Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For mothers everywhere . . .

1 John 4:8-11
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Here she is, in all her glory...My living room, my messy house, our home. I needed some photography therapy and basically had nothing to photograph other than the truth. No matter where I turned or what angle I looked through in the view finder, it was staring back at me.
LIFE, a blessed life. My heart is thankful and happy to live here. It's busy and loud, full of meltdowns, nagging, whining, and complaining. In the nasty moments there is hitting, pinching, wrestling and wet willies. {yes, the elbow it fine, Jenna is back to being her feisty-self.}
Thanks for asking, our furnace is working again. It needed a new motor, in the long scheme of things not too painful of a bill. Especially since the labor came at a very low price. The poor repair man came riding in on his white horse {as Joe says.} He came at eight-thirty on Sunday morning and spent several hours working on it yesterday. He got a small taste of what it's like for me to get anything done on a regular basis. Jenna was under his feet, inside the closet with him was he worked. She was carrying off tools and right in his face when he was down on the floor working. Jabbering and repeatedly saying, "Pop-paw, Pop-paw". Until we all about went crazy!
Did you notice? I just did as I was uploading the pictures, how many times the word Love is in pictures. We talked about love this morning in Bible. How God is love, how he commands us to love, how we need more love in our home. In our hearts. I want that, I need that. Simply posting it on the walls and displaying the word, does nothing for us. I want it in our hearts, deep in my heart, in our children's hearts.
February has brought about a good reminder and focus for me. I'm so excited to be more intentional and talk about it with the kids each day.
Bethany and Jenna were playing on the steps, all the kids like to play there often. They were drinking "tea" and Bethany offered me some. To be honest I was only half listening as she told what was in it, "It's made out of apples, oranges, some chicken.....{I fazed out}....some pepper and a little bit of sunshine!" The little bit of sunshine caught my attention, I don't know why but I thought it was cute.
Another cute thing I heard this morning was, Joseph and Jenna, again on the steps playing. Joseph was playing doctor and Jenna was his patient. He said, "Now I'm gonna wook in your ears...Now your eyes...Now wet me see your mouff, open up and say ahhh." Then I heard Jenna saying, "Awww." It warmed my heart and did my ears good to hear something other than ear piercing screams, or whines.
My website designing is coming along and I'm starting to feel like I have things heading in the right directions. My head is less full as I can see my mental to-do list is shrinking. Thanks for the encouragement. I doubt I'll go into web design, but it's great learning experience. Maybe this place will get a face lift?!
I'd love to see what your house looks like when it's a mess. I encourage you to encourage others and do it. Post a picture of it! It's therapy and very freeing! I hope this made somebody smile and sigh in relief.


Melissa Nicole said...

HOW is it that you make a "messy" house look absolutely refreshing and beautiful? Have I mentioned before how inspiring you are?? Much love, Melissa

Sidnie said...

Oh, I agree. Your messy house is filled with love, and beauty!
I would feel calm in your mess; just as most days, I feel calm in mine.
Looks like *home*.

Mrs Soup said...

So wonderful and real! Love it!

Jayme said...

Your house is gorgeous! I much prefer to see lived in happy houses than pristine museums :)

{Kimber} said...

your "mess" looks pretty tame considering you have THREE kids!!!
I liked seeing a peek into your life :)

Kristen said...

This is probably my favorite post I've read here so far Miranda. You've inspired me. I am going to take a picture of my mess when we get home. And I'm hoping for some therapy in there as well.

Thanks for an inspiring post!

Booklover1212 said...

I look at your pictures and immediately think "Welcome Home". You are mom and you are wonderful!

Great post!!

~ Jennifer

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

First of all - awesome photos!
Great post! Glad the furnace is working. I thought of you when it was cold here, hoping you had heat!
I love the first picture. Just love it. A house lived in is beautiful. So is a clean house, but still....

leah leah said...

You are such an inspiration! You have become an amazing mommy, wife and now a hero to us moms everywhere! <3 Loved the snapshots into your life and home! Thanks, girlie!