Entry: Mess Saturday, October 25, 2008

I've long said, "You can eat off my floors."  That's not the same statement as "My floors are so clean, you can eat off them."  Wink

You might look in my kitchen and think, "Ugh.  Mess."

My spice rack....oh, how I'd love to have them all in alpha order and grouped by sweet/savory.  Never gonna happen.  My middle name should be "Monk."

Or peek in the breakfast room, and think, "Yuk.  More mess."

The church pew we bought when we were expecting Rachel.  It held diaper bags for years.  Now it holds jumbled backpacks, sweatshirts, purses and school books.

But walk a few steps into the den, and you'll really see some mess.

Hannah and I dragged out the year's accumulation of Samaritan's purse stuff today, getting ready to pack boxes as soon as the Halloween candy goes half-price next Saturday.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Lip balm, toothbrushes, knit caps, silverware sets, school supplies Happy Meal Toys - thanks to generous friends, we've got it goin' on.

Yes, it's a mess.  But a happy one.  I put away all the Halloween decorations, except the kitchen dish towels, the breakfast plates and the pumpkins the girls painted at Fiesta Texas.  We need the room! 

I belong to a fabulous "Women on Wednesdays" class at church.  Truth be told, I never liked Wednesday nights before I joined this class.  I went to Wednesday nights because my kids wanted to go.  This semester, we're studying Kay Arthur's book, "The Names of God,"  one of which is Jehovah - Jireh, "the God who provides."   That name has been particularly meaningful to me the last week.  I've stressed about the boxes this year - more than I ever have before.  Keith even commented that I seemed more worried than usual about (1) getting it all done and (2) paying the $7 per box for shipping.

Well...my class is coming over this Wednesday night to help organize all this stuff and get it ready to pack.  There's a huge amount of work to be done, and I am soooo grateful. 

And several wonderful friends have donated shipping money - an enormous help for which I am profoundly grateful.  The morning after the night I tossed and turned worrying and finally said, "I can't keep doing this, God" -  two friends each gave generous gifts.

Jehovah - Jireh indeed.

I don't know how many boxes we'll do this year.  I never know, and we never work toward a number anyway.  We trust that we do the number we're supposed to do for the children we're supposed to do them for. 

And we believe that when kids get them, they'll understand what's really in them.  It's not pens or pencils or T-shirts or bubble gum.  It's "Jehovah-Shammah" - The Lord is There.

Thank you, friends, from the children who will never know your name.

But one day may know the name of God.


November 1, 2008   08:13 AM PDT
so i pretty much have to assume, by reading this blog, that you are a huge nerd.
my mom is definitely a freak.
October 28, 2008   07:59 AM PDT
My spices are alphabetized. So are my dvd's.

If you need more shipping money, let me know. I'll paypal you!
October 26, 2008   03:24 PM PDT
The kids and I are going to do some Samaritan's purse boxes this year too! Will be much smaller scale than your operation, but they are very excited about it and I think it will be good for them. They are each going to spend their own money to make one shoe-box for a child their age/sex.
Hey Jude
October 25, 2008   08:27 PM PDT
Now WHY I wonder would anyone want spices in alphabetical order? That would take all of the guesswork out of finding a particular spice --- deciding if it's over 10 years old --- and then finding another one at the back of the cabinet that you like better. TOO MUCH organization --- that's what's wrong with the world!
October 25, 2008   06:21 PM PDT
i dont think it is that messy

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