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Scenes from A Landlocked Spring Break

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Last week my people were on Spring Break, and as much the ocean calls our names and we’d love some time away, it just wasn’t the right timing for us. At the beginning of the week, I almost blocked all your deep blue water beach pictures, sun-kissed skin, and tank tops from my feed, but we found vacation right here in landlocked Indiana.

Really this is the first Spring Break we’ve had as a family. While we homeschooled, I used SB as a catch-up or an easier week, but we didn’t take then entire week off.  It was a rare opportunity to just be together without a lot of plans or running. We made the most of it with a couple trips to Eagle Creek, lots of brother basketball scrimmages and learning how to play “Knockout”, good times with church family for Easter, watching March Madness, going for treats after dinner, seeing grandparents and out of town family, and celebrating some warmer temps.

I feel like we’ve hit a bit of a stride in parenting right now. It’s a valley that’s temporary I’m sure, but we’re just so grateful for harmony, health, and home.  Sometimes I still am in awe that I’m their mama and this life is really happening.

I love watching them as brothers and the team they can be when they get along and encourage one another. I love that they need us less – even though it’s a bittersweet dance. I love seeing them back in their element of the outdoors. I love the adventures we have with these boys, small and large.

We couldn’t have asked for a better week…

Well maybe more flip-flops, but that’s just around the corner. 

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Creating a Simple Gallery Wall

One of the best books I read in 2014 was The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by one of my favorite bloggers Myquillin Smith. I savored each chapter, not wanting it to be over.  In it I found inspiration and permission for a home well-lived over perfection. One idea that I’ve drooled over for quite sometime is her infamous gallery wall with the giant chalkboard.

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Photo Credit: The Nesting Place
 

I wanted to incorporate it into our home, but I had a lot of excuses why not to in my head…

It’s cost prohibitive to buy that many decorations for one wall.

I don’t have the eye for it.

My husband will think it’s too crazy or cluttered for his graphic line up things perfectly structure.

I don’t have time to work on it.

I don’t have time to shop or collect things for it. 

But after taking the tree down and deciding to keep the piano in the playroom, our canvas picture was no longer centered on our wall above our leather couch.  The Gallery Wall began by mistake.  I added a “You’re My Greatest Adventure” Plank that I found at Target for under $20, and it took off from there.  I shopped our house and found frames I wasn’t using, a few odds and ins from other places in the house,  a couple of things I hadn’t found a place for, and began arranging them on the floor.

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It took some tweaking and even starting over a few times until we found something that worked well.

The result changed our home.

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It’s not quite perfect, and there’s room to tweak it and add more, but we LOVE it.

It feels so warm and personal and quickly has become my favorite room of the house.

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So here are 5 Tips I Learned from Creating My First Gallery Wall:

1. Lay it out on the floor first to visualize and arrange.

2. Incorporate depth, size, and shape.

3. Don’t be afraid to add color. Go with black and white photos if you want to play it safe.

4. Find things you LOVE and are meaningful to display.

5. Leave room for it to change seasonally and grow.

How about YOU?  Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What’s holding you back?  I’d love to see pictures of yours so share them on the 4tunate Facebook page this week so we can all get ideas! 

 

 

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Turn By Turn Decisions…

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Hiya, Friends. Still there? All tan, refreshed, and summerfied?

Remember me? The quad mom with 4 boys. Yeah, the crazy one.

I know I’ve been quiet. It’s been summer, and crazy, and different, and the ole blog got the shaft.

Thanks for stickin’ it out. I’ve missed this space, and hope I can write a little more frequently now that things are headed back into more of a routine.

We’re in the midst of one of those major life decisions this week. And right now I have no clue how it will turn out. There are no sky writings or signs, just a lot of praying and conversations that go late into the night.

I was on my way to teach an essential oils intro class today, and I had Google Maps navigating me the whole way there. Is that not the best invention of our time? I mean, really, People. A voice tells us by using satellites which street to turn on, how far ahead to turn, when to exit, how long it will take to arrive at the destination on your phone. The dinosaurs would be so impressed.

I couldn’t help but thinking how much I wish God would hack into my app and tell me specific turn by turn directions for the decision we are facing.

So which way do I go? How long? Merge? Exit here?

“You have arrived at your destination.”

Jesus took the wheel.

I know sometimes decisions are more clear than others. God prompts us to act in a way that is obvious. Perhaps He will do so for this situation as well. But other times, we just have to seek to glorify Him, follow His Word, and know that there might not be a “wrong” decision.

And even if we go the wrong way, there are U-Turns allowed and grace on that road back.

If our motives are to honor Him we don’t really have to fear messing it all up, do we?

The longer Brad and I live this life together, the more we realize we are just passengers. We’re along for the ride, and it’s ultimately not in our hands.

We can make all the plans in the world, but it’s God’s ultimate purpose that will stand.

I can rest my heavy head on my pillow on that one.

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