Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Season of Change

Yesterday was the first day of spring and it was beautiful here in TN. We had clear blue skies and 70 degrees. It was a leisurely day. My how the weather changes...we may have snow accumulation tonight! I am so ready for that to be done for the season.
It is also a time of change for our family. We were blessed to have two healthy wonderful children only 15 months apart. Even when two were in diapers, it wasn't as hard as this season in our family. You see, our daughter married only 8 months ago and now our son is going overseas to study for 11 months. The empty nest is upon us.
This season is tough because the roles are changed. I have confidence in their adulthood, so I hesitate to call this feeling grief. I really like the people our children have become. Dare I just call it pride? It is the goal of good parenting but I didn't expect it to feel like this.
So, while I haven't posted in over a week, my home and heart have been quite busy. I will be pursuing a redesign business very soon. I know that life is never boring. While our children are going to be out of the house, our relationships are still strong and healthy. God's blessings are new every morning.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Do SOMETHING: aka clean out a closet

Well, it has been awhile since I have had anything to post. I have been dealing with allergies and that means antihistamines...kinda bubble-headed and low on motivation. So, as I was lying down, contemplating a long list of projects (aka, dosing), my buddy called and she was DOING things. Of course, this meant that I needed to DO something too.

This little closet is my pantry/catch-all. I had multiples and misplaced items and yuck. It was pretty tedious finding anything.
This is the difference a day can make. It is a little thing in the grand scheme of things but it is tidy and organized. I scrubbed the walls, floor and door....but don't you love the markings showing my family's vertical progress? If we ever move, that door will go with us!
So, the moral of the story is sometimes, we just have to DO SOMETHING. This will get the momentum going!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Words through a whatever filter

You have probably heard the analogy that words are like toothpaste...once spoken you can not take them back anymore than you can get the toothpaste back in the tube. How many times have I said something and then thought about what the impact of the words would be? I find that I must daily pray for help in guarding my tongue and that my words would cause no harm.

"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Matt 12:34 So, I am searching my heart. If I think on things, it will eventually effect my emotions. My actions are usually the result of emotions. A good place to start in clearing up the sludge would be my thought life.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." Phil 4:8
So, bring on more "whatever"!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The heart of organizing

The other day at the library, I picked up the book organizing magic by Sandra Felton. I am always on the lookout for a better way to get the job done. I was surprised to find that most of the book is focused on the philosophy of getting organized from the inside out. We really need to start with our own goals. I am finding that each person has their own set point of order.
"I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace." -Rhett Butler, in the movie Gone with the Wind.
I can really identify with Rhett. I feel the peace and charm and grace in a place that is relatively clean, interesting, personal, natural and real life. I guess the heart of the matter is usually the best place to start.