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The winner of Leen's "Gather" graphic giveaway by random drawing was Kerri with "Your house always looks so warm and cozy! I just want to curl up with a hot cup of coffee or tea and chat and read scripture with ya! Since I am in a different season (Ava is 5 and Caroline is 3) I would be sure to leave the girls at home! It is so hard to keep the seasons separate when they seem to rush everything in retail. I have made myself the promise that I am going to be sure that we fully embrace and savor every moment of Thanksgiving as I GATHER with my family! XO" Kerri, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I'll get this sent your way!
Ah friends... how are you? I'm squishing two posts into two side-by-side days, but I had to because I wonder if you can relate to what I'm about to share. I've spent the better part of August, September and October working on, selling, and thinking about several holiday items for my store (most of which are already sold, Praise the Lord!) and because of that... I spent a lot of time thinking about Christmas. In fact, I kind of missed a chunk of Autumn in there because my head was so buried in thoughts of a different season.
I miss the wonderful season going on around me. (And can I just say, the stores don't help, with the darling Christmas goodies around every aisle corner!)
longing for another season... it's been a very difficult month to say the least.) I do it with our life and my husband's job circumstances... I do it with personal goals and dreams, you name it. I always want to jump to the more pleasant looking season.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" Ecclesiastes 3:1 (emphasis mine)
12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God." (emphasis mine)
living life to the full? I felt so down-hearted because I couldn't wrap my brain around it at the time. But today it seems clear. To live the abundant life that God has planned for me (and you) we need to embrace whatever current season of life He has foreseen to place us in. Be happy and do good... eat, and drink and find satisfaction in my work and see it as a gift...
We say "thank you" for it.
I leaned into it. I gathered up the next season's items that were beginning to sneak into my heart, mind, home and tucked them safely away for the appropriate time... And I mean that figuratively and literally.
printed Psalm 100 and finished fluffing my nest "Thanksgiving style." I long for an abundantly full life... not merely an existence. How ironic that it appears to begin with thanksgiving and contentment in the current season.
previous arrangement here) What can I say? When it's not right, it's not right until it is right... and when it is right you feel it. You know? Of course you do. The bench stuck out a tad too far, and the crates below that held our shoes were scraping my bead board and causing problems, plus the rug kept getting peed on by puppy Daisy. Blech. I'd been eyeing this shoe cubby from Ikea since last year but hadn't had the right spot. Then it occurred to me... "RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALL!" Duh.
whole pair into a bin! This kind of organization is life changing for me I hate piles of shoes... hate them I tell you!
longing for another season. (grin) Today was laundry and "cleaning day" so while the hoodlums were cleaning their rooms (something I make them do only about every two weeks) I used the opportunity to snap my post photos before anyone "lived in" the space. (By which I mean before the dog started stringing her toys around, the kids started eating snacks and playing, and mail and purses etc started getting dumped onto the island.) And yes, though I'm a clean-y and keep a very tidy home because I'm a bit of a freak of nature in that regard, our home doesn't look this pristine all the time. Just saying. Though it was nice while it lasted.
Leen the Graphics Queen. I love Leen because I sent her an email saying, "Leen, I want a word to stick on a platter... can you make me a 10 inch long "GATHER" word in gray?" And she waved her magic wand and there it was. Perfection. I love that Leen. (FYI-You can put your "Gather" word wherever you'd like... I wanted mine on a platter.)
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