Monday Thoughts

March 31, 2008 at 8:35 am 2 comments

When you discipline your kids over things, it always can come back to haunt you.  Here I am, trying to teach them excellence in all they do when I don’t see it in my own life in some key areas. 

Lots of deep sighs for me this morning. 

Lord, help me model excellence in my home and person-hood for my kids to see. 

It’s dreary today.  I have a cold.  So, the things that make for excellence are not at the top of my list, but they need to be.  Oh, Lord, I need your grace to make it this week.  How I need you!

I have to make another field trip to the state capitol with Boy Wonder this week.  Last time I was on cold meds and ended up drifting off to sleep while driving a van full of people home.  I have a person bold enough, or more scared than me to drive, but I really have no desire to drive.  It’s just the last school field trip I can ever likely take with my boy, and so I’ll try.  I pray I get us all through that alive.

Things are rough in Baghdad this week.  News Story on that.

We went to a home show yesterday and I was glad to see an entry hall the way I’d like mine to look…I got to show hubby how the colors in my mind would sort of look.

I still dread the decorating renovating process.  We both are very meticulous in decision-making, which means we make great decisions –our slowness generally helps us wait on God’s timing.  God blesses that very often giving us above and beyond what either of us could have done alone.  But, I dread decorating because of it.  So much is subjective. 

Just weighing all the pros and cons and likes and dislikes exhausts me.  And I don’t like to be exhausted with externals.  It just doesn’t leave me energized.  I hope our decorator can take all those worries on herself.  But, we have to give her our opinions.  I just don’t know and don’t even really care. 

But, something must be done, the floors need attention–several other things also need consideration in that, outdated paint, painting, curtains, updating.  Truly wears me out just talking about it. 

I guess it should be fun, but my day is pretty taken with other priorities that don’t require all the decision making.  I really afraid once we get started the whole house will be in an uproar and I dread the loss of my quiet and peace.  I value what little I have of that this year a whole lot!  I expect to enjoy the results, but getting there?  Whew.

I also look around at the things that make me happy and I hate to see them go for “progress”.  They give me great comfort, function, and familiarity.   We’ll see on those things.  Some things, I do need to part with.  I know God will give me joy in it when the time comes.

Someone we know yesterday was joking and spelling out all these ultra-expensive things we should do and I was thankful to be able to pin-point my reservation in all that.  I said, “You know, that’s just not important to me.  It’s not a priority.  I just want people to feel comfortable in my home.  I want them to know that you don’t ‘have to have all that’ to be happy.  Because you don’t.” 

He smiled. 

That made my whole day.

I don’t want my kids to feel like they have to live up to some “things”.  I don’t want them to feel they have to have the best of the best, or the most popular or what is in style to be happy.  I want to somehow maintain simplicity and still give the house the attention and love it deserves. 

There are some aesthetic things we want to do to finish it a bit.  New floors, new paint, some furniture.  We’ve gotten money for furniture from The Hub’s folks for the last five or six years we’ve been saving until the kids were a little older and could handle some nicer things without killing them.

Well, I’m starting to feel swimmy headed.  I’d better sign off.  Just rambling and getting some hot tea down to try to clear my throat.  Have a great week, friends.

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  • 1. Stacey  |  March 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I love decorating. My house doesn’t necessarily show it, but I do enjoy it. I’m a bit too frugal to go all out in my house, though.

    I have lots of tips to save money, too. I love hardwood floors and Lumber Liquidators has excellent prices. There is a location in Nashville, too or they deliver. Bamboo is nice, too and inexpensive and durable.

    Earth tones and a splash of color offer long term happiness since it’s easy to mix up. 🙂

    I go through magazines and clip out what I like to keep for future reference, too. I just wish we had an IKEA near.

  • 2. Cindy  |  March 31, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I know what you mean about the upset of the household. Last year when we had hardwood floors put in it took forever to get back to normal. I really need to paint inside this year and I am really dreading. I don’t have problems with the decision making because I pretty well know what I want and what I am prepared to spend. God seems to lead me to just what I want and at a good price too. Happened when we bought our leather living room furniture. That was a great choice because if someone spills, throws up, or gets mud. A wet washcloth is all it takes and the leather has gotten softer with use.
    It’s just getting that painting done….

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