Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Muted Mornings

There are no great things,
only small things with great love.
Happy are those.
-Mother Teresa

A muted morning in my world.

My mother and I have been mindful to take better care of ourselves - and each other - since I've been here. Better than we had been. For some reason, this is involving lots of yogurt, almonds, cinnamon and wheat germ. I can't complain. The small things with great love mean everything right now. Happy are those.

Yesterday we drove over to Freeman House together and began packing. I won't pretend as if it was enjoyable. Having until August first to be out of the house so the new owner can move in, I don't have the luxury of calm, reflective packing. And maybe that's a good thing. I hastily shove things - books, yesterday - into boxes, wrestling the boxes closed and sealing them with a flourish of (twisted) tape. But not everything will be stored away. I spent several hours last night listing books on Amazon. (If anyone's curious to see the books I've begun selling off, they are here.) A plan is presenting itself to me and, as exciting as it is, it does involve massive downsizing.

More on the plan later. It is, I'll admit, delightful. Not my first choice, to be sure, but a beauty of an alternative nonetheless. We'll discuss it later this week.

I'm off to the store now to buy more yogurt. Looking forward to many muted mornings to come.

20 comments:

Becky said...

Definitely intrigued by the alternative.. looking forward to hearing about it Brin.

I'm still praying for you too.

Leigh Ann said...

Never a dull moment in the life of ours. God is always at work and we are always waiting. I'd rather for him to he at work than me to try and "fix" things. Can't wait to hear his plan for you!

So blessed! said...

Can't wait to hear the new alternative....
Still praying for God to lead you.
Love yogurt, almonds, and wheat germ...

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Bless you dear Brin, I know this will be hard, but I see you have a plan and I'm looking forward to this next chapter. You are not alone!

shoegrrl said...

So glad you have something new in mind and I can't wait to see where your next adventure will lead. But I am very sad to see Freeman House go; it has become such a ritual to read about it and watch you renovate.

Downsizing can be such a relief - I went to Honduras recently for a 10-day mission and was overwhelmed by how happy the children were with next to nothing as far as worldly possessions. It definitely made me rethink my $11-a-day salad habit for lunch and random $60 trips to Target.

Stay positive! :-)

Kathleen Grace said...

I am so happy to hear you taking this in your stride Brin! I know there are going to be lots of difficult moments for you, but your attitude is a blessing form God. I can't wait to hear your plans:>) Blessings and God bless you and your mom:>)

Kristie said...

A new chapter in your life...I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for you next.

Shelley in SC said...

Loving the thought of "muted morning." Quiet, contemplative, not thrilled but not fighting either. One foot in front of the either. Obeying today. Being led . . . one step at a time.

rachel said...

only my second comment, bree, i hope you don't mind, i added you to my blog-roll...

i think that small things with great love are really all we can do. stay strong, miracles are on the horizon (are already here...)

praying xx

patientmom said...

There they are, just where I knew they would be, right underneath you once again...you are landing on your Feet! and pulling up strong!

Anxious to hear of your next steps..yesterday is now behind you and your future lies bright before you :)...

Can't wait to travel along with you :) - Bev

Dream. Imagine. Happen. said...

I can't wait to learn more about your new plan! How exciting!

Jenn said...

You have Millie and all us around you who love you and are praying! It will eventually be o.k. I do not know when but it will be. Jenn

Bobbie said...

Try the vanilla yogurt. My fave.

Karen Deborah said...

I am glad you are thinking of something new. I wish you'd post something I would like to buy like those sweet knitted toys.
It is good for you and your mom to care for each other, especially now.
Maybe a little cabin for you and Maggie?

Michelle said...

Brin, still praying for you but when one door closes another one opens and maybe even BETTER! God is always there are you well know. You will be taken care of. :)

tara said...

Dear Brin,
I'm thinking of you and praying for you. you are definitely talented at making a hard and heavy situation seem a little 'lighter'... but I hope you are taking some time to rest, too. I am happy to hear that you are excited about the alternative plan that is awakening in your heart. looking forward to us discussing that later this week - as you put it :) It's been said before but I know God has great things for you. He does for all that love him and are called according to his purpose. No doubt. not even an inkling. hugs

Shannon said...

I've been following your journey and sending a well spring of blessings your way. Your outlook is so positive, your sense of adventure enchanting! Hope you'll follow my journey, too. www.yeartothelife.blogspot.com

Lynne said...

I think you are extraordinarily lucky to find a buyer so QUICKLY for a "fixer-upper" house in the middle of nowhere in the economic downturn this country is in. It took TWO YEARS to sell our absolutely gorgeous, nothing-wrong-with-it, custom-built house in an area of the country known for people flocking to it.

Can't wait to see what you come up with next ...

I'm sure it will be as entertaining as always.

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Can't wait to hear about the downsizing.

Blessings,
Sandy

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Yes, I knew there would be a plan...will be watching to see it unfold! C