Mercy Alive! Does anyone else think Jen Hatmaker is a flat out rockstar?! Geez, Loise. Wow! As I sit here and look upon my five piles of laundry larger than Mt. Everest (only a slight exaggeration. I think Justin, Perry, RUBY!!, and I have more clothes than any other family on the planet. Ok, maybe we don’t have Beyonce beat, but I’m totally convinced the tally’s pretty darn close!) How did we get so much CRAP in our house?!
The thing that hit me the most was when, in her most recent book, 7, she said something to the effect of, “It’s not like some stranger just waltzed into my house one night while I was sleeping and put it all there. I’m the one that accumulated it all. So when I’m angry that all of this junk is here, really, I’m disappointed in myself.”
Yep- I SO get that.
But, the kicker is, we continue to bring in MORE. As humans, we like nice things. I swear to you, if you were to put 6 different trash bags in front of me, without knowing the price or name brand, I would without-a-doubt, pick the celebrity $15 per bag pack of garbage bags. That’s just how I roll. Just ask my poor husband. But the thing is, Jesus commanded us to love thy neighbor as our self. And frankly, I/we as Americans are doing the crappiest job of that. Our ‘neighbors’ do not have the things they need to live life and we are drooling over a new bass boat. And by me, I mean my sweet husband. I’m drooling over a new camera lens.
I was watching a commercial last night that just flat out embarrassed me as a human. I won’t name the store since I actually do shop there and do happen to think they have good prices, but the actress said something like, “At ***, I’m always guaranteed to find something I want.” Gag! (BTW- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE know I shop with the best of ‘em and am SO part of this problem with the world…America. My Lent sacrifice this year actually has to do with less accumulating and more purging/giving.)
How sad is it that we are all but guaranteed everything we WANT in America? But more so than that, we convince ourselves that we NEED the $100 pair of Jessica Simpson shoes or the $200 pair of Costa SUNGLASSES that are going to be sat on anyway if I’m the owner. I’m SO throwing 2 people in my immediate family under the bus here. My downfall? Vera Bradley bags. BAGS! Without a doubt, I have no less than 8 and that my friends is stupid, ridiculous, sad, and selfish.
Selfish. That’s how I’m feeling today. I’m now putting my couch up for sale.
You think I’m kidding.
PS- Jen Hatmaker- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. If you haven’t read it, I HIGHLY recommend it. It will TOTALLY rock your world!
Our Adoption Timeline
- June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
- July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
- September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
- October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
- October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
- November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
- December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
- February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter