Dream Team

A Girl Just Needs to Whine Every Now and Again!

8.1.2012 153I am generally a rule follower but right now I don’t want to be. When Holley posed our question for this week I just wanted to run away from it. She asked:

What’s a typical day in your life like right now? How can you see God’s hand in the middle of the “small” and ordinary too?

I am a firm, firm, and firm some more believer that God is in everything and in the midst of any mess God has a lesson learned for us. But there are numerous times in my ordinary schedule that I avoid seeking Him. And it hurts my heart that I do it.

My ordinary schedule is nothing to complain about in the world picture.

5:30 a.m. – Wake-up and Pin God 1st

6ish – Get dressed and ready for work.

7ish – Prep the kids breakfast, pack up car, tackle emails and social media while I wait for the kids to wake.

7:30 – Wake the kids if they aren’t awake and get them dressed. Insert frustration moment #1 because the kids are unhappy to be wakened and shuffled out the door.

8:00 – Pull out of drive way feeling flustered because of the above.

8:30 – Arrive at church/work. Get the kids dropped off in their classrooms and usually deal with one or both children holding on tight and not wanting me to go. Insert frustration moment #2 because I have to leave them but at the same time I am in work mode and the kids are feeling my annoyance that I need to go.

9-5ish p.m. – I have meetings, write scripts, plan crafts, think through operations and logistics, plan large events, deal with any conflict management, eat junk I shouldn’t, chat with other staff, and let’s be honest I check Pinterest and facebook once or twice.

5:15 – I go pick up my kids. Insert frustration moment #3 This SHOULD be WOO HOO time!!! But this is really where my God goggles get foggy! It never fails that when I pick them up they are little grumps. Sure I get the initial excited “Mommy!” when I walk in but then it turns to whines, and picking, and wanting a snack I didn’t bring. I am already tired from my day and I know they too are tired but THIS just wears on me. By the time we get home a half hour later all claws are out. It is not pretty!

6 – 8:30 – Prepare dinner, bath time, Bible reading, 12 minute clean up, and any next day prep I can.

9:00 – Share prayer time with my husband and then begin work on my God Size Dream of Cravings.

11ish – Head to bed in utter exhaustion.

So now that I feel like I have just let out one loud WHINE! Let me say

I know God is in every giggle that brings me joy,
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God is in the teaching moments,
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God is in the time my husband takes with the kids so I can have some “me” time while I prep dinner.
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God is in their lives because they are gifts from Him.
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Gifts, I say! But, I do pray for the day when our schedule is our own.

Amen and Amen.

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  • Janine

    Girl, thanks for being real…and your wrap-up is precious. Love those photos and how you bring it all into perspective. Glad you didn’t run from Holley’s question. Nice work, mama!

    • Thanks! It felt like therapy to see it all in print. ;)

  • Jennifer D.

    Amen, sistah!!! Right now we are 2 months in to all 5 of us home all day…yeah. I have your whines in reverse. Ha!!

  • Lani

    I love your real…and I think I get to meet you at Allume yes?

    • Yes! Allume here we come. I am in-charge of decor so let me know if you are coming early – would love your help!

  • Mel

    Thank you for a real glimpse…after I read it, I started to think that maybe I painted my days a little too rosy…I definitely have those days, too! Blessings to you as you pursue your dreams and enjoy your gifts! God is Good. :)

  • Carey, I’m so glad I got over to your space–it is SO super cute, very fun and inviting! I love that you were so real in writing about your day. I am home with mine all day, and I feel similarly. Often it just feels hard and overwhelming, and we are all so crabby. Sigh. And yet. Jesus is in it:)

    • Isn’t it funny how we convince ourselves the grass MUST be greener on the other side! It is almost helpful to know we are all in it together. Relying on the same God as our strength!

  • I enjoyed this little glimpse of your life. So fun to read our dreamers’ back stories today. I so relate to this: “I do pray for the day when our schedule is our own.” Yes, and amen to that for me!