New Beginnings

repost from April 2011


Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.  ~Virgil A. Kraft


Spring always brings renewal. In nature as well as in me. This is the time of year that I am reminded that all things are possible. I am thankful that God gives us this season as a reminder that we are never stuck where we are, we can always start new. I don’t know about you- but I need a daily dose of “do over”-  my very existence as a wife and mother hinges on the fact that I know- tomorrow is another day. So as I mother and educate my children, tend to my husband, de-clutter and clean my home, I am thoughtful…What am I going to do with the day God gave me today?

Live it!

And remember when I don’t live it well…tomorrow is indeed a another day.


House Beautiful

Along with my “spring” cleaning, I have been trying to find little ways to make our home more welcoming and cozy. Cleaning out the clutter has been first on my list, and now I’m working on the warm and welcoming feeling.  I don’t know about you, but I have gone into so many homes where I have thought, wow- I would love to have a house like this one day, and I start to feel a little envious. At this stage in my life I am working on being content with where God has placed me. I love our home, and although there are a few things I would change- for now, it fits us perfectly . I am working on  changing  my thinking and instead of trying to emulate other peoples homes or be envious of what God has given them, I have decided that I don’t want to create a home where other people are envious of mine, I just want them to come in and think “I could live here, this could be my house” So that is the feeling I’m working toward. My sister-in-law gave me a plaque that hangs by my door that says “please excuse the mess, my children are making memories” I don’t love messes, but it serves as a reminder of what’s important.  I took a picture of my latest project. I went to an Uppercase living party a few months ago, but all the things I loved were a little bit out of my budget. I realized that I could do the same thing myself with my Cricut machine for a fraction of the cost so I bought the materials and this is what I did.


Spring cleaning?

I know we aren’t even close to spring yet, but there is something about the time after Christmas that gets me in the cleaning mood.  It probably has something to do with the taking down of all the Christmas stuff and trying to get things back to normal, or trying to find a place for all the new Christmas toys that we were blessed with. I started the big clean up/out today and so far I have cleaned out the living room, and one bedroom. I am not a clean freak but I LOVE an immaculate room. I feel like I can rest when everything is just as it should be. That almost never happens so I have to relish it when it does. On a side note, as I was frantically cleaning today I broke or split about 6 nails, not that I really had great nails to begin with, but as I stood gazing at my sad little hands I decided that those that have beautiful manicured hands must also have a housekeeper, either that or they don’t do any house work. Of course this is probably not always true, but it makes me feel better anyway.