Sunday, March 6, 2011

A big fat lemon, with a side of sugar!

Some days are just so good you can hardly stand it.  By all rights, I should be crying and feeling just lousy about our house selling/buying mess, but I'm not!  I'm really doing okay-better than okay- and it's blowing me away.  Is it possible that I've actually grown some faith over this past year?  Because if it is... I'm okay with that.
 We are entering a contingency with this elderly couple that still wants to buy our house, in hopes that they are able to get their financing figured out, and we'll just have to go from there.  I really hope they don't go playing the lottery in the next month.  Bwahahahaha!  (Sorry 'bout that.)
 In the meantime, I've had to spend the past couple of days opening every single box, pulling a few items out of it, then re-packing it, and lugging it out to my garage, because we're back on the market along with our contingent offer.  My home's got to be ready to show again... only I refused to unpack everything I've spent the past 30 days packing, so I'm just decorating on a bare minimum level.  Basically, it's fake.  Every drawer and closet is completely empty.  Don't tell anyone, okay?

And now I'll show you 487 photos of my kitchen area, since I think it looks cuter than before!  I hope that's okay with you guys... I tried making a pact with myself earlier in the year about not posting so many photographs of my home because I don't want anyone rolling their eyes and going, "Sheesh!  All this woman does is photograph the same rooms of her house every other day... We've seen it already lady!"  So... if that describes you... um... bear with me okay?
 You guys should have seen me yesterday.  It's possible that I was driving everybody crazy, only they were too nice to tell me that.  I was walking around, from room to room, pulling things out of boxes and then forgetting what I was going to do with it.  My house was a disaster area of boxes, bubble wrap, and wayward items.  My brother and sis-in-law were helping, and super patient as I held up pictures and asked stupid things like, "Should I hang this up or drag it out to the garage?"  I actually love what I came up with, even though it involved pulling a couple of the fun things I'd been saving for the new house out for use now.  And I hurt my back really badly lifting boxes, so I'm going to milk that for a few days and do nothing! 

I felt like our family really needed that wall verse about love out in the open right about now... I want to make sure all of our responses to this situation are loving.  These yellow flowers are my favorite thing right now.  I don't believe in fake flowers ordinarily... but in this case, I made an exception. They were just screaming my name, so I bought three branches, took them home, cut them up, and plunked them into this old bucket I had.  And the best part, is the fact that I can't kill them.  Hallelujah!
My big plan (because I've always got one) is to be mostly absent this week, while I heal my back and slowly attempt to get the rest of my house "fake put back together"... but as soon as that's done, I'll be working on fun things like these napkins for my spring Etsy!

Thanks again for all the precious encouragement you guys have sent my way.  I just told Adrain today that I'm not sure I'd be feeling this okay if it weren't for you guys!  I bet I've read every comment both here and on my Facebook page at least three times.  You guys have been a huge blessing!!

34 comments:

  1. Isn't it great that we don't have to muster up faith with our own willpower, but that God gives it to us as a gift?! You rock girl! I am still praying that everything gets cleared up soon!
    BTW: I will never tire of seeing photos of your beautiful home! :)

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  2. Your faith is contagious. Thank you for living up to your name and giving the credit to Him! hang in there...btw your kitchen looks so cute.

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  3. You are amazing, Sasha...and I just have a feeling this is all going to work out better than you can imagine...remember, he puts the desires in your heart so you'll ask him for what you want most. And he loves to give it to you. :)

    PS. Did you make that "love" sign??

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  4. Your fake decor is gorgeous! I post lots of pictures of the same thing too. I hope your house situation clears up and you can get your new one.

    When we bought our place, on the day before closing, we find out that the sellers couldn't afford to pay the penalty for getting out of their mortgage, so they couldn't sell us the house. We moved out of our old house, as planned, and into my brother-in-law's garage. We stayed there for three weeks while the sellers sorted out their financial mess. Finally, eventually, they were able to complete the sale.

    So, I know a bit of the stress you're under, and you're doing so well!

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  5. What a great attitude you have in this situation! It would be so easy for someone in your position to feel sorry for themselves, but you are choosing to be at peace (even though you may not understand WHY.) That is admirable :)
    We are going on week 3 on the market with not. one. showing. But, I know that it's all within God's plan. He will bring us a buyer when HE is ready. Reading your blog has helped me have a better attitude about it!
    I can't wait to read future posts from you talking about how perfectly everything came together even though in the midst of things, it seemed like chaos. :)

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  6. your kitchen is so soothing with all the little punches of yellow. i kinda just want to come over and sit there for a while and chill out...my house is a disaster, with projects galore going on and i'm a little pooped! i'm glad you've got your head up :) it'll all work out, i have no doubt!

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  7. I'm new to your blog, but am amazed by your faith. You are a bright light of encouragement and I love seeing pics of your house or anything you'd like to show us. ♥

    P.S. I saw you at Ruffles & Rust, but was too embarrassed to introduce myself. Silly, I know.

