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Saturday, February 6, 2010

in light of eternity

All of a sudden, life feels so different and wild.
I was so lost in baby world for the past three years and now, I'm waking up and there is so much to do! Community, teaching the kids, potty training, cleaning house, loving on friends, serving in some capacity, teaching MYSELF, loving my husband, praying through our future. Everyday I'm trying to think simpler so I can do more... cut out the things I don't need to do, so I can focus on the things I should be doing.

So I need purpose, really clear purpose in the places that get my time. If no one else in the world cared or read this blog - I'd definitely still write it. It's just that fun for me.
I just don't think I can go on unless I have some perimeters.

And I think I finally do.
I want to write about...
Jesus, life, design, & domestic goodness.
Jesus, life, design, & homemaking.
Jesus, life, design & housecraft.
Jesus, life, design & figuring-out-how-to-be-a-wife-&-mom.
(can we find a good synonym for homemaking?)

Call it what you want. That's what I want to write about.
Here's the catch. Blogs about life, design, & deciding-what-floor-cleaner-is-best are all pretty unimportant in the grande scheme of things, unless they're written in the shadow of the light of Christ. A funny story about our house catching on fire is only made sweet when we were able to see a tangible picture of how God's grace keeps us from going up in flames every day.

Showing you a new blog header I've gotten to work on is much more enjoyable when I can tell you about the sweet long-distance friend and the encouraging phone calls we still get to have. Or showing you some websites I love because they inspire me to find the creativity God has placed inside me (somewhere deep, deep, deep that I'm trying to dig up).

And well, there is for sure testimony in having an online place to discuss homemade laundry detergent. It has to speak to the redemptive work of Christ because there is no way a selfish lady like me would find soooooo much joy in boiling up soapy mixtures of lavender & borax to save my family a little money and try to be a bit more green. Right?

So. I have a renewed vigor for blogging.
But only in light of eternity.
Cause none of us has any time to waste, amen?


kim said...

AMEN. love you girl. and i love that you are blogging with purpose. although, i'm pretty sure you always have been. don't be too hard on yourself! the Lord created you to be this sweet, hilarious, open and honest woman that the rest of us get to enjoy. i thank the Lord for you!!! and your awesome home-made laundry detergent. thank you again for hooking this girl up!

emilymburgess said...

Ok so we need a post about making this homemade laundry detergent, please.

LJ said...


suzannah @ so much shouting/laughter said...

i'm working on a post about homemade laundry soap, too. love! (although we make/use it in powdered form.)

even though i love being at home with my kids and taking care of my family, i agree that we need a better word than "homemaking" conjures up repressed 50s housewife images in my mind!

Nancy said...

Although I have been reading your blog for months and months, I wanted to fess up to it - teehee! I came across your blog while visiting the Medford, MA church your family are in contact with (I'm in Boston myself). Anyway, you're an honest gal with a wonderful family and great blog posts!

I'm Nancy with 2 little ones (4 - boy and 21 month girl) and another on the way. Just a little introduction :)

I also make my own laundry soap - saves money for sure.

Could you share your method?