For some reason, I have eyes that want to see everything in fairy-tale vision.
I imagine that my house should be tidy and beautiful all the time. It should be super cute and styled just right for that imaginary magazine cover in my mind. I have a disease I mention from time to time called magazine cover-itis. But in spite of that terrible sickness, my life rarely looks like the cover of a decorating magazine. Corners of it might appear that way sometimes, until you turn around and see what was behind the camera.
Most of the time, my home is a happy collision of chaos.
Amidst the frenzy of an already full and busy life of growing a young church, home projects and blog writing, our summer plans were interrupted yet again (for the third year in a row) by an unexpected trip to an emergency room and a surgery (this time for my daughter, a year ago for my mom, and two years ago for me!). Praise God, our daughter is OK.
And because we apparently like to personally invite even more grace and beauty to our crazy life, the week before the surgery (while we were juggling a 16 year old dog who sometimes falls down and occasionally has accidents ) we had the BRILLIANT idea to add a 10 week old Goldendoodle puppy to our family. Of course. It only makes sense. We needed more to do like we needed a kick in the head.
Meet Jack. Don’t let that fluffy innocent looking face fool you. He loves to eat my furniture and enjoys going potty on all my decorative pillows. Bite me. Yes, he likes to do that too with his sharp little puppy teeth. Nevertheless, adore him. How could we not love a face like that?
While my mind might picture a perfectly coordinated and styled magazine cover life, my real life reflects more of what I’d call “the lived in look.”
Whether it is the unexpected emergencies that throw our life for a loop or the chaotic beauty we invite in to turn our house upside down, our home usually feels slightly bent, occasionally stained, somewhat disorganized — yet we are blessed by all the chaos … life, puppies, family, connections and living our God-given dreams. The chaos means we are living a full and meaningful life.
Embracing of our real life is where true beauty is found.
Tell me about your real life.
Can you see the beauty and blessings in your “lived in” look?
Join me for a bit of that lived in look, real life chaos, and bouts of magazine cover-itis … Melissa @ The Inspired Room