Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cleaning on Memory Lane and Destiny




Once again, a post about cleaning.  Now how can anyone have so much to say about such a dirty job?  Well as my first daughter-in-law has said, and she is a woman of few words, "you seem to have a story for everything."  I think age has a lot to do with that or the fact that all of life is truly a story if you write it on your heart.


Number One son not only owns rent homes, which took me down nostalgia lane in the recent cleaning of a retro-70's home, but he is also a custom home builder.  Excellence is his trademark. His newest spec-home is conveniently located two miles from my house, giving me plenty of chances to watch the construction.  I either walk the four mile round trip to see the latest update or drive my car to catch the newest advancements in this house.  From foundation to final paint, I have enjoyed the building of this recent property.  I know my son is in his element because when you ask him how he can do it, he replies, "any monkey can do it!"... which translates, "it is easy for me, because I have this talent."


(Sometimes he asks for my opinion and lets me do some of the shopping, which is always fun.)
As the finishing touches started going into place, he called his Mom again...to my delight...to clean it up for show.  This time, it took me on a stroll down memory lane in the decade of the 80's!  Stroll with me.........


While I was pregnant with "first born", I walked every night...per instructions from my doctor.  Our whole neighborhood was booming with new houses under construction, one of which was a close friend's.  I loved walking through the houses, watching all that was being done, inspecting each new development and designing the interior in my head.  My steps slowed down as my pregnancy progressed.  The very night I went into labor with our first born, I had just walked the neighborhood surveying houses...the smell of wood, freshly painted walls, sheet rock, carpeting and stone masonry remained when I fell asleep.  Within just a few hours, I was delivering our first born son... God transformed a mother's delight into her son's destiny.
( My newest delight...Stephen helping at the stairs and Benjamin playing in the mud...brothers and Mom!)

As I started to clean his newest home, my mind wandered back 30 years ago to my new baby boy.  Today, I stood sweeping the beautiful wooden floors in his latest construction project.  His wife is expecting their son... she is at the same time in her pregnancy I was thirty years ago.  Their son is due just days after my son's 30th birthday.

How many mothers get to share in their son's accomplishments in a field that they themselves enjoyed while that same son was in their womb?


Truly, building beautiful homes is his destiny.   This past weekend, I stood there thinking...how awesome this is, to enjoy my son's accomplishments with him, just like I enjoyed others' works when he was being carried in my womb.   To say the least...this cleaning was a complete fulfillment of the "great circle of life". 
Will one of his sons carry on?  We shall see... let's just say, Joshua already knows his screwdrivers. 

17 Joining in with more words:

Sharon said...

What a fun read, Janette! And how very talented your son is - not surprising, his mother is also a very creative woman!!

I really enjoyed the photos, and the walk down Memory Lane.

GOD BLESS!

Debbie said...

WOW What a GORGEOUS house! How talented he is...I too LOVE things like this. Watching this home take shape would have been great fun. And oh how I love watching my grandsons walk in their daddy's steps. Such wonderful, wonderful memories. Enjoy your day!

Vee said...

What a lovely home he is creating! How sweet that he lets you chip in your expertise, too. I think that the eye for this kind of thing comes down through the generations so it doesn't surprise me one whit.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Beautiful work you've *both* done! You should be so proud! I wish I were close and could come walk and admire ALL you've built in Texas! It's so perfect that you can share this with him!
xoxo
Leslie

Sandy said...

This was just a sweet post and I love the way you related the story. This house is really beautiful! I know you are proud of your son and I hope he realizes what a wonderful mother he has in you. And...no doubt, that great talent of his comes from you.
Hugs~

Nancy said...

Isn't it wonderful when you your child interested in the same thing you are...makes for interesting sharing and fun....

Obviously your son is very talented as this house is not only beautiful but looks so well built.
Integrity just like his mom....

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love this story, Janette. And, I love how God's great tapestry weaves the patterns in our lives long before we can recognize them... and I appreciate that you do not let His work go unnoticed. I know you are so proud of your son! This is a beautiful home. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Rebecca said...

"All in the family"! I don't have to wonder how YOU keep busy these days...

That is a beautiful house, Janette - as are the lives and talents of your children.

Debbie said...

I connect to this one in so many ways. I love the message of the unseen here, that God was knitting him together even as you took those walks. I also agree that you can find a story in everything, and I agree with your DIL that you do.

I confess, though, to being glad that neither of my daughters developed my love for teaching while they were being knit together. I never wanted either of them to follow in my footsteps there for a variety of reasons.

Marsha Young said...

What a beautiful home, and what a wonderful mother/son relationship. Blessings to you.

Lisa said...

Well we know where he got his love of houses from! It's so cool you have this in common and that you are able to help him in his business,
PS The home is gorgeous!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Isn't it amazing how life circles around, if you are wise enough to notice, and Janette, you obviously are. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Debbie Petras said...

Another beautiful story! Yes, you have many but that is the beauty of living life isn't it? How wonderful that your son builds such beautiful homes. I remember walking through half built houses as a kid as my father and grandfather worked together in construction for some years. We used to dream of having one ourselves.

Btw, I mentioned you in my blog post today. I am up to #1000 on my blessing list and I'm so thankful for my blogging friends.

Love you,
Debbie

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Loved this, Janette! Your son is so very talented. That is a gorgeous home and I LOVE that garage door. How fun to be able to work with your son. Even if it is cleaning. :) What a blessing!

podso said...

I've been away a lot and have somehow missed your posts and am catching up. This is just the kind of thinking I do, about life coming full circle. I think it is we who notice such things that get the extra blessings of these little nuggets in life as we take note! And the house looks amazing --what a wonderful blend of textures just in the front! I'm sure you are enjoying being a part of his craft!

myletterstoemily said...

i loved this! how wonderful for you to
work side by side and see the fruits of
your son's excellent workmanship.

Sassy Granny ... said...

What an amazing talent! Not everyone has an eye for such things, as you rightly point out. No wonder you're one very proud mama!

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