Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nice Day

Today Mark and I got a bunch of furniture out of the house.  Two chairs and another desk left our house today, along with various odd and ends that were no longer needed.  It feels good to get things cleaned out.  After dropping the unwanted items off at our local thrift store we headed for Boulder.  We had lunch at our favorite restaurant called Breadworks.  Then we did some shopping.  I was able to pick up a lamp for my new desk for $20 and a chalk board (which will be hung over the desk mostly for decoration).  Once home I put both items with the desk and they all look great together.  Now all I need to find is a chair for the desk and it will pretty much be set to use.

Otherwise there is still plenty to do.  Brandon's bedroom needs to be painted and set up as a guest room.  And we need a new sofa and loveseat.  And there is also much more junk that needs to be sorted through.  We will just keep picking away at it all day by day..


The dictionary defines the word this way "unhappy listlessness" which I think describes me.  Listless means a lack of enthusiasm.  Yes, that is me, I have definitely had a lack of enthusiasm.  It has come to me that this is a time of resting given to me by the Lord.  I am struggling with it which I wish I was not.  I am learning that we cannot and should not hang on to the past.  That we have to let go and continue on with the Lord.

I am feeling better this week so I was able to get a few things done with the house.  We moved Brandon's desk out and took it over to the thrift store and then picked up from the same thrift store a new desk that I purchased.  Also moved some furniture around upstairs.  Moved out our old recliner that had seen many days with pets and children.  And we moved up the new leather recliner we bought in January.  I moved a lamp and accent table downstairs and set them up next to my new sitting chair.  Tomorrow Mark and I are going to be taking more things to the thrift store.  It feels refreshing to get the house looking good.

I can tell Mark is feeling much more relaxed at home these days.  All of this has come at a good time for him.  With the new position he has taken on at work there is a higher stress level.  It has been nice for him to come home to peace and pampering.  One day this week he worked from home which was great.  Since we have an office where he can work, I think he really enjoyed working from home.

I leave you with a bit of encouragement from Holley Gerth..."The goal is not perfection.  It's simply to be in an intimate relationship with Christ each day, embrace who He created us to be, and seek to fulfill the purpose He has for us."  This is what I am working on, but wondering a bit what my purpose is now (which I am sure empty nest moms all go through).  

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be My Valentine!

Thanks to the Lord I am slowly adjusting to my new life.  It feels good to have freedom and I am more relaxed.  I am keeping in touch with the boys.  They are both doing as well as can be for where they are at.  Mostly, I am over joyed to know that the Lord is definitely taking care of both of them.  It is so amazing!  I may not agree with all the choices they are making, etc., but the Lord is right there with them.  He is always able to establish hope in my  life when I, Miss Drama Queen, think there is none.

Right now I am struggling to overcome this virus that I have caught.  I'm in my 3rd week with it.  I start feeling better so I do stuff.  Then I get set back and have to rest.  Really looking forward to the day when I am well.  Otherwise I am enjoying church, Bible study and visiting with girlfriends.

I am also having fun with redecorating and rearranging the house.  Since my younger son no longer occupies the basement, the concentration of my redecorating is going on downstairs.  Its going slow, but I am having fun with it.  My redecorating plan includes visiting various thrift stores.  I have been blessed with good finds...praise the Lord!  One of the biggest blessed finds was a newly recovered chair for $55!  When I am feeling better I will have to take pictures.

Wishing all of my blog friends many blessings.  I hope to get back to blogging more regular and visit your blogs.  Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

   Happy Valentine's Day!