While roaming through Target to locate the perfect gift for Addie’s 4th birthday I encountered a lovely Play Doh ice cream maker. The box made it look so easy and tidy and bright and fun! This gift would surely breed hours of creativity, fun, cooperation, smiles and amazing confectionery delights! Now, I’ve lived long enough to understand that marketers work hard to get perfect pictures of their product. Do you ever look at the pictures on the wall of the fast food restaurant you are at? The food looks NOTHING like what you are consuming, and we have even seen pictures of burgers being served on porcelain plates. Yeah, I’ve never had my Mc-anything served on a plate! It is a far cry from the greasy paper we were encountering at the time.
I understood that when Addie actually got going on making her ice cream it wouldn’t look quite like the box, but I was a bit surprised when it didn’t look ANYTHING like the box.
So, after “ooing” and “ahhing” over Addie’s creation, I swept (3 times exactly) and put a mixture of colored Play Doh into containers and tried to pull Play Doh from crevices with tools not provided. I took a picture of Addie’s creation and then of the box. Not even close!
I can’t help but draw the parallel that this is also my reality. My perception of life with a husband and soon to be 5 children running around is far different from the day to day reality we live. Life is messy, and I certainly don’t have all the answers. I am far less than I want to be, and I am easily frustrated when things don’t come out looking anything like the box! So, maybe it’s time to pitch the box, embrace grace for myself and my family and enjoy making a mess with them. After all, Addie was not bothered with her creation. She gave it to me happily, “This is for you, Mommy!” I couldn’t have appreciated it anymore if it had been an exact replica of the sundae on the box.
Blessings to you as you pitch perception and accept reality,
In this season of resolutions and starting over I have a confession. I have held back on posting this podcast because I couldn’t stand the hypocrisy of posting it when Kirk and I were having a rough start to 2014. Kirk and I decided that our 2014 started a little later than January 1 so we could get a fresh start. After 15 years we certainly don’t have marriage (or each other) figured out. I’m excited about this podcast because I think Sara and I were able to get real about some struggles in our own marriages and things that we’ve maybe figured out a little. I hope this will encourage you whether you homeschool or not. Afterall, marriage is the cornerstone for strong families and that is the same no matter how you educate your kiddos (or if you even have kiddos).
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Prioritizing your marriage while homeschooling (or not homeschooling).
Shara and Sara Traub are together again to share how they (try to) prioritize their marriages. It is important with or without kids, but adding children definitely can add some challenges to being connected. Then there is the layer of homeschooling. Join us for a candid discussion about our own struggles and successes in prioritizing our marriages. We would also love to hear how you prioritize your marriage!
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Sara has been married to Andy for 8 years. She is a wonderful support to Andy as he is self-employed and following his dreams of running his own business. Together they have 3 children; Samuel (5 1/2), Caroline (4), and Lucy (2). Sara loves being home with her kids and has a passion for learning about natural living.
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Blessings to you,