So, I missed an entry yesterday. Here’s a twofer…
Day 11 – I Will Improve the Home I Have (and not pine after ones I don’t).
When we bought our house, we thought we would pay it off as quickly as we could (or at least way down) and sell it for our real forever home in five to ten years. Since then, the housing market fell, God led me to stay home as a full-time mother, and we have used much of our nest egg to bankroll four mission trips and the remaining two years of a bachelor’s degree. So, here I sit in our starter home in a subdivision in the middle of nowhere.
My husband and I are Nashville natives and never envisioned staying in this college town after I graduated in 2006, much less at this point in our lives. We are city folk, and we often find ourselves looking around, daydreaming about moving back. Plus, our house is at space capacity with two children buzzing about, and the bargain-basement carpet, paint, cabinets, and the like are all showing their, ehem, quality.
On Friday, though, as I rolled fresh paint onto the wall behind our dining room table, I felt a sense of pride. Everything needs updating, and doing the work of updating is especially difficult when it is on an after-the-kids-go-to-bed schedule and performed by a couple of amateurs. But, we will improve, little by little, until the cycle begins again. We will love our place in the world until God releases us to go elsewhere. We will be grateful to have a place to call our own, no matter what lies over the fence. We have more than many.
Day 12 – I Will be Slow to Speak, Slow to Get Angry.
Not going to lie – this is the one I failed today, and that’s why I am writing about it now. No long stories or details here, just the humble realization that I need to grow up a little, act in love a little better, and not allow environment or circumstances to create frustration in me.