I want to have a regular cleaning schedule, but I am usually just doing the thing that looks the worst.
I want to get up early and walk, read scripture and pray, but I am always squeaking out the few minutes of sleep that I can while hubby gets breakfast ready.
I want to paint furniture in cool trendy colors, but i just keep wiping the grime off and saying someday.
I want to bake great nutritious muffins and breads, but we eat a lot of cereal.
I want to grow lots of vegetables and preserve them, but I am usually just whacking down weeds.
I want my kids to look nicely dressed, but most days their pants are too short and their shirts are stained.
There is what I want, and there is real life. I live in a real world where babies want to be held, laundry never stops and the phone rings at the most inconvenient times. Where date nights are few even though we have grandparents nearby. We are always running just ahead of the chaos that is pounding at the door. We have some routines that provide a barrier, but still we are in a season where our time is not our own.
but that is what it means to be a family, and thats really all I want.