First of all, there isn’t really anything serious or inspiring happening up in here. I am in back to real life mode and reflecting on my last few days.
1.) I miss reading books. It’s a passion of mine which tinkers on mild obsession. Therefore I try to keep it at bay. But I’m not going to do that anymore. Reading is good for the soul. Good for the mind. And I needn’t fill guilty for making it a part of my day–even if a clean basket of laundry sits near my feet! 😉
2.) The Fringe Hours. This book has been on my list for a few months so imagine my delight to receive as a gift from Mary & Martha. I read it in a day and a half. So good. So much food for thought. It has made me stop and think of those minutes in my day that I contemplate how to use my time. What my energies are. How I feel. And how to make a difference. And it really made me look at the early morning being a priority for me in my daily schedule. I know this to be true that I am a better mom, better wife, and more productive if my day gets started right. And that means it has to start before I have to talk to anyone but Jesus. Truth.
And look how she signed it. We must be soul sistas.
3.) My Mary & Martha business. Oh how I love this company. More than anything, I love the relationships. These people are my people. I feel like home when I’m with them. From conferences to incentive trips, to the online community. I love our products which speak truth. And I love that they are in your homes. And as I develop my plan for how I will run business, I see lots of new opportunities of meeting people where they are at. It’s exciting because I know God has me here for a reasons and I can’t wait to see the details of this unfold.
You will probably see much more of this here in the upcoming months. Because we are all online some part of our day. And it’s fun to shop online, isn’t it? I’m doing almost all of my shopping from my couch lately. Hello toilet paper on my doorstep. 😉
And this month is busy with a capital B right? If you have kiddos, you know May may even be busier than September. But you can still reap the rewards for this month–they are goooood. With a capital G!
4.) My home is upside down. Thanks to this book which I frantically wrote notes in the margins in. This book was so refreshing. Many times I think I need to be all matchy matchy. I believe the room should look like this or that and oh the belief that I need to incorporate every Mary & Martha item I own into use. Guess what? I don’t have to. I can take my favorites and only use them! What?!! I can take my living room TV and move it from the central fireplace and put it in the wall you hardly see of my favorite pics of my babies of all time and make them the central piece of my room. Why am I so dumb? Just changing this very simple wall has brought me a renewed spirit for this room. I want to sit in there. I want to fill with my favorites regardless if it looks like a room out of a magazine. This book is ridiculously awesome.
I have stayed away from her blog The Nester because I thought it was all DIY. And it’s not. It’s so much more AND that. So check it out!
5.) Friends. Maybe the most enjoyable read was this book from Big Mama. Oh my. I have now reflected on every relationship from little Renee Atchison across the street in the green house to my friendships made with those in the last three years in Mary & Martha and all of those in between. This book took me through the different seasons of my life and how God brought each person for a specific time and purpose. Read this with your girlfriends! And I am committing to praying for the friends my kids have and will have. Such a huge important part of their lives.
6.) Perhaps there is no greater truth than the title of this book?
My people. My people are first and foremost in my home. There is comfort in the every day even laced with arguments, taking out the trash, feeding the kitties and cleaning the litter box. Comfort in the late night talks of frustration in your day in the kitchen while scouring for an acceptable snack before bed. Comfort in opening the doors to friends. My people are scattered. Not just those who live under this roof. My people are raising kids with and alongside me. My people are going to church with me. My people are working with me. My people are vast and home means so much more to me than a house with a roof.