so, we are really good friends if i'm showing you my sharpie drawer & closets! (feel free to say "TMI!" any time). in the meantime, this weekend was full of small, important moments & i'd love to share them.
ryan had to study a TON this weekend (for the navy wives, NATOPS is this week, eek!). that gave me time for some serious spring cleaning. you may be thinking, "mary you're so type a & you just moved into that place, what could you possibly need to clean?" well, fair point. the initial organization system i had wasn't quite working now that we've really lived in this place, & thus, some tweaking.
so, i got my office in better shape with this fabulous drawer (i heart sharpies). i also took on getting my printer & files in order.
then, i tackled my closet. with some bins from target, i made this tiny, old house closet fully functional (& not look jam packed!). my favorite things are the little hooks by the mirror with my necklaces (meaning i might actually wear one!).
next up? the linen closet. i recently learned a trick (you probably already know) where you put the sheets inside the pillow case so you know what set is which (especially handy if you're like me & not brave enough to have anything but white linens). ryan was so confused by our old linen closet set up -- he got a tour last night (before he even saw it he was saying "ooo & ahhh," such a good husband, that one) & there are handy bins & labels so if he's just looking for advil, he has a fighting chance of finding it.
i'm one of those people who feels better about life when i clean. when i was younger certain movies would inspire me to go clean/re-arrange my room -- specifically mrs. doubtfire for some unexplainable reason (i loved that house in san fran!). i've just always loved to nest.
this weekend wasn't all about cleaning -- the beauty was i had the time as i walked up our stairs (one of my favorite things in this house), to look at the light pouring in. then, out the window at the bright blue skies. i don't know about you, but months go by without the time to really pause, and it was nice to soak up these small moments.
finally, sunday morning is the one real consistency in our lives. here's our ritual: we wake up (usually late), swing by starbucks, & head to church. so, because we're usually running late, i jump out of the car, grab a grande nonfat latte and grande chai (when ryan has to order his own drink, he jokingly asks for his manhood back with it) & we run to find a seat in church.
so, this is an expensive habit & we are going to start making homemade drinks. but, this weekend we were ahead of schedule (?!), so we actually had time to sit & talk. i love this photo of my handsome husband (plotting which girl scout cookies he is going to buy from the stand right outside!).
warm drinks aside, the last photo is really the whole sunday ritual -- it's getting to sit in a pew next to each other. to hold hands. to sing worship songs. to listen about how much God loves us. to feel His grace in our lives. when i think about deployments, i know this is one of the things i'm going to miss most. i love going to church with ryan. it's grounding, for us & for our marriage.
i titled this post "everything in its place" not because of any closet or type a organizing project, but because of that last picture. our house can be a hot mess & life can be tough, but when we sit next to each other in church & remember how broken this world is & how good God is, we have much to be grateful for.
do you have a weekend ritual? i'd love to hear.