“Are you sad that you have to do dishes on spring break?” one of my daughters asked me. My first thought was, “Yes.” But, what came out of my mouth was totally different.
I explained how dishes meant we had a nice meal, and plenty of food, and family time. I even admitted how I kind of enjoyed the warm water on cold days like this. Of course, my lazy self would prefer no dishes — but if I could just have the right perspective, they didn’t seem so bad. In fact, they were a blessing. As Laura Story so eloquently put it in her song, What if our blessings come through raindrops? Perspective.
Every spring break I take on a project. Last year it was writing the book of James on my bathroom wall. This year’s project was a bit simpler. I had seen a picture on Pinterest of a window looking out over lavender fields. It was gorgeous. Since moving my family into that house wasn’t feasible, I decided to do the next best thing; plant lavender outside our bedroom window. Perspective. I looked for planter boxes and alternatives all over online, but none of the ones I loved were in my price range. Finally, I took the kids to Homegoods. There I found several viable options, but none of them came in sets of 2. (My only qualm with Homegoods!) Then I spotted something I thought might work across the store that I was pretty certain I had seen on the other side of the store. Yes, I found twin trays! Only one was white… but I could paint them both anyway! Hooray!
Next came the planter boxes to go on top. Again, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So, I drew a picture and asked my husband to do the honors. I am blessed by his many talents! After a few nails and a little stain, voila!
It’s been too cold to open my windows for the smell to come in, but aren’t they lovely? Now when I look out my window I just see the lavender tops and I am so content. Perspective.
On to the next project…