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I have always wanted to blog.  This is absolutely the most ridiculous timing in the world for me to start.  But, alas, right now I feel just crazy enough to finally do it.

I am a dingbat—blonde to the core. Although I have dark roots, I am blonder than any true blonde, flighty and flustered on my best days.  So, today (not one of my best days), I have been flittering around the house chaotically, still in my nightgown, my hair sticking out in every direction (because I was too tired to get out of the bathtub last night to get my conditioner that I took out of the tub in order to clean the tub earlier that day—which I never finished doing), trying to accomplish something in the midst of my disgustingly trashed basement while 4 of my 5 children are upstairs glued to electronics (which we do TRY to limit) so that I can get something done.  And homeschool hasn’t even started yet!!! 

Tripping all over the gigantic heaps of toys and laundry in my basement, God gave me yet another confirmation that He is at work in my pandemonium.  Yesterday, my hubby showed us all a YouTube video of a cat dressed like a shark riding a Roombavacuum.  Have you seen it? Hilarious, right?  So, while I was clumsily stumbling around looking like a mental patient this morning, God reminded me of the silly cat Roomba video.  That’s me!  A ridiculous looking thing, riding through life aimlessly.  But, don’t you know that a Roomba is actually programmed to hit and clean every square inch of that floor in its seemingly random journey?  You got it!  That’s me!  It all seems so random and so nonsensical.  But God is orchestrating it all.  He is working it all together for my good and the good of others.  The Roomba is getting every bit of that floor clean, and God is finishing every bit of everything He intends to accomplish in my life.  I stand in awe of His methods!

I have two purposes in starting this blog.  Number one is to encourage.  It is NOT to share my great wisdom, or to show you how great I am at homemaking and mothering.  In fact, I plan to show you a “weed of the week”—something shocking from my life that will be sure to keep me humble. 

Example:  Yesterday, I was moaning to a friend about how I do not currently serve healthy food to my family.  We are processed to the hilt right now—chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, and boxed mac and cheese are all staples for us right now.  My friend said that she always sees healthy food and recipes posted on my Facebook page and proceeded to give me an example from over a year ago.  That’s how Facebook is sometimes—I share a favorite recipe once every 6 months and it looks like I’m Rachel Ray.  But that’s not the reality of my life the other 180-some days between my recipe posts.  Those days are bad food days—sometimes very bad food (especially during the school year).  God gives me grace while I work on it ever soooo sloooowly. 

So I want people to know the truth.  I want to join the movement of women who are glorifying God by telling the true story of their lives, who are encouraging other moms by keeping it real, who are showing that God is working in the chaos—in fact He’s orchestrating the chaos.

Of course, along the way, I will share about things I love and enjoy—my family, homeschooling, classical education, essential oils (snake oils as my family and some friends like to call them), maybe some recipes, etc…  But any good thing you see—any beauty or well-behaved child or good recipe or housekeeping success—is NEVER because of me.  It is ALWAYS in spite of me, ALWAYS because of Him.

My number two reason for starting this blog is to cement God’s goodness in my heart.  I know that writing something down helps me to learn it, to really know it.  It’s why I make my kids write their schoolwork out—sometimes over and over and over. 

It’s why I used to take notes during church—something I recently confessed to my kids that I wish I still did.  It’s why people keep diaries.  I want to write down God’s goodness in my life, to help me process it and get it deep and to help remind me of His work in my life during the dark times.

May God be glorified!

I Corinthians 1: 27-31

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised  in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”

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