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A Place of Discovery

For the past few weeks, my son and daughter-in-law and their four children and puppy have been living with us while they’re between houses. A houseful of homeschooling kids has given me the opportunity to search out new writing places . . . and led to some fun discoveries.

I’ve created a comfy little nest on the floor of our bedroom with massive pillows, laptop, place for tea, and a stack of books—Bible, devotional, study books, journal.

There’s something earthy about floor-sitting. Makes you feel like a kid again. Okay, it makes you feel like you wish you had that kid body back again! When I realized how much my hip joints rebelled against sitting cross-legged, I started doing some stretches . . . which led to some actual stair-step-therapy-ball-Shake-Weight-toe-touching exercise. And then I found myself sitting on the floor (somewhat comfortably cross-legged) to read to the grandkids. If I do this every day, I can keep it up for another 30 years, right? 

A little research brought me to some of the other health benefits that come from occasionally rejecting furniture . . . and also showed me I might not actually have those next 30 years if I don't shape up! Try the Sitting and Rising Test for yourself!

Another sweet thing I discovered in this cozy new writing place was the view. After 11 years in this house, I’ve never seen the trees in my backyard from quite this angle. As gray squirrels chase each other up tree trunks and across branches, as hickory nuts fall and oak leaves turn the color and sheen of rich, tanned leather, I have a front row seat. It is a view both inspiring and serene. When I close the blinds to the afternoon sun, bars of light transform my neutral carpeting to a work of art. 

Even though my kids will be in their own house by the time the snow flies, I’ll still be spending hours in my corner on the floor, watching snow pile on the balcony, frost crystallize on the window, and icicles shimmer in the sunlight.  

All I wanted was an out-of-the way writing spot, but I ended up with a beautiful view and a healthier body. These are small things, but this experience seems symbolic of all the times we start out in search of one thing and God surprises us with so much more than we dreamed of looking for.

I’d love to hear about some surprise discoveries—Divine or ordinary—in your life!




8 Comments to A Place of Discovery:

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Shelli Littleton on Thursday, October 15, 2015 5:45 PM
Becky, I just love your writing. Your descriptions are so sweet, funny ... so unique. I'm a fan. :) And it helps that you are the sweetest thing in the world. I'm so glad I met you. Surprise discoveries? Well, in our upstairs (used to be an attic, but is my daughter's room), there was a hiding spot in the wall ... and the last homeowners left a suitcase. It didn't have anything in it ... but it had "Paris" and great location words on the outside of the case. Makes me want to travel! :)
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Becky Melby on Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:11 PM
Shelli, PLEASE tell me you have written or are planning on writing a book about that suitcase!! Because if you don't I will steal it! What a dream-spinning find. I'm pre-ordering a signed copy!


Shelli Littleton on Friday, October 16, 2015 1:18 PM
Becky, that's so funny. I had not included into my last work ... but well, maybe I'll include it in my next. :) You've encouraged me. :)


Becky Melby on Friday, October 16, 2015 2:07 PM
If encouragement doesn't work, Shelli, just keep in mind the threat that I will steal it if you don't use it!! ;)


Cleo Lampos on Friday, October 16, 2015 10:45 AM
You have made me want to get down on the floor with the kids again and rediscover the world.
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Becky Melby on Friday, October 16, 2015 2:03 PM
So fun to see you here, Cleo. We need to do everything possible to not act our age, don't you think? I played Twister with g-kids this morning and lived to tell about it!


Rachael on Monday, October 19, 2015 1:20 PM
Loved this thoughtful, beautifully crafted piece, Becky! Reading it, I find myself sitting with you in that unexpected quiet writing place, sipping tea. My unplanned writing career, my unexpected place, materialized when my church's secretary demanded newsletter articles at gunpoint from the staff (I was the choir director). I had no idea of the path I would take or the lessons I would learn!
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Becky Melby on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:35 AM
Wish you were sitting here on the floor brainstorming with me, Rachael! I love your "journey to writing" story. And that choir director showed up in Cedar Creek Seasons!! Did you ever go back and thank the church secretary?
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