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.

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Published by robininalaska

Robin Chapman is a clumsy Jesus follower, imperfect wife and mom, normalizer of failure, and writer who captures both the gritty experience of motherhood and the grace of God as it carries her despite her (many) imperfections. Her writing is laced with humor and vulnerability, sure to make you laugh and breathe a sigh of relief, knowing you are not alone. As an editor and writer for KindredMom.com, she is a cheerleader for moms in the trenches. She educates her four children at home in Alaska, where she lives with her ridiculously good looking husband, Andrew.

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