What? It's winter, you say? Well, yes, that's true...but I need to feel some sort of girly beauty. Where the heck is this coming from? Let me explain. If you're not a mom, you might as well click away from this page to spare yourself. Also, if you're prissy, you won't understand my ways. If you get up everyday and do your hair and put make up on, you'll find me lazy, or weird.
This post is for those mothers who know what it's like to not have the time (unless you want to give up sleep, no thank you), or lack the drive to doll up.
Don't get me wrong, I love to look pretty and feel like my husband should take me out. I do find time get all shnazzy for fun, but my everyday life does not include make up and a flat iron...shocked? You shouldn't be. If I'd put on nice clothes, they would just be covered in finger paint and spaghetti sauce. If I did my make up (other than a touch of mascara to not look washed out), it would just get rubbed off when two very handsome boys insist on sloppy kisses on my cheeks. If I proceeded to straighten or curl my hair, it would just get put up in a pony tail because it hurts to get pulled when being wrestled to the ground by tag team WWF wrestlers named David, Parker, and Graham.
You ask, "Don't you feel better about yourself when you take time to look nice?" Not really. Since I find enough things to do that satisfy my girly need to indulge in fashion, I don't feel like I need to prove to myself everyday that I can be eye-catching. I know what I can look like, not to mention I'm all about practicality. If I'm doing dinner and shopping with friends, then yes, I have a blast trying on clothes for an hour only to end up wearing the first thing I had on. I love to put together outfits and try new make-up trends, but I also like the freedom to feel ok about myself with the basics: T-shirt, jeans, and the face God gave me.
Speaking of jeans, that leads me to the title explanation. I choose to shave my legs everyday. I might miss a day here or there, but generally speaking, I shave every time I'm in the shower. I feel like it's my little boost of confidence. It's my reminder that I am a beautiful women, even if I don't look like I did pre-children with places to go and people to see. I know underneath my jeans are smooth silky legs that are a part of the frumpy mother-figure I allow myself to be some days. They serve as a little hint to the beautiful confident woman that David married almost seven years ago.
If you like to do yourself up every morning, more power to you. I don't feel there is anything wrong with that choice, I am just trying to explain those of us who don't.
You may use these verses for encouragement if you have low self-esteem. I choose to use them for excuses to not spend more than 5 minutes in the morning. :)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
So yes, I let my hair air dry today. It looks ridiculous. However, my legs are nicely shaven. :)