme of things, we are not doing such a bad job of parenting them after all.

They are not perfect. We are not perfect. Life is not perfect. However, it is pretty darn good and for that I am grateful.

Much love,

Linking up with Heather:


Anonymous said...

It's amazing how God works! You wouldn't have appreciated this morning as much as you did if you hadn't been to hell and back with them over the weekend! I love your blog, it's keeping this new stay-at-home Mom realizing my household is normal, well... normal for us.
Steph Mullen

annaandjuliesmommie said...

Wow..I needed this post! We now have a teenager in our house! We have had many days of fighting between our 13 year old and 9 year old. I'm so grateful to hear that I'm not the only one who questions her parenting abilities! Keep the Faith sista:). Mollie

Erin said...

I hear you...the fighting thing drives me absolutely nuts too. Siblings fight hard but love hard- we just wish there was more lovin' going on right? Glad to hear you got a glimpse of brotherly love this weekend!

theolivetree said...

So true! I was just teasing the other day about how I must be a really great parent b/c my oldest is sooooooo well behaved :) Nope it is just her pesonality...b/c my son is a whole different story and I am not doing anything! God sure can humble us and remind us of our blessings :)

Alyss said...

Sometimes, we all need to take a step back and look at the big picture. Thanks for the reminder!

Kelly said...

yay for peace. my little mr.'s bicker non stop too. it's such a blessing to see them get along. enjoy your monday!

Jami said...

I think they just get in a weird funk where they need a little time apart, or at least that's how I feel with mine. There are days it seems they can't even be in the same room together. The days where they get along are pure bliss!

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Aw, thanks for the honest post. I guess every child does this to his/her parents. My LO is only 5mos and I wonder if she knows what she's to me when she's screaming at me! But happy that the cloud lifted for you!

MA said...

Oh those boys.

hannah singer said...

for real-those little joyful times of playing together ARE perfect! i hope your week is awesome, katie! xo

Genn said...

So sweet.
SO true.
Great post. :)

andie jaye said...

it must be something in the air with the changing seasons. my 2 year old is a bit grumpy this week too. hopefully our dark cloud will lift soon as well... thanks for popping over today!! blessings to you!

Janna said...

"not perfect" is perfectly normal for me too:)

By the Bluegrass said...

Oh, we have the same thing here from time to time. I have four and they sometimes drive me crazy with all the arguing. My kids went to a school that was great about teaching conflict resolution and so I see them employ this often at home. But, when they don't, I tell them to use these same skills to work it out or I tell them that I will separate them and put them to work. I let them know that we can either spend all day doing housework or they can come up with a solution instead. It usually works.
They look very sweet playing! ;)

p.s. thanks for visiting my blog. Also, I love your header picture of the boys washing the car....too cute!

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Oh boys and their legos.

I hear you about crashing on the couch. Sometimes I want to do that at 2pm, put a cushion over my head, and just disappear.

I always love your transparency in your posts. Thanks.

PaisleyJade said...

We've had a lot of that around here too - isn't it lovely when they do all get on!

Kelly said...

I can so relate to this post!! What adorable photos, too! Thanks for sharing!