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Sometimes the Lord calms the storm, sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's Time To Blog

Several friends have told me that I should start a blog. I like reading the ones that my friends have and have thought it would be a good idea. I selected a template last year and that's about as far as it went. When I came to actually putting something down, I was at a blank. I stay in touch with my family and wasn't sure who would want to read anything about my life.

Then I thought maybe instead of just putting down the things about my life as a mom to two fabulous children and wife to one terrific husband (because honestly, how often does someone want to read that?), I thought it would be fun to spice it up with all the "projects" that occur in my life. So you're wondering what kind of projects...well, I can assure you they are ALL over the map and growing all the time. I don't know if it's because it's the summer and my 6 year old, Matthew is out of school with Sarah and I, my almost 2 year old, but I have been filling my free time (not a lot, but some) with things I wouldn't have usually attempted.

By nature, I'm an organizing "guru." I almost said freak, but even though I love to label, it doesn't include my sock drawer. However, they are grouped according to style, but I promise, there are NO labels! For a short bit of history, when I was growing up, I shared a bedroom with my sister. We were constantly fighting because she wouldn't keep her side of the room clean and neat. One day I remember that we put up a piece of rope and draped a sheet over to officially separate the rooms. I was so excited to know that “my side” was going to stay tidy. Then, she purposely threw stuff over and under to make my side of the room messy. I realized then that sharing a room was not going to work for me. I should have realized it when she peed on the electric bedwetting sheet just to hear it go off, but I am an optimist and thought we could come to a peaceful solution. Finally, my parents had enough of the complaining and made some house changes and moved her to another room. THANK YOU, mom and dad for saving my sanity!! J

However, from that point on, I really wanted things to be put away and kept neat. My mom always had lots of stuff out and I was constantly making piles all over the house. It became the running joke that if something was missing to just ask Elizabeth, “she probably put it into a pile.” It did hurt my feelings a bit, but it was better than having stuff all over. I only found out this past year that my family wished they were more tidy and were giving me a hard time because they were jealous. Wow, I wish I had known that many years ago.

Fast forward many years to 1st year of college, getting married at 19 and starting a job at a community college while finishing my business degree. I started at the bottom of the employment barrel as a switchboard operator and then moved around a bit as a Secretary for Athletics, Admissions Clerk (spending over a year entering old admission files – secretly loved this job that no one else wanted) and finally as an Assistant to the College President/Employee Records Clerk. In this position, I HAD to keep not only myself organized, but the college president’s schedule, important papers, and all employee records. This fueled my “paper/organizing” obsession.

Then on a personal note, after 8 years of trying to have a baby and MANY disappoints along the way, I finally found out I was pregnant. Immediately I knew that I wanted to stay home with this highly longed-for baby and not work, if I didn’t have to. It was a hard choice; I loved my job at the college and was working with the most amazing group of people. After Matthew was born, I went back on a part-time basis and cried every time I had to leave him. It just hurt so deeply to leave him in someone else’s care when I had prayed so long for him. Fortunately, we found a way for me not to have to continue working full-time and we scraped by on side jobs and really pinching our pennies.

When Matthew started getting older, I started doing some research on-line to find some kind of work I could do from home and not go back to an 8-5 job. During my research, I found that there were people that did professional organizing. It was like a spot light exploded over my head. I can still remember where I was sitting when I read about it. For the first time, I finally felt like it was okay that I liked to be organized. There WERE other people like me. Then I thought, wow, I might be able to make some money helping other people.

It wasn’t long after this that I did some networking and my best friend landed me a job with a physician in Atlanta. One of the offices in the building had been turned into the storage room because no one knew what to do with all the stuff. Within a week, I had cleaned out all the clutter, shredded the unimportant stuff and made some beautiful files (trust me; colored alphabetized files can truly be beautiful)! The physician was happy with my work and had me tackle another job of finishing a remodel at her residence. My husband and I had built a house and I had been involved in some of my parents’ remodels and within a few months the physicians house was ready and she was moving in. At the conclusion of that project, she asked me to organize her entire office and help with the staff duties. I continued with that project until the month before the birth of my second child. All during this time, I was picking up additional organizing clients and loving the challenge of helping mothers organize playrooms, husbands’ study, garages, kitchens, bedrooms, and closets. I loved the happiness that comes across someone’s face when all the clutter is gone and they can easily find things. There truly is a peace that comes from being organized. Even now, when the kids have played hard in the house and things are in complete disarray, my mood is less than happy. But, when we all begin to work and put things away, the peace returns and mom is happy again.

So, that’s me in a nutshell. A stay-at-home mom to two wonderful children that the Lord blessed me with. For many years I didn’t think I was going to get to be a mother and I have enjoyed so much the blessing of being with them each day, all day. I am also a wife that tries to keep up with meals and schedules and just being kind. That’s hard, sometimes! Then, I am the Organizer that thrives on labels, rearranging the linen closet for the 3rd time – that blog will soon follow this one, a monthly meal planner (possibly one of the best ideas, ever), and always trying to keep life and priorities in order. Mostly, I am a daughter of God that is so grateful for the blessing of life, love and complete happiness.

Follow me on my new adventure of blogging as I share more of who I am and the everyday joy of family and being organized.

1 comment:

  1. You are amazing and I love you!

    p.s.....being a professional organizer/home stager has always been my dream job. Good for you for making it happen!

    xoxoxoxo ~ Amanda