My Heap of Shame

Donna, at Funky Junk Interiors, challenged her readers to join her in…

Heap-of-Change-Challenge-on-FunkyJunkInteriors.net_.38-PM Challenge! I am so excited about this! I knew exactly what room I was going to do! 

Then she stated it was for the remainder of January and I got even more excited because I have more than one room that needs this challenge! 

When Donna first posted about this challenge back in December, she called it Heap of Shame. I loved the name for another reason entirely, which is why I kept the name. More on that later. 

The first room to come to mind for this challenge was my sewing/craft room. Also known as the computer room because we used to keep the only desk top computer the family owned in there. You know…before the days of everyone having their own laptop computer. 

DSCN0222It’s a very small room. It is right above our foyer and we could have easily left it out. Some days I wish we had. Other days I’m glad I have a place to store junk.

The pile above is all the items I moved to decorate for Christmas and they haven’t found their way back yet. 

DSCN0223 I had already started cleaning out in here when Donna reminded me of the challenge. This pile is all my projects I need to finish before I start anything else!

DSCN0224You should have seen this! You couldn’t even see the desk top.

DSCN0225You will never believe what was once under this desk. 

???????????????????????????????My youngest’s drum set. 

Technically, I was working on three spaces at one time. The sewing room, this closet and the linen closet. More on the other two next week. 

DSCN0226All my scraps of material. Three, yes 3, boxes of it. It has been worse!

Here is the completed, cleaned out and organized (for now anyway) room.




I wanted to keep the title Heap of Shame because this theme immediately made me think of my heap of sin and how shameful it is.

DSCN0287Instead of dealing with the temptation right away, we tell ourselves, “It won’t hurt just this once.”

DSCN0288Then we do it again,

DSCN0289and again until we have a huge pile. 

DSCN0290We keep it behind the closed doors of our hearts, hoping no one else will notice. 

DSCN0291The problem is everyone else but ourselves notices the mess. 

DSCN0292They may want to help, but only we can get in there and clean it up. 

DSCN0293The good news is Jesus is always there to help with the clean-up. He never fusses, never condemns, never says “I told you so!” He just helps to pick it up and nails it to the cross!


???????????????????????????????Here is my heap of shame from the sewing room, boys’ closet and the linen closet. Not that much really. Most of it came from the linen closet. The sewing room was just messy because I hadn’t put things in their place. I just threw stuff on the desks to get it out-of-the-way and told myself I would deal with it later.   

Next week I will show you my Heaps of Shame from the linen closet, the boys’ closet and from under my kitchen sink. It ain’t purdy at all! 

Until then, I’ll have some purdy stuff and a recipe!


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My Winter Mantel

I was sad when I took down the Christmas lights. I love looking out the window and seeing the lights hang from the roof. I love the soft ambiance of the lights on the tree, in my kitchen and on my mantel. 

So, I decided to keep some lights on the mantel. 

DSCN0250I took down the green color cord of lights and replaced them with the with cord.

DSCN0246 I put the mirror back up and hung my sandwich bag wreath from it. That was so simple to make!

DSCN0201The jars I got from Goodwill are front and center.

DSCN0200 A glass angel and some of My Man’s jars with candles.

DSCN0248 Can you believe that pine cones like these were being sold for $4 for a bag of about 6 pine cones? I got mine for free at the lake house. I just may sell some next year! 

DSCN0066I love the look of it at night.

DSCN0076 DSCN0074 DSCN0065I already know how I’m going to change it up just a bit for February. 

Honestly, this is probably going to be all the decorating I do this month. I’m concentrating on getting things cleaned out and organized. With the weather being cold and wet it seems like a good time to do it. I sure won’t want to do it in the spring when it is warm and pretty outside! 

It’s also a good time to curl up on the couch in front of the fire and spend some extra time with the Lord. Me, my Bible and some hot chocolate! With marshmallows of course! 

Enjoying January! 


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Radical Changes to Make!

Today’s post is going to be somewhat long. I do apologize, but there is just so much on my heart today and I want to tell you all about it. I do hope you stick around for all of it! I think God has a great blessing for you. 

This blog is supposed to be about two things: how I decorate my house and how God is redecorating my heart. I’m here to tell you that He is up to some major redecorating. It feels more like a extreme makeover! 

It’s not an easy process. There is some major reconstruction going on. 

There is some major reconstruction we need to do on our house, so I thought I would show you both projects at the same time. 

???????????????????????????????This is our house. We completed building it 24 years ago. Just in time for the twins to be born!

As you can see, the front is two different colors. 

When we built the house, we thought we had bought top of the line siding for it. We used the LP (Louisiana Pacific) siding. What was supposed to be top of the line ended up being a big, fat dud! When it gets wet, it swells and breaks off. There was a major law suit against them and we won some money from it, but not enough to replace it all. This has led to other problems. 

???????????????????????????????Like the corner boards and the windows rotting.

You can’t see it in this picture, but there are chunks missing in the siding. When my daughter was learning to toss her baton straight up, she would get close to the house to keep the baton from going out in front of her. When it went out in front it would hit the house. A couple of times it would knock a chunk of siding off.

You should see the dents she put in the ceiling of our church gym when she practiced indoors. Not to mention the lights! 

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? This is my side bedroom window. It is about to fall out! The windows weren’t as good as they were supposed to be either. That’s a whole other story on forgiveness. 

The chapter we are studying this week is entitled “Giving Our Best.” The memory verse is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Today’s lesson is on sacrificial obedience. Part of the lesson shares what author and Bible teacher Lysa TerKeurst shared about a season in her life where God challenged her to become “radically obedient.”

