Wednesday, August 22, 2012

keeping things in perspective

So blessed by your kind, encouraging comments.   I am sorry the posting has been so thin and far between, but it means so much knowing that there are still such sympathetic, caring souls checking in on me as we settle into this small, new town, and this large, messy house. Thank you for taking a moment to encourage me a bit in my really not-so-dire circumstances.


It is the best comfort to know we're not alone, and I'm trying to keep things in proper perspective, realizing that we are not facing any Real hardship here.....It is amazing to be in this house and have strength and resources to make it into a home.  It is not as if we've been given any tremendous obstacles to overcome, or great difficulties to choose joy in spite of.

No, choosing joy has simply been the business of smiling at my spouse over a breakfast that smells more of polyurethane than bacon, and squelching unpleasant utterances after getting another bruise on the maze of furniture, and not snapping at the children when they topple a pile of boxes, and not fretting {too much} about temporarily sleeping in the basement with the spiders.  Funny {and sad} how this business has kept my soul plenty busy.


This is our eighth week in the house and perhaps the most trying as we are turned upside down again in order to get the floors refinished.  But the floors are almost done, the painting is progress and we are on the brink of finally unpacking.

And this is the hope that now greets me when I open the front door.

{Please note absence  of unwanted door in the wall, crumbling plaster and worn-out floors.}

with every good intention of resuming more regular programming soon,
and with love,


  1. Progress! Things are looking up. Glad to see you can find joy in spite of. Blessings.

  2. ahhh sissy! you are the BEST, most optimistic person i know! really, really, really wishing i lived around the corner so i could come help or at least marvel at the scene. love you!!

  3. looks great so far! enjoy every bit of this transition.

  4. Well done. I can't believe how hard finishing the floors with three little ones around must be. Good for you. You're going to love it when it is done - totally worth the blood, sweat, and tears (well hopefully more sweat than blood and tears).

  5. Any remodeling project gets a little overwhelming before it gets better. Hang in there, all your hard work will be worth it in the end. You have such great taste, I love your style. By the way, I'm a life-long Iowan. Welcome to the Hawkeye State! :)

  6. It's coming along. It will be over soon, and you will have a beautiful house.

  7. Wow! What progress, Cailan! Well done and hang in there! The fun part (that's the Unpacking-Your-Things-And-Making-Everything-As-Lovely-As-Only-You-Can part) is coming up soon!!

  8. I am impressed!! you go girl!!!!!! those floors are AMAZING!! Love love original hardwoods!!! You will be soooooooooooo glad that you did this now.... instead of waiting until you were settled in!!!! so exicted for you!!! Terri

  9. YEAH!
    the progress is amazing...and pretty soon when you are all unpacked, this time will seem like such a vapor and your home will be up and running(and beautiful) as usual.

  10. I wish i was there to peel some wallpaper for you ;) It really is looking good and remember "this too shall pass" oh, the wonderful days you'll have looking around at your lovely home and thinking "we did this" - joy-joy-joy.

    shoot an e-mail with your address when you find the computer
    miss y'all

  11. Those floors and walls look wonderful! We are cheering for you over here! :)

  12. Cailan, the pics are sweet and happy... your words are uplifting! Happy that things are progressing and that God is blessing you with His joy through this journey! Excited for you! Love you!!!