More & Less

There are many things in the world that I want more of. More time with the kiddos as they are in a season of growing and changing at a rapid rate. More down time with the Mr where we can just be. More good books to add to to my growing bedside table stack. More quality time with friends where we can get to the nitty gritty of life and in turn help breath new life into each other. There are also many things I want less of and that list is continually growing. Less clothes that seem to clog my already small closet, less items that I deemed so important to have and now just lead me to extra dusting. Less time on the tv, phone, and the like. In general I just want to live with less and more. Less of things and more of everything else. 

Yesterday marked one year of owning this fixer upper. We moved in a month later after countless hours spent painting, tearing down, and building up. We have a ways to go, yet even now it is just right. This house is exactly what we needed. I needed really. It gave me more and less. It gave me more light than I could have ever hoped for as every room is basked in sunlight. It gives us more space to invite friends in where laughs and tears can occur at any given moment. It gives us a place where the kiddos can create and make memories that I only hope last a lifetime. This house also tends to want less. I still have boxes of art packed away as more is not needed to cover these sun drenched walls. All the natural textures of this home demand less of things which would only distract from its architecture and charm. In turn it also leaves me with needing less time to clean and that is a gift within itself. 

I am not exactly sure if this need for less is creeping in as a natural progression of life as I creep closer to 40. Maybe it is something God is and has been slowly trying to sink deep within my soul over the last few years. More of Him and less of everything else. I desire living for the now and not what's next even if the next does want to get to the washer and dryer out of the kitchen. I am also learning to have grace with myself when my desired expectations go array. It's giving myself more love and in turn less time to look at areas where I fall short daily. 

With a job that fills my days with creating a home for others, after school activities that keep us all growing, and my desire to unplug every evening in turn means less time for this ole blog of mine. I am going to strive to post more fulfilling content even if it does dwindle to once or twice a month as I am not quite ready to give up on this extension of me. So in essence you too will receive more and less of me. 

*To see how far we have come in this home you can see all before and after's thus far here.


living room: wood and fabric chairs | rug | lamp | dipped leg stool | framed art by us and framed by simplyframed | leather pouf {similar} | blue side table

dining room: table had for years | wood chairs west elm {similar} | black chairs | pendant