January 12, 2016

Perfectly Imperfect

It's not often that I look around and appreciate the world around me. In fact, it's something I'm working on constantly and part of my New Years Resolution {saying "YES" more}.

Last night, as I was cleaning up from dinner, I looked around my house.  Kendall was drawing and making a creation of her own out of a cereal box.  James was intently watching PJ Masks {a new favorite in the Dew house}.  Jimmy was training Bear.  Dinner was in the oven, a fire roaring in the fireplace, and it was relatively quiet.  I just took it all in for a moment and thought to myself, "this is perfect".

Now, you know me, I am not one to proclaim, "I have a perfect life!  Look at my perfect children and my perfect home!".  Not at all.  As a matter of fact most days I'm up to my ears in laundry, the kids watch more TV than is good for them, and I yell more often than I care to admit.

But not last night.  Last night everything was "perfect".

I think God knew that I needed that moment. I needed to be reminded of how fortunate we are.  How blessed I am to have the children that He has chosen for me.  I needed to appreciate the life I live and stop taking it for granted. I needed to hear Him say, "stop complaining, stop doing, just be".

So I heard Him, loud and clear.  I listened and I obeyed.  I looked at my kids and my husband with gratitude and appreciation.  Instead of worrying about tidying up or making sure everyone was in bed at exactly 8 I sat down with them.  Kendall and I did sight words.  I took my time rocking James to sleep.  Jimmy and I had a chat about our summer plans.

It was amazing what that time did to my soul.  As a matter of fact, it carried over today.  I am a self-proclaimed snow/winter hater and I had no idea it was even supposed to snow last night so I was quite surprised when I woke up to a winter wonderland.  I knew the kids {Kendall} would want to play in it today and normally the thought of bundling two kids up for a very short-lived romp in the snow makes me want to crawl back in bed and pretend I'm not the mom.  But, before they {Kendall} could even ask, I said, "Hey!  Wanna go outside and play in the snow?!".  I shocked Kendall when I said it but more surprisingly I shocked myself!

It's amazing how one small thing, a quick glance around your living room, can change you. I'm not saying all days are going to puppy dogs and rainbows but I am vowing to look at my life with rose colored glasses a little more often because I've got it good.

Stay warm out there.


  1. Good job listening for Him. I'm working on that, too. Thank you for sharing! xxErica

  2. Girl, YES!

    I actually had this same thought on sunday. I spent the morning doing laundry and house chores like I usually do sunday mornings. and later my parents came over so my dad could help my husband do some work around the house. (Hanging stuff, moving stuff, you know...the usual when you're fresh in a new house)....I had to stop and look around for a minute. My Dad and Husband laughing while hanging a wine cork catcher I got for Christmas, My Mom was cooking Dinner, and I was in the living room putting some stuff back on the new electric fireplace we got. And I thought...THIS! THIS IS THE LIFE!

    Enjoy the Snow, atleast for today, hehe

    -Ashlee Michelle

  3. Don't you love those moments? They usually make me cry.

  4. My daughter has been begging for snow, Maryland is not cooperating though and it has just been insanely warm and then freezing cold. I cannot wait to see how she reacts this year to snow. A good perspective definately changes attitudes! May you be able to enjoy the snow all the winter long and lets hope winter does not last forever:)