I’ll be the first to admit that I spend way too much time on Instagram. I’ve carefully constructed my feed to be a mix of friends posts and inspirational accounts that I follow regarding birth, motherhood, health, homemaking, etc. The problem with these inspirational accounts is that they make me feel like they are snippets of reality, because isn’t that what instagram is supposed to be?
It clicked one day as I was scrolling through a favorite mommy account. This beautiful stay-at-home mom is IN all of her pictures with her kids. And not at a selfie angle either! I asked my sister about it and she remarked casually, “Oh, they have professional photographers come in and do photoshoots. Usually hair and makeup artists too.”
Oh great! Thanks. So all these blogs and instagrams that are supposed to inspire us to what mothering can look like are actually a hollywood worthy production?
I thought about making my own “mommy instagram” and sharing the reality of being a mom (the smiles and the messes combined), but I’m better at words than I am at pictures so for all the real life moms who have real houses that are sometimes real messy and real children who wear hand me downs and thrift store finds and occasionally blow out their diapers, here’s another blog.
And in keeping with the spirit of real: We’re currently living in a 31′ 5th wheel trailer on our property that is 25 minutes from town. It’s 42 degrees outside and my man is working hard to get the new shop ready and weather tight so we can park the trailer in there all winter. Hopefully in the next couple of years we will have our house built and the name of this blog will become obsolete, but for now this is our real life.
The crockpot is on high, hopefully creating a yummy fajita soup from a pinterest recipe, the 5 dollar candle is burning valiantly and not putting out much of the advertised smells (you get what you pay for I guess), the boys are sleeping, and there is hunting gear hung all over the trailer trying to dry out. (Hooray for elk season)
In 4 short months this 10 acre piece of land went from a rolling pasture with some forest and a great view to having power, running water, a new road, a skeleton of a huge shop, a house site, a hammock and a horse corral. I try my best to keep up with our two boys, keep our home relatively clean and cozy, and keep food on the table for my husband and anyone who may be helping him. It’s a pretty good life, and I’m learning that the more things I find to be thankful for and the more joyfully I do things the better my life becomes.