Viola – from office, aka dumping ground to guest bedroom

Well, here it is – the mid-way flinging/purging/goodwilling/freecycling effort in our 15 year old office/dumping ground

Before - office and "dumping ground" for 15 years
Before - office and "dumping ground" for 15 years

To the guest bedroom for the next 2 months for our East Texas PumpJacks baseball player – Chad Keefer, #34.  Which speaking of, they won their first game tonight!  Way to go! 

Viola - spare bedroom
Viola - spare bedroom

This took a good two weeks of constant effort. Constant.  Every day.   Funny thing is, cleaning out this room helped me shed a few other “hot spots” (as the FlyLady would say) around the house.  For several years I’ve been bummed about this room – we’d clean it up/out and it would go back right to where it was.  In fact, when my friend, Michelle, saw it, there was a place to walk from the door to the computer.  I’ve had many a conversation with my Heavenly Father about when were we (meaning He and I) going to get rid of this crap.  And the day couldn’t come soon enough – it just didn’t come as I thought it would/should/could.   It was my beloved husband’s idea to host a player – so trusting my God-given “umbrella” I helped make it happen (for there was no other place to put the boy).  So essentially, Father blessed me with an opportunity to get rid of the crap, and in turn, for it to bless someone else (the crap that left, and the room it made).  So like Him.

Many thanks to my “ruthless” Mother’s League friends, Sarah and Faydra, for helping me accomplish a great deal in 2 1/2 hours – their help organizing non-crap things was inspiring and motivating!

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Saw Wayne’s new friend

Well, today we finished last minute preparations for our baseball player’s room.  I am pooped, but have taken some before (actually, mid-way) and after photos that I hope to post tomorrow.  Amazing.  And the view!  I have rarely looked out the window of our 3rd bedroom; it looks over the middle of our backyard.  But what a beautiful scene it was today.  And the room has the least amount of furniture in it.  There’s still a few things that don’t have a place, but I’ll continue to work on that throughout the week.  And my Auntie called to offer to keep the kids Thursday – so perhaps I can now go see Angels and Demons!  Whooo-hoooo!

Tony went to the host family meeting without us since the boys have both been snotting the past 4 days.  This also allowed me to have a good dinner ready, since our player did not get fed at his 5pm meeting (gasp!).  So me and the boys were waiting on the front porch for their arrival.  Sammy took a turn and hid out for a while.  Saw Wayne, my child that warms up to few folks, has found his new best friend.  I could barely pull him away tonight from our player – who now has a name.  Chad.  He is from Oklahoma and attends college in Louisianna.  Pleasant and polite young man – and he likes kids.  This is so helpful!  And he likes to fish and eat fish.  I think he was made for our family!  I have trusted Father to place us with the right person.  And today I realized (duh?) that he had a momma, who just might be praying as well, that her son is well-taken care of.  We intend to do just that.

So, he is finally here!  I believe the hard work and prep was all worth it.  We are looking forward to his first game on Friday night and the fireworks – and we’ll be enjoying our box seats!