If there’s anyone that’s the queen of honey-to-do lists, it’s definitely me.
When we first moved in to our small apartment, I almost caught the place on fire. In the first week. I had never used an electric stove before, so I didn’t know it could get so hot… so fast. I was making a roast with veggies for dinner. I needed to brown it on all sides, before putting it into the oven. I’ve done this countless of times. So I put my oil into my cast iron dutch oven, and let it heat up. Then BOOM. The whole pot was engulfed in flames. Stupidly, I stood there, thinking of all the things I should do, but I didn’t move. Luckily, my husband was home! From the living room, he saw the kitchen was in an orange glow. He jumped up and told me to grab the baby and get out. By now, the smoke alarms went off and my neighbors were outside. Talk about an introduction to the neighborhood… So then Jarrod tries to cover the flames. Doesn’t work. Burns two towels in the process. So he decides to grab the thing and throw it outside. Well, it falls on the linoleum. Then he just kicked it out the front door. So now we have a lovely black charred mark on our kitchen floor.
We later get permission to “beautify” our home from our landlord. So we buy hardwood flooring for our small kitchen. Well, it’s not totally real… but it will suffice. And makes momma one happy lady.
Weeks go by and the flooring just sits there, and sits there…
I’m sure I could just take it out and figure it out on my own. But would that make my hubby happy? Absolutely not. It would freak him out. So being a good wife, I wait. There are so many projects around the house that I need help on. Hence, my ridiculously long honey-to-do list.
See, my husband works in a lot. He works 6 days a week. Leaves around 5:30am, and comes home close to 6pm. Always covered in dirt, tired, and hungry. Asking him to continue working for me, is just out of the question. So I wait. There will come a time to do one project, then the next.
Having honey-to-do lists isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. It is important to a woman, especially a stay at home wife/momma to beautify her home. And my hubby understands that. And lucky for me, he agrees with my sense of style for our home. So I find a way to make due while I wait.
For example, I want to paint my bookcase white. Before I paint it, I need to empty it out, then sand it. Sand every bit of it. And it needs to be done on a sunny day, so the paint can dry. My hubby is happy to help, but it must be on a day off. So for now, I make my black bookcase work. I put a white lampshade on my lamp post, and placed it next to the bookcase for contrast. Then I put a large basket with extra blankets next to it, for texture. And antique wine jugs with a basket type weave on top of the bookcase, to give it height and make the look cohesive. It works for now, and I’m happy with it until it’s white someday.
Another example is my bench area by my staircase. I would really like a simple bench with iron sides and made with planks of wood on top, and a shelf underneath. I would use this at the foot of my staircase, so people can sit, set their purse down, or have a place to put their shoes underneath. Like my husband’s boots. Right now, his boots are here and there… They have no home so the dirt and rocks get all over my floor! I would set my fiddle leaf fig plant next to it, small blanket on top, and voilà. Perfect bench area. My husband said it would be so easy to forge those pieces of iron at work. And getting the wood, and staining it if need be, would be very easy. I’m so glad to hear that!! But meanwhile, I set two old apple crates on their sides, and they act as my makeshift bench for now. No one can sit on it though… So just purses and shoes allowed. It will work while I wait.
Those are just a couple of things on my list…
To beautify our home is important, but it must not become a priority. And I can humbly say, that I need constant reminders. That’s one of the reasons why I like to hang scripture on my walls in my house. So while I’m cooking dinner, or busy doing something where I can’t sit and read my bible, I can look up and read and be reminded.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
And continues to say in 6:9 “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
The verse I chose to hang in my kitchen is a great reminder that a home is first built on wisdom. And understanding that, you can build a great home thereafter. I didn’t have a frame, so I just wrote it on a piece of paper and just tacked it up on my wall. And I think it looks just perfect.
“Through wisdom is a house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
That’s how I want my home, with all the rooms filled with precious and pleasant riches.