It’s Friday.
It’s finally cooled down here, and Fall is in the air.
I found some good, cheap things at garage sales this morning.
We have plans to have a bonfire at my brother’s house tonight with the family.
Could the day get any better?! 🙂

Two things are on my mind today for my “Friday Favorite” post.

1) A coloring/craft station for the kids. I found this cute little wooden toolbox at Salvation Army a while back for $2. In its previous life, it was a hideous brown with apples painted all over it. After a coat of spray paint, a little distressing, and some stenciled numbers, it became a unique centerpiece at my kitchen table. I had it filled with “pretties,” and I loved it.

I decided recently that my kids were not spending enough time doing simple crafts and coloring…partly because all our craft supplies were stored in the basement, and sometimes I was just plain too lazy to go get them. 😦 I took the decorations out of this centerpiece, and filled it with mason jars of crayons, markers, scissors, and colored pencils. Maybe not the prettiest centerpiece, but certainly useful.

My kids color all the time now! It’s so nice that it’s in such a prominent place of the house, and that it takes no effort to get out the materials…they’re just sitting there waiting to be used, and they’ve definitely been used a lot lately. If you have little ones at home, I’d recommend doing some sort of craft station in a convenient area of the house. We love ours!

2) A Favorite Quote.
So, unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of my newest love…PINTEREST! If you haven’t checked out Pinterest, you should. Or maybe you shouldn’t? It’s quite addicting!

I sometimes pin favorite quotes I run across, and this one caught my eye this week.

Stop the glorification of busy.

Busy. It’s a word that is far too often used in my vocabulary, and the vocabulary of almost everyone alive. We’re busy. Always busy. Too busy.

Busyness becomes a standard by which we view others. Have you ever considered yourself so much more busy than your neighbor, friend, or family member? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that your busyness makes you more productive? More fun? More successful?

Stop the glorification of busy.

Busy is not better. In fact, busy is often harmful to those we love the most. Have you ever been too busy to enjoy the simple things of life?

One of my favorite bloggers, Anne Voskamp, says,

“Sometimes the slowest way is the fastest way to joy. Time is a priceless currency and only the slow spend it wise enough to be rich. If we actually bought our time, would we spend it more wisely? Spend it more slowly?”

Slowing down is a challenge in today’s fast-paced society. But, I do love myself a good challenge! So I challenge you, as well as myself…let’s slow down. Let’s stop glorifying the state of busyness. Let’s revel in the slow and simple things in life.

I will never be the richest, and I will never be the most successful. I will never be the fastest, the skinniest, the funniest, the prettiest, the anything-est. Striving toward these things causes extreme busyness.

But, you know what? I can be simple and slow and still be filled to overflowing with thanks in my heart for all God has provided. Slow down, stop to smell the flowers, and take a moment to see things through the slower lens of life.

It’s worth it. It really is. 🙂