i had forgotten how many more shoes and socks, how many more purses and wallets, how many more pool towels and t-shirts, glasses and snack plates fill up my house with all six of us here. not to mention the college boxes and apartment furniture, last semesters laundry, wall-hangings and whatever it is in those white bags.
but other than running the dishwasher and sweeping up the extra dog hair (there are two in the house right now) i am choosing to let things be. it is chaos and beauty and love and abundance. i am back to the mantra of my early motherhood when i used to say “as long as there is something to eat and something to wear, we are good. we are together.”
i remember, too, a verse kaye bolt read to me in those early years when i had such anxiety about not being able to keep a tidy house with four kids under 7 and a big dog. it helped my heart then and it helps me now:
“Where no oxen are, the manger is clean. But much increase comes by the strength of the ox.” from the Proverbs
o the mamma-joy of a full stable.