"But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ... James 4:6
Every single day I peek into my town's houses.
Ok, calm down. I look via Realtor.com. 😊 I'm just an ol' house lover at heart. Can't help myself.
See the house at the top of this post? Yesterday I spied it. Sixty-three years old and it's being sold by the original owners(!)
Tom and I attend estate sales at those and always know when a married couple lived there forever. How? The vintage furniture and knick knacks (especially those in the basement), the carpet, flooring, the bedroom paint colors--all obvious hints.
We're like Original House Owners Detectives now.
Some kitchens make me gasp, "The poor woman! Imagine spending 6 decades in there." But oh, not this time. Call me nutso (you will), but I'd take this kitchen as it stands--
Ol' 'Vintage Is Better Debra' could have some major retro decorating fun in that kitchen.
And ok, I would replace this carpet in the living/dining room (50 year old carpet being, well, 50 year old carpet) --
But (hold onto something, ok?)--I'd replace it with the same shade of green.
And some people would remove the wall to the entry area/room with the big coat closet, but not me--
Nope, I'd leave the wall and decorate that tiny area adorably.
Of course, there's the obligatory green bedroom--
But you simply must see this hiding in the basement--wildly, it's the second one I've seen this week(!) --
Oh my goodness.
Can't you see the ladies with their hair in pastel perm curlers? Women wearing vintage aqua plastic covers, sitting beneath hair dryers, reading magazines or getting their nails done at the tiny table?
Man, oh man. Another room I'd not touch. No, I'd sneak down there often to escape this crazy world and probably play 'beauty parlor' like I used to as a little girl.
Ahh. Houses like that one are a major reason I love Western New York. Tons of folks here stay all their married lives in just one home.
Now, could I have done that? No--Grace wasn't upon me that way, for I've craved more variety and housing adventures these nearly 40 years of married life.
But now, oh, move me into a house like that one and I'd play Retro Lady until I went all grey and pokey. I'd buy a few old style dresses, wear my aprons and curl my hair (down in that beauty parlor, but of course). My vintage radio music would waft 'round, retro magazines would lay, scattered, and not one iota would I care that we weren't updating the house for a future sale.
Nope, we'd just grow old together, Tom, the house and me. We'd play a 1950's through 1970's sort of Life Game and yes, probably slip happily into a Vintage Land of Senility.
But hey, there are worse places.
Anyway, stay tuned. That house costs more than we'd like to pay, but other very similar ones in a less expensive part of town often pop up.
But in the meantime? Gee, I need to receive more Grace and stop complaining about this meant-to-be-temporary house of mine. For hey, all houses on Earth are temporary (and I chew on that awhile).
May I remember to stop believing happiness comes by my trying so hard to get what I want.
No, may I, instead, receive Grace.
Grace's help and awesome creativity.
Her timing, stamina and imagination.
May I seek to receive from God rather than doing things on my own, without His strength, His 'ok'.
Receive and be joyful, at peace and contented on my way to the permanent home God's building for me just down the street from His.
" I worked hard, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me." ... 1 Corinthians 15:10
(Oh, and I'm not just talkin' houses here--but you probably figured that out.)
Perhaps we didn't complete our goal because we tried doing it, ourselves. Alone.
A special thanks to my friend, Betty, who let me know that these plates, below--
... are called Ma and Pa plates. I have four in my kitchen now, but where are those three in the photo? I couldn't have sold them before we moved--or could I? Perhaps they're still packed away (nearly 7 years later) down in the basement. Sigh.
But I'm grateful to finally know what they're called. I can now look them up online and occasionally find them.
(These are a sandwich plate size, found for just .25 cents each at a yard sale)
Naomi shared this at Facebook and oh my, after nearly 40 years of married-life I still often feel this way. Guess I'd better ask for--and receive--more Grace!
(Anyone else?) 😁