Friday, December 2, 2011

the t-shirt drawer


i walk in my bedroom. it's one of the first things i see. it's cracked open, colors of white, green, red, blue, pink and black peek out.

they're jammed into this rectangular space. all thirty-one of them.

it's the t-shirt drawer.



i've pushed and i've wedged, refolded and stacked, thrown in and taken out. no matter how many i give away, they just keep reappearing. {and isn't this the way God is? no matter how many times i push His blessings and Him away, He still reappears, arms open, just as the drawer is?}

some i just can't bear to part with. the oldest tee is around maybe six years old. the one i bought on my birthday so many years ago, shopping with nana {who gives money each year}. it graces the well-loved Scripture on the back..delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

the newest addition to this drawer full is from a southern country kitchen you just can't beat called it don't matter. only five months old- this tee is a favorite.


and there, towards the bottom of the pile, is one of my mamaw's t-shirts. turquoise and white stained about the neckline, i think of her. my great grandmother now in heaven must have picked beans, shelled peas, canned the fruits of her garden, baked many a pie or casserole for a neighbor or church member in that old farmhouse kitchen in this shirt. thoughts of her fill my mind as i look at it.

there's numerous church tees, mostly from the much anticipated trips to convention for Lads to Leaders\Leaderettes. {i'm wearing one now}

my first ever camp tee is laying in that drawer. my jamaica-no problem tee holds many memories of the numerous years of mission trips there.


there's nike, cowboy brand, dixie outfitters, churches of Christ disaster relief effort tees... Diana singing, freed hardeman university, rodeo queen pageants, fox racing and an original Slapout, Alabama tee. so many memories connected with each. so many stories. so many life events to never be forgotten.

there's so many good times in this drawer. so many blessings remembered. next time you're counting your blessings, check your tee shirt drawer.





20 comments:

Maggie said...

Loved this post. So, so true. Have a great weekend!

Emma Frances said...

T-shirts are the best! And I agree that no matter how many times you give away t-shirts the drawer never seems to close! And Heavenly Father is totally the same way!

JesusChick said...

Goodness I just adore this post <3

Kayla B. said...

Love this!! Sounds just like my drawer. I have one just for t-shirts! Gotta love t-shirts!

siddathornton said...

i love how you can make anything interesting with your writing! i would never think to write about a t shirt drawer. this passage rings so true in everyone's life - t shirt drawers are the place memories are collected. i'll remember that next time i look through mine!

Kristen Marie. said...

I love this post! I too have an overly full t-shirt drawer, but t-shirts are my favorite!

Anonymous said...

The stories the tee-shirts tell!
Maybe a quilt is in the making...
God's gifts are everyday blessings we take for granted. So glad you see the daily treasures in serving a God who delights in us (and our wardrobe) ;) Mom

Melissa Jane said...

Whoa! You have one for every day of the month PLUS more. Haha!

kaitlin said...

I have a t-shirt shelf ha ha, but its story is just the same! I've been hanging on to some of them for years. they hold so many memories. <3

gina said...

Awww really cute, but I was smiling ear to ear b/c my daughter has the same amount of Tshirts if NOT MORE! I have had to purchase a separete little dresser JUST for them! And when she graduates, she keeps saying she wants them made into a quilt so she can bring it to college with her! Too funny, this post was awesome!

Christi Lynn said...

I have a drawer just like that! cute post :)

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I finally had t go through my drawer and let go of a lot of t-shirts. It was sad!

Elle Sees said...

i suggest rolling the tees. it saves space and they won't wrinkle. it's my #1 packing tip and works for drawers too. now my underwear/sock drawer is completely unorganized and crammed!

Jessica said...

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Courtney said...

What a sweet post. I love how you see God in the small mundane things of every day life. So cute and so cool! Keep it up girl!

Sherri said...

haha...Thanks! Maybe I will see Santa this year and I'll def post about it! I love t-shirts! My drawers are jam packed too! lol.

Kayla Rose said...

I'm right there with you! My T-shirts all go in my closet, but I can't bear to part with them even though I never wear them. Too many great memories tied to them! I think my mom is going to make them into a quilt for me, that way I can free up some closest space and still hold on to the cherished memories embroidered in those T-shirts.

Robin said...

Oooh yes, the t-shirt drawer. You are right, always cracked open and full of memories. I often wear my 6-8th grade gym shirt, it is so comfy and worn out. I actually just got rid of a good amount of the shirts jammed in that drawer!


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Courtney said...

p.s. The comment you left me today totally made me giggle! Way too funny mental picture of a timed foot-behind-the-head competition. Sooo fantastic! Thanks for that!

Anything but Bland said...

haha, mine is about the same!!!!

love, polly :)