SO a couple of weeks ago was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Someone somewhere with too much time on their hands thought up the idea of having the kids in school dress up as their favorite Dr. Suess character.
I don’t know who thinks these things up. Why does it feel like someone wants to torture moms that already have enough on their plates?
Anyway, so I turned to Amazon thinking that I could buy a quick hat or a Thing 1 shirts, something, but Amazon failed me. Nothing could get to me in time for the dress up day. I was quietly freaking out in my mind. What do I do now?
I had to turn to Pinterest. Yes Pinterest, I have a love, not so love relationship with Pinterest. It gives wonderful ideas, but most of which I like to give to my husband to build. I am not as crafty as most of the people that post on the site. I do try, but what I come up with would be more likely be tagged with #PinterestFails than anything people would want to copy.
I started frantically looking through Pinterest, trying to figure out what to make for the three kids that are dressing up for this day. Then I started thanking God that only three of my kids are actually going to dress up.
I’m sure none of you have done this, but I was trying to find the easiest outfits. Cute had no factor in my brain. I just needed something I was capable of doing. As I am searching and stressing on my computer, my seven year old reminded me of that day’s devotional. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Now I know that Pinterest was not invented when this scripture was written. It was, however, a good rubber meets the road example for my child to see me not just give up.
I was praying that my kids just wouldn’t get made fun of. My husband started looking through the ideas with me. We came up with a plan of one tee shirt that looks like the book cover for “One fish two fish red fish blue fish” and then another tee shirt for the Lorax, and the third kid would be Cindy Lou Ho.
Ok, We had a plan. I was walking through this plan with, let’s just say, not the best attitude. I still just couldn’t believe I had to do this. I had other things to do. I had sick kids I had the regular everyday stress. I really did not want to do these projects.
Well, my husband ended up with a day off in the middle of the week because we had to bring a kid to the ER the night before. She ended up being fine, but it was nice having him home for a surprise day.
He knew I was still stressing over these outfits, so he suggested we go to one of my favorite stores together to get the items – Hobby Lobby! That’s right ladies he actually suggested it. I will say that Hobby Lobby wasn’t quite as fun with my husband because he kept me on track for the projects on hand, instead of just shopping all over that store. I suppose that was good, but I could spend forever in there. Anyway, we talked through the projects and got all the things I needed to make these lovely tee shirts. Then we went out to lunch so I could procrastinate a little longer.
You know what? It didn’t turn out too bad. Here are the pictures. For me pulling this together wasn’t the worst thing. Once I was done, I felt a little accomplished, and I felt bad that I had gone into the whole thing with such a bad attitude. When my seven year old reminded me that I can do all things through Christ, I should have listened closer.
I still think it’s a silly day, but overall it was a great experience for me. I gained a little confidence in being able to pull things together and a valuable lesson about keeping my attitude in check.
I leave you with two helpful verses in this situation.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
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