Happy Friday from the front porch. We hit another subscriber milestone this week, so I definitely want to welcome friends old and new!
It’s hard to adequately convey sometimes just how much I appreciate all the ways you continue to love and support the blog. It literally means the world to me and I’m thankful on a daily basis you’re here!
Recently, a friend of mine went to visit her dad for a long weekend. A few days after she arrived, he had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital.
Every morning, she sat by his bedside, fielded questions from doctors and nurses, welcomed friends and neighbors who were visiting, and kept family members abreast of the situation via text and phone.
By the end of the 4th day, she was completely exhausted.
She called her aunts and asked them to stay with her dad for a few days while she traveled back home to pack some fresh clothes and to see her husband and little girls.
The next morning, she left before the sun came up to make the 5-hour journey home.
An hour outside the county line, the nurse called to say her dad would be discharged that day at lunch.
Thankfully, her aunts were there to help her dad make the transition home.
Over and over again she kept saying, “Had I only waited another 4 hours I could have saved myself 15 hours of driving. I was just so tired. I missed my husband and my girls and all I could think about was a big hug and sleeping in my own bed, in my own pajamas, and the chance to get some rest.”
As I was processing through the exchange, it made me realize in any given season we’re trying to balance …. a “survive point,” a “thrive point,” an “enough point” or a “quit point,” and for that moment in time she had reached her limit.
It also brought to mind, how we can be so close to something without even knowing it when our quit point or our enough point takes hold.
For her, it looked like much-needed rest.
For you it might look like putting off your taxes, finalizing your portfolio, or reconciling your bank accounts because you don’t want to deal with any of it. What would have taken roughly 15-30 mins to organize each week, now demands an entire weekend or longer to sort through.
Maybe it’s your house.
Those little piles add up, don’t they?
What would have normally taken an hour to clean now takes most of your Saturday because every day you kept putting those piles off and every day, they grew bigger and bigger.
Perhaps it’s a goal you’ve been dreaming about, and things are getting really hard.
You’ve just realized it’s going to take far longer to reach your initial goal than you originally expected. Now, you’re struggling to find clarity, direction, or purpose, and giving up would be so much easier.
As we head into May, you might feel like you’ve reached your limit.
But I want to encourage you to hold on.
Take a deep breath.
Give yourself some uninterrupted quiet time to figure things out.
Then bravely begin by taking action.
Follow the arrows and choose the next right thing.
It’s not too late to give yourself exactly what you need.
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…
This Tuscany Villa has me all kinds of ready for a vay-cay – it’s really beautiful!
The gorgeous portfolio of T S Adams Studio Architects Inc.
This beach house is filled with inspo!
The color of this French door is really pretty! Plus, the post is filled with great tips and tricks if you need to paint one too
Your Nancy Meyers House Based on Your Enneagram (mine was spot on)
What Are Your Hobbies? Love these ideas from Grace and there are so many fabulous ideas in the comment section of this post too!
Words to Live By…
Second Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- April – The Gift of Home: Beauty and Inspiration to Make Every Space a Special Place by Bre Doucette (Reading this book feels like taking a little vacation every day!)
- May – The Power to Bless – Speaking Life into Those You Love by Alan Right
- June – Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L Scott
- Courageous Simplicity: Abide in the Simple Abundance of Jesus (Week 2? Lifegiving!)
On the Menu this Week…
Week of May 1st – May 7
- 05/01 Sunday: Creamy Pasta Pomodoro with an Italian side salad and crusty loaf
- 05/02 Monday: 20-Minute Chow Mein (skip the chicken and add extra veggies or tofu if you want to make it a Meatless Monday)
- 05/03 Tuesday: Nectarine and Summer Fruit Salad (we’ll probably add grilled shrimp)
- 05/04 Wednesday: Delicious Ways to Celebrate Star Wars
- 05/05 Thursday: Cinco de Mayo – 42 Recipes to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo Party
- 05/06 Friday: Family Friendly Charcuterie Board
- 05/07 Saturday: 37 Recipes for Your Derby Day Buffet
- 05/08 Sunday: Mother’s Day – 100 Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
Last-Minute Mother’s Day Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
17 Easy Gifts to Make for Mother’s Day (most of these are super easy!)
May Bucket List…
- Celebrate May Day, Cinco de May, Debry Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and AM’s 1-Year Cancer Anniversary
- Buy a New Sundress (for the love, get over your arms, CoCo🤣)
- Make Ice Cream
- Sunset Picnic at the Beach
- Look for Fireflies
- Buy Piper a Swimming Pool
- Take Piper to the Park (trying to socialize a high anxiety dog is no joke, say a prayer for us)
- Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
- Establish Exercise Plan to Strengthen Core
- Begin the Miracle Month with Carrie Green Challenge
- Organize and Finish the Laundry Room Makeover
- Continue Morning Pages
- Read the Book of the Month
- Continue Q2 Devotion
- Keep Sundays Sacred
May Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Shared and Common Areas
- 04/30 – Declutter & Organize Living Room
- 05/07 – Organize Household Books & Magazines
- 05/14 – Home Office or Guest Room
- 05/21 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
- 05/28 – Create Summer Bucket List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember and Upcoming Posts…
- 05/01 – May Day, Shop for Birthday and Special Occasions Cards and Gifts
- 05/04 – Star Wars Day, National Renewal Day
- 05/05 – Cinco de Mayo
- 05/07 – Kentucky Derby
- 05/08 – Mother’s Day
- 05/14 – National Dog Mom’s Day
- 05/20 – National Rescue Dog Day
- 05/30 – Memorial Day, National Creativity Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!