Collecting Peace: Unpacking + the Unexpected

home sweet home
candy hearts
valentine straws
sick day
house warming gifts
peppermint moss abstract

The week started with moving boxes.

It proceeded with candy hearts and chocolate.

Marked in the middle by a monumental occasion- our first night sleeping in our renovated home. A renovation stretched achingly slow over 9 months.

And the next morning the infamous February stomach bug hit Oliver; new home initiation I guess? 

He sipped gatorade and water every fifteen minutes with the Valentine's Day straws Grandmom Hirshburg gave him. 

I sat on couch, overwhelmed by the good and the hard. Oliver interrupting my thoughts every now and then asking me if it was time for his next sip.

And the thought, the image, the idea of small steady incremental sips felt comforting. Combat the intensity this way; with lightness, with steadiness, with something ordinary; a sip of water or a tiny task. 

Oliver recovered quickly and the week ended with generosity. A house warming gift from dear friends-art prints by Lindsay Letters

The Dwell print which is hand lettering of Psalms 27:4 and the Peppermint  Moss Abstract  print.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
— Psalms 27:4

The Peppermint Moss Abstract print makes me thinks of refreshment (peppermint) + growth (moss).

The labor and time spent renovating this home was intense, and the opposite of refreshing. But the outcome feels like springtime newness and a breath of fresh air. Opened up spaces, white light walls, clean updated flooring, refinished cabinets and more. As I live in this new space we will welcome the new growth and new memories; even hard ones like the February stomach bug.