A friend was starting to wonder about me around the holidays because they hadn’t seen many posts on Savoring Today. Don’t worry, I’m still here and quite busy with life. Months ago a downstairs bedroom flooded after a heavy hailstorm, moving up my room makeover timeline. No big deal squeezing just one or two (or a dozen) more things into the holiday season, right? I thought I could take my time with it until one of our bonus daughters called with news she was getting married and they’d be out to visit just before the new year. We knew the time would eventually come when we would need more than a twin bed in a spare room.
And so it goes, the perceived interruption becomes purposeful.
I don’t think we ever got a photo with the sneaker she hung on the wall.
This room was the nesting place for our three daughters growing up over 17 years … it hadn’t seen a fresh coat of paint in almost ten years. In addition to drywall that had to be replaced, its last occupant (Kristen) must have used an entire box of staples covering the walls with memorabilia. Have you ever noticed how updating a room is a little bit like giving a mouse a cookie? We loved reading that children’s book to our kids.
A splash of fresh paint led to new windows, shades, closet doors, a heater, and wainscot, as well as gently used furniture to make it comfortable. And you can’t transition from a twin to a queen-size bed for a guest room without considering an upgrade for your own bed, so mattress shopping ensued. Then there is the bedding to relax in and pillows to fluff … and adornment for the blank walls.
I’m a bit eclectic, liking different styles in different rooms, so I needed to settle on a theme to follow. Romantic was the word that bounced around a few times in conversation with a friend who happened to be creating a guest room at the same time. It was nice to have someone to shop with and share ideas—Matt tried his best to be interested in “this vase or that vase” conversations, but wasn’t as helpful. Thankfully, his expertise comes in the form of carpentry, electrical, and heavy lifting.
One room turned into two because you can’t create a guest room without refreshing the adjacent bathroom, especially when the bathroom served seven teenage girls in all. (It took an entire day just to wash the spray tan and hairspray off the walls). New counter, faucet, touch-up paint and accents were in order.
As Matt saw the expanding mouse and cookie project unfold, for some reason he thought it was necessary to clarify, “We are not opening a Bed & Breakfast.” I chuckled, “Of course, not.” Then I had to look him in the eye and promise. 😉 Romantic, peaceful, and refreshing were the words Chelsea used to describe their stay—exactly what I’d hoped for.
It all came together nicely mid-December, right before my sweetheart unexpectedly had to have surgery the week before Christmas. The surgery wasn’t major, but it’s surgery, right? The waiting, care-taking, and recovery all require priority time and energy. In the midst of it all, our holiday time with family and friends was low-key and wonderful as we celebrated the season of Peace, Hope, and Love—Emmanuel, God with us.
And so it goes with life’s twist and flow.
As I’ve navigated this fifth decade of my life, I’ve learned to be flexible. I’ve also noticed the to-do list doesn’t ever seem to shorten, so each day is the priority shuffle of people first, everything else second. With a heart full of hope and a list still long, I wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year!