Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Signs Signs Everywhere There Is Signs!

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you! I have been MIA for a couple of days....yes folks I was chosen for jury duty! I performed my civic duty and hopefully my name will not come up again for a while. I have been selected twice...my Dad who is 75 has never been selected. I guess it truly is random! It was an interesting experience, so I am glad I did it. But I am also very glad that we can get back to "normal" and my hubby can get back to work etc. It does upset a family's routine. Anyway....

My house is in disarray! Thus the name of my post! I found a sign a while back that said "This Mess Is A Place"! My Mother had this saying hanging in our kitchen for as long as I could remember! I saw it and had to buy it! And right now it couldn't be more true! I am still trying to put Christmas decorations in their proper place. Oh they are taken down I can assure you but now I have to organize everything and get it back on the shelves! I am trying to redecorate the house....change things up a bit. And it is driving me crazy.....some days I can just decorate and be done with it...this is not one of those times. I am re-doing and re-doing constantly! Just can't seem to be happy with the results! Last time I checked decorating was supposed to be fun.....wasn't it?

Which brings me to my second "sign". God grant me the serenity.........I think this saying applies to obviously more than decorating. It applies to life...you have to accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can and know the difference between the two. In my case....decorating the house. I thought to myself today, "I just can't do this.....Am I not in the mood or something". In the big picture does it really matter? Will it eventually get done...yes it will...is it worth the stress? Probably not! I find myself pausing to ask myself these questions quite often these days. I am a perfectionist and I think I have to remind myself that not always perfect is o.k. Easier said than done but I am working on it!

In our house there is five children. There is five times the toys, shoes, clothes, books etc. Plus mine and my husband's "stuff". I think some days ~ wow I wish I could put something somewhere and it would stay put. I wish that I could put something breakable right where I want it so it would look "perfect". You all know what I am getting at. But really we love all the chaos and we love all the hub bub! And we will miss it when our kids are grown. I guess I can wait for things to be "perfect". So when undecorating and redecorating takes me three times as long as it should....I have to remember that it's o.k. It WILL get done. Here is a saying that I just love...I have a little sign that says this:

This Is A Home Where Children Live

You may not find things all in place, Friend, when you enter here,

But we're a home where children live,

We hold them very dear,

And you may find small fingerprints and smudges on the wall,

When the kids are gone we'll clean them up;

Right now, we're playing ball.

For, there's one thing of which we're sure:

These children are on loan. One day they're always underfoot,

Next thing you know, they're gone.

That's when we'll have a well-kept house,

When they're off on their own.

Right now, this is where children live:

A loved and lived in home.

Author: Judith Bond 1986

I guess Geoff and I really "love" stepping on Legos and Choo Choo trains. And finding our daughter's hairbrush and her slippers all over the house. The big boys hats and baseball gloves and dirty socks. And if our little boys want to lick the frost off the front door well, I guess that's o.k. too. There will come a day when these things don't happen anymore. So I guess it all comes down to this: Be Warm Be Welcome Be At Home. No matter what shape your home may be in.....perfect or not so perfect .....or a complete mess. As long as we have each other that's all that matters! Because remember All Roads Lead Home...whether it's "messy" or "clean"! :)

So I will keep plugging away here at home. And I will take pictures of all the results when I am done! No promises on when that will be though! Hakuna Matata! (No worries) Ha ha! Until next time take care. ~Sarah~


  1. I can so relate to this. When our kids lived at home, it was the same way. I have only been blogging and posting on Webshots since we were empty nesters so my house reflects that. (AND I don't show you MY messes! LOL) It certainly wasn't always this way. For 26 year my life revolved around having a kid in the house. Now that they are both gone, I don't miss it like I thought I would. I enjoy seeing them in their home. I guess because it was 26 years and I was 53 before I was an empty nester, I was finally ready! Somethng tells me when it is your turn, you'll be ready.

  2. Sarah ~ Love this whole post, its so true.
    Too fast they are grown and gone...I think if only I could go back and have one more day of blissful chaos with my boys, ah but that is what God gives us grandchildren for.
    Your home is Truly Blessed ~~
    There is A Season for All Things ~~
    EnJoy the Season You are in Right now.
    Love all the signs you have, I will patiently await the photos. : - )
    Sending Warm Cabin Hugs ~ Connie xox

  3. Sarah! I didn't know you are a blogger! I hope I am able to keep mine up while I am away...
    And, for the record, your house always looks nice! Nicer than my dorm room, for sure, and I don't have five kids running around!

  4. Sarah,
    I know exactly what you mean...we just became empty nesters this past Friday. It seems like yesterday that my girls were little. How fast the years flew by.
    Enjoy all the mess they make because before you know it...they will all be grown. A messy house with children is a home!!

  5. Sarah,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love getting to know new people! I have one of those plates, but mine has the Lord's Prayer on it! They are so nice.

    I agree with the others, enjoy the mess. I have a 17 yr. old and she will be leaving before I know it. But, I also have an eight year old, so it will be awhile before we are empty nesters! And I'm not complaining, my girls are my life. Hugs!


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