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  8. Your Faith is shining as bright and bold as those gorgeous forsythia branches! Rest up this week...and let God continue to put His plans for your life into action!

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  9. I've been sitting smack dab in the middle of several transitions too. Your faith has been a great reminder that God works through it all... even when there are setbacks we don't always anticipate/appreciate in the moment. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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  10. stay positive - you're hanging in there and i don't think anyone could get tired of seeing your pics:) love the yellow flowers, may have to go out and get some for me today:)

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  11. it's definitely a frustrating thing to bounce back and forth between readiness and waiting...i truly hope that the lord resolves quickly for you.

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  12. You are amazing and your kitchen looks lovely...the family verse sums up a wonderful family!

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  13. Believe it or not, I have actually done the same thing: I packed our entire house only to have had the plans change and unpack everything. I was soooo ticked, but so glad that things worked out the way they did. One of my friends still ribs me about it and that was over 15 years ago! You're doing well and will do better. Great things are to come!! ; )

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  14. Ok, seriously, you keep mentioning the lottery--did they really think they won a lottery somewhere or what? I guess I missed that post.

    LOVE the kitchen and have much of this blooming right outside my door.

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  15. I just adore your blog and you! I never get tired of seeing your kitchen and your photos..it's great eye candy! Your wonderful attitude and your trust in the Lord is apparent and He does work all things for the good of those who trust in HIM! Have a wonderful day!

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  16. It looks beautiful...all of it. I've said it before friend and I mean it. SO beyond proud of you!!

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  17. It looks amazing. I LOVE that sign. Where can I get it? Walking through the process... you are letting HIM hold your hand.

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  18. Well, your fake put back together is looking really good. I'd never have guessed the forsythia wasn't real. Glad you're feeling fine; karma will ensure everything works out happy for you. Hugs from England :)

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  19. Well, your FAKE stuff looks Great! ha!
    :)

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  20. I LOVE your kitchen. It looks so cute and cozy.

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  21. Oh no... I don't want to read the posts I missed in the last few days... but I think I know... It is SO hard to Trust... and when we think we might have a grip on it.. it gets harder sometimes!! I am trying to write a post about that... =) my bootstraps are all worn out... if you know what I mean.. so I am tugging on the sides of my boots sometimes... b/c the straps are a bit weak... My point is... my heart sank for you... but my mind is hopeful with you!! =) I love love that verse too...

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  22. If only my "real" house looked as darn cute as your "fake" house. I love looking at your home and decor pictures. They inspire more then the Pottery Barn catalog.

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  23. What amazing faith you have. I LOVE the yellow flowers and am heading out after work to get some of my own! Also, I love, love, love and NEED the EAT napkins. Pretty please tell me you will make more. I NEED them!

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  24. Ooh, I hope your back feels better soon. I do believe you are growing in your faith and what an amazing thing...what an amazing example. I love seeing your kitchen...makes me want to dive into mine to make it more cozy and welcoming. Those flowers are fake!!! Blow me over...I love them. Well, I love anything yellow :) Have a restful week.

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  25. I hope your back is just a milld strain and your up and at em soon. Don't forget that is what hunky hubs are for!! I'm glad you are handling this well. Knowing God is in control and praising Him all along the journey---it's really awesome to see feet walking the talk.

    I had my doubts about the whole sweepstakes thing, it sounded pretty looney tunes. But God who is able!!

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  26. LOVE your pictures...
    LOVE THEM.
    the "yellow bell" branches, as we call them in the deep South, are beautiful. I'm sure they have a more formal name...something that starts with an F...but yellow bell is what came to me....anyway, beautiful!!!!!

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  27. youre an inspiration sasha. some of your posts have actually given me a stomach ache (imagining myself). i loved when you said "god was still the same god" i could remember that a little more often for sure.
    anyway, thank you for showing what is real, the highs and lows of life and the lows and highs to how a real lover of christ behaves.
    we arent perfect. but like i said.. you.. have.. inspired

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  28. Sometimes when we are fighting hard I find myself getting excited about the surprise that comes when our spoken wishes aren't coming true... It's hard to wait! Thinking of you and your delicious lemonade :-)

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  29. I meant to say, I love your 'eat' napkins. Will you be able to ship to the UK when you open your Spring Etsy store? Hope so :)

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  30. Your "fake" decor looks fab! ;) You are an inspiration with your upbeat attitude. And it IS because of your faith that you are so positive. *I* have faith that this will work out for you one way or the other. Sometimes we don't know what's perfect until it actually happens and it might not be what we originally thought. (((Hugs))) I can imagine how frustrating this must be though.

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  31. Sasha,I have followed your journey for so long, never commented though. We just moved into my mother in law's home up north, life has been completely crazy so I can totally relate to the packing/unpacking , selling, not selling stuff! I will pray that everything works out for your family. Hang in there! In the mean time, I love seeing pictures of your house, never enough!! Your photography is amazing!

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  32. i love that sign in your kitchen!!!

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