Sunday, October 9, 2011

Curve Balls & Faith

Sometimes life throws little curve balls. And for someone who was never one to throw anything other than a temper tantrum, curve balls can rock a farmgirl's world.

And sometimes, curveballs can knock a farmgirl right into a happiness that she never knew existed.

I've eluded a couple of times to our recent remodeling extravaganza. What I didn't mention is the reason behind it. Our eldest daughter, son-in-law, and two precious granddaughters have moved in with us for a spell. For this Nana, that means lots and lots of cuddle time with the babies, and as a momma to our daughter, lots and lots of time to bond over mommy-type things. It also means being sensitive to the reasons that the kids are here. With the economy the way it is, churches are being hit hard. Loss of jobs means less people tithing, which means secondary pastor positions are becoming volunteer positions in smaller churches.

Which means that it is time to dig deep and find that mustard seed of faith.

While our kids wait to see what God has next for them, we're settling into an Amish-type style of living. Instead of a dawdy haus, we have a multi-generational house with a daddy on each floor. Instead of talks about horses & buggies, we're playing with My Little Ponies and Thomas the Train characters. Instead of dwelling on what-could've-been's, we're putting our faith in the what-is-to-come's.

And I for one, can't wait to see what happens next.

Bedroom #1 had to be re-sheetrocked after our toilet catastrophe of last summer.

Bedroom #2 had a moldy smell that disappeared once we removed the old carpet. And our teenage son. I'm holding out hope that he wasn't the cause of the smell. The case is still pending...

Bedroom #1 was painted a nice aqua color (it used to be bright red!) and a tan frieze carpet was laid.

The girls' room was painted a periwinkle blue with white accents.
Without instructions, it took a village to raise, I mean, erect the crib. Another reason to buy local...Help Hotlines!

Madison loves her new room!

Emmie could care less about her room...she was too busy sucking on blueberries through her fruit holder!

Poppa & Maddie having a midnight snack...literally.
In the meantime, I guess we'll make a few more memories.☺


Mary Ann said...

Some of my best memories are of our full house when my brother and his family moved in when he was between jobs. We had people everywhere, but we had FUN.

DoleValleyGirl said...

Enjoy!! And thanks for sharing. :)

We've got a back up plan for how we'd do exactly the same thing for any family members who might need to stay with us for an extended time. Who needs the government anyway?

Blessings to you all! ~Lisa

Mountain Home Quilts said...

Grandma and Grandpa spoil the grandkids time- BIG time! :) Love the girls room and your faith!

Candy C. said...

What a wonderful opportunity for all of you! I personally think this country would be better off if more families would live multi-generational! We have had hubby's mom staying with us for the past three months, there was some adjusting but it has been worth it! :)

momma-lana said...

Never even thought about pastors losing their jobs because of the economy. What a blessing to be able to have the grandchildren under your own roof and what memories you will have from this time together. I'm so jealous!

Misty said...

I have a 19 year old son.....from experience in that room dept, I think he might've been the cause of the smell! :)

We have cats outside so no mice inside. Until a few months ago. We had one fat, happy mouse in the house and I think it lived in my son's room, aka, Mouse Mecca!!