Friday, April 27, 2012

Created to be more than just a seed

I feel as though I had an ah-ha moment today, one of those moments when God gently spoke to me.  It had to do with us & grass seed. Crazy, I know.  Bear with me as I try to explain the little lesson learned today J  Over a week ago, we planted some grass seed in our yard, in the place where an old tree used to be.  It was dead so we had it cut down last fall.  Parts of the tree stump got ground down & was left to fill in the massive hole that was once a tree.  Over the winter, the remains of the tree settled quite a bit, so off to the greenhouse Ed went, looking for black dirt.  After 3 truckloads of the stuff, and a lot of work, the ground was ready for the seed.  We didn’t want to just plant the seed in the old remains of the tree stump, we needed to get the soil ready first, otherwise the grass probably would not grow.
We put some fertilizer down first, making sure the black dirt was as prime as it could be.  It was a bit of a community effort, as our neighbor came over and let us use his little spreader, hoping that the seed would be distributed evenly.  Thank you neighbor!  Finally, the seed was planted.  Then we had to water the ground like crazy!  Most often it was 2 times a day. 

 After a week & no sign of any growth, I started to wonder if we needed to do something different.  Were we not watering it enough?  Did it not have the right amount of sun?  Was the soil not conducive to growth?  Did we do something wrong? 

 Finally yesterday (around day 9 or 10 after seeding) I saw the first signs of life!!!  There were little wispy green things coming up out of the soil!  Yay, we did it!  We grew grass!  There is life!  I was quite excited to see that our hard work had paid off & our seed was on its way to becoming grass – exactly as it was intended to do.  What it was created for. 

Here’s where it struck me.  God created each of us for a certain purpose.  He planted us & waters us in hopes that we will grow into the thing he created for us to be.  And when he sees signs of growth, even tiny little wispy growth like the grass, he too gets excited for us!  He sees the potential of all that we can be & can do & it brings him great joy.  I wonder if he looks at Jesus when he sees us doing something he created us to do & says, “look at that – they’re being who we created them to be!” the same way that I shared my excitement with Ed?   God doesn’t want us to just be seeds.  He wants us to grow into lush, beautiful grass, working with others to become a wonderful lawn.  He doesn’t want us to become an imitation or something like crabgrass (I’m from MN where our grass is typically soft & you can actually play in it without getting cut, where crabgrass is not a welcome sight, just an FYI J).  He wants us to be just grass.  He takes delight in seeing us grow.  It brings him great joy!  It doesn’t do anyone else any good for us to just remain a little seed, all dried up, not producing any life. 

The old tree had to come down – it was dead.  And now, in its place there is new life.  Just like life in Christ.  We were once dead, but now have life & can have it to the full.  Sure, we will constantly be pruned & trimmed & go through trials, but the Lord will get us through!  It’s better to grow than to live in the pile of old stumpage, all shred to pieces. 

I have so many more thoughts & things I want to share but I will wait for another day J

Many Blessings to you!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Around the House: DIY Dining Room & Entry Way

So, we've done some work to our house.  A LOT of work actually.  Most of it took place within the first month of getting married & it was a lot of work!  But, the end result was wonderful & I love how everything has turned out!  The dining room used to have carpet, but we tore it out & replaced it with laminate flooring instead.  It looks SO much better! 

The person who owned the house before my husband bought it smoked in the house & that smell lingered after he was gone.  Every room & ceiling got painted, but the smell was embedded into the carpet.  Which, btw, some of it was quite.. well... interesting!  So, all of the carpet got replaced last summer - it changed to look of all of the rooms!  For the most part, the smoke smell is gone - thank you Lord!  However, we still have one room & a couple of closets that still have yet to be re-done, so I do occasionaly smell some smoke in those areas.  Hopefull we can get those taken care of soon :)  Anyway, the dining room & kitchen (which I show pictures of at a later time) both got the laminate flooring put in them & my husband did an incredible job!  I LOVE it!

Here's a look at the dining room from start to finish:
 We knew this would be a big project, but it ended up going pretty smooth

 Making progress!

 This is from the stairs, looking toward the front door.  The kitchen is on the left (more pictures of that room to come....stay tuned for the dramatic update!)
 Yeah, we did it!!  It took many moths to get the trim back up.....
 But with the help of some great people, it got done in one evening!
 The picture was a shower gift from my mom... the blue bird in it ties in great with the blue on the wall in the living room.  And, she helped me pic out the tree branches next to the patio door, which also looks great!
 Just another angle....
 And another one.....
 And one from upstairs :)
 Front door....Love the rug I got from Pier1!  Yes, I did make the wreath, although it needs a few minor improvements :)
And from the front door looking in....

Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE our house & how much fun it's been to decorate it?!  I am so incredibly blessed & thank God for this wonderful gift!  We try to make sure to use this blessing to bless others & open our house to many guests, as well as our small group from church :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Around the House - Living Room

I thought I'd take some time & share some of my decorating style throughout our house.  Today I'll start with the living room.  There's still one more piece of furniture I'd like to get, but we'll see what happens.  The space under the flower picture could use either a cute chair, or a bench, or even some sort of buffet or hutch or a cute table.  I'm waiting to find a great deal on something - otherwise I'll try to find something to re-do!  We will just have to wait and see what I find!  Here is your tour :)

 This is the view from the hallway.  Isn't that mirror fabulous!  Thank you aunts & uncles for the fun wedding gift :)
 This is essentially from the top of the steps.  These couches came from a super fun "garage sale" they seemed to be almost new & were under $150 for the 3 pieces - I was quite giddy after that day!
 I loved the picture hanging here the moment I saw it at Target & just knew it belonged in our living room :)  Again, thanks to some amazing people & their generosity, we were able to use some Target gift cards from our wedding to purchase it!  The shelf in the corner also holds many items that were given to us for our wedding.  At the moment it is missing the picture blocks that my cousin Erin made for us - each block had a photo of us from the engagement pics she took of us, or else letters that spelled some words (I believe it's faith hope & love).  The other sides of the blocks contain super cute colors & designs of scrapbooking paper & more pics of us.  I think it was one of my favorite gifts as well!  I'm hoping to get them back soon so I can put them up again! :)

  I really like the color of blue on this big wall!  My husbands mom helped to pick it out, so I can't take credit for it - but it's perfect!

Stay tuned for another room on another day :)