I enjoy my small little home on the web. And I love welcoming each of you into it. It’s tiny, but nice. The 10 or maybe 15 views I get each day make me feel loved, because you cared to read what I wrote, or enjoyed taking a glance at the photos I enjoy. I adore getting comments on each post. It’s like a cup of hot tea with a friend.
But, yesterday wasn’t tiny. It was a party!! And the party was big!! And it was fun! I know most of you, my day-by-day visitors had no clue, but instead of getting the typical “18 Views” in my stat report, I received a whopping report of 924 views! That’s right – the few little pages I’ve written on in this little tiny corner of the web were viewed over 900 times!
I have to wonder at that point: what did these people like so much? Maybe it was my idea of the suitcase-bookshelf…
Doesn’t the torn handle on top just look so very chic?! :::wink, wink::: (Yikes – did I just use the word ‘chic’??)
Well, it took a few hours, but I finally discovered who our visitors were! Welcome! 🙂
These visitors were kind enough to, ahem, enlighten me (as if I didn’t already know) that my home decorating is not as fashionable as they would like to see it. “The ‘bookshelves’ are really suitcases, didn’t you know? They don’t belong in the living room, and they especially don’t belong with those books in them! And, those couch sectionals really need a cover on them. The fabric showing through is ugly! Oh yeah, and your child’s name, Nethaneel? Woah! Who would name a child ‘that’???” Yeah… actual comments. 🙂 Didn’t I tell you it was a fun party??
It’s tough hearing stuff about your home that you’ve worked hard to beautify, but I’m tough, and I can handle it.
So the first thing I did was laugh. You, my friends and family, know that we moved 6 people on a train across country less than 5 months ago, taking only 24 suitcases of luggage with us. All of our other belongings were sold or given away. You know that we holed up in a ‘summer house’ (that’s saying it nicely) for 3 months while waiting for our home to become available. You know that this little bit of living room ‘decorating’ is about the best conditions we’ve lived in for the last 6 months. When someone who doesn’t know you criticizes you, please take just a moment to laugh.
The next thing I did was learned again to be content. Now, I’ll be absolutely honest with you. This was the hardest step for me. I know my living room isn’t up to mine, or anyone else’s beauty standard. There were a lot of ‘wish lists’ that went through my brain all of a sudden! Tons of humiliation that the world saw my bit of humble home, and many thoughts of just deleting that embarrassing post! But then I remembered (Caleb helped a lot with this!), my home is beautiful because I love the people who enter here. The stains are ugly, but stains of neglect on my little children’s hearts would be worse. I’m so thankful for a husband who willingly goes to work so that I can stay home and nurture our little children. After a
few lot more thanksgivings, I could truly say that I am content with what I have.
Finally, I chose to learn a few things from my visitors. They have some really neat ideas, and I don’t want to miss out! So for starters, here’s what I liked about their suggestions:
“I could see nice old leather suitcases with interesting buckles, that’s a huge decorator thing.” Awesome! I’m gonna be looking for some old leather suitcases!
“It’s nick-knacks, not nick-nacks” oops… okay, so next time I’ll remember to do the spell check. 🙂
All in all, I’m happy with my little home, even if it does take a while to ‘get up to the party’s standard’ 🙂