I Realized I Don’t Need a Dream Pinterest Pumpkin Porch

Dad, baby and our single pumpkin
A simple, but perfect Thanksgiving meal on the porch
  • the Amazon ads I thumb past every day on Facebook
  • the pins of super gorgeous front porches that show up on my Pinterest newsfeed when I’m just looking for recipes for dinner… or just mindlessly scrolling.
  • the YouTube videos I watch with links to all the “Fall MUST Haves” in the bios. (And the reality is that if most of us actually bought every “Fall Must Have” in all the YouTube bios, we’d have to take out another loan.)
  • etc. (There’s a LOT online. Have I mentioned Instagram?)

Is this the legacy I want?

Little Man and our Cat
  • Do all the sheets in my house have to match their respective quilt/comforter/pillowcase? Or is it okay if the beds are just simply functional?
  • Do our plates need to match? Or is it okay if they are just simply able to hold food for when Luke and I eat off them?
  • Do I need a new shower curtain that doesn’t look dated? Or is okay if I just clean it when it needs to be cleaned and only replace it when it can’t serve it’s purpose any more?
  • Do we need a new couch that isn’t hard to push the foot rest back in to, or is this couch going to be perfect for our kids to jump on because it’s already a little bit broken?

But because I don’t want to be a stingy person who hordes STUFF that serves no value to my family.

  • Deep conversations with my husband about life, God and how we can best minister
  • Ministering to children without families of their own
  • A constant nurturing of the emotional intimacy I share with my husband
  • Spending all the quality time I can possible carve out with my husband
  • Helping my son and all my children find and cultivate a wild imagination of his own
  • Experiencing and representing the joy and love of Jesus
  • Teaching that joy and love to my son and all my future children
  • Reading piles and piles of books to my children in silly voices
  • Growing food and reducing our waste like our climate depends on it
  • Making forts with our mismatching, yet functional, sheets
  • etc.
Mom, baby and our single pumpkin

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