Ever had one of those days that by 8:30am the baby is blueberry blue up to her knees and elbows, and when you take her in for a bath, discover two lone sticky diaper tabs on the floor-a gift from the dog as evidence of what happened to the last poop-filled diaper in the trash?  Raspberries and blueberries raining down onto the floor, staining the bathmat as she excitedly stomps on them one by one.  Maybe you keep waking up around 3:30am for the last week for no apparent reason and remain wide awake the rest of the night?

Anybody?  Just me?

As the day progresses, you child is allergic to naps and you lay next to her to get her to think sleeping is amazing, while your to-do list flows endlessly through your head and God love that little child that crawls everywhere…if she would just take a quick nap, a task could just be STARTED, and then you’d feel like you tried, right?

Make that two diapers discovered…that door is getting closed from now on I guess.

Husband gets home and wonders if he should go pick up a pizza, because you had no idea it was dinnertime already and you haven’t even thought about it.

I know you’ve been here.  Failed.  Nothing done, nothing right.

We hear your desperate, sometimes not so silent cry.

Take comfort, sister:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matt 11:28 (ESV)

“Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

“Be gentle with yourself…you are doing the best you can.” -Unknown

Just do today, pretty mama.  When you are your thinnest, remember this: you are exactly who your family needs.  You will keep digging deep into your very core to find the ability to get into bed and ask for a better morning next.

You know what makes digging into your core less wary?

Find a simple grace.

Olivia’s giggles as she stomped on berries…she was the happiest kid in town in that moment.  A husband who knows I dropped the ball and quickly gives me grace.  A dog that didn’t puke.  Suddenly, we are a little less spread thin and have a little more to give, in the way that is just perfect for our families.
Give yourself grace.

What does your day look like today?  I would love to hear about today’s triumph or trial.  Please share!

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