"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Peter 4:8-10). I'm learning a lot this week. Greg is in his last week of school before finals begin. We barely see him because he's at the library from early morn until midnight everyday. My little sister is staying with us so we've moved little R's crib into our room and turned his room into a makeshift space for her. Little R is busy cruising from room-to-room and pulling up on everything. Needless to say, there's a lot going on, which means I've barely had time to think. And I'm learning this is a good place for me to be. Not in an irrational-no-time-to-think place. But in such a place where I'm forced out of my self-dwelling headspace and am reminded of the words above. Keep loving...show hospitality without grumbling...serve one another. As mamas, we're given the opportunity to do these things on a daily basis with our little ones. It almost second nature to love and serve them because they simply can't care for themselves. What I'm learning is that I'm called to do this even when it isn't second nature. When circumstances come up that cause discomfort to my everyday is when this becomes an issue. I want my days to run smoothly. I don't want my sleep disrupted. I want Greg to call throughout the day to let us know he's thinking about us. I want the laundry to be put away and the sink to be clean before I fall asleep. I want my space to make me feel comfortable and content. If all my ducks are in a row then I can keep loving, showing hospitality and serving others. Well, the happenings from this week are showing me a different perspective, and I can sense a shift happening. Dishes aren't getting clean, sleep schedules are off, rooms are out of order, and my space is being taken over by all of these disruptions. But in exchange I'm getting to spend time with my sister and walk through this season of life with her. I'm realizing how wonderful this home is that I get to live in, cook in, grow a garden in, have a place to lay my head. I'm making healthy food for our family, and especially for Greg so his body and mind stay sustained while he hits the books nonstop (have I mentioned how hard he's working? I'm so proud of him, and I haven't stopped to really think about that until this week). It feels more alive here this week. I feel more alive. I'm currently exhausted and writing this from a more-than-usual disorganized home, but I'm content and at peace. I'm so thankful to have this space - not as my own - but as a place to do life with others. I'm thankful for the way this shift in perspective is growing me. And I'm thankful for the everyday beauty amidst the chaos. Now on to our favorites...
For myself… photographing Greyson's one year (pictured below...how could that not be a favorite?) being reminded Why Earth Care Matters to the Gospel being inspired by the works and writings of Loobylu
For all the mamas & mamas-to-be… sharing Super Healthy Kids for baby/kiddo food inspiration thinking this calendar would make a great mother's day gift pinning a Bordeaux home interior space, in-the-garden utensil sleeves, & the perfect margarita
And for us all...enjoy the weekend. xoxo...*holly