You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I don't know about you guys, but for me, this summer was a whirlwind. I don't think I was able to focus on anything clearly. A baby in June and not getting much sleep, the days were filled to the brim and left me exhausted. Don't get me wrong, this summer has been so fun, filled with lots of laughs and play dates and family time. But, do you ever feel like you can't think straight because you've got so many different things you want to be able to devote all of your attention to? I feel like my thoughts end up resembling that of the "If you give a mouse a cookie" book. One thing leads to the next, and to the next, and to the next, until you realize you're back at the beginning again.
The Lord has been teaching me lots over the summer, and for that I am so thankful. The amount of grace extended to me has been amazing, and I'm so glad it never ceases. Today, He's trying to teach me to seek Him with an undivided heart. It's not bad to have a to-do list and busy days... but when our heart focuses on the list instead of on Christ, then He only has a piece of our heart - and before we know it, our friendship is suffering.
A verse that I think lays out very simply how we can apply seeking the Lord with all of our heart is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
The giraffe lamp was on clearance for $10 at Gordmans. It was pink, but I have a slight aversion to pink (not to be confused with coral, which I LOVE, so I painted it blue. The jar was from Michaels for about $5 using coupons. I keep her headbands in it. I made the quilt. And I painted the giraffe painting... I actually painted a set, you will see in the next pictures. I am in love with how they turned out. The picture frames were a 50 cent garage sale purchase that I painted. The C was a couple dollars at Michaels. And the curtains were sheet set from Walmart for $10. I made curtains out of the straight sheet, and I still have a fitted sheet and pillowcase for the twin bed that will eventually make its way into this room!
The diaper changing table could still use some work with nicer baskets down below... but for now this will do. I painted the changing table that I had for the boys white. The yellow table that you can only see a part of was a purchase off of Facebook swap from Jen Subra that I spray painted. The giraffe on the table was yet another clearance giraffe from Gordmans that was brown and orange but I repainted to match her room. The mirror was 50 cents from a 141 garage sale. And the picture with Cora's birth date/height/weight is something that I designed, and used scrap fabric as a mat around it.
Here are the other two giraffe paintings that I did. Also, the rolling blue cart was $30 from ikea that I bought on our trip last February and I LOVE it. Right now it just has some books in the bottom of it, and some burp clothes in the metal basket up top. (But Grant wants one for his tools in the garage, and I wouldn't mind one for cleaning supplies that I can wheel around the house... so we may need to get another one...or two) The glider was a hand-me-down from Grant's mom - and it is so comfy for rocking my babes in the night.
The giraffes in the blue frame are just pieces of scrap fabric that I cut out and taped onto white paper. I love how it turned out. The giraffe coat rack was a purchase from our church garage sale that we did back in 2011 to raise money for our Africa trip, and I believe I paid $15 for it! I've been holding onto it these past four years in hopes of decorating a room with giraffes one day... and now I finally have!
So, that's her room - and I'm pretty excited about how it turned out :)
Heard Around the House
Mom and dad came over for a fire, and brought along some popcorn to snack on. Mom asked Rhett if he would like some popcorn and he promptly replied "I am a dinosaur. Dinosaurs don't eat popcorn." I guess that leaves more for me!
Whenever Rhett sees a sliver of the moon he calls in a "taco moon"
Case has started to sing quite a bit, but he doesn't say many words yet, so when he sings it sounds like he's saying "taco, taco, taco" on repeat. Not sure what it is with my boys and tacos :)
When loading the kids up into the van I looked around and didn't see Rhett so I called his name and and found him laying on the ground looking under the van. He popped right up, put a hand on his hip, gave me a proud smile and said "It's okay. I checked the engine. We are good to go."