"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

13 February 2012

Sunshiny Cheer

Nich and I are mostly into earthy tones for our home decor, but occasionally, something very colorful will catch my eye.

I got this lovely pitcher for free a couple months ago from DaySpring, using a coupon code from a terrific blog I follow.
I absolutely love it. The verse on it (John 10:10 - "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full"), although grammatically bothersome ;~), is a daily, much-needed reminder for me to live life fully, even if that means something as simple as being consciously present with Little B, enjoying the hugs, the open-mouth kisses, the endless climbing up and down the kitchen stool, the teachable moments.

Last week, I did something quite spontaneous and very much unlike me.

I bought flowers.

From a store.

Granted, it was from Walmart and the bouquet was 50% off, so I pretty much only spent $2 on the lot, but still. I never buy flowers because I think it's a waste of money. In fact, one of the more memorable arguments Nich and I have had was four or five years ago (I can't remember if it was our wedding anniversary or my birthday) concerning flowers vs. plants. I had told him early on in our relationship that I thought store-bought flowers were not a sensible way to spend money, especially bouquets. I think it's utterly ridiculous that florists think it's all right to charge $80 for flowers and some decorative fern. I thought I had communicated "No flowers at all." Nich took that to mean, "No bouquets" and he sweetly presented me with a potted begonia and a potted tea rose plant that year.

Anyway, it has been sort of dreary as of late, because Little B and I have been cooped up inside a lot. There's no fun snow to play in, and for the most part, it has been too cold to go for walks. I felt like we needed a bit of color in our lives, so when I saw the cheerful yellow bunches of daisies sitting in a bucket for just $2 a piece, I snatched one up.
They've been holding up quite well for a week now, and along with my colorful pitcher, they're doing their job of bringing a little bit of sunshiny cheer into our home.

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