Happy New Year friends!
We hope you had a most Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.
We can hardly believe it’s been almost two weeks since we blogged. That’s the longest we’ve ever taken off. After moving only 11 days before Christmas and then hosting family for several days (which was a blast!), we sure needed time just to snuggle up and watch movies.
Not to mention shop.
We’ve moved seven times before this (mostly when it was just Dean and I when I was in college), but it’s easy to forget how much stuff you need when you move into a new space.
Like a bathmat. And then another bath mat when the first bath mat is useless and your mother falls in the shower. Yeah. Good times. (So sorry, Mom!).
And a microwave. And then another microwave when the first one dies two weeks after you buy it. Yup. Totally true story.
I feel like all we’ve done since we moved here is shop.
Shop for a TV, a couch, Christmas presents, kitchen cabinets, dressers, shelves, stools, lighting. We rented a U-Haul cargo van one day. The couch was delivered before Christmas. The dishwasher was delivered today.
The neighbors must think we’re nuts!
Now Dean has a boat load of work to do – install a few kitchen cabinets, a dishwasher, lights, new countertops, the new over-the-range microwave.
Oh and he has to build us a dining room table. We’re eating from a folding plastic one. Stylin’.
But it hasn’t been all shopping. I’ve also done a lot of thinking over these two weeks.
I’ve thought about you, dear reader, and this blog a LOT.
I’ve thought about how much pressure I felt last year to do more, to tackle a project just so you’d have something to read about, to be everywhere online, for the blog to come first…and how guilty I felt when I missed something or couldn’t create something or was short with the kids because I just had to finish a post.
And I have to let that go.
We have three children, Dean and I. Children we homeschool, nonetheless. We have friends and wonderful small groups. Family and well, life.
And we have a new house.
A new house full of potential. But I’m impatient. I want it all finished now.
But that’s not realistic.
Life itself must come first.
The projects will get done – and believe me you’ll hear all about them! But they will get done around curling and AWANA and church and all the other wonderful things that make up real life.
Because if I’m not honest and realistic with you about where WE fit the projects in - how will I ever expect you to feel inspired enough to tackle your own house, in the midst of your own busy life?
Here’s to a full, but life-focused 2013!