I Love you Spring! (alt. title: Damage Cleaning)


I’m in love with this time of year, the time when life blossoms – when green overcomes pink.  In winter, the dead season, I’m aware that God is very much alive and at work, but when nature displays it so well, it settles deep.  This aliveness.  This life.

Pink and green are vying for favorite status.  Green might be winning.


I come alive this time of year.  I do damage cleaning.  {Let me interrupt this flow of thought for a definition. Damage cleaning has minimal similaries to spring cleaning.  Damage cleaning can happen in any season, though its very likely to happen in the spring when so much life, energy, and excitement is flying around.  Damage cleaning also has many different facets and often includes rearranging.  And damage cleaning is almost never the whole house.  Just a very focused intense change up in a particular area.  This term was coined by one of the youth girls I used to hang out with when I worked at the church.  Whenever I damage clean, I think of her with fond thoughts.}  Moving on.  I plant things.  I dream.  I make plans.  I walk.  We eat in our “back yard”.  We garden.  We dream.  We make plans.  We create.



The living room was the targeted damage cleaning zone.  Curtains washed, windows scrubbed, sofa cover washed.  Ok, I’ll quit with those boring details.  The fun stuff was a complete re-arrange.  Oh, yes.  Fun, fun.  The sofa is in a location it never was before, because I always thought it impossible due to a heating vent right by the front window.  Then I realized sofa’s don’t have to go right up against walls.  They can be out a foot or two and look totally ok.  What a wonderful discovery.  And besides, we’re not using heat this time of year.  So the living room has a new look, including walls as well.




The piano is happy in its new location.  And the table… It still looks like the awkward misfit it is.  But it’s a good life lesson to us that awkward is ok.  And misfits have value and something to offer.  Besides, we like it.



The garden is growing.  New plots have been created.  Dorky window boxes lived to see another year.  And things are growing indoors as well.



It’s spring time.  And life is everywhere.





  1. Christy  •  Jun 20, 2014 @7:31 pm

    I was so excited to get a glimpse of your house that I sat and stared at the couch picture for a loooong time. :)

  2. Teresa Schmidt  •  Jul 6, 2014 @9:04 pm

    Lucy, i can hear you talking as i read this. :) Great Post, and i am bummed we missed our “potential” night to hang out last week. Life just got away on me. None the less, we will do it soon. Have a great time in Texas! I drove away from our last hang out thanking God for you and Duane. Ya’ll made my heart smile…

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