it is simple. book pages. WORDS. it just kinda fell into place.
” i wanted to peel off my hat and mask and the name that wasn’t mine, and sit in the middle while the misfits fell and piled up like pick-up sticks around me. then we’d crack open a worn cover and i’d read, and the words would do what medicine can’t won’t and never will. –charles martin’s book unwritten
” STORY is the bandage of the broken. sutures of the shattered. the tapestry upon which we write our lives”
–charles martin’s book unwritten
each morning when i sit under the twinkling lights as the days as the dawn is breaking words give me hope. i am reminded that while the world is throwing parties ..i want to be so engaged to the One who knows my pain…who offered to cut out my gangrene..to take my bruised, bloodied and broken heart and
bandaged it with love
be willing to walk the battlefield…rescuing the wounded
letting the WORD do what medicine can’t, won’t or ever will
while it is just a silly mantle in light of eternity
if practiced–LOVE..offering our story to others can & will help others to take
all the million broken pieces of their hearts and let the healing begin
i will be back wednesday with the heart behind our christmas decor…the ALABASTER BOX sign and PRE-ORDERS oh…and the WINNER of the our new collection contest coming out january 2 when we re-open our new store!!
i am laying in bed drinking hot apple cider .. i swear 5 lbs heavier .. watching the kardashian christmas. don’t judge. we dvr all things kardashian around here
i am trying to get out of my head and into my heart to share about our thanksgiving and it just.isn’t.happening
(gold strength & dignity sign)
we wait until after thanksgiving to put anything christmas up. i am glad we did. it helped me to focus and stay in the now. we did get down the tree and decorations yesterday and began morphing the house into a simple christmas. we will share it with you next monday. do you remember last years mantle…it was colorful wasn’t it?
but real quick i wanted to update you on the SHOP opening.
we shared a sneak peek of one of our signs in our first collection on instagram on black friday. in case you don’t follow us on instagram i wanted to have this sign up for our family thanksgiving. this year has been one of the hardest of my life. these words have been my lifeline and i wanted to share it with you in the way of a sign for your walls. we took pre-orders for shipping when we open on january 2.
it comes in white background with gold lettering – black background with white lettering & black background with gold lettering ( not shown yet)
we will have a new way of doing things so turnaround will not be so long.
we will only have so many custom spots open at one time. when one goes out another spot will open up. i think that will help..worth a try anyway:)
we will have several new lines of ___________ ( tBa) we are soooo excited to share them with you. we KNOW you are going to love them as much as we do!
i have some pictures to share with you from the long holiday weekend. i am getting around to sharing it midweek i know. the days are just flying by..are yours too?
throwing my heart into my home and my life into the world of technology to be honest is a love hate relationship. some days weeks i long for the simple life before
all of this. sometimes i stand back and think it is so crazy and self centered.
how can story matter? how can what i have to share be any different than anybody else?
i am surely not a home dec blog…my heart runs deep and wide and i often struggle to make sense of it..so i mesh that in with the decor
and gosh darn i am one of those persons who makes a lesson out of everything. i just.can’t.help.it
i need an anonymous class for it.
so as we have been throwing our heart and soul…and sweat into this old house that is not even ours…what the heck? is that sane? i don’t know yet.
ask me in a year…
i am learning that old houses can have good foundations..they just need lots of tearing out things and putting in new. a little at a time.
it is called saving up for something that matters.
you matter and i matter and we are like old houses. we have good foundations we just need a little gutting now and then and some new habits put in place right?
that is just what we did to the bathroom–we gutted it then put new tile, tub, sink, faucets and a light.
and we ran out of money…oh the floor tile comes in friday!!
but that was all we could do at the moment. we we are walking on concrete board floor and living for a bit wit
the green moisture resistant sheet rock until we can save up more money for planking etc.
it is lesson in patience. and being thankful for what we do have and what we don’t have anymore….mold!!
there is lots to be learned from old houses…so i am sure you will be hearing what that is as we go…ha!
don’t you buy things for the packaging? me too!
we painted the stained shelves annie sloan old white and sanded them. they are as soft as a baby’s butt i swear!
i touched up all the walls…well except for one with ashwood. my absolute favorite neutral color.ever!
i will be putting this dining room lamp up for sale in my etsy shop if anyone is interested let me know…
with childlike glee i clap at the transformation taking place within this home and within my heart. there are hard places. there are stop places..and places where i am so sure i will not be able to face tomorrow.
that it will never end
days can fill with hopelessness and spiral out of control if i am not focused and intentional
but then i remember whose i am i am a warrior woman after all and warrior women are scared courageous and worn weary they run the race set before them
so we run today girls. we run.
i will be sharing more of our inspiration pictures and where we are headed with this house each week from now on. we are also working on some fun things in making our guest room an office as well as finishing up the bathroom and then to tackle
that kitchen…my my my. and on the cheap too!
:: SHOP CLOSES thursday JULY 11 @ midnight and will re-open in AUGUST with all of our holiday signs! time to order and receive before the holiday::
MOXIE’s new SHIRT…you can choose different colors as well…go check it out. MORE coming very soon!!
thank YOU .. there are NO words for your support of our little shop. we could do nothing without you. thank you from the deepest places in my heart…xoxotiff
this is the bright home in which i live, this is where i ask my friends to come, this is where i want to love all the things
it has taken me so long to learn to love….there is no house like the house of belonging
have you stood calf deep in the ocean and when the big wave comes you have to brace yourself? you can feel the force of the water and tighten you leg muscles? and then the relief when it subsides out to sea again– only to come once more? that is how my emotions have been the last two days. moments of panic-overwhelm to not asking for help to feeling alone to focus Tiffini and boo hooing in the bathtub for God to help me…rather fickle isn’t it? we all go through it..this journey of life. I am slowly getting better…
a plus:: didn’t eat SO much junk this holiday..you eat so much carbs and meat that all you want is Mexican..now THAT sounds good!
a few snapshots of some of our CHRISTmas decorating we have been doing each day…I will do a full post on down the road once I am feeling up to it. Right now it is a crazy hot mess…the house
make a happy ball garland for someone and I guarantee it will bring a heart smile!
i am obsessed…
i too thought my thanksgiving week would be way different. soooo didn’t happen that way so we are making the best of it. I sit and delegate..not a bad deal right?
another plus to being laid up in bed I found another new series that I am OBSESSED with…Made in Chelsea…have you watched it? i have been practicing their verbage..like “‘cheeky’”…it is like listening to Adele in 10 different people!
I have went down to my concentration look and am now looking daily for the moon face to appear…i crave anything bad for me and NEVER feel full…i am eating lots of sugar free jello, snack pack pudding, white bread, eggs, mashed potatoes, macaroni and yes..cheese please…bland and residue I am:)
come over here and give me a hug–thank you for loving on me.
we are watching White Christmas together on my bed…each with our electronic device
do you INSTAGRAM? I do..you can follow me @houseofbelonging…I am just SURE someday business will return to normal! what about you? any new shows..series you could share with me? I love the UK;)
any crazy boo hoo stories from the bathtub…! am I the ONLY one?:)
when things go south from what you dreamt them to be what are some things you have tried that helped? I’d sure love to hear…