I know, I know. It seems strange to love that my children have dirty clothes. With dirty clothes comes the never ending laundry pile that is hard to get a handle on at times. It means another evening of me folding clothes when I would much rather be doing something else.
(2 of my 3 beauties, as my Daddy would call them)
But it also means that my kiddos are healthy enough to run outside and play in the backyard. While cooking dinner most afternoons, I can hear my girls squealing in delight as they make “cakes” in the sandbox. I can hear my little boy fighting imaginary pirates as he digs a big hole in the backyard.
Sure, they come back covered from head to toe in dirt. But in the big scheme of things, does it really matter that they ‘messed up’ their clothes outside? Do I care that it adds to my laundry pile?
Not in the least.
(Note the dirt all over her face – even up her nose!)
I am acutely aware that not all mamas get to see their children make ‘grass angels’ (like snow angels sans snow here in North Carolina) or scribble with markers and get it all over their shirts. I realize that this is an enormous privilege – this motherhood I live every day.
And I am so grateful.
So bring on the dirty clothes! My washer is waiting.
Kia @ A View From Here
I am so happy to read this post. I makes my heart burst to read about a mama who is happy to have her children and all that goes with them, and a mama who is afraid of letting her kiddos get dirty.
Big props to you =)
Kia – Very sweet comment. Thank you 🙂
I am truly happy to have them around. I think they are such fascinating little people!
I love this! What a blessing it is to have happy, healthy, playful children. I pray I never take this for granted. One of my girls plays so hard that unfortunately, her younger sister will get very few outfits free from stains! ha!
Ha! Sadie is rough on clothes too, so Anna may not have much to wear either!
I pray I never take it for granted either…
I know that’s how my mom felt about all five of her kids, and I’m thrilled to read this blog post and know there are other great moms out there who care more about the health of their kids than they do about the kids keeping their clothes clean. In this day and age of too many kids spending too much time inside doing nothing physical, I’m tickled pink to hear about holes being dug and hours spent playing in a sandbox. Those were some of the best memories of my childhood! Keep up the good mothering Mama Laundry! 😉
Aw Carrie 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement!
I’d love to ask your mom a million questions about having several little ones! I’m sure she is a wealth of wisdom.
Joy from NC
I’m the same way! I’ve read that dirt/mud is actually HEALTHY in some way to people? My two even at 9 and 11 are still making mudpies. 🙂
Joy – Good for your kiddos! No need to grow up too fast, imo 😉
And I’m lovin’ this NC weather!
I love that they play outside so much. I happen to know those 2 of 3 Beauties, and they are indeed beautiful girls.
Thank you, Dee 😉 I am surely a blessed mama!
I love this blog! Great perspective!
Thank you, Danielle! And I appreciate your kind words –
Judy aka Mama Nall
Oh my! Those 2 faces are little angels…
Hats off to you Lauren and all Moms
who see the value of playing