Monday, 21 September 2009

Make your Home Sing Monday.

Our home is the white one with the red roof on the left.
Today I am joining Nan over at Moms the Word for Making your Home sing Monday.

32"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:32-34 NIV.

Lately I have been very discontented with my lot! I have a lovely home but I have been looking for ways to improve it and change it. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with redecorating and making your home look it's best. However, this has been getting me down lately. As a mum don't you just have to accept mess as part of life ? I do let this get to me and am always looking for ways to store toys, keep things tidy etc.

There are areas in my home that need new decor (mostly upstairs!), new furniture, ceilings painted and so on and on. We aren't in a position to do it all just now at all. The problem for me here is that I have been allowing myself to become unhappy about it all and am constantly looking at what is wrong with my home instead of what is right!

We have a roof over our heads! We have two spacious bedrooms, one of which the kids can share for several years to come, then we need to rethink! We have a beautiful bathroom with a shower I have always wanted! I have a downstairs toilet which is a blessing with toilet training kids! We didn't have central heating when we first bought the house and now we do!

A few years ago, the downstairs of our home was flooded as a result of local flash floods. It was a terrible mess which resulted in us all having to live with my lovely in laws for 5 months. The bottom of our home was ripped out and redone. Thankfully our home insurance covered all of this! We were richly blessed with a kitchen we would never have been able to afford while I stayed at home. A lovely living room and fresh decor all over the bottom of our home. Floorboards were replaced, a new stove, new plastering and so on.

I have included some before and after pictures of the work that went on in our house.

So I have no right whatsoever to be unhappy with my lot! Today I am making my home sing by remembering what is good about it and all the happy memories and trying to enjoy even having a home I can call my own!


  1. It's nice to reflect back to remember where we once were and how far we've come!

    Your house looks so nice and spacious! I love the picture of the living room!!

  2. What a great reminder to appreciate what we have - thanks!!

  3. Great post Collette. Thanks for sharing your pictures of your home. I am in desperate need to just clean mine up a bit, especially after the party. :-)

  4. And what a lovely home it is, Collette! Glad you're making your home sing today!


  5. Collette, I'm so glad your heart is full of thanks for what God has graciously blessed you with. Don't ever think you are alone though, I think all of us go through times where we can catch ourselvs "wanting" and "grumbling"'s the Lord who opens our eyes to see the beauty in each gift He hands us. :)
    I love your home! It brings back wonderful childhood memories for me. :)

  6. I think we all go through moments like that, so what a blessing it is to have you remind us to turn our thoughts around and remember how blessed we are!

    When the kids were little we were blessed to move into a bigger home (as we needed the extra bedroom, the kids were sharing a room and we wanted to get off that busy street) and for awhile we did not have enough furniture for all the rooms, lol!

    But when people hear you need something they will tell you if someone is getting rid of stuff, and we were able to get some furniture that otherwise would have been donated to a thrift store.

    Also, I went to a few yard sales and thrift stores and the Lord blessed me with a few little items to decorate with.

    Thank you for joining us today!

  7. what a nice post.. God bless you sis!

  8. Collette,

    I too have that same guilt of always looking for something to clean, organize or just make look better. I am trying to make sure to count my blessings and relax a bit more.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  9. Hello Sweet Collette,

    I get distracted sometimes and lose sight of what is important. You're right. You are so blessed to have a home to call your own. I am a very blessed woman too.


  10. Yes, the ever-growing mess and clutter of a home can cause us to focus inward too much. May the Lord give you a spirit of balance--balancing wanting to make it the best you can and allowing you to enjoy it just the way it is. Contentment is a hard thing to wrangle our heads around. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. So glad to have met you through blogging. You have a real love for the Lord Jesus that shows through in everything you do.

  11. Collette, you are so right. Sometimes we are so busy looking at what is wrong, we forget what is soooo right. Thanks for the reminder. We are all so blessed. PS. the kids are adorable!

  12. It's very easy to get carried away with all the things we're unhappy with that we forget to be thankful for all the things we do have. Thank you for the reminder.


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