Well, I thought I’d hop on real quick for a Monday Minute.
I have much more to blog about our foster-adoption journey, and the increase in our family of five to SEVEN this past week. But, for now, as you can imagine, I barely have a minute. It seems in our house we are in continual pick up mode…desperately clinging to our goal of NOT LIVING IN SURVIVAL MODE this year. Remember? 2014 is the year we get out of survival mode!! And then, the Lord brings us into the adoption zone againBut, we are convinced that He does not want us to barely survive this life He has given to us, but thrive in it. We are might be hanging on to our goal by a thread, but WE ARE HANGING ON!
Anyhow, I as I did my sweep-through-the-house-while-twins-are-napping thing, I found myself fantasizing about what I’d do with just a few more minutes…I might tackle this. It’s so darn easy to only share the pretty styled photos of our homes, in those moments (rare, lovely moments) when things look perfectly placed. If you are anything like me, sometimes, it gets overwhelming feeling like I my home should like so and so’s, or if I just had time to make a lovely handmade display for my table…my life would be good. But the TRUTH is, my life IS good, OVERFLOWING with good, in fact (obviously, see pics below). Just wanted to keep things authentic today. This is real life!
You see, my lovely office area that we spent the summer revamping, is no more. It’s now back to a living area for the fam, and my desk and business stuff are sort of in there. This shelf of my welcome packets, packaging supplies, and file storage, has become a baby magnet. They love to repeatedly pull the stuff out of the cubbies. And, since it sits inside our front door, our keys, shoes, mail, etc have landed there, along with a basket of diapers, wipes, and baby stuff. Theres also some pictures and candles I’d love to actually be able to SEE, but they’re buried. I also have some photos I want to hang above the shelving….
Another thing I might tackle would be THIS little slab of counter top, that no matter what, collects the daily stuff. School papers, keys, purse, markers, snacks, mail, coffee cups, calendars…you name it.
That laundry basket on the floor? I set it there a week ago, thinking at the end of the day I’d haul everything that made it’s way downstairs, but should live upstairs, and take it back up. A WEEK ago. The pile has grown to overflow the basket, but hey- at least it’s all in one place right?
So, my goal for this week is to make time to tackle this two areas of chaos and tidy them up this week. The rest of the house actually doesn’t feel so bad, but these two junk magnets…need to be dealt with. Even if it only lasts a moment!
We are in a state of adjustment, adding these sweet two babies, God has graciously brought into our life and family. It’s a little unbelievable how God opened the doors so clearly for us, paving the way. It’s no doubt a lot of work. Being a large family has made certain areas of life complicated (like, suddenly we have to take TWO cars on vacation). It can feel tough, being a mama to five kiddos, pulling in all directions. I have been reading Nehemiah, along with the gals at SheReadsTruth.com and the verse where Nehemiah was being pestered and harassed by those who wanted to see him fail. He kept working tirelessly on the mission God had given to him. He did not ask for a break. He did not ask God to take it easy on him. He did not ask God to give him a new mission. He asked God to strengthen him, so he could keep working until the work was done. That really struck a cord in me. So often I want a BREAK! This week, I’m asking God to strengthen me, for the work He has graciously entrusted to me, so I can keep at it, faithfully, until it’s done.