Because Sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-Cheese

I am not going to diminish (not even for a second) how absolutely important it is to cling to the Gospel during the trenches of parenthood. I’m not. I couldn’t. I don’t want to.

And let me also say that there are days where you pick up your kids and drive straight to the store to buy Deluxe, Four-Cheese Mac-n-Cheese.

There is hope; there is faith; there is love; there is theology; there is prayer; and there is also Deluxe, Four-Cheese Mac-n-Cheese

And just in case you aren’t sure what Deluxe Four-Cheese Mac-n-Cheese is, let me just say that it is pasta in a cardboard accompanied with cheese in a foil packet. And I’m not sure what is in that foil packet, and honestly I don’t really care, but it’s golden…delicious…and a lifeline on Thursday afternoons when your mom tank is running on fumes.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need after nights when your children wake up screaming at 4:30 AM because your child can’t find their pillow, which they are laying on top of.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child is laying on the floor (screaming) because they just picked off their fingernail polish and now they’re upset that it is gone. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child is sobbing elephant tears in the middle of Meijer because you won’t buy every single product on the Valentine shelf to assist them in making hand-crafted Valentines for every single one of their classmates.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child drops a plate of dip onto the carpet.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when you realize that the laundry basket is almost full, and you just washed clothes less than 48 hours ago.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child gets a hold of the “poop spray” and sprays down the entire bathroom…like until the floor rugs are wet.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child brings home ANOTHER school fundraiser (why do we pay taxes?!?!?).

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your children are karate-chopping each other in the middle of the parking lot.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child is hysterical because you threw out a crumpled piece of paper that was their lab experiment from last week.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your child falls off the toilet while their pooping.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when your two year-old has more ‘TUDE than a trailer full of tweens.

Because sometimes Deluxe Mac-n-cheese is what you need when ALL those things happen and you’ve also experienced 12, consecutive days of rain, gray, and inside days.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Because sometimes we need Jesus, the hope of change, a boatload of grace, and a bowl full of Deluxe Mac-n-cheese for our weary hearts and fried brains.

Please, please, PLEASE… do yourself a favor and stock your cupboard with a few emergency boxes. Trust me, you’ll never regret it. NEVER. EVER. You’re welcome.

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