If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Officially Taking a Break

I'm finally making it official. I need a break.

If you haven't noticed, I've been on an "unofficial" break from blogging for a while now.

I didn't really intend to abandon you. I'm quite fond of you, my fine blogging buddies. And I love sharing my life and experiences with you.

And yet I've been mysteriously sucked into the blogosphere vortex. Drafted for an episode of "Without a Trace." Rendered more elusive than a good-paying job in this sad-sack economy.

Well, I can't go into complete detail, but I think I owe you an explanation:

1.) I'm in a dry spell. Normally, I'd think of that as a negative, but I'm seeing it as a positive right now. I'm taking this time to get closer to God and He's revealing to me some weak spiritual areas in my life and is exposing some lies I believe -- about myself and about Him. I'm actually enjoying taking this break from writing and just concentrating on deepening my relationship with Jesus.

2.) I'm concentrating on family. I just feel like I'm in a period where my kids need some extra attention, so I've cut my activity level over the past five or six months. Again, I'm enjoying this. I'm seeing fruit from this.

I am confident I will be back. I'm not sure when, but I think it will be sooner rather than later. But instead of limping along like I have been lately, I've decided to just take the pressure off myself, enjoy a break and, God-willing, come back renewed and stronger.

In the meantime, I will miss you.
Melinda
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