Monday, March 31, 2014

Currently A Pot of Boiling Water

Feeling like: A pot of boiling water. Like I'm being boiled from the outside in, and all of my flaws and struggles and insecurities are bubbling up to the surface. I'm recognizing so many things in myself that need work, and my mind races day and night with thoughts of things I want to fix and change and grow about myself. This seems to happen to me every few months. Out of nowhere I begin to see areas where I'm failing, or just not being the best that I can be. I get overwhelmed by the seemingly limitless list of my failures and anxiety takes me over for a day or two, and then I begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I know that these flaws and failings are being shown to me to help me grow. I want so badly to be better, always better. A better wife, a better mom, friend, person. 

I realized over the weekend, through conversation with a dear friend who always speaks truth to me, that the recent life changes I've been through are finally catching up with me. I went from being busy all the time with work and life outside of work to living a simple, slow and quiet life at home with Emmett. When I worked full time, I didn't have time to think about what I was doing wrong. I was just too busy. Now, I have endless time to think, to reflect, and to learn about myself. What a gift! But it's weighing on me also. 

I'm finding new ways to spend my time. I'm enjoying taking care of my family and our home. I'm trying to live simply, which means simplifying my own wants and needs. I'm clearing out the cobwebs in my mind and my heart and making room for a much simpler way of thinking and being. I want to garden, to cultivate and grow things that will benefit my family. I want to work, but to keep my work from affecting Emmett's life too much. I want to give all of myself to my family, and to our home, and to let go of my own selfish ways. That's what I want most. To let go, and just be, for my family.

Listening to: Music! As much of it as I can. I love music, but I haven't been listening to it very often these days. I used to listen to the radio or Spotify all day long at work, but at home I forget to turn it on. I decided to change that over the weekend, so music has been playing all the time. I used to say I didn't understand how people lose their grasp on good music when they become parents, but now I totally get it. So I'm working on not letting myself lose my good taste in music! 

I came into the garage the other day and found Emmett playing with his old toys. Ha!
The light in Emmett's playroom is so good. So, so good.

"Ride truck, mama!"

Thankful for: Our back yard. I spent Friday morning cutting back the rose bushes in our yard to make room for a garden, so I brought Emmett's teepee outside to keep him entertained while I work. Now I never want to take it back inside. We spent a lot of time outside this weekend, enjoying the beautiful weather and the ever-present shade in the backyard that will be a huge relief to us this summer. I am so thankful for this house, this backyard, this place to call our own. We love it so much.

Those little buns. He's such a little dream boat. After his bath Saturday night Emmett jumped up and ran outside before I could get him dressed. He loves to water the "plants" which are really just empty pots waiting to be planted, and seeing him naked with that watering can just reinforced all the things that are swimming through my head these days. He is worth all the work, all the changes, all the growing that I'm trying to do. God is planting seeds in my heart and my mind and it's up to me to water them and help them to grow into something good and beautiful. This little kid, with those squishy little perfect buns, is worth it.

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  1. Anna Kate,
    I'm relating so much to your currently. I've spent so much time lately reflecting on myself and my flaws. I see so much that can be changed. But through all this self reflection I'm learning that more and more my "wants" are starting to turn away from selfishness and towards the good of my little family.
    Thank you for this post.

    1. Amanda,
      Thanks so much for your comment. That gives me some hope for myself! Ha! Having Emmett around all day is sort of like having a mirror in my face at all times. I see myself through his little eyes and that makes it hard to ignore my flaws. But I know that's such a good thing, so I'm just trying to do a little bit better each day.

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    1. The. Best. It's true. I can't get enough of those buns!

  3. I reflect the same way every few months it seems. It is probably a good thing to an extent, for me to work on things and be the best self I can be.
    Gorgeous photos of your son! He is adorable!
    We are loving warmer weather & being able to play outside. Except our warmer weather is 40-50 degrees and Less snow. ....not no snow! haha

    1. Ha! I'd love to have muuuuch cooler weather here! Let's trade for a while. ;)

      Isn't it funny how God gives us little breaks, then pushes us to grow, then another gentle break. He's good.

  4. Just stopping by to say I've missed reading your blog... finally all caught up!! I love your little boy - what a cutie!!


    1. Hello Amy! Thanks for stopping in for a minute to say hi. :)



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