Since that lovely day in October, I have been nesting. Nesting, as Webster would so eloquently put it is, “to create and settle into a warm and secure refuge”. That is one of the beautiful things I have come to learn about marriage, my husband and I have created a place of rest and safety in one another and our home is a refuge from the chaos and confusion of this world. It’s an amazing thought that I can revel in. I don’t know if you have ever been fortunate enough to see a little bird building her nest, but the remarkable thing about it is that the nest is built one tiny wispy twig, blade of grass, or bit of straw at a time. She constructs the foundation from nearly nothing, souring the land around her for materials and very skillfully and patiently begins to build piece by piece her nest, her home and place of refuge. This is such an inspiring image to me, to see the diligence and resourcefulness that God our creator has given her to create such strength and beauty practically out of thin air. And to think that I am doing a similar job, wow! So often I undermine myself, thinking that because this season of life hasn’t led me to going on a mission to India, writing a novel, building a skyscraper, discovering a dinosaur fossil…that my role in life is not important. When in reality, I am building a nest of serenity for my marriage and a place of protection for my future children. Now there is something to think about.
Speaking of nest gathering, I went on a treasure hunt this weekend with my partners-in-crime Susan and Sam. With a crisp twenty from the ATM, we spent a sunny Saturday afternoon bargain hunting at a local neighborhood garage sale. This has become a sort of game for me. I will take only a small amount of cash and challenge myself to see how many fun and interesting things I can find at a local garage sale, thrift store, market, etc. If I find something I really like and I can use it in the apartment I will try to (very politely) haggle a good price for it. It’s quite fun. Even if I come home empty-handed, I always meet fun new people and that is a reward in itself. We also stumbled upon a cute little bookshop that sells old library books that have gone out of circulation. There I snagged several paperbacks to add to my library for only seventy-five cents each! What a great day spent with my hubby and best friend.
Here are some of my lovely Saturday finds. Give me your feedback! What are some of your favorite inexpensive ways to build your nest?