a look ahead :: november 11, 2012

I’ve never considered myself a very “crafty” kind of girl.  But lately I’ve been having this really strange urge to make something…..or paint something……or at the very least, break into my kids’ stash of coloring books.

Is that strange??

Well, I suppose when you are an avid pinner (such as myself) you’re bound to end up with a few craft thoughts floating around in your head.  After all, other creative type folks make it look so easy doable.

But then there’s also the side of me that’s a complete organizational freakazoid!  I simply LOVE walking into a room where the shelves belongings are neatly lined up and seeing baskets and labels and other evidence that another organizing nut has been there.  Ah, to open up a closet and be able to find exactly what I’m looking for.


So, I guess my question is this….is organizing considered a “craft”.  I mean doesn’t it take some imagination and creativity to take a completely cluttered and sad space and turn it into something that looks like this??

I believe so.

Courtney Carver, author of Living in the Land of Enough, wrote:

“When you work and live with an overloaded mind, you don’t sleep well, you don’t think clearly and decisions are made out of frustration and fear instead of facts and inspiration.  Slow down, let the unimportant go, and literally open your mind.”

I, for one, can honestly say that when my space is cluttered, so is my mind.  I can’t seem to focus on even the simplest tasks.  And that’s super frustrating for this mama.

So, this week I’m making a few goals for myself.  I’m going to organize one very small area in my home that has been causing me stress and I’m going to make……something.  I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Another area that I find release when it comes to creating is cooking and baking.  I love finding new recipes, chopping veggies, stirring pots of simmering liquids, and baking yummy treats for my family.  While other moms might dread the “What’s for dinner” question, it doesn’t often get uttered in my home.  That might be due to the fact that I a) plan dinners a week in advance, and/or b) I can usually be found in the kitchen whipping up dinner before the thought ever crosses the minds of Husby or the littles.  So, in addition to organizing and crafting, I’m also going to find a new recipe to try out this week.

As if all of this isn’t enough (I tend to be a bit of an overachiever), I’m also making a goal for myself to finish reading “The Ministry of Motherhood” by Sally Clarkson.  So far it’s been completely and utterly captivating.  So, I don’t imagine this one will be hard to accomplish.  But you never know, life has a way of happening to us sometimes.

One of my favorite thoughts from Sally’s book is:

“Grace leads us to know God and his unconditional love and extend it to others.”

I love the thought of this.  I pray that I will always remember that it is only through God’s amazing grace that I have the privilege of living this blessed life that I live.

Have a great week everyone!!!



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