My home is my haven. I definitely love being home the best. Okay well maybe vacation, on a beach with just my husband and no kids is slightly better. But who can do that year round? 🙂 If you read this blog religiously you know our family made a move about 6 months ago to a new state, which of course, meant a new home. There were many reasons why we purchased the home we did but one of them wasnâ€™t because it was perfectly decorated and totally my style. In fact, none of the walls will remain the same color, none of the floors on the main floor will be the same surface and none of the rooms will be left untouched. While this is fun for me, sometimes the waiting for the rooms to be completed isnâ€™t. I am not a patient person by nature and waiting for time, money and inspiration for each room kills me
all the time most of the time.
Since we moved in I have gotten the garage, family room, mudroom and Kaylaâ€™s room complete. Most of you would say â€œGoodnight Girl! 4 completed spaces in 6 months is amazing!â€ I do agree, I was just hoping for more like one room a month. So my goal by now was 6 spaces completed.
So when Melissa Michaelâ€™s book â€œLove the Home You Haveâ€ arrived on my doorstep I was eager to jump in and read it. I wasnâ€™t exactly feeling the love for my home in that moment of waiting. All I was seeing is unfinished rooms.
In the book Melissa gives a series of challenges. On Day one the challenge is to view your home through the lens of gratitude. I was reminded how grateful I am for the space I call home, the memories we have created in the short time we have been here, and the breath of fresh air this move was for our family.
So instead of focusing on the spaces that arenâ€™t finished and drive me crazy (I will show you those too!) I will focus on the spaces I love. I adore my family room which was transformed from a dull, nonfunctioning space, to a room that is a cozy spot for us to cuddle and read, watch movies, and invite others in our home to share our life with.
I love walking through the doors of my home to our mudroom. Small as it is, it is the perfect drop zone for our family. And helps this momma keep her sanity because everything has a place. It makes our morning routine go smoother and helps keep us organized.
The last room I finished was my daughterâ€™s room. As messy as this room can get, I am reminded of her amazing creativity and how this room is oftentimes transformed into a hospital, castle, salon, kitchen or make up studio. It keeps her dreaming and is her space where she feels safe.
So today that is what I am focusing on! It is amazing how taking off the DIY glasses for a moment and putting on the gratitude glasses changes your perspective so quick. I am blessed beyond measure!
However, tomorrow I am dreaming of new spaces that will continue to shape our family.
Like my studio. This space probably drives me the most crazy because I miss my old studio that I spent 4 months of blood, sweat and tears on. Sighâ€¦
So in my new house I added some plastic shelves for functionality during the transition period. I have a bunch of stuff in boxes (I actually used the app moving van so I know exactly what the contents are!) sitting to the side.
But plans are already in process to transform this space by the summer. The carpet will be gone, cabinets and drawers installed, and possibly the large craft table repainted. We will see where my vision takes me. But I am so excited about it!!
Someday this office will be a functional space for my husband and I to work – him studying and prepping for sermons or meetings and me pounding out blog posts.
But for now it looks like thisâ€¦
Our kitchen is fully functional and I am able to make my family nutritious meals every night. Whether they eat those meals or not is another blog post. However, I have dreams of white upper cabinets and grey lower cabinets, new flooring and a rustic wood peninsula. I will be so excited for the day when the â€œhoney oak-nessâ€ is removed from my house.
I am grateful. While more spaces are undone than completed I am so excited about this journey of transforming my home. I am blessed to have this amazing roof over our heads, oh and this pool in the backyard â€“ to be opened April 15thâ€¦.squuueaalll!
And this awesome backyard where just last night a wiffle ball game took place.
So pick up Melissaâ€™s book â€œLove your Homeâ€ and join me and a bunch of others on the â€œ31 Day Love Your Home Challengeâ€.
The tangible challenges she gives helps keep your perspective where it needs to be and challenge you to continue to dream and move forward. Pick it up on Amazon today.