Friday, December 21, 2012

giving thanks for the mess that started it all


Today I am honored to part of the 6th Street Design Holiday Homes tour. If you have managed top hop over here from there, then let me give you a great big welcome. I am so happy to have you over for a visit.
 I only managed to snap pretty shots of our living room merriment due to that lack of sun and time and my hobbledness, so it is a very brief glimpse. Maybe I will find enough daylight to snap a few other pictures of the rest of the house this weekend. Maybe.


In the middle of all the holiday merry making, home tours and Christmas crafting that is happening all around Blogland today, I thought I would show small glimpse at the other side of all this festiveness, know as The Mess. 

This is the other side of decorating and crafting. The side that includes half-empty rubbermaid containers lining the hallway, the chair filled with Christmas odds and ends I have never found a home for, the dining room table turned sewing table, covered in fabric straight pins and loose threads. The side that is just as real as the pretty side of things. They are both real. They are both true. 


A while ago I wrote that I had intended to enter Advent meditating on these words by Ann Voskamp "...life change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change."
As is typical, I had no idea how necessary and  real those words would become. 
 Here are some examples:
..life change comes when I receive the house I have with thanks and ask for nothing to change.
..life change comes when I receive life with a broken foot with thanks and ask for nothing to change.
..life change comes when I  receive my limitations with thanks and ask for nothing to change.
..life change comes when I receive the budget I have with thanks and ask for nothing to change.
..life change comes when I receive my job and it's schedule with thanks and ask for nothing to change.
..life change comes when I receive the mess of making merry with thanks and ask for nothing to change."

The closer we get to Christmas, the deeper these words sink, and the more I realize how true they are. 
The play begins, afterall, with a teenage mother giving birth to a baby God in a barn.
Talk about a mess. Talk about a life change. 


5 comments:

  1. I love & appreciate your beautiful mess.

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  2. i saw your home over at 6th street and LOVE it! so cheerful! off to explore more of your blog!

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  3. I came over from 6th Street Design and I love your Christmas decorations!!!! They are so fun and bright and cheery. The little snowman container by the chair/tree/typewriter is adorable. Where did you find him?!

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  4. This Mess is a Place.

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ok, really. tell me the truth... do these comments make me look fat?

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