Mary and Martha - Richmond, Virginia and Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photography

"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”" - Luke 10:40

Richmond, Virginia and Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photography

For the past few weeks my little family and I have had nightly dance parties before bed. Our most recent favorite songs to dance to are 'Hello' by Adele (naturally) and 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift (I mean, duh). While I might be heavily pregnant I'm determined to dance this baby out! But not only that, this little girl of ours loves, and I mean LOVES, these nightly dance parties. She twirls and leaps and sings and demands that we dance with her. We aren't allowed to be bystanders she actually told me multiple times last night when I would take a break from dancing, "You aren't done yet!" Well, geez! Maybe Mommy is tired though! But as if that matters to her! We must dance!

As I was dancing with her, twirling around and around, I was struck by the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible. So often I want to stop dancing with Isla because, truthfully, I'm too tired or I have other things I need to do and having a dance party means that I have to be "on" as a mommy - which sometimes I don't want to be! It's easier to go wash the dishes and let my mind wander elsewhere. It's easier for me to be like Martha and consume my time with all of the other "stuff" that I need to do instead of filling my time with what's more important like dancing, tea parties, Lego tower building, and book reading. It's easier to carry out my mom duties instead of being Mary and paying attention to the here and now of what my daughter needs me for.

I don't want to miss any Mary moments! My kid deserves both Mary and Martha but when it comes down to cleaning or dancing, dancing your heart out to Taylor Swift should always win.

Richmond, Virginia and Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photography