Today our school honored and embraced TOMS shoe's "One Day Without Shoes." I LOVE to be barefoot in my house, on the sand at the beach, and to feel water between my toes in the pool or from a boat. But, to be barefooted in my garage, on a playground full of mulch, or something that really grosses me out is to be barefoot in a hotel room is another story.
I spent the entire day without shoes or socks on my feet. I had so many kids ask me why I didn't have my shoes on... even on the playground. My only answer was that I am forcing myself to remember that I am lucky to have shoes and I CAN go One Day Without Shoes to remember those who have so much less than me....even less than a pair of shoes.
Tonight at dinner, Maddie asked what it meant to fast. I told her that people fast for multiple reasons. People mainly fast when they are wanting an answer for something... so they give something up that is very important to them (such as food) and pray in replace of eating. People can "give up" something to show their self-control and to remind them that they can do without the main thing they depend on. They focus their attention on something that just might have more meaning to them... than they think.
As a mom I thought a lot about what I could do without tonight. I could do without cleaning, I could do without laundry, I could do without the homework battles, I could do without the fighting, I could do without the heartaches my kids bring me from disappointment, I could do without the lies, I could do without the tiredness, I could do without so much.
As I thought more and more about my One Day Without....I had to stop and think about what I cannot do without. I am so grateful for shoes. I can go without them. Do not get me wrong. I will always support this amazing cause. TOMS gives back to so many people without shoes, glasses, and so much more. I love and hope to make a difference one day like TOMS does for the world. However, when I think about not having shoes, I think about all of the other things I could not have.
Justin and I started MacMaddies Repurposed Design... named after Maddie and Macaiden. Any soap product that is purchased we donate 10% to the global soap project which promotes hygiene and gives aid to developing countries. This is just a small step that we are trying to take to give back to those who go without...we want to help so so badly.
When I am tired, I will think about how grateful I am that I have a bed to lay my head. When I am hungry, I will think about my refrigerator full of food. When I think about dirty clothes, I will think about having clothes. When I am disappointed in my kids, I will think about how lucky I am to have kids. When I think about the mistakes that my kids make, I will think about how I can make it a learning lesson and even learn from their mistakes.
My kids give me a breath of fresh air. Even though I am tired... I know that they are something I cannot fast from or give up on (even in the times I am most distraught or disappointed).
My Repurpose for Today : To tell and show the world...but most importantly...show my kids...I cannot live One Day Without them.
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