As a mom, a wife, a worker, a daughter, sister and friend, I fail—a lot. I am learning grace. Learning to accept what comes—or what doesn’t—with as much grace and fortitude as I can muster.
After a career working in communications for faith-based nonprofits, which allowed me to see more of the world than most—but not as much as some, I took an opportunity to work for myself in 2009. My fantasies of doing wildly creative consulting work, being a high-powered consultant, traveling here and there and in-demand quickly fizzled to the nitty gritty of just making ends meet in New York City. Life has taken a few turns since then. I still work for myself. I have some great clients and I enjoy the work I do for the most part. I am making it work. I also got married, moved three times and had two kids in just under four years. It’s been busy. It’s been good, but my learning curve has been seriously steep. A lot of grace has been needed. And I’ve come up short more than once or twice.
My husband, Ken, is also a freelancer. This makes for a lot of give and take in our marriage. We tag-team kids and work and life in general. It requires a lot of flexibility for both of us. Our son, J, 3.5 is, in my humble opinion, the sweetest boy ever. He was born two months early and has several developmental delays. As a preemie and special needs mom, you might see my picture next to “hypervigilant.” Our daughter, S, was born right on time and is 1.5 years old with a lot of sass. Sleep is not her strength and most of my poor decisions since June of 2013 can probably be traced back to this fact. I learn much from these three people in my life. This is my blog, my family didn’t ask to be a part of this, so I’m using these initials to “protect the innocent.”
This blog contains my attempts to live gracefully, maybe even responsibly and certainly as faithfully as I can. It has my attempts (probably failures) to live “Pinterest perfect” or give a battle cry against it. It’s what works (or me), what doesn’t and that stuff I think about in between. This is my continuing journey to learn how to live with grace. I’m sharing it with you because we are all works in progress, learning to live as gracefully as we can.
I am not where I thought I’d be at this point in life, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s more than okay because in so many ways it’s better than what I had planned. I am, after all, a child of God—the One who can do far more than I could ever ask or imagine.
Feel free to drop me a line at michelle @ learning-grace.com.