Patience

I feel like this needs to be my motto…or maybe just my every day goal. I can’t seem to live in the moment or count my blessings like I should. Before I was married, I dreamed about who I’d marry, and what our wedding would be like. I met Charlie, the most amazing man there is, we had a gorgeous wedding, and then all I could dream about was what our family would look like. Then we found out we were pregnant with twins. My pregnancy seemed like the longest pregnancy ever. All I could do was dream about when the girls would finally arrive and our life as a family of 4. They were born and then I found myself wishing for the day they’d sleep through the night, or sit up on their own, or crawl.

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What happened was, I didn’t enjoy each stage I was in, while I was in it, as much as I could have. So now I find myself remembering the days when I only had to worry about me, not a husband and 2 kids. I stare at pictures from when the girls were so new and tiny and find myself wishing I enjoyed those days (and nights) a little more. Not that I’d change anything for the world, I just look back and think about how much can change and how quickly it changes. But for some reason, I’m always looking toward the future. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have future goals and plans, but it is a bad thing when you let it overshadow your present and not enjoy or live to the fullest in your every day, like I have been doing.

I’ve been doing this with my house as well, and I think a lot of people struggle with this. Sure we don’t live in our forever home, but I don’t want to wait until we are, to live. We’re always looking toward our next house, but I recently read a quote that really struck a chord with me, “compared to your last home, this is your next home.”

We’ve put a lot of time and love into this little 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom ranch, and will we get back every penny? Probably not, but I’m not focusing on that. We’ve made some amazing memories here already and as I look around, it screams usIMG_4061

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Charlie and I have been talking about moving and our next step for a while now. We’ve considered moving to a different area, staying in this area but in a different house, we’ve even talked about adding on to our existing house. All of these thoughts not only excite us, but they terrify us as well. Sometimes when you have an unsettling feeling, it’s God telling you to just wait.

We aren’t sure what God has in store for us or where He wants us to be, but we are sure that He’s telling us to be patient. He gave us each other at the exact right time in our lives, and He blessed us with amazing twin girls when we least expected it. He’s lined everything up for us the way it’s supposed to be, so we have absolutely no doubt that He has something amazing in store for us. I just need to work on being patient so I don’t miss out on everything on the way to where we’re going.

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Why am I telling you all of this? Because this blog is read by some of my closest strangers and friends and you’ve kindly followed along and encouraged me through all of these stages in our lives, which I really appreciate. This too is one of those stages…

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Around Our House + Thoughts

Disclaimer: There’s a lot of honesty and not so pretty pictures in this post.

You’ve been warned 😉

When we first got married and moved into our 800 sq ft house, we were constantly updating, decorating and had projects we were working on left and right. It was fun, we were a newlywed couple making our house our home. And then we found out we were expecting twins and renovated our house to make room for them. And then I went on bedrest before we welcomed our twins. Since last fall, we’ve pretty much been in survival mode and any projects around the house have been put on the back burner or just cancelled all together. Of course we’ve had those “rearrange the room to make room for this and that” or gone into “ultra organization” mode, but nothing worth blogging about.

That being said, forgive me if I’m not posting as many home projects or decorating ideas as I used to. This blog has documented our life at home as well as decorating, and our life is dramatically different now. Priorities change when you have children…actually everything changes. Decorating our home comes in maybe 7th or 8th on my list of priorities now where it used to be much higher. I love and always will love decorating, I’ve even made a career out of it, so you’ll continue to see blog posts on it. I just wanted to be honest with my readers in case you stumbled upon this decorating blog and are confused as to why you’re now reading about how many diapers I went through in a day (just kidding, I won’t go there, I’m too scared to count.)

OK back to our house.

Before kids…actually, before pregnancy, I always left my house “ready” because it just made me feel more at ease when I came home. I made the bed, folded blankets, fluffed pillows, cleaned counters, and put everything away (typing that actually makes me laugh, because it’s true, I was that crazy). Now, getting out the door with two babies means that sometimes I’m not even “ready” when I leave the house. I’ve had to accept that life changes, and I’m OK with that.

Because I love looking at other people’s homes (truth: I always look at the background whenever anyone posts a picture, in a totally non creepy way of course. Is that weird? Am I the only one who does that?) I thought I’d share a glimpse of our home NOW…our new normal…dirty laundry and all.

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Looking at these pictures brings all kinds of thoughts to my mind. Seriously…we have 4 people living in less than 800 sq feet- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. While I know that 1 bathroom eventually is just not going to cut it with 3 ladies under one roof, this house works for us and will be our home for the time being. Yes, we look at Zillow probably once a week day, dreaming of our next step home. But at this point, we’re just happy to have an affordable home that we can call ours, in a convenient and safe neighborhood that we love. So to answer the question of if we will be moving…the answer is yes. Where? We don’t know. When? When the time is right.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my grandma’s life and watched old home videos from when my mom was maybe 3 years old. My grandma had 5 kids- 3 under 4 years old before she was even 21. In one of the videos, my mom and her two older brothers were all in an old school playpen, sandwiched between two pieces of furniture, in a teeny house, having the time of their lives. I’ve really had to “check myself” lately because here I am stressed that I have baby bottles on the kitchen counter, or that baby gear has taken over our living room or that I might have to move a table to fit a pack n play for our girls…sheesh. I’m sure June and Faith will have fond memories of living in this house together, and not if our house was huge, well laid out and perfectly decorated. What matters is the people who live here, it’s our HOME.

Home Office

The renovations at our house are still going on ….but mainly just outside at this point. We’re replacing the siding, shutters, gutters, and some roof repair. Inside is pretty much done, just a few finishing touches. We were able to move back in this weekend and I’m now settling into my new office space! No more working from the sofa or kitchen table! Here’s my new view:

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 (Ignore the pile of insulation in the back yard…we’re still in renovation mode)

The office is pretty simple right now, just a white built in desk, but I’m thinking of some ideas to make it pretty…and functional. I like the idea of shelves on either side of the window for storage and to add decor. The only thing I don’t like about shelves is the clutter potential. If you’ve been following along this renovation, this room used to be a place where we threw everything, so I’m determined to keep this room clean and uncluttered. I’m thinking baskets and magazine holders to simplify everything, as well as neutral colors. Here are some ideas I like.

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Eclectic Home Office by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Catherine Renae Thomas Design Co.
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Wall cabinets would be a great idea for storage and clutter hiding, but we will be outgrowing this home very quick so we don’t want to put too much money into it if we don’t have to.
What’s your favorite way to hide office clutter?