Ok, be honest -- how many times have you looked at the messes left behind by your kids and thought, "Ugh. Why do I always have to be the one to do everything? Can't they pick up after themselves?"
Yeah, I'm guilty of it too. It's only natural for moms to get so caught up in the things that aren't perfect in our daily lives -- that we fail to see the beauty in the clutter and disorganization.
Earlier this morning, I walked into our mudroom and tripped over my 6-year-old son's tiny sneaker. I looked down at it and immediately cracked a smile -- because I was just so incredibly happy to see that little shoe lying there.
And right after that, I literally looked up to the heavens and thanked God for the beautiful mess of shoes, hats, mittens, and coats cluttering up my mudroom.
Until recently, I would've griped and moaned after tripping over that shoe as I frantically tried to tidy up the "mess." But today, I looked at it much differently. Instead of being a burden that I need to clean up, I suddenly saw that mess as a symbol of life coming and going in and out of my house on any given day of the week -- and I'm vowing to never, ever take it for granted again.
But I'm not going to stop there. Here are 20 other gorgeous little "messes" I am going to embrace, appreciate, and be thankful for from here on out.
What little messes will you stop taking for granted?
Image via Mary Fischer