Moments of Grace

I enjoyed a phone call the other day from a friend in town. She is in the middle of new baby hormones so we talked about how to ‘do it all:’ taking care of our husbands, our home, our children, homeschooling, new baby stuff…she said from reading Suscipio, it looked like I had all together.

 

I have to tell you, as I walked into the dinning room to answer that phone call, I turned on my ceiling fan. My ceiling fan is gross. There I said it; it is so gross and dusty. I keep forgetting to clean it and when I look up and realize that yet another day has gone by without me cleaning the ceiling fan in the living room, my solution is to flip it on.

 

I thought, you know, not be self deprecating, but to be real, I should share a picture of my ceiling fan with you all. Remember, I told you my spiritual director thought Suscipio was a good idea back in January when I thought of starting a website to encourage Catholic women. His only concern was that I kept it real. And if you are thinking I have anything together, I offer you

exhibit A:

 

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and B:

 

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{I offer these pictures as one of Elizabeth Foss’ posts rings in my head, one of my favorite posts of hers by the way, ‘Why Bother.’}

 

I spoke to my sister later on that day and I told her about my phone conversation and how people would laugh if they saw my ceiling fan. She started to laugh because the night before she had turned her ceiling fan on high and “it looked like it was snowing.” (I have permission to share that by the way.)

 

I don’t know of anyone who has it all together. Some things just seem to make it higher on the daily priority list than others. Obviously my ceiling fan needs to be moved up!

 

The last couple of Fridays, you all have seen sweet, chubby baby pictures, and that is a glimpse into my life, but just because I have a cute baby does not mean I don’t have a dirty ceiling fan.

 

Share your Moment of Grace today. It doesn’t have to be perfect or beautiful; it just has to be real. My Moment of Grace came in realizing I’m not the only one with a dirty ceiling fan. My Moment of Grace came in realizing we all see what we want to see…even if it means overlooking some dust.

 

Link up or share in the comments and then visit each other…encourage each other.

 

 



 

 


22 Comments

  1. Thanks Jenny!

  2. Of all the blog posts I’ve ever read, this is among my all time favorites. Thank you!!! My 2 ceiling fans were just like that until 3 weeks ago, when my (grown) son heard me sneezing and wheezing (I’m allergic to, um, dust…)and kindly went in search of a duster. They’d gotten so bad I was AFRAID to dust them (or use them), because then there would be “the shower,” and I’m allergic to…um, dust…

    • Thank you Nancy. I was telling my husband how a dirty ceiling fan post seemed to resonate with you all and one of my children said, “What else around here are you going to take a picture of?” Ah, real life…

  3. I love your ceiling fan!!! Cloth balls being thrown at it is a great way to have an avalanche of snow on the couch :)
    Awesome Jenny, just Awesome!!
    Thanks for the smile this morning!
    @Theresa ~ it would be fun to see everyone’s ceiling fan or messy hot spot huh?

  4. I remember my great-grandmother (which I live with her) has this tendency to grab a duster and look at me to say, “I forgot to clean the fan, I cannot reach, could you do it for me.” Lol so I know how easy it is to forget those fans especially with how hot it has been.

    • One of the problems is that they are so far up; it’s not like we can just walk by and give them a sweep.

  5. I’ll never forget the first time we had Father McC… out and right as we set down to eat, I turned on the fan. Big mistake! It rained- no snowed onto our table. Being the kind person he is, he said grace for us and we went right on with our dinner. Now I just try to have it already running beforehand. I usually have to wait until Rachel comes home to clean my fans. She’ll do it every chance she gets, but it’s been a while.

  6. Colleen

    I love it! I am a Grandma, serious, no passionate about her faith…devoted to husband, adult children, my precious grandchildren….I must confess that I love all of you young, talented, awesome Moms’, but I have been feeling so insecure when I read your posts…until now! Praise God, you guys are really REAL!

    I try to juggle a lot of things, including working and health issues, and frankly,my ceiling fan looks EXACTLY like that!

    Which by the way, has prompted me to move it up on the list as well and clean it this weekend! But, it was so reassuring to know that it is ok not to be perfect. Indeed, you have kept true to this forum and it just makes me love it even more!

    God bless you! There will be many Catholic women standing on chairs, cleaning our ceiling fans this weekend! Lets pray for each other!

    • I agree! Let’s each offer a prayer for each other this weekend as we clean our ceiling fans.

  7. Oh, I’ve seen a ceiling fan like that in the next room! I offer another solution when you can’t get to it right away….

    Keep it running and you won’t notice any dust! He he!

  8. Just for fun…I think we should all post pics of our ceiling fans…I am staring at my kitchen one right now…the one I said I was going to clean 3 weeks ago.

  9. Kristin

    Thank you for keeping it real….I’ll be a first time mom any day now and I’m so scared of how I’ll be able to “do it all”. Thank you for showing me that we don’t always have to be 100% perfect. Also, Suscipio is such a blessing…thank you and the other writers for all your hard work :)

    • Kristen, you will not be able to do it all. And once that baby gets here, yo won’t even want to or care. All you’ll want to do is snuggle that sweet bundle.

  10. Angela Pea

    LOLOL!!!! While I actually did remember to vacuum my ceiling fans last week (actually, I handed the chore off to The Architect, as he’s about a foot taller than I am), my laundry is OUT OF CONTROL at the moment. It’s arranged in row of color sorted piles across the living room and into the laundry room, just waiting for someone to start shoveling it into the machine and then hang it out to dry.

    I’m like Samantha…gotta grab some coffee before I make a list.

    • Ah, laundry! It helps having a tall boy around tp clean those fans huh?

      One time we had a priest over for dinner and he was about 6’2. He walked by my refrigerator and wiped his finger across the top…Oh Yes He Did!!

  11. :D

    Thank you so much for making me smile! Loved this post and thank you for keeping it real. It is easy to see a glimpse into someone’s life from what they post on a blog, but, again it is just one little glimpse. I think that most ceiling fans in the world are pretty neglected ;) I think you are keeping your focus on what counts and a little dust on a fan is good for the soul at times :-)

  12. I had to laugh…you are keeping it real! lol..you may have a dusty fan (i can identify) but I bet you have smiling happy babes! I know that there are some Catholic women out there who are incredibly thankful for you. You put so much work into this site!

    Now…to think of my moments of grace. A little foggy this morning.

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