Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Blue House :: Week 1

Sunset view from the front door this week.
By God’s grace, the move went very smoothly. Nevertheless, it was still stressful. Of course, that was to be expected.

We’ve made more progress than I had imagined, but as I predicted, I still felt/feel overwhelmed by how much there is still to do.  Obviously right now my mind is constantly occupied with thoughts of how to improve this home, things to do, things we need, etc., etc. The other morning I read in Luke, “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (17:33) I don’t know how to do this. I feel like I’m trying to create a life - one I’ve pictured in my head and one I feel God has inspired me to, yet I keep leaving Him out.

And while I still don’t know how to practically apply this to my life, I received some basic instruction on how to live in 1 Peter 3:10-11: “For ‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.’” Shocker: this is something I really need to work on right now.

It all goes back to love: loving others and loving Christ by seeking Him and trusting in Him. I don’t need some grand act to “lose my life”; I simply need to be faithful in the little things.

This week I hope to do some real cleaning, organize our closet and the laundry room, get back into routines with the kids, and trust God for the strength to do what I can, and let go of the rest.

While I work, I pray I can keep this quote in mind: “Work with vigilance, simply and naturally, without anxiety, with joy and happiness, with a good disposition. And then divine grace will come.” St. Porphyrious, Wounded by Love pg 144
Here's review of the progress. I'm sure you'll be able to tell, but just in case, the first picture is the before, the second is after. :)


We've made an entry way on the side of the living room.

My desk in the sun room. Needs some decluttering!





In case you were thinking we were unpacked. Nope!



  1. Haha! I was thinking you were unpacked till those last two pictures! But really, Hannah, you have accomplished so much in just one week. You're doing great! Just take one minute at a time and don't forget that where you are is where you should be, even if/when the kids have peanut butter in their hair!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I definitely need to remember that!

  2. I love all the light. It feels very warm and cheerful...just as I imagine you.

    1. Thank you Amanda! You're very sweet.

  3. You have been busy. I love the sunset picture and all the progress photos as well. You are very blessed.