Then God Smacked Me in the Head

“How did we end up with so many McDonald’s toys! Didn’t we just throw them all away?”

My kids stare at me, their blank-faces daring me to find an answer to such a rhetorical question. One by one I toss the miniature Barbies, Pokemon characters, and Kung-Fu Panda action figures into the open trash bag. Most of them were already missing an arm or frozen in a permanent karate chop action anyway.

With a sigh, I continue to make my way through their playroom, deciding which of two identical baby dolls to keep. With three boys, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will be duplicates in their toys. With only one daughter I am surprised to have two (and even three or four) of the same doll, dress-up costume or musical instrument.

“You guys have too much stuff!”

The kids nod their head in agreement. The purpose of the purge is our upcoming move. Hoping to save money on U-Haul trailers, we are brutal with what goes into the yard sale pile and what is allowed to stay.

Over the course of the next few days, I begin to see a trend.

We are thoughtless consumers.

I always get the kid’s meal at fast food restaurants; my children would be disappointed if they didn’t get a toy. If there’s a gift with purchase at my favorite makeup counter, I justify buying an unnecessary lipstick so I can get the equally unnecessary bag and lotion. Never mind the fact that I have stockpiles of toiletry bags and mini lotions in my bathroom at home; this one is new!

As the yard sale mountain grows, I wonder how we let things get this bad. Also, I begin to worry that we’ll just end up buying it all back. With my focus on de-cluttering our household and simplifying our move, my vision is clear as to what is needed and what is not. Once we are comfortably settled in our new home, will my eyes once again be blinded by “for a limited time”?

Join me over at Pop Parables to discover the spiritual truth God revealed to me through our pre-move purge!

And don’t forget to check back tomorrow (or get my posts by email, in a reader, or Facebook update) because I have something I’m REALLY excited about!!!

{Photo courtesy of Photobucket/childrsm}

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4 Comments

  1. I am technologically challenged Melissa but couldn’t find a place to comment over at keri’s place. You hit the nail on the head with me. My vacation last week was a virtual unplug from things. I pre-posted but had very few comments. I read but made very few comments. It was sort of nice. I am not on FB or Twitter so I don’t have that demon to deal with. But there are plenty of other things I need to deal with. (Hope your purging and moving plans are moving along well for you and josh). Prayed for you today.

    1. Hi Bill! I’m sorry that you weren’t able to comment on Pop Parables. I use Disqus (and may be switching back to native WP commenting soon), and sometimes people have problems commenting. I know for me, Disqus doesn’t even show up on my phone. Anywhoos, thanks for attempting to comment and leaving your thoughts here. :)

    2. Melissa says:

      That’s weird! Well, I’m glad you commented here. :)

      It’s always nice to take a break from the online world. Even more than in “real life” blogging and social media can demand our constant attention. That’s one of the main reasons I sold my phone. I felt required to be constantly plugged in (responding to emails, replying to comments, RTing tweets, and liking FB updates) and it was a strain on my life. Now, I have a time set aside for all of that, and then I walk away. Haha! Your prayers right now are greatly appreciated, and felt. We have so much peace about everything right now, despite circumstances, and we know that it from people (like you) who are praying for us!

  2. dustin says:

    Heading over now!

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