The Home Improvement Project That Never Ends

The Home Improvement Project That Never Ends

When we moved into our house six years ago, I had an office.  It was lovely and looked out over the hillside in our backyard.  I could see the sunset from my desk.  The sunset! You see, it was right there where the red star is.  Plain as day.  My lovely, beautiful, real, adult office.  For me to do work and type and store office supplies like tiny little Post-it notes and highlighters. But then something wonderful happened:  I got pregnant.  And before I could find a fancy little organizer case for my Post-its, my lovely office turned into a nursery.  And now it’s full of Legos and Monster Trucks and little boy T-shirts. And I work in my room.  My bedroom.  And the little post-its end up all over the bedroom floor and the laundry ends up all over my desk. One day last summer when I was working and not watching the sunset out of my bedroom window, I had an idea: I could build an office.  You see, right next to that snazzy star that was once my office is a long, skinny room entitled “attic.”  Attic and office are one and the same to me.  Just slap some sheet rock on the walls, some carpet on the floor and boom!  A new office.  This one where I can see the sunrise, which is just as cool as the sunset. So I had a really nice talk with my husband.  I explained how badly I needed the desk and the office supplies and the window with the sunrise and then I very kindly reminded him that...
3 Ways To Create Margin in Your Overcrowded Life

3 Ways To Create Margin in Your Overcrowded Life

I’m so excited to have my friend and fellow blogger Bobi Ann Allen guest post today.  And I love this post!  It’s so refreshing and I SO NEED MARGIN right now.  Find her work at http://bobiann.com/.   Even as you read this post, you are experiencing margin. Margin is the space on either side of the print with nothing–nothing but white. Space where you might add an occasional note or pause to absorb what you read. Margin isn’t necessary only in publishing, margin is necessary for contentment in our lives. Are you experiencing an angst for something more? Are you longing for room for your soul to rest yet nothing about your schedule is relaxing? The ache you feel isn’t there by coincidence. God is drawing you in. He placed a yearning within you for a life lived with meaning and purpose. Yet, many of us have overfilled our lives to the point we don’t have time to experience purposeful living. We need empty space, room for God to move, and time to process what we’re experiencing and learning. Those who live without margin are overwhelmed, maxed out and usually in need of therapy! Creating margin when your life seems to be running off the page doesn’t happen without intentionality and deliberate choices. Here are 3 effective ways to create margin: Prioritize Effectively Run on the treadmill, read my Bible, a night out with the girls, clean the house, feed the dog, volunteer at my child’s school, date my husband … so many choices on how to spend my time, and all of them good! But I can’t do...
20 Things I Never Thought I’d Say (But Said Yesterday)

20 Things I Never Thought I’d Say (But Said Yesterday)

  All of the mom bloggers had filled my mind with so many stories about poop and boogers and throw-up that by the time I had my firstborn, I knew my vocabulary would quickly change.  And it did.  By the time I had two toddlers running around, my daily commentary sounded something like this: Stop eating poop Stop picking your nose Stop touching poop Stop touching your nose It smells like poop We don’t touch mud.  (Or is it poop?) I expected this.  I knew it would happen. What I didn’t expect was some of the things I would say now.  Now that my kids a) are potty trained and b) know better than to pick their noses in front of me and c) sort of know how to wash their hands.  Yet, alas, the words I never thought I’d say just keep on coming.  Here are twenty from this week.  (Please add your own in the comments… we’ll start a list!)  Please take the bug off of your face and put it back outside so we can eat dinner.  Ten-year-olds can’t have coffee.  Okay, just a small cup.  No, the cat may not wear my necklace outside.  Don’t even tell me about the scorpion.  Just kill it, wrap it in a paper towel and take it outside to the garbage without telling me and I’ll give you a dollar.  Did you say you wanted a lettuce, avocado and mayo sandwich?  Just dig your uniform out of the dirty laundry and scrub off any visible stains.  I promise I’ll do laundry tomorrow.  You know, if you moved those glass...
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