As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chain Reaction

This afternoon, I put new sheets on my bed. 

A bed freshly made with new sheets inspired me to say (not really meaning today), "I am so wanting to try the living room rug up in my bedroom."

Bekah (who loves changing things around and, in fact, had flipped her duvet and changed up some things in her room just this morning) said, "Oh, let's do it!" and then begged and pleaded until she wore me down and I consented. 

She and I rolled up the living room rug and moved it into the kitchen.

Kati vacuumed the living room floor. 

Kati and I lugged the rug upstairs, nearly knocking a few things off the wall in the process. 

Bekah moved the red checked chair out of the way. 

Kati and Bekah rolled out the rug...

...and then we shifted and turned it until it was right. 

We talked about where we were going to put our printer which has been housed in the computer cabinet that Ron is going to makeover to house The Grandmother Dishes so that they can be released from their storage boxes. 

We found a place in the bottom of the built-in bookshelves in the living room, but first we'd have to find a new place for the household bill organizer. 

We could find a place for the household finance folders if we could clean out the homeschool filing cabinet. 

Kati and I set about cleaning out the homeschool filing cabinet, because I told her that I felt emotionally able to do it today. (Tomorrow I may have a meltdown.) 

Some of the files went to the trash. Some went to the laundry room floor (the location of the homeschool filing cabinet...which is no longer the homeschool filing cabinet), to be sorted and transferred to the filing cabinet in the corner of my bedroom. 

Kati had to go to work and I had to prepare dinner so we took a break. 

After dinner, Ron and I cleaned out and organized the household finance folders and put them in the filing cabinet (which is no longer a homeschool filing cabinet) in the laundry room. 

Now, as I get ready for bed, the living room floor is bare, there are piles all over the house, and the vacuum cleaner is still out. 

But we have new sheets to sleep on! 


  1. Cheryl, your house sounds a little like my house! But I think you all did wonderfully at putting things back together in a day! (And you can send Kati and Bekah over ANYTIME if they like to move furniture and organize!)

    Love the rug in the bedroom! The Nesting Place book said to "shop the house" and try things out in different rooms... Looks great!

  2. Ha! Loved this post! Sounds like me, except you have 2 wonderful helpers. Hopefully today is the day to finish up the piles of papers, it would take me another week to go through all those papers!

  3. Ha Ha...that's perfect! I have been there...this is why our husbands love us so much...:)

  4. That's the trouble...we usually can't just move one thing without making a mess of another! Oh well, that's one way of getting things done! My problem is I don't have the great helpers like you did...I do things like this when my hubby is not at home and I usually about KILL myself doing it myself! And I really like the rug in your bedroom!

  5. I rarely have snowball days like that anymore, but mine usually go in reverse.

    I want to do this, but before I can do this, I've gotta move that. And before I move that, I hafta rearrange this. And before I rearrange this, I must fix that.

    By then, I'm too tired to get to the thing that I wanted to do in the first place. Must try your method!

  6. A classic case of one thing leads to another! It will eventually pull together... probably today. Are you shopping for another rug? At the flea market or thrift store? Maybe Kristin knows of something! =D Might as well get all the girls involved. Files...a pox on them all. It's a job that John and I said we'd do a year ago. It has never happened.

  7. Ha! This made me smile. Glad you got those sheets on first! It's amazing how one project leads to another. Hope you don't have a melt down today!

  8. Love how you have two good helpers. I live with all males (3 sons, 1 husband) and they will use their muscles anytime I ask, but never with any enthusiasm for moving things around. Much to my husband's dismay, I learned from the master (my mom) to rearrange furniture often! I mostly related to your needing to be in the right mindset to do these things. That's the secret, I think.

  9. Yes, yes, yes! I love it!

    That is how we roll around here too! I'm with Bekah! I love moving things around and from room to room too!

    The rug looks so good in your room, and I bet you slept well!


  10. I like the rug in its new location! Isn't it fun to change things around, but it is kinda like one thing leads to another... :-)

  11. Organization creates some temporary chaos, but it is worth it for the long-term! Gosh, I wish I had some young folks around to haul things around for me, LOL.

  12. Classic ripple effect! LOL. I had a feeling this would go somewhere but it really did, throughout the house! But it sounds like fun and you will feel really good when those piles are taken care of. The rug looks cozy in the bedroom.

  13. Oh, I love this. One thing leads to another, then another. But such fun!

  14. Oh, am I ever familiar with that sort of chain. Oy. But the rug looks great and sleeping on clean sheets is a wonderful thing.


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