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Every once in a while…

I feel a need to write a post like this one.  Or to remind myself and the wonderful readers here of just why I blog the way I do.

No one has said anything in particular, and this post is definitely not a response to some outlandish comment made.  I just sense something, just an undertone of recent months,

…and so I write.

Care to listen for a bit?

You know ladies, my life isn’t perfect.  Life presented here isn’t fake by any means — it’s true and real, and we actually do live this way.  I highly value trying to keep a peaceful home, offering my family the best of me, and yes…I’m a fairly organized person.

We intentionally craft abundant room for family, for sharing and learning together.   This role in my home – this wife, mother role – well, it’s my life’s work.

I love it.  I was created for this I’m convinced.

But, sometimes…

Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed by my roles…just like you.  Sometimes, I don’t want to read aloud to another child, start dinner, or clean out another closet.

Sometimes... my job is mundane, difficult and stretches me in ways beyond what I feel I’m able.  There’s dirty laundry, dirty dishes,  unfinished projects, disobedient children.  I fall behind (or fall completely off) my original thoughts and goals, and I too fall into the deadly trap of comparing myself.

Sometimes, I’m not a very good mom or wife at all, and I have to apologize and seek forgiveness.

And in the middle of mothering and wifely roles, I’m called to a congregation.  To a local one and to an online community who also find priority in my heart.  Because God says ‘yes’ and I must to honor Him.  It’s not my expectation every woman is asked to, but I know I am.

The road isn’t always pretty, and I don’t always feel excitement about this side of ministry outside my home.  The blog takes time, supporting my husband as a pastor and the church takes focus and vice versa.

Sometimes, I drop the ball in these areas too.  I miss deadlines, disappoint others, and fall short.

Oh this is not a pity party, not at all.  But it is a reality party.  Welcome?

I’m a real person, with real struggles just like every other Mama or woman out there who’s strong enough to admit weakness.

My life isn’t superior or inferior to those around me, and I would hope you see this reflected in my words.  Yes, I blog primarily about the loveliness, the grace, the beauty in our lives; the way my faith moves me, how my God loves me.

This too is intentional.

For this is a journal, albeit a public one, of those aspects.  Not the ‘sometimes’ moments.  This sets the stage for others to think it’s always this way, but I hope you would understand — life in this space is simply a snapshot of the numerous daily moments lived out.

And we are friends on the journey, yes?  I appreciate your compliments — they are so incredibly encouraging!  Um, please don’t stop :)…but know we walk side-by-side.

I’m not alone in this!  We each run our own race, but together we run collectively for the glory of God.

It’s for Him, it’s all for Him.  He takes our ‘sometimes’ moments and makes them into beautiful things so we find strength to carry on.  And this is just what we should do.

And sometimes…that’s all we really need to know.


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  • Heather @ Cultivated LivesFebruary 5, 2013 - 8:11 am

    Beautifully stated. I find that life is full of beautiful moments tucked into the hard, the chaotic, the unpredictable. Focusing on the beauty God provides I believe can be God’s way of getting our eyes off circumstances and on to Him as we pursue the Kingdom work He has called us to do.ReplyCancel

  • ReneFebruary 5, 2013 - 9:49 am

    I love your posts and am constantly inspired and blessed by them! Thanks so much for all you do! God Bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Kara @ The ChuppiesFebruary 5, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I know I’ve said this before…but when I wander in here…I sense the call to pause, and take a deep breath, and my pace slows and my eyes lift back up to Him.
    You’ve never made seems, nor would I expect, that this online home encompasses/represents your entire life…but rather I also feel this place is a “think of these things” spot of renewal.

    I started a book last night that Joy recommended–
    “Eyes Wide Open” –DeWitt
    It’s all about God and beauty and how all that is truly good and beautiful points us back to the worship of our Creator.ReplyCancel

  • BrandiFebruary 5, 2013 - 10:54 am

    I enjoy reading your posts. I unsubscribe to a lot of blog updates due to my inbox being so full but I always missed your posts when I don’t receive them. I love them for the calmness and joy I feel when reading them regardless of your topic. Always written almost poetically and the pictures you include add to the beauty. Thank you for this uplifting ministry through your blog and I pray for you as you seek to glorify God in all He has called you to.ReplyCancel

  • KatherineFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    I love your writing, it is so inspiring and calming at the same time. I really appreciate all the hard work you do. Pinterest and some decorating blogs make me feel pretty incompetent LOL but your blog makes me feel I am worth the time and effort to take care of myself so I can be healthy and happy which makes me a better wife and mama. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa EggersFebruary 5, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    I so appreciate you sharing the things that work well for you and your family and the strengths you have as an organized, homeschooling mama. In the months I’ve been following your blog, I’ve never felt that you’ve tried to come across as “perfect”, in fact there is a humbleness to your writing. I think that’s a big part of why I am so drawn in… Your blog is unique, and I’m really glad I found it!ReplyCancel

  • […] through sharing my life, and what fills our days (it’s just a peek remember!), I invite you to sit back and consider […]ReplyCancel

  • Janet..... countrylivingmamaApril 22, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Thank you so very much for this. I have recently found your blog and I am soaking up your words of wisdom and encouragement.
    The Lord Jesus knew I needed this.

    Have a lovely day,
    Janet…. countrylivingmamaReplyCancel

  • Daniele @ Domestic SerenityApril 23, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Bless you Janet – God has a way of meeting us exactly where we are. Love that about Him. Grace to you, and thanks for coming by!ReplyCancel

  • Ann@CreatedToCookJanuary 6, 2015 - 6:49 pm

    Hi Daniele,
    I just stumbled onto your blog by accident. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts. I got all teary and choked up reading it. Your words are filled with so much truth and grace for EVERYONE. For this I thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • RomeoDecember 30, 2015 - 7:23 am

    There is always a beuftiaul and soothing serenity and peace in every image you share, for you always has a great spiritual eye to choose real beauty bless us with. Thank you Fancina, I would say beuftiaul as usual but it is always much better than before God bless dear sister!ReplyCancel

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