Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Storage Wars

Nothing I can do about these,  I think the swing is on the outs though
King Silas and his toys have unleashed an all out battle against our house.  This is one of many battles currently waging.  King Silas also has begun a war with our dog Chatham - of course he is currently winning - he approaches and she retreats, just one tail pull has Chatham in hiding (I know, that's not a lot different than before).  But, back to the toy battle, we not only have large toy items like swings and saucers to decorate our rooms with we now have an abundance of baby toy items scattered throughout each room.  It's not that I don't like his toys, I know he enjoys them and that makes me happy, it's that I don't want his toys to rule our house anymore, it's just not their kingdom.

When we moved we chose to put a fun storage shelf in our family/living room for things like toys and such but it just wasn't quite functional for the job I had given it.  So I set out on a search for ammo (aka baskets) against all the toy mess.  I already have baskets serving as toy containment in his room but the toy mayhem was spreading throughout the house now and I just didn't have enough to do the job.

This little shelf just wasn't working
Cute little basket of toys in Silas' room
Secret bag of toys tucked under his crib, along with some blankets

The fun little shelf was bought at our area flea market a few years back and it's very shabby chic oddly shaped and oddly sized so finding baskets that would work posed a difficult find.  Justin gave me the measurements and I went on my way, forgetting my tape measure behind - luckily Homegoods provides little paper rulers so that saved me.  I was able to find a few that would work after much debating and the outcome is much better.  I have now dominated the baby toys and won the battle.  I'm sure they will regroup and begin to grow in numbers and strike again, but hopefully I will be ready for them the next time and meet them head on.

Much Better, Serving it's purpose nicely now

Toys are behaving, nicely tucked away

Also managed to get the little blanket in there
Let's face it, those toys will never stay neatly in those baskets, at least I can dream.

This past Sunday we celebrated the greatest event ever to occur in our history, the resurrection of Christ.  Our pastor gave a very awesome message on the significance of the empty tomb and what it means for us.  One of those messages was that of peace.  For some reason having peace in our lives can sometimes be somewhat of a struggle. We battle our fears, sins, pride, we even battle with God. We fear that God is holding all of our missteps and mistakes against us, when in reality our sins were taken care of by the blood of Christ on the cross and through his resurrection peace was made between us and Him.  When we put our faith in the living Lord, Jesus, we have peace - eternally with God.  Our God desires for us to live a life of peace, not in fear, in sin, in hesitation but a life lived knowing that God is our savior, guide, father, comfort, healer, sustainer, peace maker. Don't live you life in battle against God, find peace in the resurrection instead.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Philipians 4:7

 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in himand through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.  Colossians 1:19-20

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