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First, here's a short excerpt from our upcoming book.
Devotional: Decorating Debacle
The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.”
Proverbs 14:1, ESV
It’s hard to describe Dena’s eccentric “flair” for decorating. I don’t mind that she likes to change our furniture and accoutrements around more often than others. I’ve come to expect as much from a creative person like her.
My problem comes with the changes that are, shall we say, more sweeping–such as, I come home from work and think I’ve entered the wrong house.
When most people pick out a new color, wall décor or piece of furniture, they tend to take a while to make the final decision: “Let’s sleep on it and see if we still like it in the morning.” Well, if you’ll pardon my Tennessee vernacular, my wife ain’t most people. When she has a flash of decorating inspiration, it skips right past the “Is this at all practical or do-able?” filter in her brain. Her ideas even blow right past the “What will it cost to fix it if I mess up?” zone; and don’t even get me started on the “Will Carey like it?” filter. That one’s been broken for a while. After all, I only live there. Why would I be concerned about how my house looks?
No, no – those brain filters are for the short-sighted, evidently. For as soon as Dena thinks of an idea, in her mind that gives her the green light to do it. . .right NOW! “I’ll figure it out as I go. How hard can it be?” One day, I came home to find inspirational quotes written all over my office wall–in Sharpie, every interior designer’s most elegant tool. The words had no guiding lines, no centering or spacing, no light-marked pencil to trace; Dena figured that when taking a permanent marker to my work space, freehand was the way to go. Needless to say, she agreed that I should paint over it. . .in bright red paint.
Just for Laughs
(See the comic strip above, and other funny ones on marriage, here.)
Keep in Touch
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Pinterest (Dena's "Have a Marvelous Marriage" board has lots of pins about creative, fun and frugal date nights)
Dena's Twitter account
Carey's Twitter account
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