The Lord is good to all: His tender mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:9
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Being a stay at home mom for over 14 years has brought many blessings and struggles to me. One of the first struggles I experienced as a stay at home mom was loneliness & feeling useless. I use to think if I could bring home a paycheck I could offer so much more to my family. The Lord has brought me a long way in that area, however, and now it's hard for me to imagine being anywhere else but home.
Another area I struggled with (and still do at times) is contentment with my home. I don't know how other SAHM feel but for me being home so often I notice the condition of my home, ALOT more. There are so many things I would like to change and I find myself getting frustrated when we can't afford to. I would see what other friends homes looked like, compared to mine and that would bring more discontentment. The Lord is teaching me though. Teaching me how to be content with what I have. Over the years I've learned to get creative and found a few things that allow me to decorate and make my home cozy and comfortable but still do it within our means. They are ...using what I already have, garage sales, flea markets, thrift shops, clearance shopping and paint.
In the first picture below is a set of pottery dishes (with flowers) that were passed down to me by a family member. I knew that I wanted to display them but realized you didn't really notice them that much against a cream colored wall. So I found paint that matched one of the colors in the dishes and painted just the wall that the dishes would be displayed on. I think it really makes the dishes stand out. Although the picture doesn't do it justice.
In the dining area of my kitchen all of the things you see in the picture (except for the curtains) I either found on clearance, at a flea market or garage sale or they were given to me. The dining table was given to me. I sanded it down and painted the legs and put a fresh coat of polyurethane on the top. The table has gotten too small for our family, but I am eyeing a dining set that I found at second hand store. Hoping to save some money to purchase it.
This last picture is a view of our living room from the kitchen. I love how it's all open. I can always see what the kids are doing when I'm busy in the kitchen.