This family travels out of the country on vacation... twice... over the summer (once for a few weeks, the other just for a week.)
I whine and complain in my head that we didn't get a vacation out of state.. out of the city.. out of our HOUSE all year.
And there are pictures. And he's pretty and she's pretty and their little kid is pretty, too.
And they look perfect. And I feel sad. (Even though my kids are like- super duper pretty- but that's not even the point)
And I whine in my head about the bajillion pounds I need to lose (or 30, whatever), and the early-gray-headed-ness on my hair (and I'm not EVEN 30, but whatever)....and I feel frumpy and ugly, and ( I'm on my period.) and we don't do fun adventurous things because we can't afford to, and we are average and we're boring and we don't even have, and I really wish, and I'm so jealous.... if we just had more money, if I just lost a few more pounds-
And then I'm reading about the mom of 3 that is pregnant with her number 4 that is dying in utero, and I'm thankful that our girls are healthy and wild and silly and LIVING, and not breaking our hearts like this mom has had her heart broken.
And then I'm reading about the guy that has an arm load full of responsibilities as his parents retire into an Assisted Living Facility due to dementia/alzheimers....
And then a wife that is hurting because her husband is an
And I'm liking average.
And I'm wishing it didn't take one-single-solitary perspective of *"perfect" to create a jealous, ungrateful brat whiney heart in me.
More so- I wish it didn't take devastation and hardship to make me realize just how sweet and *"perfect" our life is.
*relatively speaking- we all know that perfect is a mythical thing-a-muh-jig
We're living in simplicity. Our family. We're simple folk. (Dear GOD please let me keep my teeth.)
JUST like I asked and hoped and prayed for. Truly and all silly-ness aside. I begged the Lord to let us fallin love with Simple. Simple. Simplicity. To give us simplicity. And He did. We are. But not really.
We're average, but we're not even CLOSE to average.
And I want to learn to STAY content in it (simplicity) sans the sad news, and even among the good-fun-cute-clearn-water-beach-swimming-with-dolphins-snorkeling-spa-enjoying-skinny-person-news.
"Don't want whatchur neighbors got. That's real bad."
Redneck Literal Translation