YES, I REALIZE THAT’S A FRIGHTENINGLY DORKY PICTURE
(I wrote a version of this post on my personal site a year or two ago, but I think after 4 months of writing here at I2A about the things I’m good at, it’s time to make sure you know that there are lots of things I stink at. So here’s my updated version…)
25 Things I DON’T Want You To Know About Me
I know that in the world of blogging (and Facebook) it’s so easy to just show the world the good stuff.
“I run races with my kids!”
“I get up at 5:30am!”
“I’m a fun mom!”
And it’s easy, when reading about other people, to think, “Wow. They eat all organic foods, have a family fun night EVERY night, homeschool, take European vacations, wear the latest fashions, go on family mission trips, run marathons together, make their own all-natural cleaning supplies and have never forgotten their kid at school. I’m such a loser.”
But it’s important to remember that no one is perfect. We all have stuff we don’t blog about.
So, I thought I’d make a list of “25 Things (I Don’t Want You To Know) About Me.”
1. I once FORGOT TO PICK MY DAUGHTER UP FROM SCHOOL (oh yes. I did.).
2. Sometimes I do (or have my kids do) goofy things just so I can blog about it.
3. I look for attention too much. (See #2)
4. I sneak candy when my kids aren’t watching.
5. My ceiling fans all have a decorative layer of fuzz.
6. I often stay up way too late. (2011 update: I don’t do this much anymore. So let me replace it with this pathetic fact: I have been known to “borrow” from my kids’ Jelly Belly stash.)
7. When I walk past store windows, I pretend I’m looking at their stuff, but I’m usually looking at myself (Is my hair ok? Do I need to suck my tummy in? Do I look cool in these sunglasses?).
8. When reading a blog post with a scripture passage in it, I often skip over it.
9. I eat frosting from a can. With a spoon.
10. I don’t floss regularly.
11. I fall asleep during my morning time with God. (Just for a “minute”)
12. I check Facebook during my morning time with God. (Real “quick”)
13. I check my email during my morning time with God. (Real “quick”)
14. Checking email, Facebook and napping never happen as “quickly” as I plan.
15. I’m usually late.
16. While the kids are awake, my house is a mess.
17. I get frustrated with my kids. Daily. Hourly sometimes.
18. I rarely send birthday cards or gifts on time.
19. I don’t want to be an overseas missionary.
20. I have no idea how to use a semicolon.
21. I’m having trouble coming up with 25 things I don’t want you to know that I’m still willing to tell you.
22. Cleaning my house for guests often includes stuffing things (usually laundry) in my closet.
23. I pout.
24. I look at my blog stats too much.
25. I’m so bad at laundry (see #22) that my kids know to look for socks in the basket in my room.
There you go. 25 things I’m not very proud of.
You probably have things that you’re not proud of either. So here’s the challenge. Let’s live our lives honestly and openly but in a way that results in daily, monthly and yearly change.
A couple years ago “I don’t have a daily time of prayer and Bible reading” would have been on my list. But that changed. Granted it’s not always perfect (see 11-13) , but I show up and it gets richer each time.
Lately, I’ve been working hard on letting God teach me how to be patient and I’ve seen drastic changes. I’m not perfect, but I’m growing…
Perhaps next year I’ll learn how to use a semicolon or be faithful about sending cards and gifts. (2011 update: As I look over this list many of these things are in the process of becoming untrue. I hope I’ll have to make an entirely new list by next year!)
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