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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Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'm Back -- With An Announcement!

It's been a long time since I've confessed here. Believe me, it hasn't been for lack of material! My absence here was spurred by burnout -- not only on blogging, but in other areas of my life as well.

Over the past year since I've been gone, God has done some amazing work in my own life and in my family's life. I've seen Him answer prayers that I had nearly given up on ever seeing fulfilled. Life is still far from perfect. And I'm still a very imperfect parent. But I have a deeper understanding of the character of my Creator and His  infinite trustworthiness despite my many flaws. He can handle them -- and me. And my children. And we're no low-maintenance crew.

Another thing that has emerged over the last year is that I've started a new blog! And I'm not doing it alone, which is such a blessing. Isn't it so much easier to do anything when you have someone supportive by your side? We launched today -- on Mother's Day.

My blogging partner, Kathy, is my best friend and one of the most genuine, transparent and loving people I know. It has been such a blast to create this project together.

Our new blog is called Mothering from Scratch: Where Mentoring Moms Is Our Main Dish. So many of us moms weren't handed down a healthy mothering legacy. But regardless of the quality of mothering we received, we all have to figure out what works for our unique personalities and children's temperments. We're all Mothering from Scratch. And we'd like to help give moms the resources they need to create their own recipe.

I'm not sure if God is done with my Coming Clean blog, yet, but for now you can find me at Mothering from Scratch. I hope that you will come by and visit me there!

I must confess ... I've missed you! 

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