Different seasons of life bring different needs. Sometimes we need to slow things down a little bit, sometimes we need something to spice things up, and sometimes we just need something new and different. This past season of life for us has been full of change, transition, and the unknown, so we have been holding onto anything that helps save us time, money, and brings us together as a family.
The other day I was helping Shiloh get ready for the day. She picked out her dress, and we chose a matching bow. I went to set her feet on the ground, and told her to go show daddy her outfit for the day, like we do almost daily. She instantly pulled her feet up, making it impossible to set her down, and started crying.
“It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet.”
There’s no place like home, right? Well what about those of us that don’t own our own homes? Those of us that have the potential to have to pack up and move every year when our lease runs out? How do we make those temporary houses or apartments be our home? Be our safe haven where we know we belong? According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35% of families in the US rent either a house or an apartment, and that only continues to rise every year.
“Giving opens the way for receiving” – Florence Schovel Shinn
Every single year we have a birthday. Every single year so many people struggle what to say when their loved ones ask them what they want for it. I always hate when this happens, because I want to be able to tell them, since it is my birthday, and who would know better than me? But, if there isn’t something that has been a blatant want or need recently, I have no recommendations.
When I was a little girl, there were two little cups and a bowl sitting beside the television. My sister and I both had a cup, and inside each of them were 4 quarters. Throughout the day, if we wanted to watch TV, we had to “pay” depending on what the show cost. If it was educational, it cost one quarter. If it was solely for entertainment it cost us two quarters. Also, hour long programs were double the cost. When the quarters were gone, so was our television time for the day. (Unless we all watched a movie together at night.)