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I really thought today’s post would be short and to the point. But then I had an eye-opening, slap-in-the-face kind of moment while taking these pictures. So before I show you a simple way to dress up your kitchen window, I want to share this moment with you:
As I was taking pictures of our the window above out kitchen sink, decked out in Christmas decor, I couldn’t help but feel frustrated that my window doesn’t look out to some beautiful farm, lake, ocean, or pool. We have a row of townhouses being built right behind us, which has completely overtaken our view of any sort of nature you can imagine. I was annoyed and irritated that my vision was ruined by the half built houses behind me. But then I realized, I need to stop and do some hardcore reflection on all of things I have to be thankful for.
There I was – taking pictures of a “Joy to the World” sign while simultaneously having the most self-centered thoughts about how my window view wasn’t “Instagram worthy.” Do you see where I’m going with this? Jesus is the reason for the season! He’s where the whole “Joy to the World” saying came from. How could I possibly be irritated about my silly window view, while Jesus, my Savior, was born in a manger? I felt like the biggest jerk. I was getting so caught up in getting a picture, that I was missing the whole Jesus thing and all of the things I have to be thankful for this year.
One of the first thoughts that came through my head was how cold the workers must be outside, while I sit inside and complain about all of their hard work ruining my picture. They have been working relentlessly, in freezing temperatures, to build a new home for some other family. Just like they built our home for us. For the first two years of our marriage, Brandon and I lived in a tiny and old apartment walking distance to his medical school. This way he could easily walk to school, where he would stay for sometimes up to 18 hours (but that’s a story for another blog post). Besides the location, the apartment was pretty difficult to live in. We felt crammed and cluttered in such a small space. Add in the overpriced rent, bad lighting, dingy carpet, and run-down appliances, and I’m sure you can imagine how badly I wanted to get out of that apartment. Then, after two years in that old apartment, Brandon found new town homes across town getting built, which were twice the space for the same rent. I was sold! I love everything about our new home- the spacious layout, faux wood floors, new appliances, and nearby walking trail. I feel silly saying this, but seriously my quality of life has immensely increased. The tiny apartment heightened my anxiety, but this new townhouse gives me such a sense of peace. It honestly has given me the freedom to become more creative in home decor and DIY, which has led to this blog. How on earth could I be so ungrateful for a space that has given me so much peace and joy? God has truly blessed Brandon and I this past year with giving us this amazing townhouse to live in, and I am truly so ashamed that I lost sight of that.
So why am I sharing this with you? Because I’m an imperfect Christian, constantly growing and becoming better. I’m not perfect, and these pictures make it seem contrary. Instagram (or blog posts) are a highlight reel. They show the beautiful, staged pictures. They don’t show the frustration and irritated thoughts that were happening behind the camera. They don’t show the moment of ungratefulness I experienced. And they certainly don’t show my little come to Jesus talk I had to myself. But I have to say, after I straightened myself out and remembered all of my blessings, my photos suddenly became exactly what I wanted them to be, because I knew I wanted to share this moment with you all too. I think sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in materialistic gifts this time of year, and it’s even easier to become jealous of those things you don’t have. Don’t fall into this trap sweet friend! Remember your blessings. Remember all of those things that you have to be grateful for, and I promise your perspective will change.
Whew! If you’re still with me, I’m sure you’re ready for some pictures! Here we go:
My mom is the Christmas Queen (have you seen my Instagram stories from her house lol), and she generously gave me this garland to hang over my window. I used Nesting with Grace’s tip of hammering in 2-3 nails on top of our window frame to easily drape the garland. I then wrapped some Christmas twinkle lights around the garland to finish the look, find them HERE. I added in that beautiful Hearth & Hand Cookie Jar, some bottle brush trees (I bought from TJ Maxx a few years ago), and a candle. Lastly, I printed off my “Joy to the World” PDF and placed it in this floating frame. I love the simplicity of this Christmas window look!
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