For those of you who assume…

…that I have it all together around here, let me reassure you with just one tiny example. (My apologies if you’ve heard this one already! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

A good two months after our two older-adopted girls came home from Ethiopia, one of them brought me into her room, tugged at the bedsheets, and said in puzzlement, โ€œThese? Change?โ€

And I realized the poor kid honestly wondered if people ever change the sheets in America.

Housekeeping standards in 3rd world countries apparently being higher than mine.

So do not feel discouraged by random posts from which you might assume that my life is prettier or more pulled together than yours. It’s not. Even if I do manage to decoupage a lampshade every now and then.


  1. LOL! I realized the other day I hadn’t changed the sheet in my baby’s crib for a couple months. I wonder if technically it’s only been the equivalent if one month of grime since she’s only in there half the night?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Good to know you’re keeping it real! And thanks for the blog – I’m enjoying reading it and really benefit from your posts.

  3. That is hilarious. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel so bad when I forget to change my son’s crib sheets once a month or so. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is such a PAIN!!!

  4. Mary – I’m glad I’m not the only one for whom sheets take a low priority! My sister thinks I’m slovenly because they don’t get changed every week on a specific day (“Monday is sheets day!”). I say, reading with my kids, cooking a good dinner, clean underwear, and very many other things take priority over sheets! Of course, there are other reasons my sister thinks I’m slovenly, but we won’t talk about those!


  5. HA!!! If you were perfect and had everything together, not only would we NOT be friends, but I would not read your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€ This gave me a good chuckle!

  6. Crystal M. says:

    I can also relate. What a relief to find out that I’m not the only one who doesn’t regularly change the sheets. It’s one of those tasks that I don’t care for – especially changing the sheets in my son’s crib. Such a pain!!
    On another note, Mary, I have a question. If by chance you have a second to answer it, I would greatly appreciate it. I love your recipe for oatmeal in the rice cooker. I’ve been wanting to purchase a rice cooker for other recipes so this helps make the purchase even more necessary. However, I don’t know what size to get. What size do you have or recommend?
    Love the blog. Thanks for sharing!

  7. That is awesome and it gave me a good laugh. (and made me feel better!) Thanks for sharing.

  8. Too funny! “Keepin’ it real” posts are a good thing once in a while.
    I try to keep to a pretty rigid schedule of changing pillowcases every week and sheets every two weeks… because if I didn’t put that specific fire under myself, I would NEVER EVER even THINK of changing sheets! The radar screen is full enough.

  9. This? Makes me smile. Clean sheets are a rare commodity around here, too!

  10. Oh, we can relate. Oh can we!


  11. Aww, that’s a cute story. The same thing happened with our foreign exchange students, except when quietly took me off to the side one day after dinner and said, “Do you mind if I wash my sheets?” … And, like the insane and hairbrained woman that I am, I asked her, “Why? Are they soiled?”

    Oh yeah …. I asked her if she wet the bed, when in reality she was just shocked that she’d been in our home for over a month and I’d never once asked her to get me her sheets for the wash.

  12. I am laughing out loud right now! Literally. I feel so much better- last night when I was putting my two oldest girls to bed one just mentioned that I haven’t changed their sheets in awhile (something I do not like to do because they have bunk beds and it is quite a job!) and I just said, “yes, dear- I’ll do it soon.” We all have our gifts ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I am in the same boat. My toddler’s sheets don’t get changed unless his diaper leaks. My own sheets don’t get changed until I can no longer stand the dog hair. Sheets aren’t my priority. Thanks for making me feel okay about my own short comings.

  14. hysterical!! ๐Ÿ™‚ glad to know you’re not perfect!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. So many better things to do than change sheets!

  16. LOL! You got me thinking about when the last time I changed my kiddos sheets…….I guess if I can’t remember it’s time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Wow! Thank you! I am not alone! I don’t mind washing the sheets it’s the putting them back on that’s a pain. We have 7 and one’s in a crib and the others are in bunk beds so they are all a pain to change. My wonderful husband makes the beds for me but I hate to bother him to do it often. I try to do them at least once a month. I am so glad I am not alone!!! Thanks ladies!!
    Now, here’s a question…how often, honestly, do all of the children get bathed (in the winter)??

  18. LOL! What is this…….change…the…sheets…..that you speak of? My boys sleep on their bedspread with a blanket on top. Occasionally I wash the bedspread. Mia spends most of her night with us in the big bed, so her sheets are mostly always clean. I do wash our sheets once a week since we actually sleep in them. I agree with Rebecca…..who will remember one day whether we changed the sheets or not! LOL.

  19. This was awesome! Thanks! Sometimes I do get intimidated when I read about people’s “perfect” lives on their blogs. I always appreciate it when they put in the not so perfect parts so I feel normal again!

  20. Oh, thank you for that Mary!

    Now I’m going to adapt your spaghetti frittata to macaroni in the cast iron skillet.

  21. You’re supposed to change the sheets? I tend to do that when they look dirty.

  22. HAHAHAHA! That’s great! Wait!!! I haven’t changed sheets on any of the 7 beds in our house!!! Shoot. Add one more to “the list”!

  23. Oh yes. For those of us who are not inclined favorably in the housekeeping direction, changing sheets is something that gets overlooked. This did make me laugh and nod in agreement.

  24. I do the same thing. Sheets get soiled around here so often, that I forget about the ones that stay “clean.” I would like to do them once a week, but I’ve been so behind on the other laundry, it takes a priority.

  25. Oh…oh…THANK YOU for that.