Monday, August 10, 2009


I started a new book last night: "Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteries of a Woman's Soul" by John and Staci Eldredge. So far, so good! Here are a few lines that caught my attention:

"Every woman I've ever met feels it----something deeper than just failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and, I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy. The result is Shame, the universal companion of women. It haunts us, nipping at our heels, feeding on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone."

"Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Which is to say, beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good, something we need in large and daily doses (for our God has seen fit to arrange for this). Nature at the height of its glory shouts, Beauty is Essential! revealing that Beauty is the essence of God."

So now, my mind is racing with ways to make our home, our surroundings more beautiful, more peaceful, more comforting (this is an on-going quest for me).......some ideas:
* playing soft music while making dinner (NO TV)
* continuing to tackle clutter in our home......getting rid of things we have not used in over a year
* getting out all the baby clothes I have selected for memory quilts and actually taking them to be made!!

* clearing off the bulletin board in the kitchen......getting ready for all the school projects that will be brought home from school
* deciding on a system for all past art projects (any ideas on how to store these. what to get rid of, what to keep???)

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