A few days ago I was having a conversation with a dear friend here in town about what success looks like as we parent. She is further down the road than I am in many ways in the journey of parenting. She said something along the lines of 'success can't just be measured by a clean house or well behaved kids.' I SO agree with her. I'm not sure I think about being a success on a daily basis, but there is an underlying question for me about if what I am doing is valuable. Yes, of course I think being a stay at home mom is important. Almost everything in my world has been simplified since motherhood. Daily routine: Pretty predictable and scheduled. Conversations: colors, shapes,animals,repeat, repeat. Prayer life: Lord, help me to be patient and kind. Help me to show your love to Brent, Chloe and others. You get the idea and many of you can relate. As I think through these things I am realizing that there is great success in simplicity. Simplicity isn't applauded usually. That is why I don't always like it. I miss feedback from others, people telling me I am skilled in this or that. Yet, in the simple things, the struggle to believe that what I am doing matters, I am finding joy. When I begin to live knowing that changing a diaper is serving God. I AM VALUABLE and SUCCESSFUL!