Friday, April 9, 2010

Consumed.... But Trying Not to Be

Oh, what to blog about today.

I'd like to write about something meaningful, deep, and thought-provoking. But I got nothing.

Or maybe I provide you with a funny little quip from my life. Umm. Still nothing.

Perhaps I could share my wisdom on something, like balancing life or how to keep your house clean despite never being in it. Right. As if I have much wisdom to offer in those areas.

All I have to offer is that my house is a mess. And I don't mean the normal mess.

I mean a big mess. A plastic-sheeting-curtaining-off-the-kitchen-and-basement-and-big-fans-and-dehumidifiers-and-they're-going-to-take-out-some-ceiling-and-the-kitchen-cabinets-so-the-floor-can-dry-and-not-mold mess.

And the plumbing still isn't fixed, so there is a dishwasher full of dirty dishes and other dirty dishes stashed in random places around the house, and unless I cart them all to the bathtub to wash them, dirty they shall stay until the plumbing is fixed.

And we've had to rearrange the furniture in the living room so the kitchen cabinets can go in there for the time being. They're coming today to put kitchen cabinets in the living room (logical)). Oh, and that's right. Yes, those ARE the cabinets that Husband so painstakingly painted for D.A.Y.S.

And I spent the whole day getting the run around with the insurance company, not because they were trying to do so, but because someone forgot to assign a claim adjustor to me and so no one really knew what was going on. (That's all taken care of- after what felt like hours of phone calls and phone tag and phone messages, I finally spoke with the right people and things are now in order.)

So.... yeah. That's where my brain is at right now. I'm one of those can't-focus-when-your-house-is-a-mess people (and apparently I'm also a hyphenate-everything person today), so being in the house is stressing me out a little, and knowing it will be a while before I get to put it all back together is stressing me out a lot.

Whew. Small things, Beth, reminds God. There are lots of small, really good things. This crisis is a mini-crisis when it comes to real life. No big deal. Lots of people have lots of worse things going on- you've even had worse. (you as in me, I'm still writing what God keeps reminding me.) When it's all done, you'll know that things are in better shape than they were before it started. And there are lots of small things to find joy in, Don't forget.


I'll try to remember, God. I can't promise I won't forget for a minute, or two minutes, or maybe even longer, but I'll really try to remember to look for and focus on the small joyful things.

(But seriously, sometimes being an adult is not all it's cracked up to be.)

Linking up with my favorite Company Girls for our usual Friday Chat. LOVE it.


  1. Oh girl, beeeeenn here! And I unfortunately revisit this state of mind, often. Growing and learning is never easy, no matter how old you are. It just stinks when you still have to learn as an adult. We like to think we're past learning, ya know, learning is for school. Yes, the school of life. But isn't it so good, that even though it stings a little, God is ALWAYS faithful to bring to our attention what needs growth and what needs pruned? For some reason patience and an appreciate for the little things seem to be on the top of the "growing" list, while spazzing tends to be on the "pruning" one often. ;) Hang in there, your house will be fixed. Leaks will stop. Stains will be removed. Insurance will pay. And then smile really quick before something else happens. :P

  2. Yikes! What a mess! I'm so sorry this seems to be getting worse before better. It is so unsettling when life at home is turned upside down. Hoping this resolves quickly and things are turned right side up soon. :0)

    I'll pray for you to have eyes to see how God is working even in this mess, not just in spite of it. I can't help but think somehow your kitchen rennovation is going to benefit in the long run from this...but I sure don't know how.

    Focusing on the small things of joy is a really good idea. Don't forget the big things either, like health and job and people who love you. And Someone who is in control. Hang in you!

  3. ugh! I am so sorry for you! I am praying that you stay focused on the blessing and see past all of the mess.

  4. I'm so sorry! We went through two major plumbing crisis last year, so I understand where you are. Believe me when I say this too SHALL pass. I hope you have better luck with your insurance company...ours paid for all the repairs except the actual plumbing of course but then they dropped us because we had two major claims back to back. Felt like a sucker punch! So now we have a new company and we are paying twice what we were before :( Seems crazy.
    Hang in there girl! And make paper plates your new fine china!!

  5. Wow! It sounds crazy over there. I am also one of those people that has a hard time surviving if the house is a mess and there is no end in sight. No plumbing? Ach! It would drive me nuts to have dirty dishes lying around.

    I'll be praying for your peace of mind as they finish the work. God is good. He can give us peace, even in the middle of what seems like total chaos to us.

    Have a good weekend,

  6. Oh my. Well. my place is a mess, but it's because I've had small children vomiting and we've been barely keeping up with the laundry from that. Thanks for the reminder about small things. It's so hard to not get discouraged by the big picture sometimes, but I know that God walks us through a step at a time.

  7. Awww, I hope your house returns to normal soon!!! So sorry to hear about all the "mess."

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  8. Sorry it hasn't gotten any better over here. Hope everything will be fixed soon!

  9. Oh wow...I'm so sorry you've got plumbing problems. I hope they are fixed quickly. We get so used to our modern day conveniences! I agree - some days this "adult gig" isn't as fun as I thought it was going to be!

  10. I'm sorry your going through all that! Sometimes when you're in the thick of it it's hard to see the other side. I always remind myself, "This too shall pass." Gives me a little hope, but yep, being a grown-up isn't all it's cracked up to be. :)

    Hope you're week gets better as it goes along.

  11. I hope your "mess" is able to be cleaned up soon! I can't even imagine living in such a state of chaos!

  12. Oh, I do admit to liking things orderly also...just makes everything flow a lot easier doesn't it? Hope it gets back the way you want it soon!


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