Because I just need something to laugh about…

What do you get when you mix a house full of girls and a very patient canine companion?

A fairy dogmother!

Lab Great Dane mix

When your kids won’t sleep, when your OCD rears its ugly head, when you try to be gracious and kind in light of your obsessiveness, when someone hurts you, when you feel like you can’t do anything right, when the lettuce you buy and toss into your family’s taco salad tastes really bitter, when you feel all hormonal for the first time since you gave birth to your fourth child, when you have a child with a big bump on her noggin because another child “accidentally” slammed a door on her head, when a child throws up all over your minivan on the way home from soccer practice, when your husband is working late at night and you miss him, want him to embrace because you know in his arms you find unconditional love, when you step on some stupid (and sharp) toy during cleanup time and cut your foot, when you feel like you’re having the worst Lent ever, when you can’t decide what God wants to do with you and you’re tired of trying to figure it out, when your homeschool operates more like a heated dispute resolution, when you wonder how you could have felt so high and filled with God’s love and acceptance just a few days ago but now just feel as icky as that high-chair crud you never were able to scrape off from the longago time your toddler was eating there, when you can’t make your mom feel better, when you miss your husband, when your melancholic child’s constant tears make you feel like you could drown right along with her in sadness… This is when a silly dog, a tutu, and giggling children are grace. Grace that you grab a hold of and then smile and laugh and tell yourself to snap out of it because you – despite your own shortcomings, your children’s shortcomings, the unswept floors, the worries swirling in your mind – are living nothing short of a lovely life just east of Eden.

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12 Responses to “Because I just need something to laugh about…”
  1. Haha, that picture is hilarious. And your house looks CLEAN! If that picture were taken in my home you’d see a dirty diaper, socks and sunglasses on the floor!

    It’s always so wonderful when God gives us these little gifts after a rough day.

  2. Miranda says:

    This is beautiful, and EXACTLY what I needed for the day. You never cease to amaze and inspire me. YOU may not feel that you’re much of an inspiration, but you’re one of my biggest and you’re someone that I relate to so well. That poor canine, hahaha. That face (full of sad resignation) looks just like our Stray. Thanks for the chuckle!

  3. Blair says:

    Ah beautiful, Kate. Just what I need this week.

  4. ViolinMama says:

    Way to Grab that Grace girl!!!

    Love you, and your incredible family…messes, craziness, and all! Stay real!

  5. ViolinMama says:

    Way to Grab that Grace girl!!!

    Love you, and your incredible family…messes, craziness, and all! Stay real!

  6. Sounds like you’re having a *real* Lent 😉

  7. Sarah says:

    Amen, sister. That dog is awesome.

    And, I finally did clean off the high chair today. Eww.

    You are awesome.

  8. Pank24 says:

    Everyone needs a fairy goddog!!

  9. Angela says:

    When you live 3000 miles away and can’t give your friend a real hug and reassure her that she is beautiful and loved…God sends the dog as a faithful messenger!

  10. Sarahlcc says:

    Ugh, yes! Thank you! I guess this is Lent.

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