Friday, March 7, 2008

Proof that Love Lives Here

On Wednesday I was wondering how anyone feels truly motivated to clean their house. I was thinking it seemed so pointless to clean something that would only get dirty again in minutes. But my dear friend Miss Sandy gave me some great perspective.

I guess what works for me is to remember that any work I
do for my family is holy work. One day I was grumbling to my grandmother about
having to repeatedly clean up muddy boot prints off the floors I had just
cleaned. She was quiet for a moment and she said, "Sandy, I'll tell you this,
I'd give anything to be in your shoes. I'd gladly clean up any muddy boot prints
that were left on my floor with a smile and a prayer because that would mean
that Charlie (my uncle, her only son) would be alive and well and I would not
live in this house alone." I was quiet for a while and I told her she was right.

Her words made an impact on me and my attitude about repeat jobs. I asked myself
what would it be like not to have my dear loved ones, to be all alone and did I
really want a clean house or people to share it with. I actually found myself
photographing tiny smudges of hand prints left by my grandson on a frosty
window, a perfect muddy boot print left by my husband on the entry floor, and
crumbs on the counter where my daughter prepared her lunch!

I felt grateful for
every mess and for the opportunity to wipe them away, it is after all, holy
work. This phase of messiness with young children will pass and believe it or
not, you will miss it!

So, today I have prepared a photo collection entitled,
"Proof that love lives here..."

Because love is sometimes a little messy.

Smudges on my window...
Bright eyes eagerly seeking for God's presence outside that window

Superman Pajamas in the corner...
A happy exuberant boy

An overflowing laundry basket....
Three healthy bodies clothed warmly

Toys piled in the middle of a bedroom...
Fun, fun, fun!!!
Dishes and food upon the table...
Family time spent together filling our stomachs and souls.
Dishes and food on the table - that's quite normal.
Toys on the floor, acceptable,
clothes in the laundry, reasonable...
But, what's this under the table?
A cereal piece for the mouse?
And did you feel compelled to leave him a fork with which to eat as well?

Next, I thought I would capture a sweet picture of toothbrushes and toothpaste littering the bathroom counters, as they usually are. But, instead I found this....

No toothbrushes on the counter.
Um, that's a BAD sign.
And who was eating bacon in the bathroom?
I mean, really, there is a limit to multi-tasking people!!!
Proof that LOVE lives here (and not a magic cleaning fairy)!
Cleanliness is NOT next to godliness, but Love certainly is.


Patty said...

What a great GodStop. Convicitng and that is a GodStop. Wise words!! I LOVED how you showed pictures, what a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing your GodStop.
Have a wonderful and fun weekend.

Mel's World said...

I love it! Especially the bacon on the bathroom counter...eww! (wouldn't eat it if you paid me to!) Ha! Kids, gotta love them!

They can make you absolutely nuts and yet and fill you up to the very tippy top too!

Great God Stop Moment!


Sita Henderson said...

It's amazing how 'perspective' can transform what frustrates to what one is grateful for. This was precious and I do so love the pics. Like I told Valerie, they add depth to your posts. I've been finding that our 'peace of mind' is proportional to whom we are comparing ourselves. The majority of people in the Third World would die to have your 'messes'! Be blessed. Love, Sita

Leslie said...

Absolutely wonderful, Thanks for reminding us that our children will grow up tooooo fast.

Miss Sandy said...

Oh Heather, I am positively weepy and my heart is filled with joy at seeing your perspective on the love living in your house! These pictures and your comments are priceless. I especially love the mouse food and the bacon on the bathroom sink!!! I wish I had those fearfully and wonderfully made tiny hands to make messes in my house! My "baby" is turning 20 in a couple of months, my son now has a son of his own, ah I well remember those marvelous messes! Have a happy weekend blessed friend!

Robbyn said...

Thank you for sharing! I am a little OCD and reading your thoughts has shed a whole new light on my struggle to clean the house after 4 boys. (One being my husband) Praise God for this mess my house is in!! I have always heard...No child grows up to say "I have the best mom because our house was always clean!"

Denise said...

Such a lovely God stop, bless you sweetie.

Fran said...

From one busy momma to another....I absolutely loved this and thank you for the sweet reminder!! :)


Gina @Chats With an "Old Lady" said...

CUTE! yep! That's real life!

Cecelia said...

What a sweet Godstop. I loved the pictures. It reminds us all that we are not alone in our messes ! Thanks for sharing.



Amy Wyatt said...

Thank you for this sweet reminder.

annie's eyes said...

Love your GodStop reminders to be grateful. I now have college kids home for a few days for spring break and this couldn't be a more timely reminder, when dishes and clothes stack up again--beats the devil out of a quiet house! Bless you, annie

Anonymous said...

Oh what memories. I can't believe that I am smling about this :) I am the proud mother of Irish Twins for those of you who aren't famliar with with this phrase---I was pregnent for 2 years with the exception of 5 weeks. Our Daughter was born when her Brother was only 11 months old.

He was walking at 6 months old and when he was about 16 months he was teaching his sister how to climb out of the crib by going down the side rail head first. All because he wanted to play with her.

These two precious bundles of joy are now healthy teenagers--one learning how to drive a car and the other one volunteering at the local pet shelter.

The house is definately a house of controlled clutter. At least they each do their own laundry :)

I love my life, my children and of course my hubby of 18 years---I should probably mention that we dated for 6 years before we took the plunge.

Amy Wyatt said...

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A Stone Gatherer said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to cherish this time! So often I forget!!!

Anonymous said...

Heather I had to laugh when I read your post. I know how you the clean house never stays that way. Speaking for myself, I just "feel better" when the house is clean. That's why I do it. Call it selfish, but it works.

Your perspective here is outstanding. Only happy, healthy kids can dirty a house. I had a friend whose 3 year old son needed a liver transplant. She longed for a rambunctious little boy! Of course after the transplant, she wondered what she was thinking!!

Next time I see the clutter my kids leave (like in 2 seconds!!) I will think of your perspective.

Isn't motherhood tiring...umm...I!!

Anonymous said...

I was encouraged with this post. Thank you for sharing what your friend, Miss Sally, shared with you. I'm going to try to keep this perspective in the back of my mind!
Crystal Potter