We started to make some changes in our home last year…wait, 2 years ago (how time flies) and we worked through the planning stages of remodeling two rooms of our home. Then it started to snowball and we started thinking through each of the rooms in our house and how they were being used and how they could be used. And then, we waited…me, less patiently than my husband.
It took well over a year to get the living room “done.” The downstairs bath has been in the stage of “almost done” for months (and months, and months). The laundry room got finished, by the grace of God somewhere in there. And each of the other rooms are in the planning stages again for what they will someday become.
And in the midst of all this patience and impatience, I have gone about my way as a homemaker, trying to push where I can and be patient where I ought to be. I learned to work on what I, personally could accomplish and keep (mostly) quiet about the things I couldn’t.
At the end of last year, I had our front door repainted. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for one small but high-impact change in their homes.
At the beginning of the year, I embarked upon a de-cluttering craze which gave me breathing room in each and every room in our home. And I got rid of all the things I really didn’t “need” anymore.
And I started dreaming of updating our most consistently changed room in our house. The once and future guest room, that had done a short stint as G’s bedroom/nursery. And I think at some point in our residence here, it has also been an office, but I can’t be too sure. For this room, I wanted to install some sort of fun closet organization system, create a fun focal, gallery wall. Purchase these crazy fun pieces of furniture and create the best oasis our guests had ever seen.
And then the thing I was being patient about most in life, suddenly appeared and it was time to reshuffle the deck.
I mean really reshuffle the deck.
In fact, I think I had to walk around the house trying to find where all the cards for the deck were just so I could reshuffle.
We found out we are having another baby!!!
Yea! YEAH! Hallelujah! and PRAISE the LORD! This is the answer to the deepest desire of my heart that I truly didn’t know God would graciously give: another baby (!) another sweet little one to hold!
My heart is thrilled!
And even as I am beyond excited, I have been back in planning mode for all the (happy) problems to solve in light of this major reshuffle. That guest room idea…out the window. The once and future guest room shall morph back into a nursery for this little one. My husband’s office downstairs, which used to be a guest room (and the recovery room for my c-sections), will share double-duty (somehow) as an office and guest room. And all other major remodeling projects are kind of on hold.
It has become much easier to be patient about all those projects I can’t do myself. Maybe it is because I have the energy level of an 18-year-old house cat. Maybe it is because the planning boards are back out and the trust-meter is on high alert (being pregnant does that to me). Or maybe it is because we FINALLY ordered those shelves and hooks for the downstairs bath and the frame in the dining room is FINALLY complete….
Who knows, but this homemaking and nesting thing sure is an adventure! And I honestly don’t fear the reshuffling of the deck of our lives because I know Him who holds it all together has a perfect plan for our family.
I am hoping, now that I am through the first trimester of this pregnancy, to be back here on a regular basis. I hope to keep sharing the simple joys of our homemaking life, including fun activities with our girls. But then again…the deck is not mine to reshuffle…