Spring has brought me many things that have kept me very busy and away from the computer.
Here are six things I have been up to lately...
1. Snipping scrapbook paper which will soon be part of a garland for my S.I.L's bridal shower...
2. Helping turtles cross the road.
3. Creating lovely centerpieces with one of Philadelphia's most talented floral designers...
The opportunity I have had to work with Ilonka is truly a God send. I feel so blessed to be able to work with such a talented team of people!
4. Choosing a fabric to cover these lovely things with....
Matt's grandparents were downsizing so they gave me these...I'm thinking something floral, botanical, or birdy...the cane style reminds me of a trellis or cage.
5. Decorating the back of the toilet.
Please don't think it's gross. When you live with in an already fully furnished in-law apartment inspired by Nanny there is not much room to decorate!
6. Trying to be a Proverbs 31 Wife.
Our Easter Picture-I'm not exactly "clothed in purple"but it will do.
I don't know why, but this chapter of the Bible has really been on me recently. I came upon it last week and have read it every day since. I will save my life story for another day, but I will tell you a bit of my story right now and hopefully keep it short:
Since we moved to Pennsylvania God has given me a plenitude of time to be creative and do things I enjoy. Simply put, I am a stay at home wife who dabbles in free lance event planning and floral design, art, blogging and anything else that can bring in a little extra cash. With my "spare" time, I have been able to pursue dreams that have until now only been wispy visions. I have been able to let out creativity that has been caged in the corporate world for years. I have been blessed to spend time with family members I wouldn't get to see as often otherwise since the move. I have enjoyed my coffee in the morning----leisurely gazing out the window before beginning my self motivated daily to do list.
Can you believe, that with all this blessing and beauty in my life, I dared to grumble when my husband asked me to iron his shirt for the next day? That I complained "I may as well be paid to be your personal secretary!" when he asks me to find a bill or tax file? It's awful...but I did.
What I have only just recently begun to realize that while I am not the one bringing home the bacon (what I make is more like a single Lima bean), I am blessed with countless opportunities that I wouldn't have if I were working full time. Why shouldn't I then share those joys---share my time---with my husband and help him out a bit? Even if I was working 10 hour days like Matt, I'm realizing that loving each other is a lot less about having an even task list...and a lot more about not keeping track.
For those of you who haven't read Proverbs 31 the later part of the chapter is about a wife of Noble Character...and all the things that make her so. Given it's written in a biblical context so you kind of have to think of the of B.C. context like an way later A.D. context.
Basically, She works hard. She gets up early. She's frugal and efficient. She's not just sitting around eating biblical bon bons. She is using her opportunities to the best of her ability. She is wise, intelligent, gracious, good and quite the opposite of the fragile woman that comes to mind when someone says "house wife".
The passage starts out "A wife of noble character, who can find?" The question infers that she is difficult to find. And she is.
I wish I could say you can find her here.
For now I'm going to try to be her like it's my job because, it kind of is.
So, please excuse me if I don't push this list to ten. I have important work to do!