Why doesn’t it look like the picture?

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Last night, I came home from work to find that Mike had purchased more furniture.  This time it was a dresser to match the night stands he had purchased last week.  I have to admit, I am rather shocked because this is now the third piece of furniture from IKEA that he has decided to tackle on his own.

In our relationship, he tends to be the one that enjoys shopping, decorating, and leaving the purchases on the “Honey Do…” list.  I certainly enjoy working on these projects that he brings home because they have all the necessary parts and instructions in one convenient box for me to start, build, and finish without having to search for more than a few random tools that they didn’t include in the box.

However, over the summer we moved into a house that is 102 years old. As a result, my “Honey Do…” list has been feeling quite overwhelming.  From plastering, painting, demolishing, and landscaping, I have been struggling to get motivated to keep working on projects because there are so many left to complete.  The next major project is going to be finishing the basement and insulating the attic as it is getting quite cold here in Winnipeg.

When the new furniture made its way into our home, I assumed that it was also going to be added onto my list, but to my pleasant surprise it wasn’t.  I am thoroughly enjoying watching Mike sitting on the floor surrounded by random parts that are “poorly labeled” and “don’t look like the pictures at all.”

As I have been watching him, I began thinking about how life has a lot of poorly labeled parts and in the end looks nothing like the pictures of what I thought life was going to turn out like.  After a bit of a struggle to get all the pieces to fit together though, there always seems to be something beautiful that emerges out of all the blood, sweat, and tears that have been invested into it.  I have a lot of amazing people in my life that make up the pieces to my wonderful world and it is awesome.

 

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