Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm trying to find my style...

I like the farmhouse style of this kitchen.

I like the more traditional style of this kitchen.
Source: here

I also like the more formal look of this one.
Sourse unknown (probably

I even like the casual coastal feel of this one!
Source: here

Decisions, decisions!  

Hopefully, I should have some picture updates of the new house this weekend.  Matt leaves for baseball camp in Florida tomorrow night and we have 2 days off next week as part of the Seminary's reading week.  Plus, I'll actually be home tonight for the first night all week.  So, hopefully, some progress will be made in getting things settled.

Living thru faith,

Monday, March 28, 2011

Love and Laundry

We don't have the printer up, so I am not able to upload pictures from the move.  But we are almost done and it didn't even rain on us!  I'll post more in a couple of days.

So, for today enjoy this video by Point of Grace.

Living thru faith,

Friday, March 25, 2011

Moving Day!

Saturday is the official moving day!  

Unfortunately, this is the forecast for Saturday.

6 am


Feels Like
9 am


Feels Like
12 pm


Feels Like
3 pm


Feels Like
6 pm


Feels Like
9 pm


Feels Like

Please pray that the rain will hold off until we are done! 

Living thru faith,

Monday, March 21, 2011

A break from painting!

Tonight I took a break from painting and watched high school baseball.  I sat and relaxed and watched our team win 3-2!  It was good evening!

(Matt didn't play tonight.  This is from Fall Ball. Still had a nice evening, though.)

Living thru faith,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekend Update

I am sorry I have been absent for the last few days, but boy have I been busy!  I haven't gone back home until late each night and too tired to stay up long.  I really haven't even gotten on the computer since I left work on Friday!  This is very rare, indeed!

So, here is a quick post to get you caught up on what has been going on this weekend...

Sarah's room is finished!  Brian's parents came up from Louisiana and brought Sarah's "new" bedroom furniture.  It is actually his sister's set from when she was growing up.  I had hoped to paint it before putting it in the room, but I'm just out of time.  Eventually, I will paint it white.
Pretty in pink
The bed has a trundle for all those future sleepovers!
It already has some of her clothes in it!
The kid's bathroom is done!

I even painted the laundry area!
I painted it the same color as the bathroom (which is the same color as our bedroom).

We also took over a good number of boxes and I've started painting the living room.  I won't get to do any other painting until Tuesday.  Matt has his first home game Monday night.  It will be nice to do something other painting and get a chance to watch a little high school baseball!
My mother-in-law has done all my laundry (happy dance!), kept the kitchen cleaned up, and cleaned up Sarah's mess!  I feel soooo blessed!

Brian gets home Tuesday!  It's been a long 2 weeks without him!  

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What I've Left Behind

I left home this morning at 7:45 and didn't make it back until after 8pm.  After work and picking up kids from various places, we ate supper at the new house and then I got to work.  My friend Betty and her daughter, Colby, came over.  Betty helped me finish painting Sarah's room and Colby entertained Sarah.  What a blessing!!

I forgot to take pictures of the progress at the new place, so I thought I would show you what I have left behind since I've been so busy elsewhere (being sick didn't help).  I warn you it's not pretty!

Sarah's side of the bedroom

(Just to clarify, Sarah did not do all this by herself.  Some children came by unexpectedly a few weeks ago and did not help clean up.  Since there is no heat out there, it's been too cold to spend any time out there to clean it up.)

(At least this stack is clean!)

I warned you it was ugly!

Living thru faith,

Monday, March 14, 2011

My companions for the day

These were my companions today.

I watched 3 movies, only 1 of which I might consider recommending if you had nothing else to do.  
But, then again...nay.  I don't think I would. 

Other than shuttling kids here & there, this is has been the extent of my day.

Maybe more will get accomplished tomorrow...

Living thru faith,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Single Moms, Painting, and My New Theme Song

Every March I am reminded of how tough a job single moms have.  As moms, we just do what we have to do to help make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, but it is so much easier when you have a helper, especially when you are sick.  So to all the single moms out there, thank you.  Thank you for working so hard everyday.  May God bless you as you continue making a difference in your family's lives.

I managed to take some pictures of the two rooms that are finished (except for trim).  My cold is getting worse, so I doubt I will get any painting done tomorrow.  Hopefully, this won't put me too far behind.

Kitchen - Behr's Dynasty Celadon   (PPL-80)
It's hard to tell here, but it has kind of a sage green tint.

Master Bedroom - Behr's Offshore Mist (UL220-10)
This is more blue than I thought it would be, but I'm liking it.  It's cool & calm.  Just what we need in the midst of this insanity.

