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create (Mama): good enough

 Ah, Pinterest. I love it so much, and I appreciate that it can give me a thousand beautiful ways to transform this wall:



into a busy board or toy cubby or wipe-off calendar or bookshelf or "fill in the blank." I appreciate that there are people out there creating and sharing, especially because I want to create and share too. But I've also needed to give myself permission lately to look at a blank wall that needs a fresh coat of paint, and just give it that- a fresh coat of paint. I've needed to realize that I am good enough as a Mama just because I love my kids. Of course I want to create with them, laugh with them, feed them whole foods, read them libraries of books, and provide them a spotless home. But the most important thing I can do is to love them... seconded only by allowing myself to be "good enough" just by doing so. It's only by allowing myself the freedom to be good enough that I can allow them that same freedom. And isn't that what we want for our kids? Freedom.

Of course handmade clothes don't hurt either (wink).

Cassidy Sevier

Cassidy is a former art classroom teacher from the city, now unexpected homeschooler to three active kids in the woods. She loves nature, good books, large pots of tea, and creative projects with her family. You can read about their learning adventures and more at Freshly Planted.com

9 comments:

  1. In the age of social media (Facebook, blogs, Pinterest, etc.), we as moms NEED to remind ourselves of exactly this! What's important is the moments... not the fancy parties, homemade art or picture-perfect homes!

    So wonderful that you came to this conclusion... that you're good enough! Bravo.

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    1. Especially when there's only a finite number of moments that make up any childhood, including those of the little people we get to share life with. (Maybe even a few of those moments, however brief, will include a swept floor, ha!)

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  2. Very good post!!!! YES we are good enough.

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    1. Thank you for the affirmation, it's so nice to share the journey with you.

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  3. Mama Cass, how did you so eloquently put these sentiments into such short words? "But the most important thing I can do is to love them... seconded only by allowing myself to be "good enough" just by doing so. It's only by allowing myself the freedom to be good enough that I can allow them that same freedom." Um, Perfection!!! I keep reading and re-reading that over & over & over, as if I am trying to imprint it on my brain. I so need this reminder, not just today, but everyday... a sincere thank you for contributing this to {Magic of the Mundane}.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Those short words convicted me before I shared them and they've been continuing to convict me ever since. And as for contributing, the pleasure is always mine (smile).

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    1. Thank you! It's always nice to know there are kindred souls along this journey.

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  5. You should listen to this teaching from Commonway Church on Sunday: http://commonwaychurch.com/media.php?pageID=14

    (It's called Not Just Surviving But Thriving)

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