Showing posts from December, 2013

Not Finished Yet

I have NEVER verbally, loudly, argued with my husband in public, until last week. I actually walked out of Home Depot with tears filling my angry eyes. We have been remodeling our house for four years. And the house before that, took about ten years to finish. 
I am just done.

Huge stacks of tile take up most of the front entry, several pieces of plywood are leaning against the wall in front of Hannah's bedroom door, so that you can barely get into her room. And there is more tile stacked in the family room, along with totes of painting tools and plumbing tools and one corner is piled high with buckets of grout and yellow sponges. There are two big wooden saw horses taking up a third of the family room, a big saw in the front entry and piles of wood flooring waiting to be installed. Oh, and at least 30 cans of paint, primer and stain scattered in various rooms. And a ping-pong table taking up half of the library. Why do we need a ping-pong table? I have tried so hard to get rid of…

This Is Real Life Marriage

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful.  He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  When you are tempted, he will show you a way out,  so that you can endure.  1Corinthians 10:13
A few weeks ago my teenage daughters said something that really surprised me. Brian and I were disagreeing about something that I don't remember now, but one of them, I think it was Daija, said, "Will you please stop arguing!" And then all three of them started a lively conversation remembering when they thought we were going to get divorced. This shocked me for a couple of reasons. I was raised in a home where my parents fought and eventually did end up getting divorced, both of them, twice. I know well what it is to be sitting on my bed with my arms wrapped around my knees, scared, hugging myself and crying, wishing that my parents would stop yelling at each other. Wishing that they would love each other. Brian and I have…