i am not a very neat and organized person. actually, i am organized (i know some of you are chuckling right now, but i really do know where almost everything is). and if i had more time (and a full-time-personal-assistant) the truth is my life & my stuff really would be more organized because i really do like it that way. the problem is time & people & kids. and over the years i have learned to let go and just lean into the reality that these aren’t going to be my cleanest, neatest, most organized years.
this past friday night we had a voca femina share party at joshua station, which is an incredible place in denver that provides transformational housing for homeless families. it really is my favorite ministry in this city & we try to partner and bring beauty & food & love there whenever we can. we have had several voca femina share parties at different venues around the denver area in the past year or so, but this one made me extra happy because it was bringing beauty to a place where sometimes it can be covered up and lost. some of the residents (and kids, too) shared art & poetry & other lovely creative works. oh, it was a fun one.
at some of the previous parties i have shared some spoken word pieces. this time i was in the mood for something different; i got inspired on my way home from the gym when i looked down and saw 5 coffee cups on the floor of my suburban. trust me, no one can trash a car like i can. i started thinking “i wonder what kind of collage i could build from all the $*(!&!^$( that is in my car?” so i pulled into my driveway and found a lot–and i do mean a lot–of possibilities. even the easel that i built it on just happened to be in my car. anyway, i thought i’d share it with you; it was so much fun to make. you can’t see everything on it in the picture, but a few standouts are: money from bahrain, the little paper thingy that helps the christmas eve candles not drip, socks, scissors, a butane lighter, salad tongs, and a “Jesus loves la familia escobar” keychain with a very serious looking Jesus on it.
it’s a little embarrassing, really, but i like to make other people feel better about themselves, especially mommies.