42 Days.

IT’S BEEN 42 DAYS SINCE I HAVE LEFT THE HOUSE.

I’ve not driven in my car or left the neighborhood. Amazing. Who would have ever thought. Truth is the time has flown by. You’d think that I would have gotten through so many projects, that every single corner would be clean, every shirt ironed. You’d think I’d be blogging and my website would be all updated. While I feel like I’m in good shape, there is still a “to do list” and there are “post it” notes stuck to my monitor with reminders of loose ends on projects.

I HAVE A CONSTANT NEED TO FEEL, “PRODUCTIVE.”

To do things that I can see results for. To accomplish projects that have clear “before and after” photos. But not now. I’ve let go of that. My mantra for this time is this,

“FULLY PRESENT.”

I’VE LET GO OF THE COMPARISON OF BEING “SUPER MOM”.

Yes, your “stained glass” chalk art on your driveway is way cooler than ours. But, we’ve had fun creating with our little stubs of chalk left over from years past. I’m rocking what I’m good at. I have been baking bread, cooking dinner, playing tennis in the road, doing back flips on the trampoline, sewing, making friendship bracelets, talking late at night , watching movies, and reading “The Hobit” with my kids.

I WONDER SOMETIMES, “IS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD?”

I hope not, I hope it’s something that we look back on and reflect as a distant memory. However, if it is, this is exactly how I would want to spend my days. I am with my family, with undivided attention, free from distraction.

IT IS A GIFT.

I NOTICE AS TIME GOES ON IT IS GETTING EASY TO REPLACE “THIS FOR THAT.”

Even within our home we can self isolate by chatting with our friends on video chats, attending to the flood of email or just being distracted. We have to choose to be

FULLY PRESENT.

Some of my favorite memories so far have been the nights when we have played cards or family driveway games. I’ve enjoyed our movie nights, but my daughter likes to remind me to not multi task when we watch a movie. She doesn’t want me sorting toys or hand stitching, she wants me to snuggle and eat popcorn and be

“FULLY PRESENT.”

My hope is that this time will allow for some life lessons to be organically shared. I’d love for my kids to not be intimidated by yeast bread, mending or down time. I want them to remember diner time conversations.

I DO SEE SOME MAGIC HAPPENING.

Earlier this week my two girls worked together to declutter Lexi’s bedroom. Today, Brooke brought me up to show me what kept her up late at night. She was working on designing her closet and it is brilliant. The back wall is a collage of all of her favorite things. It makes my heart smile to see the pictures, phrases and people that she loves. Her clothes are lined up in rainbow order and her jewelry is divided up in little tidy sections. They are listening, they are watching and most beautifully I am no longer tidying for them, they want it for themselves.

THERE IS MORE MAGIC.

My son asks for snuggles, and my picky kids are learning to eat what’s for dinner. I love having my husband work from home. It’s so nice to see him mid day when I deliver lunch. Being FULLY PRESENT allows me to savor these moments and worry less about checking things off of my list.

Forty two days in this same place reinforces one thing that I knew to be true;

I LOVE HOME.

I always have. Home is wired in who I am. A Maker of Home is who I dreamed I would get to be when I grew up.

That’s why Skinny House is such a good fit for me. At the heart of what I do I want to:

HELP YOU LOVE HOME TOO.

I want to help you work through the spaces that are frustrating to you. I want your home to be a beautiful place that you are proud of. I hope that the feeling in your decor makes your soul feel refreshed and at ease. I want home to be a place that nourishes you and your family.

My home is not perfect. I’m convinced it never will be. There is always a shirt to iron, laundry to wash or menus to be made. I’m always looking for ways to become more efficient so that I can share those tips and tricks with you and so that we can spend more time with the people that we love.

I hope you are all well. I hope that this time has allowed you a pause to look at what’s important and to put your priorities up side right. I hope you are rested and well connected to the ones you love. I hope you are able to be

FULLY PRESENT.

We are in this together.

One Reply to “42 Days.”

  1. I love your heart for God, your family and your home. Your family is blessed to have you be PRESENT with them. This time together has been a gift your family will never forget!

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