Friday, December 3, 2010

living in the land of plenty...

i know...
i'm supposed to be out Christmas shopping somewhere or something.
But instead today i found myself purging a really big garbage bag full of excess from our home.

We're in a constant state of re-organization here. With 7 littles - there are always sneaky ways to make it seem like there's more room, to try something new, to rearrange, remove or redo.
Today, i decided to give our 14 year old a shot at having her own room, something that hasn't happened in 12 years.
We moved Mollen downstairs to a little mattress under Charter's loft bed. i'm not sure if it's permanent yet, but the shift caused some cleaning, organizing and purging, and it really struck me; because our family doesn't have a lot of 'stuff' by North American standards, and here i was with another big load to get rid of.
It's another one of the blessings to having a large family. We simply don't have the space to store excess - it *has* to go. Sometimes it's crap & it goes in the garbage (most often), sometimes it's decent and it gets handed down to friends or cousins...
& what goes around comes around...
we love a good bag of pass me downs around here...
Having my little crew has taught me to cling a little less tightly to things -
and a little more tightly to the One who gently shepherds us all...
i hope that He'll continue to strip away at my selfishness and pride...
making room in my heart for His fruit to grow...

5 comments:

Jen said...

Sounds like me. I'm always hauling out bags for the thrift store, organizing and making more room as our family grows.
And I always love a good bag of hand-me-downs!
Ooooh, her own room?!? Lucky girl! Ha, but I bet she'll get lonely and go cuddle up with the girls downstairs :)

Lori-Dawn said...

don't purge my preggo things!! I'll come and get them! Do you still have my fetoscope and birthing videos??

paige said...

haha ld - i have your stuff!! :)
you ready to use it again???!!

Marcy said...

Amen to that! I am in a very small house with four kids and have to purge on a regular basis. Even then somehow things creep in and steal my floor. I'm not into shopping this year yet either. We went to Superst*re today and cured my desire to shop, yet again. LOL

Rochelle said...

I want your best purging advice! I'm sure you'd do a great job at my house. :) Sooo...what is running in your head when you purge? Do you have a purging thought that you go by? Like "Love it, need it or let it go"?? I really need to get rid of stuff, but since I can't afford to buy stuff I don't want to let it go...how grasping, right?

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