Saturday, August 19, 2006

Keeping it real

Anita, my friend and fellow Design Team member at My Scrap Shoppe, posted a challenge recently to be real on a layout.

I'd like to think that I don't lie on my pages. I know I used actual photos of my kids and document the events in our life truthfully.

But I don't always show the "not so great" stuff.

The times I get angry, or impatient, or fed up.

It's a lot easier to write about how much I love my kids (which I do!) and the cute things they do (and let's face it, they are adorable!)

But I don't always include the "real."

So I took Anita up on her challenge and made the following page.

It's called "Today."

And here's the journaling:

"I was too tired to get up early and go for a run, so I stayed in bed… I hurt Austin accidentally, but was too stubborn to apologize right away… I tickled, laughed & played hide & seek… I visited with a friend and got to be helpful…I got impatient and frustrated with my kids when they wouldn’t obey… I organized my space & finished up a few projects I’d been putting off… I had the opportunity to help my husband, but then got disappointed & mad when I felt my help wasn’t appreciated… I let my kids watch TV so I could get some things done in peace… I baked some muffins because we were out of baking, but I ate some, even though I’m trying to lose weight…I spent time colouring & reading with my kids before bedtime, staying up with Austin an extra hour, even though I was quite tired… I stayed up later than I should to finish the novel I was reading…I ended my day in prayer, ever thankful for God’s love, mercy & grace… "

So, there it is...

The good. The bad. The real.


Heather M. said...

I love it, Leigh! I love this peek into your life. Thank you for sharing openly and honestly.

Anonymous said...

great job! (and thanks for updating your blog!!! ;) )

Heather said...

It's fabulous. Good to document the frustrating times in life. Can totally relate.