I think a family’s fridge says a lot about them. I’m not sure what exactly, but I just know that you can learn a lot about someone from looking at their fridge. It’s one of the first things I look over at a friend’s house for the first time, and many times after. I’ve seen wedding announcements, family reunion fliers, kids’ artwork, photos, and much more. So as I stood in my kitchen getting lunch together, I thought I’d take a picture of mine and share it with you. This may bore you, or it may simply delight you. A glance at our fridge is a glance at our life.
If I had some great photo editing software, I could put little arrows with descriptions ON the photo, but since I don’t, I’ll offer an explanation here. Top left is a photo of a baby. This baby is special because he is the firstborn son to our first trusted babysitter. Seeing her get a chance to be a mom, and the amazing one that I always knew she would be, makes me smile. I look at this little one every day. Right next to that is our camp photo from camp this year, which includes the three girls and me. We had so much fun. Under those photos is a picture that Picasso drew that says “Jesus loves you and me”. Yes, He does. Right top corner is Mary Lou, the kindergarten graduate. This picture of her is just precious. To the left of her photo is a thank you note from Preacher for being tribal parents during Jerusalem Marketplace, which is where our children’s ministry gets converted for five weeks leading up to Easter to the streets of Jerusalem. The kids love it, so I actually thank her for the opportunity. It is truly a blessing to us. Behind those two items is a buy one, get one free ticket to a Six Flags park, which we will probably not use this year, but it’s a great deal, so I hold onto it, just in case. More artwork in the middle of the freezer door. I just can’t tell them “no” to displaying their beautifully creative creations. The green board is a magnetic write-on board I used in the co-op classroom. It’s blank and just hanging there for when I might use it for something else. The fridge door has some more artwork. It also houses some incentive charts. Mary Lou got a ZhuZhu pet for her birthday, which everyone now wants. While they are cheap when it comes to toys, multiply that by six, and you are talking 54 bucks! So, they are earning them by working on a particular area in which they are week. Three of them are working on obeying right away, one on putting things away right away, and the other on brushing her teeth daily. Dozer doesn’t have a chart, but I’m sure he’ll want one of the plastic furballs simply because everyone else does. At the bottom, there is a sign that says “I love to draw. It is fun.” Yeah, which is why my fridge is full of artwork.
Right side. The big sheet is the outline of Earnhart. He made it at school in the beginning of the year, and I just can’t take it down. There’s a unicorn picture on top of it, and to the right are pictures of the two oldest girls. They drew them in art this year at the co-op when they studied drawing action. The top right has two of our birth announcement pictures, which I love, and the top left has another thank you note from Preacher. This one was to me after serving at VBS the week my grandmother passed away, the one whose very home we are living in now. I cherish the words Preacher said to me on that note, and I won’t take it down until I put it in a scrapbook or memory box. There’s a Babysitter Board on the fridge that we use on the rare occasion that we have a new babysitter.
Left side. Top right is a great magnet I got when I flew to visit my friend that moved to Virginia. It says “I love my country. It’s the government I’m afraid of.” I bought it for Superman from the airport. To the left is a business card from the place where I ordered my kids’ personalized backpacks for Christmas two years ago. Great price and quality, so if I need more bags I know where to go. I’ll probably order Tipper a bag this Christmas. To the left of that is a stack of letters from my co-op kids, written to Tipper when he came into this world. I have a couple of take-out menus and some magnets I like by Quotable Cards. I have a handy Easy Opener from Pampered Chef, a magnet given to Picasso on her baptism day, and a chart that lists the purposes of the room and the daily and monthly tasks that would keep it clean (if people read it and did it from time to time!).
That is our fridge. It’s a mess, I know, but I tried to keep it clean and was unsuccessful. I’m not good at keeping things clean. Where is my calendar, you ask? That is for a different post, but I’ll give you a sneak peak…