Do you like to visit places with antique booths? Have you ever stumbled across something you thought you had to have? Did you take it home with you? Or, did you walk away only to have it consume your mind – even to the point of losing sleep over dreaming about it that night?
The obsession. I know. It’s sinful.
I promise…if two (major) things had not held me back that day in Sugar Magnolia, I would have made several purchases – not just one, but three.
First of all, this cabinet would store so many things, and it would be perfect in my kitchen. I love the ladder, too. (Please pardon the blocked view. So many things in that booth, all of which I like…a lot.)
There’s only one catch with this cabinet (other than the price). It would crowd my round/oval table too much, and things would feel tight in our breakfast room.
The remedy was at the opposite end of the booth – a nice narrow farm table.
And it’s my shade of red! (Sorry. My pics are not so great since I took them with my phone.)
Can’t you just see that in my kitchen? And, since we live on a farm, it’s perfect, right?
And right behind the table was another piece that would complete a nice trio. Really farm-y, eh? Can’t you imagine lines of canning jars filled with foods from the garden (that we don’t have, but donations are accepted)?
Upon closer inspection, I decided I could make this piece very easily. So, why not save the money and make one out of 1″ x 4″ boards? That’s all it would take – plus only two short pieces of trim molding!
Except then I realized the wood is aged to perfection. That takes years and years – or at least a very good staining job.
I couldn’t justify any of these three things. I don’t need any of it. But I love all of it!
The booth owner stopped by and casually mentioned she needs booth space for other things and would make me a deal on anything I wanted. She knocked a few hundred off, but I still couldn’t justify it.
I know in my bones that HH would not approve.
We don’t need any more stuff.
So, I walked away…to think about it (and argue with myself) while Mom 2 and I continued through the store. For those of you who are new here, Mom 2 is my second mom, the mother of my good friend and neighbor growing up. She helped raise me because, well, not everyone requires two moms! Just me.
This sign did NOT help me resist the temptation. It made be feel brave to go against what I knew HH wouldn’t want – and laugh in his face.
In there lies another sin. This lamp helped get my mind off of the kitchen transformation.
Something else I could make. 🙂
Every farmhouse needs a sign, right?
And, just when I thought I couldn’t survive another minute without all of these things…this happened.
And that’s when I knew.
God made me this way. He made each of us a fabulous creature who has the attention and love of God constantly. What more could I want or need?
I knew I could walk out of that store…confidently…without need…blessed with all I already have and thankful for it all. I shall not want.
I bought nothing…and need nothing. For I have it all – and I have God’s love. Isn’t that enough? (You have it, too!)