It's been too long since I blogged. I miss this space when I don't get to visit. Life feels fragmented right now, and I'm frazzled.
When I got home from work today, the security screen was unlocked and the front door was wide open. At first I was freaked out and entered the house calling "hello" waiting for the boogieman to pop out. Sure I had a baby on my hip, but I have strong legs and I could have kicked him and defended my children. My mom said there were no contractors here today. The best explanation is that I was concerned about getting the kids to the car through the rain, planned to come back and lock the house, but promptly forgot. Major FAIL.
We have too much furniture. The addition of a Christmas tree is suffocating me. Our last house was the largest living space we'd had and we bought a couch and love seat, in addition to the comfy chair and love seat we already had. It was perfect for that space (dual living rooms). But now our home is smaller, and we own it. The chair has a home with my sister currently. And we have one too many love seats.
Bean mentioned the idea of selling the set, and getting a couch to match the original love seat we've had. It is our favorite. In the meantime, we may need to move a couch to the garage before I go crazy. Yes, those things can make me go crazy. Even though next week we will take the tree down, and bring the couch back in.
I am not ready mentally for Christmas. I've done all the major shopping, with the exception of one item for Lily and stocking stuffers. But things have been so fragmented with moving out last week, being home now, but still not settled. We've still barely been home. I have yet to wash laundry from last week. The rain doesn't help because we have to go outside to wash clothes. We don't wash them outside. That's how we get to the garage.
I want to bake. I want to fill my home with yummy smells. I want to bring goodies to my neighbors and my co-workers. I need to watch White Christmas. I have more Christmas cards to send out.
Tomorrow is my last day in the office for a week and a half. Which is good. As a pastor though, rarely can you fully disconnect. Hopefully I can get enough done tomorrow that I will be able to mostly disconnect.
I'm working on not coveting this holiday season. Bean and I aren't really doing gifts for each other this year. Our gift is the house. There were a few items that we weren't able to stay within the budget on (because you can't really find an entry door for $100) and if the contingency money written into the contract runs out, we'll need to pay the difference. If not, there are many things we need for the house. Well, things we want, but things that will help make this a home to be proud of, a complete home.
There are plenty of things I want. Plenty of things that people around me seem to have or be getting. But nothing that I need. I want to be content. I want to be thankful for what we have and that we are staying the course to pay off debt and stay within our budget. But I will tell you, coveting is very difficult to suppress.
Although I struggle wanting the ideal Christmas (decor, baking, gift-giving, Advent, Jesse Tree, discussions with my children), I'm thankful that this year the main focus is on family togetherness. There is simplicity. There isn't much distraction. Kind of like the night the Savior was born. Simplicity out of necessity.
I have rambled enough for one night.
Hopefully I'll remember to lock the house tomorrow.