1. As I’ve said before, I’m copying this idea from Payton. I left a comment on her blog asking if she minded, and she kindly assured me that she does not. In fact, she said the idea doesn’t originate with her either. There! I feel better!
2. I’m mildly obsessed with Belgian design. Most of my house kind of looks like a mess, but I have always wanted a pretty house, I just didn’t have the knack for making it happen. There was a huge concrete wall in my mind that I had to break through to start decorating. I didn’t understand how to decorate on a dime. After YEARS of studying design magazines and blogs I am getting some ideas. Before I had just one place in my house that I really adored, my entry. The other day I looked around my living room and I realized that I LOVE it. Yes, there are a few things I need to tweak, but overall it feels like a pretty, comfortable place for my family. I’m liking my kitchen more and more. I don’t know if I have a preferred style. Traditional Cottage? Should I now make that Traditional Belgian Cottage? Or Traditional European Cottage? Traditional Eclectic Cottage? Just plain Eclectic? Don’t know. What are your favorite decorating blogs? I love that other people share what they are doing with their houses for people like me that don’t have a clue.
3. My daughter’s rose bushes are blooming. I love fresh flowers. Love, love, love. I bought a bunch of tulips the other day for the living room. I hope they last for weeks. I can’t wait till my hydrangea blooms, even though it’s too small for flower picking. In a couple years I will be able to harvest the blooms.
4. My baby sister’s 20th birthday is this week. Happy birthday, Hannah! I love you! I loved growing up in a large family, and I’m so thankful for my sweet sister.
5. I’m still doing pretty well not nagging my kids. I’m a little bit at a loss as to what to do with this new dynamic, especially in regards to time. Wow, we suddenly have so much more time! I know the things I COULD fill it with, I just need to figure out what’s most important and where to put those things in our schedule.
6. I really am on facebook. Reviving Motherhood. It’s finally showing up. I am so confused about how to make it a link though.
7. I’m loving Tolix chairs. I have many, many pictures saved in my inspiration file. It’s like a sickness. But the only place I can find them to buy is Pottery Barn. Holy Guacamole, there is a reason I don’t buy new furniture! They are outrageous! I will wait till they are not longer a hot item and then find someone who is tired of them and wants to sell them to me for a song. Ha!
8. I’ve said before that I have a hard time keeping my house clean. That was when I wasn’t even blogging. (I really limit my blogging time, more on that another day. It could take over my life if I let it.) This weekend we divided the house into zones and everyone took a zone. I had to supervise pretty heavily because my kids are still learning, but–we did get it clean! I was so happy! Soon they will be able to clean their zones more or less on their own and we should be able to knock it out in a couple hours a week. I know this is not a new idea for a lot of families, but we are behind in this area. It’s a big step forward for our little bunch!
9. I posted a couple weeks ago that I have been praying for my kids to have tender hearts. It is amazing to see God answering that prayer a little bit at a time. My kids are pretty tough little monkeys. One of them actually said to me today when we were talking about forgiving one another, “We need to have tender hearts.” I haven’t been talking about it or using that term at all (except when talking to God and my husband), so I can only chalk it up to the work of the Holy Spirit. I’m thankful.
10. Have any of you read wise words from an older person recently? I realized recently that I haven’t been reading as much as I once did. I need to start reading good Christian books again on topics that are helpful for my growth. In the past a few that really impacted and encouraged me are Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard, Heaven by Randy Alcorn, and Mama’s Way by Thyra Ferre Bjorn.