Keeping Up Appearances


  1. The story about the boys on their grandfather’s truck never fails to make me smile. It reminds me that I am not the only one things like that happen to and it humbles me as a parent!

  2. Girl – I think the Holy Spirit tells you what I need to hear each day. Once again your thoughts are right on time and perfectly worded for the last hour and a half of my life. Thanks for sharing so freely.

  3. I can’t help but think that I’m the world’s most wonderful mother when I sew on a button. Perhaps because sewing seems so motherly, and the only thing I can sew successfully is a button. And, your line, “…when we are trying so hard to do everything right, we just can’t,” is so true. I always try to emmulate my mother, who always seemed to be perfect. And when I think I’m putting in all the necessary and time consuming effort to attain that perfection that she accomplished, I end up with the kind of short-sleeves day you had!

  4. Thanks Rachael, I am so grateful for your honest sharing on Motherhood! I struggle with perfection too with my family of six, and wish I could laugh more often instead of getting down on myself for dropping the ball (which is often)! Maybe it’s the oldest child and only girl syndrome (I had two younger brothers) wanting to be like mom and having a lot to prove to your parents and younger siblings. But, the truth is, I feel the most comfortable around people who can laugh at themselves and their mistakes, and don’t feel the need to appear perfect! One day, when I was frustrated and beginning one of my lectures with my children, my 7 year old son said, “Mom, you’re not perfect either!” Amazing, the truth that comes from the mouth of your children. I need to pray for more humility!