3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reality vs. Pinterest and LIFE

You know it truly is a lot of fun to go through Pinterest and pin image after image after image of beautiful things that we see whether it is fashion, homes, food, or places we want to travel.  For those of us that are old enough it is the same as what we used to do in the OLD days when we picked up those things called MAGAZINES and we turned the PAGES and we dog eared the pages or tore out the pages we liked and put them up on our bulletin boards or taped them to our mirrors maybe just maybe went so far as to actually create a folder or book (that might have been a sign that there was some hidden designer in us back then).
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But the reality is when we post this pretty picture of a room like this is that it's POSED with no children, no animals, no dust bunnies, no storage issues to deal with.

THIS IS REALITY, for MOST of us . . . . . our Master Bedrooms becomes a place where we hide the toys we take away from the kids, where "hurt toys" go to be repaired, the "I don't know where this goes" so it gets stuffed in a corner of our bedroom, and also the laundry baskets go to die. I actually hope that MOST of us are not really like this because I really do like neat spaces and most of my house really truly is neat and if you were to ask my friends they would all tell you I am a neat and organized person.  But the reality hides behind these double french doors because I would prefer for my friends and family to think I have it all pulled together.  I WANT an oasis behind these doors but I don't have one except in my mind and once I am upon the king size bed in the middle of that room.
But isn't that the problem that we as mom's we put this unspoken pressure on one another that we have this standard of perfection whether in the secular or in Christian circles, of what is popular, what makes someone "ok" to hang around, and sadly it isn't always their personality or their ethical behavior its their home, the clothing they wear or the places they go, the toys they play with, the books they are reading, the school they are going to, are they homeschooling? and on and on the list of pressure goes.  You may ask WHY did I have to say "secular vs. Christian?  I say it because many people think that woman within the Christian community to not fall prey to these kinds of pressures or put pressure like these upon one another, but I say we put even MORE pressure upon one another. We are lying if we say the pressure isn't there or that we aren't putting it upon one another.  Go on Pinterest, GO on Twitter, GO in Instagram, GO on Facebook, GO on Instagram and see what we are doing to each other.

I am a part of that problem, I am all over the Internet with my blog, google+ profile, twitter, instagram account, pinterest and this blog.  Each of these accounts give a snapshot of my life and at times my life looks neat and clean and perfect. It's true I use many of these for my personal way of journaling life with our #3littleMiracles and there is not shame in that, but I think there is a problem with blogs go to far and make life seem perfect and flawless.  Our pictures don't show the fight that happened before the picture between the boys, the sickness that happened afterwards, the migraine that hit for days after that post, the fuss that happened over the painting project or just the mess of life.  I want to promise from here on out to be more authentic with you to be more open in who I am and more raw in my existence.  I mean truly I am trying to head for the "pretty" picture with my spaces but it will take me a long time to get there and I will likely NEVER have the money to get there because God has better plans for my worldly goods this side of heaven for HIS good.

Well here is my reality.  I am not perfect, I am very flawed and I am hanging my shingle out there for everyone to see.  we have PLANS for things we would like to do, but we don't have big deep pockets and our plans take time and effort and a lot of work to create.  We don't have a flashmob of photographers, stylists, interior designers to come set up and fluff our house and make it look nice for pictures. WE have us and our house of 4 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs 2 cats and a lot of pet hair.  Here is our room and the beginning of our next project.
 I have to work my way through this book shelf and get rid of some books and do some organization, sadly this holds EVERYONE's books for the house.  The bottom shelf is cookbooks because we don't have storage in the kitchen for them.  This just really needs some organization and dusting help but it will still not be a "pretty" shelf with pictures and nick nacks like in magazines, it will be practical and filled with books and office and school supplies.
 Now this is just SAD, this is a desk I built for my husband.  We don't even have room in our room for a chair at the desk or on the top for my computer to be on it.  Everything gets dumped on or around it.  This just screams HELP ME!!!!! This WILL look better after tax season I promise!
 We have a plan with these dressers, we have the paint and we are going to paint them a high gloss enamel white paint with brushed silver pulls.  We recently picked up these lamps at Ozzi's for $9.99 each and I picked up the lampshades at Walmart at for $15.62.  My husband used to have a HUGE cowboy lamp on his nightstand that was from his bachelor days and it was very difficult for him to let go of, in fact he didn't really let go of it he moved it to the attic LOL.
 Not sure what we plan to do with this table, it is a record storage table and it is filled with old records from both of our teenage years.  We really have NO place for this.  At one time my husband used it as his night stand, then when we moved the matching dressers out to use as night stands this moved here, now  we just don't know what to do with it.
The plan here I think is we will remove the curtain and hardware and frost the windows on the doors to provide us the privacy we need.  I hate the curtains and I have never gotten around to hemming them the way the need to be.  Not sure how the #Mr will feel about the frosting of the windows though, I'll let you know in a later post how that talk goes.

So here is my reality . . . . . piles, dust bunnies and all.  I will share it and it's transitions with you but I will no longer hide it and make it look like it's perfect because I am not a magazine and I don't have the deep pockets to create the images I love overnight and I suspect neither do many of you.  So lets do this journey together and stop judging and have fun being real.

Master Bedroom Project

  • Paint bedroom SW Tidewater 6477
  • Build Headboard (design posted to Instagram)
  • Shampoo Carpet while bed is apart
  • Paint dressers
  • Re-organize Shelves and Desk
  • Find Desk Chair
  • Find new home for Record Cabinet
  • Frost Doors??


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