Words to Live By

img_1330One of my favorite school fundraisers ever takes place around Christmastime at the lovely Sanderson High School where I had the privilege of being a Young Life leader during college. It’s called Holly Days, and it’s a gigantic craft fair with proceeds benefiting the school. I love this for two reasons:

1) As a Young Life leader at Sanderson, it was great to get a chance to support the school and spend time with people I love.

2) Crafts! I love crafts. I think there’s something so special about being able to purchase something directly from the person who put so much thought and effort into it. I also love that handmade items have a one-of-a-kind quality that makes them truly unique.

So, as I was roaming through this great event, I spotted one of these unique finds that I immediately wanted to bring home. One woman was selling gigantic Scrabble letters as wall art. Hers said something like “play, laugh, blah, blah, blah”, which I thought was a little cheesy, but I loved the idea of coming up with a slogan type phrase that would be representative of what we want our home (and lives!) to be about. I took the woman’s card and proceeded to deliberate on what our Scrabble pieces could say. The ideas ranged from silly, to strange (we thought about using Greek but then decided that would be against the rules of Scrabble), to just disappointing.

Finally, an idea popped into my head that just seemed to fit. I was reminded of the part of Galatians 5:6 that says, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” I love how simply this captures our hope for how we live our lives. Our goal is to show the love others the impact that the love of Christ has made on our lives- not necessarily by hitting them over the heads with it, but by showing them genuine love and compassion.

Easier said than done, but such a great reminder of some timeless words to live by.

Going Green…Again

This past weekend, we painted the living room green…for the third time. For the past year, it has been a light green, which initially went well with our tan couch and natural wood coffee table. Somewhere along the way, I made our black and ivory curtains and painted the coffee table black, making the light green seem more like lime (in my mind at least). I liked the green, but I wanted something a little deeper to match the rest of the room. I thought I had found a match, but when we put it on the walls two weeks ago we were sorely disappointed. The walls went from lime to something like grass green, or maybe electric grass green. In any case, it was bad. This past weekend, we decided on a darker, richer green and are pretty happy with the result (which is a good thing, because Zach says we’re keeping it for a long time).

The old mantel was a flea market find and an Easter present from my dad. The mirror above it, made from old ceiling tiles, I got at a flea market during our road trip this summer. Now, I’m just looking for a fun chair to go beneath it.