Friday, July 25, 2008


As I was thinking this morning about starting this blog, I was excited about all the interesting things I would discuss here. Things like my favorite recipes and homemaking tips. Then I began to think about how difficult it is to try to be all things to everyone as a mom and homemaker. It is impossible to be good at everything. Sometimes I can feel pretty darn inadequate, especially in today's society with Martha Stewart magazines and all the shows on television about decorating and cooking. I've all but given up trying to keep a house plant alive. Despite what we see around us, we can not be everything; and it seems that when I try to be the perfect homemaker, it's at the expense of time with my children. I as a mother need sometimes to let the housework go, and just enjoy my children. I want to be honest about myself; I'm not perfect and to pretend such is wrong. So as I was sorting out these thoughts, I remembered a poem I once heard. I couldn't remember much about it so I went looking for it. When I found it, it brought tears to my eyes. So I dedicate this post to all my mommy friends; and especially those with newborns or a new one on the way.

Where is the Mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery..blissfully rocking.
Cooking and cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow,
but babies grow up, which I've learned to my sorrow.
So, settle down cobwebs,
Dust, go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep


Anonymous said...

I really appreciate all you do for us. I love your heart and enjoy reading about it. It's fun to see you excited about sharing your honesty with others.

I love you.


gina said...

Yes! I am so glad you are doing this...Now, I can finally share you with all my other blogging friends. Who is this mystery woman with all the great recipes? Well, here she is, out of hiding and into the blogosphere. YAY!!! Thanks for diving in. It's already an encouragement.

Kathy said...

I also held that poem close to my heart when my "boys" were little. Another one that I still have on the wall in my computer room (done in needle point for my by my Mom) is " A home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy."

Thanks for sharing!

Jessi said...

Wow! Thanks for the blogging, Shelly! Like Gina said, it's already an encouragement. I'm excited to see more!

*HoLLi jO* said...

Shelly, that poem is just what I needed to hear at the time I needed it sooo much, thank you for reminding me that the housework can wait, they are only young once. You and Gina are AWESOME bloggers, I really enjoy both of them! :-) Do you have one for your family with the kids pictures? If you do, I would love to see it, and watch them grow, since I never get to make it to play group anymore :-( My email address is! Excited to read more blogs! :-)