I write a lot about our journey to natural living, and the successes we’ve had at our house. This is because I am excited about how much our life has changed, and I hope I can pass on a tiny bit of wisdom or knowledge that will help other moms out there who may be struggling. This does NOT mean I am anywhere near perfect at natural living.
I want to be real with all of you, and I don’t want anyone to think there is some ideal here that they have to attain to fit in. I still struggle to do everything I want to do. There are (a lot of) times when our budget just won’t allow us to buy everything organic that I would like to. There are times when life just gets busy (honesty over-the-top hectic sometimes), and I can’t make things from scratch, so I pick up pre-packaged treats or hit the drive thru. There are times where letting things go a little is what saves our sanity… and having peace and joy in our home is more important than perfectly following a set of rules about natural living.
Here are just a few examples:
I usually bake a healthy treat for fellowship time at our church on Sundays before service. There have definitely been times I was just too busy, and I picked up cookies from Whole Foods instead (not bad, right?), or even occasionally hit the Tim Horton’s drive-thru on the way and brought donuts.
When we run out of our more natural, fragrance free dish soap, I might use a random bottle of regular dish soap I found downstairs until my next trip to the store.
We just put in a foam “gymnastics” floor in our basement for our kids to run around on when I don’t feel like suiting them up in the cold, or dealing with the heat and taking them outside. They are probably getting some chemical exposure from it, and it would definitely be better to get fresh air. But sometimes I’m too tired or busy, or I just need a moment to sit and work while they play in the basement!
Occasionally, I plop my kids in front of the TV for an hour for the same reason as above.
And when life gets really crazy, sometimes I buy a big pack of paper plates, a jumbo pack of disposable diapers (so I don’t have to wash the cloth ones for a while), and swing by Little Caesars for a $5 pizza on the way home. When we get home, we spread out a big blanket on the living room floor, pick a movie, and eat pizza in front of the TV.
There are many, many more examples than I can probably even think of. We don’t do these things all the time, but I also don’t let myself feel guilty about them when I do. I know my limits, and when I start to feel too much stress creeping in, or it seems like the tasks of running a somewhat-natural household is becoming more important than time with my children or my own well-being, something has to go.
This blog is not at all about perfection! I hope this is a place people can be themselves, and, while we are all striving for a more natural and healthy life, it is ok to not be perfect. We need to have grace on ourselves (and others) and sometimes that means giving ourselves permission to break our own rules.
I know that most moms are doing the best they can, and I love all of you for that. I accept you, faults and all, and I hope you will have grace on me (and yourself) too. <3