If you follow me on instagram (which, by the way, if you don't, you should), you may have seen this picture of the "special snack" we sent to preschool a few weeks ago. Now, if you saw that picture, you might think that I'm an awesome mom who does all sorts of Pinterest-worthy stuff with her kids. But then you may have read the caption. Yes, it's true. We totally rocked the letter S. But when we had the letter C, I sent a tube of crackers, prepackaged cheese sticks, and storebought cookies. Total Special Snack Fail.
But here's the thing: Micah doesn't expect me to be awesome all the time. An occasional flash of brilliance is sufficient for her. She thinks I'm amazing, even when we're doing the same old ordinary, normal things we usually do in the same old boring way we always do them. More often than not, I'll send crackers for special snack, but in the end, Micah won't remember all those times. She'll remember that one time we did something truly awesome.
I'm a recovering perfectionist, so trust me when I say that it's hard for me to simply let things go, but crazy, stressed out mommy is no fun. Just ask my kids. In the past four and a half years of mommyhood, I've learned that not every day is a day for something as extraordinary as an Easter Egg Dyeing Party. Every photo opp won't result in picture perfect images. And you know what? That's OK. I'm totally convinced that it's alright to be ordinary most of the time - as long as you're spectacular every now and then.
If you're a mom like me trying to keep up with all the stuff you see posted on Facebook and Pinterest, just stop. There's no way to win. Instead, choose to maintain your sanity and strive for an occasional flash of brilliance. It works for me!
What's your most spectacular flash of brilliance? I'd love to hear your stories of occasional awesomeness in the comments.
Until next time, grace and peace.