I apologize for those who missed part three of the Finding Balance discussion. I posted it just before we left for a week's vacation and didn't realize it got buried underneath the second part. I've fixed it now.
I also wanted to follow up the discussion about comparisons with a story. A few years ago, an acquaintance talked to me about my blog -- "How in the world do you keep your house so clean?" she asked, "In all your photos, everything is always so neat!"
At first, I was taken aback. I hadn't really posted pictures of my house on my blog back then, just my kids, and yet my friend had peeked into the background of them and concluded that my house must be immaculate.
Was my house clean and organized? Hardly -- at the time I had three-year-old twinadoes, an infant, and I was barely keeping up. I decided to tell my new friend the truth, "I don't keep it that clean -- I just don't take photos of the messes!"
I try to be honest on my blog and present real life with all its frustrations, but I'm not one to take photos of a messy house and I'm not one to dwell on the negative. I get out my camera to celebrate great times, not to document the stumbles. I'd like to do more of the latter, and I admire my friends who do, but I'm the type who always kicks myself later for not getting a "before" picture to go with the after.
That's why I loved my friend Natalie's post last week, and I love my friend Stacey's Messy Monday series.