Happy Chaos!

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Hello!!  I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you!  Regular readers may have noticed my posting has dropped off even more than usual…Here’s the deal: I so badly want to be writing here on this space; I love it!  This season right now has brought me more than I anticipated and I’m struggling to make it all fit together.

I HOPE to figure out a new blogging routine and schedule soon, because it’s clear, my old one is no longer working for me…I can’t tell you how many times I sit down to finally write a post or do Friday Favorites only to have the phone ring, someone come to the door, or the Little B unexpectedly wake up early from his nap.

All this to say, I know we all wear different hats and juggle many balls in life, and this is not one I want to drop, I just need to find a way to make it all work.  Thank you for your grace and patience as I figure it out!

So where were we?!  A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about finding our new house.  Since then, we have officially moved in…actually, let me clarify, we’re sleeping here, but by no means have we moved in.

We pretty much have boxes everywhere.  This is a GREAT problem–it’s a problem that involves settling into our new home–the one we prayed for and waited for.  I just wasn’t prepared for how much work it would be.  Not only are we unpacking, but the house isn’t exactly turn key, it’s definitely livable, but it’s a house that we will probably be fixing and improving for the rest of our lives.

Between taking care of Little B and my part-time job, I haven’t quite figured out when these boxes are supposed to be getting unpacked, and sadly, they have not yet begun unpacking themselves.

Early last week, I read an excerpt from Jesus Calling that I felt was written just for me:

“Learn to laugh at yourself more freely.  Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously.  Relax and know that I am God with you.  When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening.”

One of the related verses is a verse I am claiming for this season in my life:

“She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.”

Along the same theme, my mom gave me some GREAT advice as we began to settle in: “Don’t get so overwhelmed by all the work you see in front of you.  Enjoy the gift of this new home; tackle things slowly, project by project; and always give thanks to God for His incredible gift.”

My new theme?  Happy Chaos!

And let me tell you, after reading Jesus Calling last week, the Happy Chaos only continued…

Last week, B had to leave on a business trip for the week.  The night before he left, he also told me that half of the house’s air conditioning wasn’t working, so we had to turn it off, until someone could fix it…seriously?

Happy Chaos!

Before we moved, we failed to find a painter who could start before we moved in, so we’ve been moving messes from one room to the next while the painters paint around us.  Before B left, he told me they were going to start our bedroom the day he left, which meant we had to take apart the bed we had just put together and move all the boxes and suitcases to the living room, assuring me they’d be done by Friday.

So there I was, sleeping with my mattress on the floor of my brand new living room and back to living out of a suitcase…

Happy Chaos!

Tuesday night, I had a group of college girls come over to chat and hang out and as I opened the front door into what had become my “bedroom,” you can imagine their surprise to see a bed in the middle of the floor.  I’m sure they though by the time you’re 30, life would involve sleeping in actual beds with bed frames and box springs–I mean, is that really so much to ask?!

Happy Chaos!

The first morning after sleeping with my mattress on the floor, I woke up to bug bites all over me.  I don’t know what was crawling around, but even though B was traveling, I was definitely not alone that night…

Happy Chaos?  (That one might be a stretch…gross!)

Wednesday, I checked in with the painter who informed me they wouldn’t be done until next Tuesday or Wednesday…they are doing the BEST job, I just wasn’t expecting them to take so long.  Back to the living room!

Later that night, I was backing out of my parents’ house and nicked a little brick wall backing out. I didn’t think anything of it until I got home and could hear the air leaking from one of the tires.  Thursday morning the back tire was completely flat and beyond repair…ugh.

At this point, with B still gone, I wanted to cry, but all I could do was laugh.  I mean, really?!?

Happy Chaos!

I’m not saying all this to complain, I am grateful beyond words, I’m simply saying that right now, we’re in a season where things aren’t going to be perfect, unexpected hurdles are going to come up, and I may not ever be able to find my shoes, but it’s okay!

I’ve chosen to embrace this season of “Happy Chaos,” and instead of letting it weigh me down and overwhelm me, I’m choosing to enjoy it, laugh at the days to come, and hold tightly to the truth that in the midst of chaos, God is with me each step.  It really is the only way to survive!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.”

Relax and know that I am God with you.”

I’ve posted this before, but I can’t tell you how much I love it!