Sunday, February 27, 2011

life stories

This morning, we went to one of our new favorite breakfast places...still can't replace our beloved First Watch. However, we are feeling more at home there!

We were finishing eating our yummy meal when an older man came up and started chatting with us. He was drawn to us because of our sweet girls, and began to tell us about his life. He is 86, never had kids, fought in World War II, and was married. His wife of 3 years left him for their pastor. He still carried a picture of her in his wallet.

Life is full of ups and downs. My heart was touched by his obvious loneliness. We can get so caught up in OUR lives that we can miss those around us who are hurting.

Lord, give us eyes to see Your people and their pain. Give us Your love so we may pass it on. And God, may we give thanks in all circumstances. There is value in it all.

Friday, February 11, 2011

the good, the bad, the wonderful

The good: We are homeowners again.

The bad: We are no longer debt-free.

The wonderful: We can begin making this house our home. And it's Friday. And it's supposed to get warm.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

the big o


I love organization...I do. My heart races when I see a well-organized pantry, closet, workspace, anything really. It really does! Is that strange? In my mind, I assume everyone else is the same. I'll go on believing that... I think it all goes back to the scripture about your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. Granted, I know your home should not be your temple, but your home does hold you. So, in essence it is your temple's temple. So, it is my pursuit (and hopefully not an obsession) to keep it warm, welcoming, and tidy.

I've been researching online how to decorate the girls' new playroom and I stumbled across Martha Stewart's website. Granted, I'm not big on Martha Stewart, but I do love what she does. I'll share just one picture, but tis a glorious picture.
Is that not lovely? makes my heart happy. Let's see if we can do that in our new home. Let me point out a cool little detail: she used chalkboard paint on the pantry door to use as a list making device. Isn't that neat?!

ahh...well, this post is being interrupted by a girl awaking from naptime

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

home, part 2

We move into our new home soon. We are thrilled. We simply can't wait to unpack (finally!) and make someplace our home.

I think what makes me so excited is just dreaming about what is to become in our new home. What will unfold for us? What will change? Who will we have over? What room will we have the most laughs in? Will we really use the treadmill more on the 2nd floor (or is that wishful thinking)? Will the girls love their very own play room? How long will be there? Where will we enjoy drinking coffee (or tea for me)? Will we welcome another child (or 2 or 3 or 4) in this new home? Where will enjoy our quiet times? Will we like our neighbors? What dreams are next for us?

Lord, please bless our next home and just let us glorify You in it!

Thursday, February 3, 2011