grace over the vacuum cleaner

People ask me all the time how I manage two tiny humans (especially now that I'm preggo with #3) and still have a smile on my face. Most of the time, it's pretty manageable. But, sometimes it's tough! GRACE.

The best thing I do as a mom is give myself grace. Lots of it. I'm a very organized, on the edge of OCD clean type of person. But if you walk in my house at any given moment, you may not be able to tell. I'm NOT good at house cleaning. I love having a clean house, I just don't do it very often. There's most likely a big pile of dishes in the kitchen and a day old plate of mac and cheese on the table.

But I guarantee most likely if you walk in my house, you will see two happy smiling children. If you look closely you will see a tiny baby bump and a very happy and tired mama.

So my advice to you as a tired, worn out mama?

Give yourself some grace.

Have a good heart to heart with your man. Get on the same page. This is really important.  Plan a couple of nights a week that you have a nice dinner, and on the other nights? Have corn dogs and Mac & Cheese! If he really likes a clean house, ask him to go marry a housecleaner! HA! Or come up with a plan. I totally stink at doing the laundry. I rarely put it all away, but my hubby knows this and he jokes about it. He doesn't expect a spotless house, but he does expect our children to be loved and alive when he gets home.

So you're telling me the dishes are piled up and you can't walk across the floor? Your baseboards are growing new baseboards? Mine too. Who cares? I mean seriously, in the big picture...WHAT REALLY MATTERS?

Your children will have better memories of the quality time you spend with them, than the quality time you spend with your vacuum cleaner.

I encourage you to drop the worries of today and embrace the important things. Those little people that grow up so fast. Quit looking at pinterest perfect homes and look into the eyes of your children and live life!!

Oh, and take lots of naps too. You can tell your husband I said so and he can take it up with me.