Thank you so much for all the sweet comments about our back porch makeover, you truly overwhelm me with your kind and loving words.
Making a little time this month to work on the farmhouse was truly a joy for us. Our daily life is a blend of hectic schedules and crazy chaos to the point that finding some sort of balance has been an elusive thing.
I pour so much of myself into displays at the Shoppe and a gazillion other business tasks that, at times, it leaves very little to give to our own home.
So, this project was not only rewarding to complete, but the finished result has given us a space where we can relax and "just be" when we come home.
It's nice to have a visually peaceful place to go when so much of the inside of the house is a rough "work in progress", as it will remain for many months to come.
At times, walking through the unfinished rooms is stressful and I wonder if we will ever get things completed.
Then to add even more stress, my next thought is to quickly place myself on some crazy self-inflicted timeline to get everything done.
Why do I do that?
When you get down to it, although the completion of a project is nice, the process during the project and the things we learn from the experience are the real jewels.
Balance in our lives can be hard to achieve, but it's vitally important. I found it strange that a home improvement project like this one could be a vehicle to restore some perspective. But oddly, that is indeed what the creation of this space did for us.
After spending many evenings outside eating dinner, curled up on the porch swing reading a book, or just talking about life, we realized how long it had been since we had made time to just "relax".
Isn't that crazy?
Creating a "space" dedicated to relaxation made a big difference for us. This was a life lesson for me. I realized it's not just the old house that I love, but a longing for the "old days" that I seek.
For me personally, this equates to restoring Sunday to a day of rest and worship, eating more home cooked meals, and spending a little time each week just "being still".
HE speaks to me in the gentlest of ways.
Have a wonderful week my friends. :-))
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.