Deciding to make a Christmas card using this collage with 81 pictures.
81 photos on a 5x7 card? Fail.
I decided to give myself a break this year and not send out cards.
But as the cards came rolling in...so did the guilt.
Now I’m having to address and send out photoless cards that I hate. Fail.
At first my disorganization was endearing.
Now it’s downright obnoxious.
I just started Christmas shopping for my kids yesterday.
I forgot to take Drew to his first day of basketball clinic.
I forgot a chiropractor appointment. Again.
I took Drew to a birthday party one week early.
I waited too long to order the super amazing fantabulous crystal ornaments from Pottery Barn, and now they’re sold out.
Failures #11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
Our Advent calendar got started on December 6th...
Our Elf on a Shelf has forgotten to fly on several occasions...
...and we still haven’t done our Thankful Tree. Fail.
But... I’m trying not to let my kids feel my stress.
I have great kids. I have easy kids. They disappear together for hours playing. Their laughter rings through our house.
I remember a saying I heard last year:
“Act as if what you do matters. It does.”
I try to do that with my kids. Speak to them kindly even when my brain is overloaded. Listen when they're telling me something when all I need is quiet.
Do I always succeed?
*snorts Diet Coke out nose*
Of course not. I have yucky mom moments like everyone else.
But I try hard not to.
My kids are happy.
My kids are healthy.
We’re trying to raise them to love and serve God.
And isn’t that the most important thing?