I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve tried to pull together this post. I’ve written it about a thousand times in my head and slightly fewer than that in Word. Of course I’m exaggerating, but it’s just because this has been a hard one for me. Awkward humor makes it easier, right?
If sentimentality isn’t your thing… I’ll be back later in the week with something more upbeat and design-y. Promise.
When I started this blog, my vision was to share stories about life and home. To tell about things that have more of a story than the average Target find. I knew I would include the average Target find plus our own DIY and crafts, but I like hearing the history of something and I wanted to dig into that too.
I had no idea what lay ahead. But God always does and I think He was giving me a creative outlet to process what was ahead… what continues to be ahead.
Over the last six months, Tyson and I have begun to help our moms go through some family stuff. With the passing of my step-dad and the deteriorating health of my father-in-law, our moms are having to deal with the kind of stuff that no one wants to deal with….processing the emotional stuff and the physical household stuff.
When you get married everything is so fun and shiny and new. There are endless possibilities. Think of all the dinner parties you are going to have with that amazing china?!
No new bride thinks about that day when someone is discussing what is going to become of her china. It’s just too depressing and sucky.
And there have been days that I haven’t felt like writing because it’s all been too depressing and sucky. Not because of the actually stuff, but because of the actual having to say good-bye to that person and season of life. In all honesty, we haven’t even begun to help The Moms deal with The Dads stuff. We are just helping them deal with The Grandparents stuff. This road is going to be a long one.
I pour all this out to you so that you have an idea of where I’m coming from. I love home décor and design and I’m choosing to write in a niche that values things that look polished and pretty. Perfect. But life isn’t perfect. It’s messy and emotional… and ultimately that’s what makes it beautiful. It’s not really about the stuff at all.
So know that as I share the latest Target find, I’ll be sharing more of the life stuff too. I promise to keep it more sweet and funny than sad and depressing. And as I share about our family, I hope to do it in a way that honors those that are gone and those that are left handling the bittersweet stuff.
The saying is abundantly true: You can’t take it with you. But in the meantime, what do you do with all the stuff? Have you had to help family deal with stuff? Did you spot the little dog in the Christmas card? Did you spot that cute little pup in the Christmas card? Seriously, how cute is that?!