My SIL Laura posted a link to this awesome blog post on Facebook. THIS is why I missed being on Facebook, seeing all the links and videos that my friends and family were thought worthy of sharing. Let me tell you, I had a major "ah-ha" or "light bulb" moment along my journey towards motherhood from reading that article. You should go read that post now...and come back, I'll wait for you!
Essentially, I would like to thank the writer of this post, April, for reaffirming to me that Braden and Jay love me just the way I am. They don't care if I do crafts every day, they don't care about the decor in our home, they don't care if I make sandwiches that look like Mater. Okay, Braden probably would LOVE that, but as Laura said on Facebook...if I make it once he'll never eat a non-Mater sandwich again!
A lot of the article did focus on Pinterest, if you didn't read it. I do love me some Pinning...but if you recall, it stressed the HECK out of me at Christmas. I was trying to be Martha Stewart or something. I had all these craft projects I wanted to do, among countless other holiday activites...and who am I kidding? I am NOT that person. That wife. That mother. I do like crafts, but only when it's on MY time and I can have the time to enjoy it. I enjoy cooking and baking items off Pinterest the most. So if I don't get time in my life to learn how to make a felt flower, I'm not going to feel like a bad person for it!
I feel this immense pressure that I put on myself to be crafty, thrifty, adventurous in the kitchen, and to always try new things. I follow a lot of blogs who have tutorials and crafts every week, or more than once per week. Good for you all, but I'm human and sometimes I succumb to peer pressure and just feel like I'm not "good enough". Why didn't I think of that? How come I'm not so crafty? Should I be doing more tutorials on my blog? The answer is no. Don't get me wrong, if you're a blogger who's crafty and reading this - I admire you! It's just so not me and I often wonder how you have the time to do it all! But as of right now, I am a mom who works as a nurse up to 40 hours a week, plus a mom who has standards to keep a very clean house and keep up with my laundry and other errands at home. April reminded me that I don't have to be a "Perfect Pinterest Mom". The only thing that matters in my life is what Jay and Braden think of me as a wife and mother....and of course what I think of myself. I'm going to be a better wife and mom if I'm not stressed out because I can't get all my Christmas crafts done on time! Who cares if my house isn't decorated for each and every holiday? Maybe it will come over the years as my kids get older, but for now...I JUST DON'T CARE. Phew, that felt good to say!
I certainly do love Pinterest and it has made me a more crafty person and I've found a lot of new recipes to put in my rotation...but at the end of the day, I just have to think: don't do it if it's going to cause more stress than fun. A stressed wife and mommy ain't a good wife and mommy!
I may not be Super-Crafty-Pinterest-Mom...but I think I'm a pretty super mom in my own rights!