‘Twas three nights before Christmas and my house was a HOT MESS.
Not a thing was in place,but there was no need to stress.

We cleaned and we swept and we mopped, washed, and dried.
Until the condition of our house would leave Adrian Monk satisfied.
.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .

That’s as far as I’ll go in my rendition of  Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night before Christmas.
It’s honestly such a blast to team up with Greg and clean our home.
Where I lack -dish washing and vacuuming – he shows up, and throws down.
And vice versa.

If you’re ever looking for a great team building activity, two words, CLEAN. TOGETHER.

There’s always something so refreshing about teaming up to clean up.
Not to mention the instant gratification of everything being as clean as it looks and smells.
Oh how I love the way the natural fragrance of  lemon and lavender infuse the air.

    Tangent Time: As you may or may not know we have the most simultaneously always turnt
                            up/cuddle-bug of a dog in the world, a high-maintenance kitten , a one and only
                            Greg with allergy induced asthma, and a very little pro-keeping my animals,my  
                            husband, and myself  away from exposure to harmful chemicals me!
                           Which is why, if you’re ever looking for chemical free + go green cleaning products
                            that smell heavenly and get the job done, method is the way to go ! )

Not to mention a clean house leaves room for focusing on other things going on in the house,such as:

  • Ornaments on the tree.
    •  Greg has ornaments  from when was a baby, me not so much. The year we got married we decided to get an ornament together every year, and this year – in addition to our yearly golden Lancaster City Collectible – we got each other Darth Vader & Wonder Woman ornaments.
  • Lady lounging on my gift from Greg.
    • Self control my friends, that’s what it takes to have your gift glaring at you all month under the tree, and slowly wait till December 25th rolls around to open it.
  • Little touches of Christmas flare here and there.
    • I married a history major, and lucky for him I love history. I love the stories behind both people and things . Take our M&M dispenser for example, it was handcrafted years ago by Greg’s Pap-Pap. Our Christmas stockings were knit with love by his grandma Mary Lou, and his great aunt DeeDee. Our fridge full of Christmas cards of people in our lives whom we love dearly and whom we are so thankful to be able to do life with them. Our Liz Hess – a local artist in Lancaster City – giclee painting of Water Street Mission will tell the story to future guests of our home of the years we spent living in Lancaster serving Jesus by serving others through our work at Water Street Mission.

Enjoy a few snapshots of our first house as homeowners, our beloved 801.
Clean as can be.
Decked out for the holidays.
But most of all, completely ready to be filled with the ones we love.

Post Author: Thressa Irving

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