cheetah babies diving into a mud swamp
penguin brothers karate chopping a polar bear
warriors saving their sister from a burning building
while the stories change, they all look like this:
i've been spending spare (sparse?) free time packing.
did i forget to mention we are moving??
it's finally official...we bought a small twin one block from where my brother and sister-in-love live.
i couldn't be more excited! i can literally see their house from our house!
perfection, i tell you.
if you know my brother and his wife, you'd want to live on the same block as them, too. think of the most beautiful and most generous people you know...the sweetest, funniest, cleverest, stylish, creative people. that's stephen and lauren. perfection i tell you. neighborhood perfection.
so i'm packing.
closing is in 2 weeks and since it's a foreclosure property, we have at least a month of rehab.
so i'm attempting to pack everything 1 month ahead of time so i can spend every spare second painting and helping clint fix up the new house.
oh, and in case you were wondering...packing with 3 kids running around?
it's horrible and distracting and annoying.
the rest of the day was a wash. because we started couch jumping and i realized i forgot all about dishes and dinner and laundry and photographing the apt for our landlord.
and by photographing? i mean "shuffling clutter from one side of the room to the other" :)
we all groan at the thought of packing and setting up house again. but we will. somehow, someway.
i'm trying to learn what God has for me during all of this.
at the moment, it's contentment.
our new house is small by the standard of homes in chester county, pa.
and if i constantly compare, i'll never see the beauty of contentment.
i'm letting go of my expectation that we have "arrived" when we have a huge dream house.
i'm letting go of wanting new furniture and the ability to buy new clothes.
i'm letting go of all of the many things i want to decorate with and create and spend money on.
i believe contentment is closely associated with living within our means.
for us, a small twin will allow us that freedom, amidst the sacrifice of the things i want.
and you know what?
contentment feels awesome.
it feels better than new stuff and the stress of wanting more.
and i'm also allowing myself grace, knowing it isn't easy to stop comparing
because let's be honest...we all compare
"she's a such better mom than i am..."
"their house is sooo beautiful!"
"i wish i had her body...long legs, long hair, perfect skin..."
"their family looks so perfect. i bet they never have dirty dishes piled a mile high in the sink."
"her kids are so well behaved. they must be perfect parents."
comparing is dangerous.
and i hate myself when i do it because it never leads to a positive thought process.
we each have such incredible, beautiful, creative qualities.
embracing what God has given me and letting thankfulness outshine my natural desire to whine...well, thankfulness makes my whole house lighter. we all smile more. i can hear my children's laughter echoing through the house because mommy isn't stressing over every little thing. and i can see clearly that being content is one of the keys to success in life. it's how God designed for us to live.
and that's the best thing about today.