12 Days of Christmas: Day 8; My noisy neighbor success story

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This is our final week in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series. We are sad to see it flying by so quickly, but we are excited to see what’s to come this week! :) Today we are honored to partner with Faithful Scents – a homemade candle etsy shop that girls are flocking to!

Danielle reached out to GLOW in our very beginnings and has been a part of our community ever since. She has a heart that seeks the Lord and an unwavering faith that we greatly admire.

Learn a bit more about her below:

My name is Danielle and I am a proud Army wife currently stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. I love all things rustic and vintage. I have been “crafty” since I was a little girl, thanks to my mama who introduced me to crafts as soon as I could hold a puffy paint pen! I can remember spending time in our motor home on the beach at Pismo Beach, making earrings and adding jewels to my socks! I love my fur baby Lily, she is a min pin and is perfection in my eyes! I love my family. I love my faith and I just love life! 

Danielle has an inspiring story as to how Faithful Scents came about in its early stages. We thought we’d share…

For Christmas this past year I wanted to make something homemade for all of the girls in the family. There is something about a homemade gift that is so much more thoughtful, thank goodness for Etsy!! I experimented with making candles in a couple easy scents and realized, I can do this! Then I saw the blue heritage mason jars and decided to make a couple and sell them to family, friends and co-workers. I sold out immediately! Everyone has loved their candles and I love making them! In March my best friend and her boyfriend and I decided one night to do an impromptu photo shoot. This lead to me and Faithful Scents being featured by Jessica Simpson Collection! Wow! That was rewarding. Then I sent a girl on Instagram a candle and she posted about it, and in one day I gained 400 followers on Instagram and it continues to grow! I SOLD OUT of candles in one day! So now I am trying to keep up with the demand and share my love for making candles with as many people as possible. 

“The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14

Danielle has offered to give away a candle from her shop (you choose the scent!) to one winner! That’s right, we are giving away a candle on GLOW: Live as LIGHT. Fitting. The candles are 100% soy and hand poured.

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TO ENTER: Go to the GLOW Instagram page (@glowliveaslight) and follow @glowliveaslight AND @faithfulscents. Then, tag three friends in the comments under the photo that looks like this: 

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If you would like to purchase a candle for yourself or others (perfect stocking stuffer!), click here. You can’t beat the price of $15 for a homemade gift! :)

The winner will be announced tomorrow through our Instagram account. Good luck!

 


My noisy neighbor success story

“Choose to be kind over being right and you’ll be right everytime.” -Richard Carlson

We live on the third floor of a 3-unit building in San Francisco. Our #2 neighbors are a Chinese family who have lived in the building for 10 years. The father drives a taxi (i.e. has opposite hours than the rest of us) for a living. The mom stays home. There are three boys – ranging from early elementary to high school .

One night around 7:30p – about 5 minutes after we put Norah down – we heard the footsteps and echo of voices in the hallway. There was a party starting. As the night went on, the crowd got larger, the voices louder. We put Jack down around 8:30, which is later than usual. But, we knew it’d be hard for him to go to sleep with the neighbors’ noise so loud right below his bedroom.

I asked Shawn if he would go down and ask them to be quiet. We’re used to the noisy neighbors, but this was extreme. There must have been 50 people crammed into the flat below us. Shawn agreed that if they were still being loud at 9:30, he would go down and say something.

Two and a half years ago when we first moved in we realized that we were lucky because they didn’t seem to mind the noise of a then 2-year-old Jack. But we soon figured out it was because they had their own version of noise – hide and seek at 12a; video games at 2a. We had an understanding.

9:30p came and the noise was as loud, if not louder. Shawn went down and knocked on an already open door. Someone pointed him to where the eldest neighbor boy was and Shawn asked him if they would settle down.

The next morning at 8:15a, there was a perturbed knock at our door. The son and mother were standing there as I opened the door. The son translated for the mother and it was clear she was NOT happy. She said Jack was bothering her husband who was trying to sleep.That Shawn trespassed without being allowed in. That they never make any noise but this one night a year.

I was NOT happy. My only response at the time was that Jack and I were leaving so we wouldn’t be making any more noise. Then I went seething and fuming to Shawn, who didn’t answer the door because he was getting ready for work.

Luckily, I couldn’t seethe or fume for too long because I had to get Jack to VBS. So I let it soak. God gently reminded me that this was a teachable moment for Jack. He would remember how we reacted to this situation and the outcome. I realized that how this ended up would affect our daily and even long-term relationship with our neighbors. And I’ve heard enough horror stories of families who’ve had to move because of the noise between neighbors.

So I prayed. I asked God to show me how I could be kind over being right. Even though I wanted to seek justice on my own terms – and provide a litany of all the times they’ve woken one of us up – either in the middle of nap time or the middle of the night – I submitted all of that to God and let it all go.

As I drove Jack to VBS, God made it very clear what I was to do. I was to write an apology and take them flowers.

I was to humble myself, relinquish what was right, and show them kindness. So on my way home, I stopped by Trader Joe’s and bought a lovely bouquet of tulips.

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I found a note card and shared that we did not mean to offend them and that we wanted to honor their family and live in harmony.

I saw the mom the next day as she was going to the market and I was going to work. She smiled and said good morning. Seems that was just the thing to do to get us back to our mutual understanding.

“[A religion scholar answered], ‘That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.’

‘Good answer!’ said Jesus. ‘Do it and you’ll live.'” Luke 10:27-28 (the Message)

 


 

About the Author

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I’m a part-time working mom of two in my mid-thirties learning to be like Jesus in the big and small dailies in San Francisco. I have a degree in English (Auburn University) and a Masters of Divinity (Golden Gate Seminary). I’m from the South, but not of the South. I’ve traveled to France, Ukraine, and China and, on a regular basis, come in contact with all of those nationalities plus a half a dozen more at the playground seven blocks from the flat we call home. We are a part of a house church that began as an outreach to Nepali refugees.

I live in the grace and love of Jesus and live out, as best I know how, that grace and love to others. I love checking off a to-do list – most days that includes drinking (good) coffee, singing, laughing, and reading up on the 75+ blogs to which I subscribe. A great day would also include going to the beach, having bacon for brunch and ice cream for dinner.

I beg for God’s kingdom come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven – in my corner of the great city of San Francisco, as well as in all the other amazingly beautiful corners of the world – including yours, wherever that may be!