Thursday, March 20, 2008

Growing Up Gracefully

The title of this entry may surprise you if you've been following my blog for any length of time. You'll remember that I am the 'I don't wanna' girl and that I really am surprised all the time that I have to grow up at all. One of my least grown-uppy traits is that I am a messy, messy girl. That makes drop-in company very unpleasant for all concerned. However, this year I made a vow to grow up and get my home in order so that by my birthday in April, any of you non-scary, non-stalkers could theoretically drop by any time and I could just show you around. This is partially because: a) I don't like to be embarrassed and b) I do like to have friends over. However, the REAL reason is that God has been very clear to me that it's time to take care of what He's blessed me with. So, as all my previous attempts to argue with God have failed... I'm determined to obey with gladness this time.

My first project is to makeover my family room. I've discovered I spend way too much time in my bedroom because there is no place comfortable for me to be in the downstairs portion of my home. The kids like to hang out with me(who knows why, I'm really not that much fun) but I don't really like them in my bedroom.... so J and I decided that it was time to make a room that's comfy for our entire family. We've changed so much in the 6 years we have lived here... the kids have grown, our interests have evolved, our needs for a family room have changed. Yet, the room looked the same and functioned the same as the day we moved in. It was certainly time for a change. Here's a before shot for you:Confession: I so don't want to show you our room in this condition but I couldn't find even one pic where it is both clean and void of company in the shot. So, you get to see the real deal, Easter 2006, complete with thin mints cases, dog blanket on the couch, and crud all over the table. So proud. *squirm*


Now, for the better part. Here is our new, in progress family room, as it has looked every day for the last two weeks:
We're still working on stuff- want to lose the blinds, find some curtains, looking for a tv armoire, and for art, we're trying this (below). Our friends own a frame shop, and if we choose this, they'll add a bigger frame so this doesn't look so small here, but I think I like it! The craziest thing is that I picked the print out online, and my friends already had it in their shop and were thinking it would be the perfect thing for our new room! How awesome is that? The one that's hanging here is on canvas, and you can see a better shot of the print here:
So, anyway, I'd been feeling a little smug about keeping everything up in that ONE room, when God put my pride to the test: a surprise visit from my Father-in-Law and his grownup stepson...both of whom will be staying with us for a few days. YIKES!!! After a nice little day of scrambling to clean this place up, I have to say it was just the kick I needed to restart my efforts toward that mid-April goal! It feels good to be able to have them over, and to not be terrified at what they might find. True, I still have to keep my pigpen bedroom door LOCKED 'cause of all the rubble and general slovenliness... but overall this is a nice way to live, indeed. We've been blessed with so much...it's awesome to share what God has given with us with others... it just overflows.

Is that how you grownups out there always feel?

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
Luke 12:48

PS: if you're playing the Hamper Scamper game, go on over to your underwear drawer, bin, basket, or pile... and throw out something that really should have been thrown out years ago... you'll be so glad you did.... Ready? Set....GO!

26 comments:

care-in said...

It's gorgeous!! Great job! I feel at home just looking at the picture!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Girl, talk about inspiring! Look what you've done! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Did you find a room to "Clean Sweep"? I guess with company coming that will be tough to do right now. That's okay...looks like you've been working hard enough already!

Have a blessed Easter.

Tracy said...

Your family room looks great! (And yes, that's how I feel all the time)

Gretchen said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Your obedience, and your family room. But, puh-lease...give yourself some grace. Any one of us would drop by and even come into your bedroom, and it just wouldn't matter. We see your spirit. We don't care about undies on the floor.

Enjoy the visit. xxxoooGJH

Beck said...

That looks WONDERFUL! Very inspirational.

Gotta GROW with it said...

FABULOUS darling! Your living room is beeeautiful. Feels great doesn't it?!

Btw...totally on the same page about drop-ins. Don't forget we have little kiddos and a lot can be explained in just that fact! Besides, if someone loves you that much to pop in, it means they know you are there for them and probably don't care about the house...just y-o-u...telling myself that now too!

