Thanks to all of you that came out to the Spring Show. We had a great turnout and my wheels are already spinning for the next show.
I have been exhausted since the show and felt like an emotional wreck from all the late nights I stayed up preparing. My sweet husband noticed today that I needed a break (after I freaked out when my youngest took 5 crayons and was drawing rainbows on my cream ottoman). He kindly sent me away to one of my favorite places. It's about an hour away from home in the middle of no where. No music, no noise, no nothing. Just me and God re-grouping and refreshing. I know the idea of this isn't always practical, but I have been needing this for some time. My head is filled with so many noises and to-do's that I often forget the point of why I am doing what I am doing.
On the way here I was talking to a friend about how I have been lashing out at my kids. My mood reminds me of when the Dr. hits your knee and the reflex sends it shooting up uncontrollably. My kids make a mistake, I freak out. I am not always like this but when I have a lot going on, I realize they are the ones who feel it. On the drive by myself I was pounding myself about how bad of a mother I have been lately. I would hear the whispers of grace but I chose to ignore them. Instead of resting in grace, I wrestled with the thoughts of failure. At the end of the conversation my friend's words were simple. "Repent, worship God, and move on." I am a dweller, so the idea of moving on almost seems wrong to me.
Needless to say I tried it and it worked. As I drove closer to my destination I was reminded of a verse God gave me right before I got married, "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, SLOW to anger and RICH in love." The last part rang in my ears and He again spoke clearly to me that the key to loving my husband and children was to be "slow to anger and rich in love."
Knee-jerk reactions are ugly. Grace is beautiful. Don't dwell in the mud of your mind but choose to rest in the hands of grace. May we all move forward today and may grace go before all of us!
My inspiration for this show was a fresh pallete of neutral colors with a few fun colors mixed in. No matter your style, I believe you can incorporate this look in your home. Neutral colors adds balance to heavy and light pieces. Anything galvanized also tones down any and all color.
Green. Green. Every room needs a hint of greenery. Even better, greenery that looks real but will last. Florals and greenry bring life to any space. Sometimes this is the biggest thing rooms are missing.
Molly came by today and snapped a few shots of the show. Come and see us Thursday! There is so much more to see! It's our biggest show ever! Here are just a few of our tables from our new line of funriture, Magnolia Farms Furniture Co.
Come and get one.
I have several of these old church pews in black or white, $195. Now that's a deal.
We did it! The garden is planted. I had no expectations for the whole experience, I just wanted the kids to be a part of our little family garden. I turned my back for two minutes and somehow the kids thought it would be fun to pull some of the plants out so they could catch rolly pollies with the plastic containers. There I was trying to figure out the difference between a jalapeno, tomato and bell pepper. My intitial reaction was to get frustrated, and that I did, but it lasted only about 20 seconds. The thought that they really could care less about gardening and more about catching bugs was amusing to me. So I let them dig. They dug all afternoon and it was the most peaceful afternoon we've ever had.
catching rolly pollies
The kids are all home from spring break and I felt a little guilty that we had no trips planned for them. I realized yesterday that all my kids really want is to just be kids. The dirt, bugs, missed naps, and Popsicles is the best break ever in their minds. Even now, they are outside collecting more bugs for their little bug colony. No fighting or fussing, just good old fashioned fun.
Our culture is over stimulating our children and creating little people who get bored easily and require instant gratification. We as mothers have the opportunity to go against main stream and fight for our kid's minds and hearts. Put the games away, turn the tv off and let them get dirty. It's more work on out part I know, but it will help protect and preserve their little hearts.
OK! here are some sneak pics of some things that will be at the show next week...
old bench with lots of character.
Faux flowers with dirt in moss pot and glass tops (4 sizes)
Sweet, handmade paper banners by women in Africa. Great for everyday fun!
I am starting to prepare for my spring show that's coming up in less than two weeks. I love the memo boards(background) and these sweet little pots (great window sill beauties). I am so excited about the finds for this show. I'll try and post a sneak peek of the goods in every post.
I am excited to plant my garden this week! It's spring break and I thought it would be fun for the kids to help me plant. I am one of those moms that love the idea of this, however when I am in the squat position with dirty hands, hair in my face, and four kids on my back... I wonder what in the world was I ever thinking?! It's all going to be good I know, but this is something I really have to work on as a mom. I find myself racing against time to see how much I can fit in a day. So when I cook, clean, or do something like a garden, I don't allow myself the opportunity to enjoy the moment because it could get messy and slow me down. That's no fun for the kids because guess what, life is messy. I can choose to miss it or be a part of it. God help me get better at not robbing these moments from my kids or from myself. The beauty is in these moments. This is where we bloom.
Spring is when all of beauty is most defined. Things have been dormant, dry, and honestly, a bit depressing. Spring is such a good reminder to me that beauty will arise in hard times. Even when the bloom is not present, we must trust that something is going on internally so beauty can come forth. If you are going through a hard season, be hopeful. In my 33 years, my eyes have never missed the newness of a Spring season. God is faithful. He is working in us and refining us. He is at work in our lives, always.
Beauty is here. Embrace it Today. Go plant a garden. Pull some weeds. Get a Starbucks. Swing your kids. Kiss your husband. Look for it and you will find it.