Last week I penned a post about how we first walked through our home two years ago. Lots of reflecting on God’s plans and purposes and how coming up on two years it feels more and more like home here.
This past Saturday was Arbor Day. The city had free trees so my husband drove to the city garage and waited in line for a tree. We scored an Autumn Blaze Maple which was what we wanted. They had to be planted within 24 hours, so he came home, dug a hole in the rain and planted another tree. Our newest tree doesn’t really even have buds yet and he’s quite skinny.
The size of the tree didn’t seem to matter for a bird who was so excited to sit on a branch and take a rest. This brought such joy to my heart. Our little tree was already a resting spot for a bird. How lovely these trees will be in a few years when they are sturdy, full of green leaves and chirping birds! In fact this past weekend I read Psalm 104 which talked about the birds that make nest and sing among the branches.
Psalm 104:2 The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. I highly recommend reading the rest of Psalm 104, it’s one of my favorites right now.
My home goal for April was to get family photos on the walls. I take this as another sign of putting those roots down. I don’t like to make holes in the wall unless I know we are staying a while. Now, no one knows the future so I say all this with an open hand but also see it as a stake in the ground.
Let it be known, I did not put a single nail in the wall, this was all my husband. He loves to get out the level and measuring tape, for precise picture hanging. I on the other hand like to guestimate and put 5 holes in the wall for every one nail needed.
Honestly, I was glad to hand this project off to him. Also I get to check off a goal for my home with the bonus that every time I walk past the walls filled with our family photos, I smile a lot.
Another house goal for 2022 that I knocked out unexpectedly last week was the front room. My hubby went into the office and so I decided to bust out the paint. The blue was not my favorite. While it definitely photographs well, in real life it’s not this bright. It seems to suck the light out of the room.
I did like it with the green chairs but it made the room feel really dark and small. I think if that room had more sunlight it might have worked but it’s by the front porch which is covered. For a brief moment I almost painted it pink but that darn gray carpet causes a lot of trouble with paint colors so I went with a somewhat safe choice, Shoji White.
The color that my entire house is painted. So while this room right now feels a little boring I have some other thoughts on this room, it’s still very much a work in progress. Some nice bold artwork and a chandy for starters but we’ll see what we find.
Now it’s time to turn my focus towards my May home goals. The weather here in Minnesota has been gross, rainy and cold. We’ve been running about 20 degrees below average for the temperature in April. We are all more than ready for Spring/Summer at this point.
I can’t wait to plant my garden and work on the flower garden we are creating too! Our backyard is looking rough but I’m hoping we can turn it around here soon with some sunshine and warmth! So if you need me, you can find me planting and taking root.