picture me {im}perfectly.

i want you to do something.
i want you to
picture me {im}perfectly.
because you know what?
i am not perfect.
not even close.

have you ever?
yes you have. 
have you ever read a blog post 
where you just knew that the lovely woman 
who authored that blog had it all together?
and even though we know 
in the way, way back of our heads 
that they aren’t perfect, 
we still sometimes convince ourselves
that they would never, ever have:

laundry that has been sitting on their couch for three days
waiting to be folded and put away or
a floor that desperately needs to be mopped or
dishes that just sit and sit and sit in the sink or 
children who throw fits or
a craft that went completely awry.

so many bloggers seem to have it all together. 
but we really know that none of us do.
and you know what? 
that’s okay.
that’s more than okay. 
that’s real life.

because no matter how prepared, 
no matter how organized we are, 
no matter how much planning we have done, 

no matter how thoughtful we try to be, 
sometimes things just fall apart and
sometimes we just fall apart.
and i think that we need the 
regular reminder that 
that happens to everybody. 

picture me {im}perfectly
is a weekly project to reveal that we don’t have it all together.

i will post a 

picture me {im}perfectly
blog post every wednesday 
where you will be able to link up to your blog
revealing that:

you are not picture perfect,
your kids are not picture perfect,
your house is not picture perfect,
your crafts are not always picture perfect,

inspire and 
other women 
that none of us have it all together.  

But encourage one another daily, 
as long as it is called β€œToday,” 
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 
Hebrews 3:13

for instance, D was so responsible to use the bathroom 
before his Christmas performance at CBS 
but not as responsible in making sure that his pants were buttoned.
he sure sang his heart out though!

here are some other awesome examples:

my sister reminded me that:
there’s beauty in the mess ups and the messiness of life.
there’s joy in happy accidents and what develops out of them.
there’s freedom from the wordly pressure of “having it all together.”

and, Auntie B reminded me that
women face great (and often unmet) expectations 
and most of them are self-inflicted.  

i have had a rather difficult time since L’s seizure.
and this past week has been particularly hard. 
i will write more about it next wednesday 
so that you are sure to picture me {im}perfectly. 

676. new projects
677. the super cute button my sis created
678. D heading back to school
679. a fun day at the park
680. tired kiddos who fall asleep easily

add my button to your blog post 

and link up to your direct posting
and feel encouraged.

12 thoughts on “picture me {im}perfectly.”

  1. I love this idea. I remember the day pictured above vividly. I also remember how gracefully you just shrugged it off with an "oh well". Such a testimony to not sweating the small stuff. The picture did get me laughing out loud, which is a great way to start my imperfect day. Thanks! Xoxo

  2. LOOOOVVVEEE this.. And so honored you included me. IT's so true. I have often said I compare my inside to everyone else's outside. It takes practice to learn how to not do this and to realize we're really all messed up and all struggling with something inside. Thanks for this. LLOVE it.. did I say that already. And you know I have just the picture…I'll be linking soon. πŸ˜‰ I actually wanted to show this in my week highlights and then of course chickened out thinking no one wants to see my horribly messy floor. πŸ˜‰ Well now they will.

  3. Oh, man, how I know it. Imperfect in the extreme. That's me. This is a great challenge. Thank you. I'm sorry you've been having such a hard week.

  4. love this! loved the Jesus Calling Jan 16 devo: "Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way! Instead, come to Me, and relax in My Peace." sooo much easier said than done!

  5. This was a PERFECT reminder for the day I just had with my classroom full of first graders. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Hill!

  6. Well you know, I heard some pediatricians say D isn't supposed to be able to button until his sixth birthday! Lol πŸ™‚

  7. What an amazing idea! I actually have it somewhat together this week as it is my last week of maternity leave, but I am sure I will have a lot to post and link up once I return to work next week!

  8. Lisa, An American Mom

    LOVE this Hillary. It is a breath of fresh air. You are right. As women and moms, we need to encourage and lift each other up. And always remember that none of us are perfect. Being ourselves and trying our best are the most important things. Can't wait to link up!

  9. I just found your blog through my blogger stats when I saw that a bunch of traffic was coming from here. Thanks for linking to my post about feeling sorry for myself. What's funny is I had completely forgotten about that post! Anyway, I'm following now, and look forward to getting to "know" you. xoxo

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