#1- Hormones. I'm almost 32 weeks and I've felt the need to "nest" for about the past month.
#2- The World Cup. Chad wanted to watch the world cup, so we ordered cable. That's when I began to watch HGTV while Chad was at work.
#3- My neighbor Amy. She had asked to see my house to see how I had decorated. As I gave her a tour of our home, I found myself repeatedly saying things like, "This room isn't finished. I intend…", or "I painted this wall such-and-such a color, but I really don't like it…", and other such excuses.
Between all three, I came to the conclusion that I should actually do something about my house. I should also note that there was a time in the past when I had become discontented with my house (that post is here). I think it was around that time that I found the following scripture in DC 51:16-17-
"And I consecrate unto them this land for a little season, until I, the Lord, shall provide for them otherwise, and command them to go hence;
And the hour and the day is not given unto them, wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, and this shall turn unto them for their good."
I realized then that when I wasn't taking care of my home like I should, I was finding more fault with it. So this scripture became my mantra throughout all the home improvements of the past month.
I thought it was interesting to find in this month's Ensign, the article, "Act upon This Land as for Years". I felt a reconfirmation that my decisions to make home improvements had been a good thing and even pleasing to the Lord.
Well, here's the before and after pictures…
Living Room. Before…
No, we did not do the tiling. But Ross Carpet and Flooring did a fabulous job on our backsplash!
This is the original state and then...
Sounds silly, but the boys LOVE their new room! And they're doing such a good job (thus far) at taking care of it. Liam "makes" his bed on his own accord without reminders about half the time. I think he feels a sense of ownership and pride in his nice new bed, and the picture of him, and the L for Liam, and even the "Dusty" art that I made to hang above his bed.
And Max…he bounces around on the beds and likes to put his fingerprints on the pictures…but just because he is excitedly pointing out Dusty, Thomas, the temple, and Jesus.
Initially wondered if I was a little crazy to invest money in "nice" things for their room, but felt reaffirmed in my decision when I heard a designer on HGTV say that it is a good thing to have nice things in your home so that your children learn to take care of things.