We’re living in the in-between here in interior Alaska. The colorful leaves are all gone, but the snow hasn’t yet arrived. The world is kind of a sea of browns awaiting a blanket of white to make it look magical again. On a lousy day, it kind of looks like this:

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Just a haze of muted earth tones.

Sometimes my life feels a little like that.

It can feel like an unfocused haze of drab quotidian tasks. More laundry, more dishes, more consequences meted out, and goodness these people need to eat an awful lot of times each day. There are bums and noses to wipe, nap times to handle, and the bizarrely difficult task of getting all the little people into their beds and asleep every night. (WHY does this have to be such a fight?!? It’s not like we don’t do this every. single. day…) 

Even just writing it that way, I’m starting to feel cranky and restless for some other season- either the last one where I remember colors or the one coming that promises a little bit of Christmas card magic.

But even in this brown, drab season, look what happens when I add a little bit of focus, some light, and a tiny shift in perspective.

(I’ll let you draw the obvious conclusions.)


This post is part of the write31days challenge… I’m trying to post every day in October. The rest of the posts can be found here.

Published by robininalaska

Robin Chapman is a part-time writer, editor, and birth photographer and a full-time imperfect mama, wife, Jesus follower, and normalizer of failure. She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy. She has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years with hope, humor, and solidarity. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with an iced dirty chai, writing and editing and making spreadsheets for KindredMom.com where she is a cheerleader for mamas, or online looking for grace in her mundane and weird life. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her four delightful (crazy) kids—some homeschooled, some public schooled, some too young for school at all—and her ridiculously good looking husband, Andrew.

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