So, I thought I would share my new theme song.  Hope you enjoy it!

Living thru faith,

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a day!


Matt to high school for an away game & Sarah to a play date


Picked up Sarah & lunch


Daniel to church to go to a concert


Picked up Matt & Pizza at the house with friends


Nice hot shower!!!

I was so blessed with all the help today.  One friend, a tall friend, came by and painted a high spot in the kitchen that I couldn't reach.  Sarah went to her little friend's house in the morning and then the daughter of one of my friends came over to the new house to keep Sarah entertained.  Another friend came and helped paint my bedroom. Matthew even put Sarah to bed for me.  I am so grateful for friends!

Sarah decorated the driveway with sidewalk chalk.

Now, I'm just waiting to go pick up Daniel from the church and then I'll get to go to bed!

(Oh, and I did confirm that Matthew did give me his cold.  We'll see if I get anything accomplished tomorrow...)

Living thru Faith,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Garbage In-Garbage Out

It seems I've been saying this quite a bit lately to our middle son, Daniel.  As a 6th grader he is being exposed to more & more of the "world".  What seems to be difficult for him to understand is the concept of "just because you can, doesn't mean you should."  The world comes to us in so many ways that sometimes we don't even realize that we are getting bombarded with thoughts or images that can effect how we think, behave, or put value on things.  Not all of these things are bad, but we must be careful to feel our minds and hearts with what we know are good.

Several years ago I felt like God was convicting me to stop watching 3 particular TV shows.  I had really enjoyed watching them, but they were beginning to have negative effects on my thoughts that I really did not need in my walk with God.  Recently, I've watched a few episodes of two of these shows (simply out of wanting the TV on while working on laundry and nothing else was on).  I quickly realized why I had stopped watching them.  Just because I could, didn't mean I should.

This week I have been reading Colossians.  Paul writes in Chapter 3 about the "Rules for Holy Living."

vs. 2 - "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."

vs. 12 -  "...clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

vs. 15 - "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts..."

vs. 16 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly..."

When we fill our hearts with "garbage", the dirt shows.   When we fill our hearts with the things of Christ, Christ can shine through us and His love can transform not only us, but the lives of many.

As we prepare our hearts during this Lenten season, let us choose to fill our hearts with the things of Christ.

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

House Blessing

Today we had a special event at our new home.  Brian's PhD mentor and friend walked through our new home praying a blessing over each room and our family.  What a wonderful way to begin the Lenten season!

Phil just happened to be in the States for a conference and it has been wonderful being able to spend time with him.  Daniel was able to meet him for the first time and thought his accent was "cool"! 

Living thru Faith,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Our New Fridge

Is it wrong to be in love with a refrigerator?!

Our new fridge was delivered today and I was just too giddy!  The one at our current rental should be retired.  The light may or may not work when you open the door, the fresh veggies freeze, and there is no ice maker (which means someone - mainly me - has to fill the ice trays).

But now I have this!!!

You can also see where I have already painted.  I will have to take a pic in the daylight when the whole thing is painted so you can see the color better.  It's got a green tint, but doesn't shout "I'm Green!". 

Until tomorrow!

Living thru faith,

Monday, March 7, 2011

A busy day!

We had one busy day today!

Worked until 1pm.

Closed on the house.

Stopped at Sam's to pick up a few grocery items & ended up buying a shed!

Took a load of paint & supplies to the new house.

Borrowed a truck and went back to get the shed.

Painted in the kitchen.

Took down shelves & puttied holes in the boys room. 

Needless to say we are a bit tired!  The refrigerator will be delivered tomorrow and I hope to finish painting the kitchen.  I'll be sure to post a pic after the fridge is installed.  

Living thru Faith,

Friday, March 4, 2011

We Have Bought a House!

It's been four years and 3 rentals, but we are finally buying a house!  It wasn't what we envisioned that we would be buying, but we know it is what God had planned for us all along.  With 3 kids & a hubby working on a PhD, we had planned on a bigger place with 4 bedrooms and a study.  We never dreamed we would fall in love with a smaller home with only 3 bedrooms and no study.  But God knew what we needed.  When we walked in, it felt like home.

Our kitchen

Living Room

Daughter's Room

 Boys' Room

The kids' rooms are small, but manageable with some creative thinking.  The closets are HUGE!  If you can't find me, I may be hiding in one of them! We close on Monday and then will spend a few weeks putting on our own personal touches and moving in slowly.  

Throughout this journey, we have continued to see God providing for us one step at a time.  It hasn't always been easy, but it has never been boring!  So, I am hoping that our friends and family will be able to come here and experience this new step in our journey with us.

Living thru faith,