Finding Peace in Chaos

Sunday, May 07, 2006

If you were to walk into my house right now, this moment, this is what you'd see:

  • Most of a week's worth of laundry waiting to be folded or partially folded on the couch
  • Toys strewn randomly around the house
  • One toilet taped shut with an "Out Of Order" sign across it. (We had to shut off the water to it because it was leaking)
  • Another toilet that should be taped shut with an "Out of Order" sign across it. (Jude emptied the contents of the garbage into it--twice!--and now it is completely plugged. We will probably have to get a plumber in to fix it.)
  • A half-completed scrapbook page on my desk.
  • A half-completed slow-moving renovation project in my kitchen.
  • Magazines, papers, and mail in random piles on coffee tables, high chairs, under hammers or paint supplies, thanks to the disorder of my kitchen.
  • An office set up with my mic, mixer, and cheesy little 5-octave Yamaha keyboard for a half- (or less-than-half-) completed recording project.
  • A rumpled guest bed where my husband has been sleeping for the last week so he doesn't keep me and Jabin up at night with his coughing.
  • Bottles on the counter waiting to be washed, since my milk dried up this week and as of today the switch is total and complete to formula.
  • Paperwork piling up on my desk from office work I have shunted until the kitchen is done.
  • Sawdust on my basement floor.
  • Freshly-planted geranium and pansies in planters on the patio.
  • Three boys that know their mommy and daddy love them.
  • A fridge full of nutritious and delicious food.
  • A man and a woman that are still completely in love with each other after 6 years of marriage, five pregnancies, and three babies.
  • A snapshot of lives-in-progress. Not everything is neat and tidy, but the important thing is this: it is being lived!

Some photos I took of the boys tonight:

Noah siting his "water pistol" (actually the spray attachment from the hose.)

Jude looking at me through his "binoculars."

Happy to be me!

And one I took of Noah and Jabin earlier in the week:
Boys will be boys!

(Jason said this was "not a picture-taking night" of him--since we had a stay-at-home Sunday, I think he was feeling a little mussy. Next time.)

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  1. They are so very cute. I love chubby babies. Mine is all thin and stick-like! And when my house is messy, I used the 'it's the lived-in look' line too! Happy Mother's Day

  2. Cute pictures!! Just like Jason, I'm sick too. I'm really hoping I get better soon. The last thing I need is to be sick during Historymaker (youth convention). That would be a nightmare.

  3. Choas is a constant for about 15 years....maybe 20...we need to love it...too soon it will be over

  4. Oh how I wish I could be around you more! Your house sounds beautiful and wouldn't it be wonderful if we could make some tea and chat in the middle of it all?


  5. Rohini--The way to a mother's heart is through complementing her children, right? ;-)
    Wonder how long before I don't have to use that line anymore?

    Ang--Hope you get better soon, girl! When is Historymaker, anyway? Must be soon (this weekend, maybe?) if you're worried about being sick through it.

    Amanda--WOW!!!!! You visited my blog!!! Jason said you must have been bored today! ;-) Sorry I couldn't get together today--we'll have to catch up later in the week!

    Colleen--And with you, I wouldn't be the least bit embarrassed about it, either. It's so nice to have friends like that.

  6. I think never. I can still see my mom visibly swell with pride everytime someone says something nice about me or my brother.

  7. I have 3 boys also. I had a little girl a few months ago. I know the house can get messy at times but sometimes family time comes first.


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