Sunday, October 6, 2013

I Married Adventure

I love fall. Along with the pumpkins, warm beverages and leaf garlands with twinkle lights ... I also get in the mood to "eliminate and concentrate."

My husband is not particularly fond of my joy of downsizing and throwing things away. While he is super organized and tidy, he comes from a long line of pack rats.

Dave gets a little nervous, but long ago, I promised him I would never throw anything of his away ... without his permission. I have (mostly) kept that promise.

Right now, I am going through my books... tossing some that I know I will never read again, and rereading old favorites.

Luci

Last week, I picked up (and could not put down) Luci Swindoll's, I Married Adventure. Even though I have read it at least four times ... I was enthralled once again with her great big love of life. 

The first time I saw this book, I said to a friend, "I should have written a book with the title I Married Adventure." Because I really did. Adventures name is Dave.

My tendency is always to do the routine, safe, boring thing. But because of Dave, I have done wild and crazy things, like drag our young kids all over Europe, living in a tent. (If you add up all of our summers in Europe, I have lived in a tent for over 4 years.)

I love being married to Mr. Adventure. Now, if I could just convince him of the thrill of ... downsizing.

Standing in the light and linking with Jen

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18 comments:

  1. Somehow, I doubt you would ever have been boring, Glenda.

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  2. Glenda,

    I think you need to re-brand the downsizing activity... make it more like an adventure to rope him in!!

    And I agree with Diana... you are not, nor would you be boring.

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  3. Well now, I resemble that remark ...comes from a long line of pack rats! I think that those of us that are pack rats depend upon those of you that like to eliminate to help keep us from being featured on reality tv :)

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  4. I'm married to a pack rat as well and the word downsize is not even in his vocabulary. I have a feeling I'll be in the house forever with piles popping up all around me. Getting rid of books is hard...good for you.

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  5. I'm with Diana, Glenda. I cannot ever imagine you wanting to stay in one place for very long, either. So cute!

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  6. What a fun post ~ although I am far from a minimalist ~ hubby hates to part with anything so sometimes he requires some encouragement to get rid of some of his older things. As for an adventure ~ I have stayed pretty close to home although I do love to travel ~ I like my home ~ my roots.

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  7. I think downsizing is thrilling! And I just can't put you and the word boring in the same sentence!

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  8. Haha! My husband feels the same way about downsizing - he gets all panicky when at the mere mention of me cleaning out closets! :D

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  9. Glenda, I've always loved Luci's books and writing; at a time in my life I really needed it, her books spoke to my heart. When I married Dave, I married adventure...memories of fabulous trips and our life together are a warm and cozy hedge against the loneliness.

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  10. "The thrill of downsizing..." Smile.

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  11. you and i could be twins!
    grace and i have been doing bits of downsizing here and there.
    surgery is coming up in three weeks so i have a list a mile long i want done before i am out for a bit. it helps me feel better .. each season seems to bring a cleaning out...out of me. how are you? xo

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  12. Your relationship with Dave sounds like one of the loveliest I've 'known'...what a role model you are for younger couples....even neighbours over the pond!

    Sarahxxxxxx

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  13. I've been downsizing for 2 years...getting closer to finished all the time. WHO AM I KIDDING??? [smile]

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  14. Hi Glenda! I married a packrat myself, it's not easy. Everything will have a purpose...someday. AHHHH!

    I love that title, I Married Adventure. Didn't we all. My adventure is a good guy tho, can't complain (even if I sometimes do!). Best of luck with the trash!
    Ceil

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  15. As an official pack rat, I completely understand Dave. But on the flip side, I am the person you call when you are in charge on putting on any production that calls for props and costumes. You name it, I have it, including a life-sized silhouette of Paul Rever who graces my front porch every 4h of July and enough dress up clothes to outfit an entire hockey team of giggling girlies during a sleep-over! I do try and use all my treasures, on a regular basis, and toss if I do not, but I realize I still have hoarding tendencies!

    Have a beautiful weekend!
    PS- both of my girls loved, loved, loved each and every moment of tenting with Reign through Europe. I think it was one of our best decisions as a parent to let them go. Kenzie wants to go again as a leader this summer. Don't know what is in store for her, but what a fabulous ministry and I will forever be so thankful to Reign for the opportunity.

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  16. So funny Glenda, Dave sounds so much like Scott. I am forever de-cluttering and throwing things away and he is forever saving and organizing everything! I love that God draws us to opposite personality trait mates. It makes life so much more interesting, for sure!

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  17. Is this all really just a man/woman thing? I feel like I could've written this, ha-ha. I loved how you said "mostly." I agreed to the same & save some junk mail and one really ripped up, nasty tee shirt, I've kept my part. ;) This sounds like a very interesting book you've mentioned. Maybe all we women should gather every fall & have an "I must cleanse" convention. lol.

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