She said, “Obedience becomes radical when we say, ‘Yes, God, whatever You want,’ and we mean it.” (emphasis mine) 

How often have I said “Yes, God, whatever you want” like my kids tell me “Okay Mom” and I can hear their eyes roll when they say it. 

Does God ask me to do things and give up things I might not be willing to do or give up? You bet He does! Did He ask Abraham to sacrifice Issac? What makes me think He won’t ever ask me to give up something I love? 

Part of the study also wanted me to prayerfully consider whether there is something keeping me from obeying God wholeheartedly. You know, with my whole heart! Not half of my heart and and half with rolling eyes. Was there anything I need to release to Him. 

???????????????????????????????This is the north side of the house. Please excuse the mess on the porch. Some of the ugly orange paint (why in the world we pick that color is beyond me!) is now pink! The window under the porch is fine, but look at the other one. 

??????????????????????????????? We have talked about doing the other side of the house first, then this side, but I think we need to do this side first. It gets the wettest when it rains and no sun to help it dry. 

MM and I are going to do the work ourselves. Well, not by ourselves. Our boys and son in-law will help. I’m sure MM’s brother and his son will help. MM’s father will supervise. Or at least will think he is supervising. MM will be doing the cutting of the boards while the boys will put them up. MM doesn’t do heights or scaffolding. I figured if my boys like repelling and rock climbing, they won’t mind a little scaffolding. 

On my Facebook page, I posted this for you:

What does it mean to be radically obedient to God? What does it mean to love God wholeheartedly? I’m not asking you these questions in a general sense. I’m asking you these questions in a personal sense.
*What will it take for you to be radically obedient to God?
*What do you need to do to love Him with all your heart?
*Is there something in your life you need to sacrifice in order to be totally obedient to Him?
*What keeps you from being radically and wholeheartedly obedient to God? What are you so afraid of?


These are the tough questions that God had given me today. I think I am like Lysa and going through a season where God is asking me to be radically obedient and to make some radical changes. 

Just like the repairs on our house, things in my heart are going to have to be torn down, taken out and replaced completely. Then the painting and the details can be done so that the beauty  of His heart and home can be seen. 

Praying for you!



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The Beauty of Winter

After my mother died my dad moved to the North Georgia mountains. He loved it up there. We would visit him about every six weeks. That meant we saw the mountains in every season. 

summer mtnSpring and summer are lush and green. 

Smoky-Mtn Fall is bright and beautiful with reds, oranges and yellows.

winter mntWinter is spotted with the green pines. 

snowIt is really beautiful when blanketed with snow. 

I think winter was my dad’s favorite.

My dad was good at seeing the beauty in all seasons, but he noticed that in the winter you can see through the trees much farther than you can in the summer. 

DSCN0182These are the woods behind our house. 

DSCN0183You are actually looking down a hill towards the creek. 

Dad said you can see the skeleton of a tree in the winter.

DSCN0186He was right. 

???????????????????????????????I would have missed a lot of this gorgeous sunset if the trees had been full of leaves. 

DSCN0188He would say that even though the tree looks dead, it is still full of life. 

DSCN0193Life after death is a precious thing. 

DSCN0191The shade of summer is now a blanket for the ground. 

DSCN0192What once was a mighty oak now keeps us warm. 

DSCN0190Signs of spring bring hope to the soul. 

My dad was right.

Winter is a beautiful season. 

Enjoy it! 


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Hidden in Plain Sight

When we built our house 24 years ago, we didn’t put in a basement or a garage. I also didn’t want a lot of closets. My mother in-law couldn’t believe that I didn’t put in any more storage closets than the linen closet. It is a choice I have not regretted. 

I don’t like clutter. (Don’t tell all my table tops that. They will just laugh at you.) I don’t like to hang onto lots of things. If I haven’t worn it in two years, it goes. I don’t have many collections. I’m not all that sentimental. 

I do have things that need storage. So, where do I store things?

In plain sight.


Hidden in Plain SightThe hutch stores our…

???????????????????????????????hats and gloves. It also stores our…

???????????????????????????????blankets and some knick knacks not it use.

???????????????????????????????We got these cheese boxes several years ago. The duck one belonged to my mom. She stored sewing stuff in hers. We store…

???????????????????????????????pillow covers,

???????????????????????????????a hook rug (that I will never finish) and 

???????????????????????????????some magazines. Some really, really old magazines. 

???????????????????????????????My Velcro board holds all my little stuff. 

???????????????????????????????Everything from rubber burns to push pins to buttons, to paper clips to any little thing that needs to be stored. You can find how I made it here.

???????????????????????????????I covered shoe boxes with some contact paper. They hold my crafting supplies.

I was looking on Pinterest to find some other ways I can hide things in plain sight. I love these idea!

coke bottle crateI could shoot myself for getting rid of my cook bottle case. I had one in college and used it to put my make-up in. I would love to have it back. 



You can believe that I am on the hunt for baskets at thrift stores and yard sales. I don’t care if they match. I need this in my laundry room. 

off the counter! I want to use some of these out on the porch hold garden tool, pots and seeds. You can get them from Ikea. 

These next two are my favorite.

doggie door How about this for hiding the doggie food.

This is my favorite! 

Can you guess what this is?

Primitive-Kitty-Center-498x1024Give up?

You won’t believe it!

Kitties-Favorite-Things-1024x1019 YEP! 

A way to hide the kitty litter box! My daughter needs this for her new kitten. 

Sadly, for many, God’s glory is hidden in plain sight. They can’t see it in the a sunset, or in a storm. They can’t see it on a snowy winter day, or feel it on a warm summer day. They can’t see it in the beauty of a flower, the sway of the trees in a gentle breeze. They can’t see in on a starry night. 

Do you hide things in plain sight? I would love to hear about it. I need some more ideas! 

Have a great day!


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