Friday, September 16, 2011

Keeping It Real...

We all know that I think that the 'keeping it real' thing gets blown out of proportion. But I do still appreciate people who tell it like it is and live their lives, even online, without caring what other people think. 

Take this post from Thy Hand Hath Provided. I'm sure it's a lovely read concerning homeschooling and all but what really caught my eye was the floor lamp in one of the pictures. The leaning lamp that they use because it still works.

And this post about renting from Content to Rent. I think we have the same kitchen. Except instead of bricks, we have floor tiles that are known to crack and crumble under our feet. This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that the exact same tiles can be purchased at the Family Dollar right around the corner. But yet, I'm pretty sure not too many folks are privileged to have matching floor tiles on their counter tops as I have. Yes, you read that right!

These things encourage me. That we're not alone in our choices to make that $20 couch work even though it is ugly underneath it's very worn slipcover. To rent instead of buy for the time being. To choose paying cash and being content with what we have instead of racking up credit card debt in order to keep up with the Joneses, whomever they may be!

So yes, keeping it real can be good!


Anonymous said...

Our first home was a rental and I remember when I went to buy shelf paper for the cabinets I told my husband, "Look they have contact paper that matches the wallpaper in the kitchen!" That's when he pointed out to me that the kitchen wallpaper *was* contact paper!

We are keeping it real here with furniture that is pretty beaten up at 15 years old. But it is still serving it's purpose. It's almost a game to me to see how long I can make it last.

We've never been ones to "keep up with the Joneses" and I love to hear from like-minded people!

Blessings to you!

Wendi said...

I had to laugh about the leaning floor lamp. I have a lamp with a leaning lamp shade. The lamp still works so I refuse to spend money on a new one. (the top piece that holds on the shade is stripped and won't tighten enough) I just keep staightening the shade and keep on going!

Katie said...

We are content to rent and anything else the Lord has in mind for us. =) And we purposely purchase furniture with nicks and wear (the old fashioned look, you know?) because we know that undoubtedly, more nicks are wear are in order!

Thanks for the link to "Thy Hand Hath Provided" ~ I found it neat that our children are ages almost exactly the same. Neat blog.

I agree with you ~ contentment is definitely a choice and a lifestyle that keeps things real. =)

Blessings on your weekend!

gail said...

i would love to read more posts about renting. we have rented more homes in our 27 years of marriage than we have owned and i still feel like i don't have it down =) most of our rentals we've been in haven't had enough storage, so my main dilemna is always do i add nail holes to the walls to put up shelves and such or do i buy freestanding items that may not work in our next rental???

Gina said...

How very true. I have been encouraged many times by those who let me see into their area of weakness! Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

great post Mary Ann!!