Halfmoon Girl said...

You have done a lovely job on your makeover. It is hard to be disciplined in our weak areas, but I have to say that your messy picture just looked like normal family activity clutter than actual messiness! Your new room looks very welcoming and grown up all at the same time though. Good job!

MandyBoggs said...

Yes, that is the same area that God has been dealing with me in! Somedays it all seems so overwhelming and like "why bother" because I know that it will look the same tomorrow. I have been reading a book called Love, Sex, and Kids and was very surprised to find a section written on cleanliness and how it is unacceptable to have a home that we are not proud of. That as a wife, it really is our God-given responsibility to make sure that it is a HOME for our family and clutter is not homey. Thanks for the inspiration to continue trying to live clutter free (in my main living areas at least) :-)

God's Guitar Girl said...

I love the new sofa! You've got a nice, sophisticated look that is family friendly. Try some window treatments when you change out your blind -- it's amazing what difference framing out the windows makes in the warmth and depth of a room!

Earen said...

Wow, I love your new look! Looks so peaceful and welcoming! Good for you!

mer said...

I LOVE it! And congrats on keeping it clutter-free. It does feel good doesn't it.

I just found out I'm having surprise company too, though I do have a couple of days to prepare for them. And thank goodness I hosted Bunco last night because that motivated me to clean and right now my house is in pretty good shape!

Happy Easter!

Becky said...

Your family room looks FAB, girl...so homey, warm and inviting!Good. Job! And what a blessing about the frame, too!

Jenn said...

Your family room looks so inviting and cozy. I love your choices and the art on the wall is awesome. If you keep it there you will have to show us the finished product once framed.

Also being a girl with 'I don't wanna' issues, I am proud of you that you are stay on the course toward your goal in April. :o)

Enjoy your company and don't worry about your room - the stuff has to go somewhere.

PS- Your new header looks so springy! I love tulips.

MelanieJoy said...

Love the new look and I also love the print! If I don't make it back
by I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

truth said...

This is so cool! I've been working on my home as well...very, very slowly. I had a bit of a push when Hilary wanted a 16th birthday party and I got enough accomplished that it happened last week. I took photos and boy, I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to post the befores. Working on it though.

LOL, I love the throwing out of a piece of underwear. Why is it so hard for some of us? I've gotten way better, but sadly, not before I passed this same trait on to some of my kids. My eldest was here and I noticed a couple pairs of undergarments that I KNOW I bought her when she was in high school and she is 26. Maybe for her April birthday I'll surprise her with new underwear.(And make her throw the oldies away.)

Jess said...

wow. excellent!! it looks great...

very inspiring..(Hm...when is that tax refund arriving?)

love
jess

Gretchen said...

Luuurve your new header, HG.
xxxooogretchen

Ann said...

Your living room looks fabulous! So warm and inviting too :)

Ann said...

Ooh! Ooh! I just noticed your new header, too! LOVE IT! Is that one of your pictures? It's beautiful!

Fran said...

I absolutely love the new room!!

I'm proud of you...its tough growing up gracefully isn't it?!

Happy Easter sweet friend~
Fran

PJ said...

Love the new family room!!! That picture is reallly great. A large frame is just the ticket.

Sing4joy said...

I would come over right now and take a lovely nap right there on that couch. Well, if I didn't have to hop 3 planes and pay 60million dollars to get there that is.

ibdawnk said...

Love it!

Alana said...

Ooh...I love your makeover! It looks great. I really like the artwork as well. Enjoy that new space.

Jenster said...

I love your family room! It looks very warm and inviting and nice.

I'm so not a grown up. My room is awful. I use the excuse that it's because we have Ben living with us and I can't use the guest room for the ironing and stuff, but that's a crock.

I want to be a grown up, too. I'm trying...

Mama P said...

Where do you hide the Diet Coke cans though?