Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Every Intention...

Good Afternoon dear ones.  I had every intention of blogging over spring break but we were so busy, I was seldom at home!  I have previously promised you a home storage video tour soon because when I mentioned how I spent the past couple of years downsizing everything we own to our own version of practical minimalism, I got a barrage of requests and inquiries.  Most of them were desperate for practical specifics about how we utilize our current space, also asking me to open cupboards and show what we still keep on hand.  (I think like a minimalist and I can envision a future of even less, but it's been a slow process of gradual transformation on the practical end of shedding the excess, because do actually have STUFF.  Minimalism is relative, because I can show you what it means to me, but it may seem like a house full or empty, based on your personal perspective.)

I am still mentally sorting out that post.  I would like to do a video sweep of our home, showing the closets and cupboards and such, yet I fear that could be a half hour long video at best!  And if I shorten it, I'm not sure that I can show you all that you've been asking to see.  I may just make the video, length ignored.  Yikes!  Or perhaps a two-part video... (Can you see why I haven't created that post yet?) I know so many of you are spring cleaning and want that guidance on living with less.  I want to help because it's so freeing!! It is worth the work of sorting, donating, and organizing.  I want to make sure and address the topics that are important though so fingers crossed I can work out all the details in my head soon and put them into an actual post.

I'm attempting to prepare my heart for Easter, between all of the chaos.  Have you ever noticed how much we heap on our plates during holiday seasons?  Why do we do that? It's like we think we're bionic women who can accomplish the impossible.  I was so tempted to commit and overschedule in a few spaces, and you know what I just did yesterday?  I took my weekly planner, an eraser, and I erased several things from each day!! Sure, it will leave holes where someone was perhaps expecting something of me, yes.  But it may also save my sanity!  I was reminded just this morning, of the age old story of Mary and Martha.  Don't you just adore that God not only understands our busy seasons, but also let that story specifically be included in the bible to encourage and redirect us? I love that He knows about all that must be done, yet He calls us to pause and make time in His presence, our priority.  There are a million things to check off my list by next week, yet one thing is most important and that's seeking Him first.  I'll be honest, I have struggled with this lately.

We had a busy Spring break.  Good, but way busier than I wanted. I saw it going differently in my mind. Sure, I fit in a few projects like repainting a sign with a sweet quote, and found time to visit our local daffodil fields and do a flipping GORGEOUS photoshoot of my baby girl, but it truly didn't go as planned on the whole.  Can anyone else relate?  I saw daily workouts, daily leisurely time spent getting ahead on my bible study, and long evenings of laughter and family time.  Instead, I got a husband working late, one child gone being a camp counselor, and I crash-landed at the end of the week exhausted because we did a lot of fun but constant going, and I was suddenly behind on everything (like laundry and cleaning), especially my bible study, overwhelmed by a mounting to do list, and... what are workouts?
So, thinking I could get ahead and catch up, I filled daily to do lists from top to bottom this week, like a crazy woman. Didn't take me more than a day to realize that was the wrong answer! Ha! Nothing is as freeing as erasing things when that feels unrealistic!  And I think I learned my lesson because summer is fast approaching and both kids may have a job, I'll be working for my honey and we may all be going opposite directions most of the time.  The lesson is this: Open hands with plans and expectations, (I think I gulped on that expectations one) Jesus first daily, heart filled with thanks no matter what, and savoring all the sweetness in whatever moments fall into my lap. Most of the good ones are unplanned for anyway.  When six teens unexpectedly converge in the backyard around the campfire and I have to raid the pantry for anything that can be toasted on a stick... Laughter, music, games, goofing around all make the memory.  Being in the moment, not in perfection, because we all know those two are polar opposites.  Kids get older, things change, and being flexible is the key to enjoying what DOES happen.  Yes?  (Scrambling to make a frantic to do list is stupid.  I probably won't quit doing that as it's hardwired into my DNA, but I might make the lists smaller and quit seeking my stability from them.) A list doesn't make me feel better, but putting Jesus first on the list does. 

Now, y'all know I love Easter and we host a Good Friday Seder dinner every year.  I had a few fun things planned for the table and I wanted to share  before I go so I made you a quick little video this morning on YouTube, here.  (Y'all can find me there under Sasha Brodeur, and if you are so inclined, you can subscribe to me there so you never miss a video.)

 The vintage looking nails are from Amazon, here

I'll be back with some pretty photos of our actual table once I get the details worked out.  I hope you all have a happy and peace-filled Easter.  Put Him first, and your details will fall right into place, even the ones that don't.  Know what I mean? (Grin.)



  1. Open hands and thankful heart - yes! ❤

  2. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful resurrection celebration!

  3. Your daughter is growing up and looks so much like you. She is beautiful! Love this post!!

  4. Loved your video! Happy Resurrection Day!

  5. I love what you said about savoring all the sweetness in whatever moments fall into your lap! I think this is really key to life. To actually make the most of even the smallest moments of peace and joy, and of whatever self care and self love we can carve out for ourselves. Especially as a mama, being able to REALLY soak in the good stuff, the stuff that makes our hearts happy. To pay attention and make those moments stretch and go as far as they can <3 I hope you and your family have a happy Easter. Oh and I LOVE that quote you painted. What a beautiful expression of love.

  6. Thank you sharing. I adore that It Is Finished sign. How precious.