Well, let's face it. My bloggin' has been pretty sucky lately or just downright non-existent.
There's a reason.
(Now, admittedly, I'm great at comin' up with excuses for just about anything, but this one here is a for-real-genuINE-honest-to-goodness REASON! And some of you are gonna like it! I DO!)
My heart just hasn't been into my bloggin' lately. It's been other places . . . wanderin' around, stoppin' to look here and there, and sometimes just sittin' and thinkin'. I mean I haven't even been lurkin' much either, so that'll tell you somethin' for sure! ('Cause Lord knows I love to window-shop as much -- or more -- than the next gal.) I've just been in a state. Not a bad state, at all, just a wanderin'-around-stoppin'-to-look-here-and-there-and-sometimes-just-sittin'-and-thinkin'-state as far as bloggin' goes.
Then, God bless the Nester. She goes and asks, "Why Do You Blog?" And it was just the question I needed to ask myself (or reask myself). A few weeks ago, even before the Nester nudge, I shared some thoughts regarding my own whys and the new direction I hope to take with this humble little blog. (If you are new to this site, PLEASE go back and read that, as it explains TONS!) Since then, other than to post a few odds and ends (just so I'd remember how to), I really haven't been too inspired.
After much prayer (which is on-going) and many meetings of the minds (between my colleague in this caper and me), I am finally ready to start getting ready (did ya get that?) to TEXAS TWO-STEP!
OKAY, what I mean by that is that my pard'ner in this adventure, Lora D., and I are gearing up for the official start up of St. Michael's Wife and the TEXAS TWO-STEP as part of our local congregation's women's ministry's fall program. (Gosh, that's a lot of apostrophes! Did ya get all that?!). So, though the thought of going public with all this both excites me (!) AND scares me silly (!), it is time to begin blogging about where we're going with this!
(Thus the new LOOK and the title extension of this little blog!)
Plus, it's time for me to get really REAL about my own need for TWO-STEPPIN' . . .
"Hi. I'm Pamm. And I'm a S-L-O-B."
This is what I would sound like at the appropriate twelve-step program.
So, while I love decorating and love the idea of organizing and cleaning AND love reading all blogs related to those topics, I'm personally only batting 330. here, ladies. And while that would make me a star at any major-league ball park, at home . . . well, it puts me in the bottom of the minors. (I mean really, really, REALLY low.)
This means that if I'm gonna be real with other women who also struggle at home, then I need to be real here on this blog, as well . . . I need to let it all hang out . . . for the sake of ministry. (Hey, it may be ugly and messy, but at least it sounds spirrrrritual.)
Because that's my why. My why of why I'm going to be blogging. I want my blog to be one of the tools that we struggling Suzy Homemakers can use to figure our way out of the messes we've created (or simply allowed to spawn in the dark while we were off doing more fun stuff) at home. I want this blog to play a part in healing our homes. And if it means that I need to show a few gaping wounds of my own, then well, to heck with posting only the pretty pictures.
Don't panic! I won't let this cute little blog turn into a blood-and-guts, gory slasher blog. There'll be lots of beautimous inspiring After pics, for sure; it's just that I'll have to get a little braver about posting honest, for-real Before shots, too. (Not my usual cleaned-up, sanitized, staged version of a Before shot.)
And as a show of good faith, I'm posting what my kitchen looks like right now, this very minute. Yeah, I'm obviously in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets, but still, most people's countertops still don't look like this when they're right in the middle of a re-do project, do they? (But then, again, that's the whole point: We strugglers don't tend to do things like most folks. We just jump in and let the cereal spill where it may! And who knows, maybe people will think the crumbs in our paint finish is simply a new faux paint treatment!)
Okay, here we go . . . this is where I am sitting
right now. (The breakfast room acting as my
office. Note the small clear space on the right
side of the table . . . St. Michael's current spot --
literally -- for drinking coffee and reading the
morning paper. And who knew that painter's
tape could hold your place in your Bible so well?)
As I turn my head to the right, while I'm typing
away at my laptop, this is what Cusina Casa St. Michael
looks like right now . . . (the doors and drawers
are stacked on the dining room table).
My old Tupperware measuring cup was perfect
for mixing up the TSP needed to degrease and
degloss the cabinets before I started painting.
Ya think I should clean out and organize these
cabinets before I put the doors back on?
Believe it or not, I was able to get to St. Michael's
bagels and the toaster oven this morning!
Even hard-working painters have to eat, right?
And, never fear, I WILL be posting the After pics for sure! (And I told Lora D., "I'm sure I'll have this all finished and cleaned up in time to lead other women in conquering their clutter!")
In fact, I'll be posting not only my own progress, but the victories of other Two-Steppers, too! And this will be the spot for all kinds of helpful hints and principals for Two-Steppin' as we move into the start of the actual "class" (as well as insights we gain from the book of Nehemiah as we compare the rebuilding of Jerusalem's wall to the rebuilding and healing of our homes).
Speaking of which . . .
If you're in the Houston Area,
consider joining us as
we begin the dance this
We'll meet each Tuesday evening
from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM,
at Houston's University Baptist Church,
and during the week, we'll stay in touch
through this blog AND Facebook (to come!).
Grins and blessings!