My Not So Edited Life

Ironically, as much as I love it, social media like blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest overwhelm me at times.  I can sometimes feel like I’m falling so short of where I should be as a mom, homemaker, wife, Christian, etc.  People–me included–post ideas, pictures or status updates that often show the highlights of their day or life.  The advantage of social media is that you get to edit your life.

I have to tell you something important.  Maybe you’ve already realized this long ago (and I hope you did), but I don’t have my act all together.  My life on Thriving Home is always edited, too.

In an attempt to be real with you, I thought I’d give you the “not so edited version” of life today…

The day began at about midnight when my son came in with a fever and tried to sleep with us much of the night.  Four hours of sleep later, I got up to change my baby’s sheets and clothes that he peed through.  Then, my older kids heard me and got up.

The morning was spent on the phone with various doctors’ offices and the insurance company (trying to sort out a mistake they made), while intermittently shushing the kids and being rather impatient with them.  They sat in front of the TV for at least two hours while I tried to take care of the baby and this medical business.  Their brains are probably mushier and a few IQ points lower than yesterday.

Now, on to the fun unedited photos.  We begin our tour here…in my kitchen.  As you can see, there are clean dishes to be unloaded from last night, crusted dishes in the sink from breakfast and lunch, and a counter covered in crumbs, dried oatmeal, and watercolor paint.

Next, we move on to the play room. Not the worst it’s been, but there’s still not much of a pathway to walk.

Below is a project I started on Monday–organizing my desk area and doing filing. Let me tell you, this project has been a LONG time coming.  Haven’t really made a dent due to life’s interruptions.

See those chocolate chips on the counter?  Those are the ones I’m snacking on right now because I’m tired and don’t want to clean up or organize or do anything even though I have time while the kids are asleep.  Can anyone say “lack o motivation” and/or “emotional eating”?

And, lastly, here I sit on my computer, unshowered and in stained clothes at 2:30 p.m., blogging about my not so perfect life when I should be taking a nap or cleaning or working or taking a shower.  Wow, I look pretty intense.

Overall, this day isn’t bad in the scheme of things.  It’s just not according to my plan.  What day is, though?  What day does my house look perfect?  What day do I actually finish all the tasks I want to finish?  What day isn’t a kid sick or throwing a temper tantrum or pooping their pants? What day didn’t I say something insensitive to my husband or forget to pay a bill?  What day doesn’t have a pile of laundry almost reaching the ceiling?

There are no perfect days…except when they are edited.  This is life.  This is the day the Lord has made.  My job is to rejoice and be glad in it even when it’s not what I planned. (I’m working on that last part.)

Thanks for sharing in my unedited, messy life with me!

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  1. Melissa says

    Thank you for being so real and honest. It’s amazingly refreshing to have someone tell it like it is. I am a new visitor to your blog and will be visiting again (and again). One thing I hope to do differently than my Mom is that my kids remember their childhood as having a fun Mom who was present in the moment. Not a Mom that was always in front of the sink doing dishes or following them around the house with a vacuum. It’s not like I’m not throwing a dinner party anytime soon, so who cares right? haha Everyday I have to consciously tell myself I’m doing the best I can. And the day will come when they don’t wanna play with Mom anymore. I can clean and nap then… haha 😉

  2. Lauren says

    Thanks Rachel. Being new to the stay/work at home world with my second little boy, it is very, very overwhelming to know how much I don't have it together in the least bit and how much I think I should because I am not leaving the home 50 hours a week to work. Nothing works according to plan and its very easy to get discouraged in pursuit of perfectionism. Its helpful to know sometimes that other people experience these days.

  3. Rachel says

    Thanks Heather! Glad to know I'm not alone!

  4. Ricky and Heather says

    Can I just say that the picture of your kitchen ministered to my soul???? Thanks for sharing the real stuff…and know you're not alone on any of those things you shared! -Heather

  5. Michelle says

    Rachel, This sounds very much like my life:) I have just been sent to your blog for awesome reciepes!!I can't wait to try them:)

  6. JustJess says

    Love this!! I think this goes back to the sermon on friendship from a few weeks ago. If we edit all the "life" out of our life (or our blog) what are we really here for? Thanks for being real! PS–That last photo is the most serious I have seen you in my entire life!