Leave it up to Joanna Gaines to YET AGAIN remind us all, amidst her own crazy million-irons-in-the-fire life, that we’re doing just fine.
Just this morning, she took her daughter out to the garden and followed her lead in pressing some pretty flowers into books, with a special note just for them to find in years to come.
Joanna writes on her Instagram:
> I know at times it can be hard to find simple ways to connect with your kids. Especially in the tired and the hard and busy times in life. It can feel like it's all or nothing. But I really believe it's somewhere in the middle where the grace is extended and these simple, unplanned moments are actually the sweetest.
Then she reminds us to replace GUILT with GRACE and look for “the small wins that lead to the greatest investments in their little hearts.”
Can I get an AMEN??
None of us has it all together, but little moments are big to our babies. Savor them, and give yourself credit where it’s due!
Read Joanna's full Insta post below:
I took Emmie Kay out to the garden this morning and I let her lead and I just followed along in her imaginations and her curiosities (In all honesty I was too tired to come up with anything because mama and Crew haven't been sleeping great these days). She told me she wanted to pick flowers and put them in old books that only her and I would know about and then look for them later when we got older.
We gathered some large old flower books in the shed and picked out our favorite flowers and then wrote our names and date in the books. We also pressed some petals that we could frame later to remind us of this special morning in the garden. One of the sweetest surprises for us both was when we opened up one of the books and found that someone else had done the same thing with some pretty leaves many years ago. It was like we stumbled on a treasure that reinforced how we would feel when we find these flowers again one day.
I know at times it can be hard to find simple ways to connect with your kids. Especially in the tired and the hard and busy times in life. It can feel like it's all or nothing. But I really believe it's somewhere in the middle where the grace is extended and these simple, unplanned moments are actually the sweetest.
I write all this for any of you out there who may experience "mom-guilt". I promise you that's a never ending cycle that leads to nowhere. Replace the word guilt with grace. Look for grace in the moments, the small wins that lead to the greatest investments in their little hearts.
From one mom to another, stop being so hard on yourself. Don't spend another second focusing on failure, instead use whatever time and whatever energy you have and look for the moments where grace can be found. Because I'm telling you, this grace is sufficient.