I was trying to think of what interesting story I could share with you this week from the Jones Family household. Well, I've got it!
This week, Kaylynn started a campaign to help Gwyn and me clean out our closet and chests of drawers. This was NOT an easy task. There were clothes in there that we meant to clear out when we were moved here, but we just didn't get to them ... yet.
You know how it goes. There were articles of clothing that we used to fit or have the goal of wanting to fit (when we lose weight). It was time to get rid of those items. No need to be reminded of a losing battle.
But then there were the special nostalgic items - i.e. Gwyn's Welsh rugby shirts, my college graduation gown, my high school senior class t-shirt, my second honeymoon dress, and a collection of English uniforms from when we were stationed in the United Kingdom. Those things remain. I was also pleased that Morgan asked if she could wear my honeymoon dress for her high school graduation ceremony. I couldn't be more proud!
In the end, it was something that needed to be done. I reminisced over the times reflected in those particular outfits - when I bought them, why I bought them, and how I felt at those times. But I didn't need to hold on to all of those things. We needed to create space for the new things to come.
Maybe you have some things to clear out so that they can be replaced with the new?
(Hopefully one day soon I'll have the desire to clear out the garage!)
"22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV
Major AnnMarguerite Jones