It’s that time of year again! Backpacks were stuffed, hair was straightened, outfits were selected (and changed, and selected again), cinnamon rolls were devoured (with fried eggs. I promise I did not send them to school on sugar with no protein!), signs were made at the very.last.minute, and pictures were taken.
Some good pictures, even!
I won’t lie, I teared up a bit after posting this one to Facebook last night. This little baby, the one born during the heyday of this blog after a year-long 3yo prayer. (Gosh, I really teared after finding the link to that one!) I sent him off to kindergarten today! Actually, he practically ran there himself, 20 minutes early and a good 50 meters in front of the rest of us. He was all settled in at his desk when we arrived, smiling ear to ear.
He’s ready, and so am I. I’ve long bragged on our Tiny School. This year their theme is Super Heroes and they’ve already made some heroic additions to the junior high schedule, broadening the availability of classes to our kiddos, meeting their needs right where they are at, even when budgets are nowhere near bountiful. The staff works together, often with limited resources, and they get it done with a great attitude.
That’s my goal this year. To Be Greater. Mostly in attitude. I need a Super Hero attitude.
Stacey says it best. My attitude is the MOST important thing I have control over in the day-to-day as a work from home, homemaking mom. I do a lot around here (contrary to what the corner cobwebs would tell you), but what I do isn’t nearly as important as how I do it and how I treat my people.
No one cares about scrubbed toilets if mom’s a grump.
The (necessary) paychecks brought in, whether from VA work, writing on this blog, or sharing a wellness lifestyle with essential oils, aren’t appreciated much if mom is constantly shooing the people away so she can “get back to work.” The work is important, but these people are my life.
It’s hard to do it all (and I, of course, DON’T) with the kids’ active schedules, littles who need attention and supervision, meals to prepare, messes to clean up (again and again), and distractions from jobs that live in my computer and are pinging dinging ringing all the live long day. But I can still be a Super Hero to the people who need me most, and do it joyfully.
The more mature I become (I can’t possibly be getting older, right?), the more I realize that Super Hero status isn’t earned from Pinterest Boards. It’s not doled out based on what I do or do not feed my family. I don’t earn awards for how much I save at the grocery store (but, yesterday, saved $50, total bill $70, so BAM).
My goal this year is To Be Greater in how I handle the everyday, right where God has me. To work through my day with purpose and intention, shaving off wasted time, bringing back the Joy in interruptions and messes, because this is what I signed up for, and it truly is a privilege.
Ever cry watching a movie trailer? Ever ordered the book real quick so you can get it read before the movie comes out? I’m a sucker for inspirational, real-life stories, and friends, this is it! Brandon Burlsworth was “nothing special.” He just wanted to do what he loved, and was determined To Be Greater.
GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible. Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team. He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates. Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice. He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off. Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts. GREATER releases in theaters this August 26.
I see date night in the near future!
Who shows you how To Be Greater in your life, friends? Comment below. I have a $25 WalMart gift card for one of you to share with your Super Hero! (Giveaway ends Sunday, August 28, at 12pm, CST. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email.)