Sunday, August 30, 2009

Garage Entry Makeover!



All Summer
long I have wanted to redo my garage entry door. I saw it on Just a Girl (love her site btw) and I knew it was the one redo that I could fit in my schedule.


Before


After


Voila!
New and improved. I have to admit it was kind of a pain. I skipped the priming step, which was really silly of me! So I had to do several touch ups and then polyurethaned it several times, so the paint wouldn't come off. I got the vinyl letters from Shelley Smith of Wonderfully Wordy. It's one of the easiest and best redo's I've seen online. I LOVE love the look of it and it makes me happy every time I drive in my garage. Which is what a redo is about right??



Have a blessed day!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pregnant?

Got your attention didn't I?? Noooo I'm not pregnant:) But everywhere I look it seems that women around me are. I've even dreamed 3 times in the last month that I was. What's up with that? My mom says that pregnancy dreams mean that you are "pregnant" with something new that God is birthing in your life. Well alright I can believe that. I definitely feel the stirring of something going on inside me.



This photo was taken when I was 7 months pregnant with Little Chick. I got a lot lot bigger than this:) The only full term pictures I had were with my shirt up and I decided against humiliating myself that way...no one wants to see that;)



Today as I was driving home from lunch with Honey I was listening to Third Day's Revelation CD. They have a song called Born Again. I played the song 5 times...5 TIMES and wept through each and every one of them. My Chicks are in the backseat probably wondering what in the world is going on with me. I don't even know. I just know that despite my PMS making me extremely emotional, the song was really ministering to me! Enough said...now please pause my music at the bottom of the blog and click here to listen to this song. It's really amazing.



Lyrics for Born Again:

Today I found myself

After searching all these years

And the man that I saw, he wasn't at all who I thought he'd be

I was lost when you found me here

And I was broken beyond repair

Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I'm born again

It feels like I'm living

For the very first time

For the very first time

In my life

Make a promise to me now

Reassure my heart somehow

That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything

I've a feeling in my soul

And I pray that I'm not wrong

That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I'm born again

It feels like I'm living

For the very first time

For the very first time

It feels like I'm breathing

It feels like I'm moving

For the very first time

For the very first time

I wasn't looking for something that was more than what I had yesterday

Then you came to me and you gave to me

Life and a love that I've never known

That I've never felt before

It feels like I'm born again

It feels like I'm living

For the very first time

I'm living for the first time

It feels like I'm breathing

It feels like I'm moving

For the very first time

I'm living for the first time

In my life




Have a blessed day.

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Destination unknown

This has been a hard few months for us. I've posted recently about our unanswered prayers and the waiting. Well we are in the final stages of that and hopefully an answer is on it's way. The stress of waiting becomes almost unbearable at times and has lately become manifested in physical ailments. Honey is having horrible neck and back pain and I have had the worst PMS of my life this week. My emotions are just raw and I feel like my skin is crawling with irritation. Isn't that a lovely picture?? And here you all thought of me as so sweet and lovely...well let me tell you PMS and stress DO NOT mix well.

I know I should be casting my care and just giving it over to God. But to be honest I'm tired. Tired of thinking about this and tired of "it" being the center of our daily conversations and focus. It is time for the answer. I mean it God!! Did I just get stern with God? No not really, and besides He understands our frustration. Human beings can only stand so much right??



Anyway if
you think about it just continue to lift us up. I know most of you don't know details and I am not at liberty to share those yet, but maybe when it's all resolved. Thank you again sweet blogging friends. You provide me daily with doses of encouragement and support that mean the world to me. Do I sound like a broken record yet?




OH and I about forgot...I signed up for Brave Girl Camp this week. I am going to Idaho in October for an art retreat!! It sounds absolutely amazing. Talk about a God thing. When I read about it on Jeanne's blog, I felt my heart race. You know the butterflies you get in your stomach...that was my sign, I just knew this camp was for me. There is a recurring theme in my life lately and it's "Be Brave"! So God must be trying to get my attention. Can't wait to see what He's trying to teach me.



If you want to come along check out this site...there still may be a few spots available,
oh and you don't need to be an "artist" to go.


Maybe God wants to teach you the same thing;)




Have a blessed day.




Photo Credit: Flickr - youngadultcrisishotline, Brave Girl Camp
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Honey's space


When
Honey and I got married one of the first "things" to fall into place was the rules on decorating. When he wanted to hang posters in the living room that's when a "contract" had to be put into place;) Unfortunately for him the house is basically mine HA! That is it looks like mine. He will tell you though that he loves how I decorate, so we figured it out and came to a compromise.


He
has one room to call all his own...his office space. But of course there are even touches of me in there. WHAT? I can't help it. I know it's kind of a sickness really;)

First thing you see when entering his space...our lives together. Isn't that a great idea?;) Love this frame...I got it at TJ Maxx a few years ago.


Recently
we reorganized everything. It was a pit, literally. Papers and file folders everywhere. So we made a trip to IKEA and voila...order! He's a much happier version of himself now. Everything is in it's place and chaos doesn't reign anymore.

Little sign hanging over his desk.



The wall of honor!


I've mentioned before that he LOVES inspirational quotes. He devotes an entire bulletin board to them:)

Before

A little reminder to him. Not to stress!

After

Amazing what a little can of spray paint can do. At least now it stands out and makes a statement...RELAX will ya??


Now if we could just get this mess organized:)!! And yes his closet is in the same room. Hey a girl needs her closet space;)



Have a blessed day.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Purple Cow

My husband loves to read non-fiction, self-help business type books. One of his favorite authors is Seth Godin. Recently he was telling me about Godin's book entitled Purple Cow. According to the author, he was on vacation with his kids driving through farm country and his kids were so excited to see cows. At first they were oohing and ahhing over these creatures. Pretty soon after seeing countless cows they lost their appeal. It dawned on him that what would be really interesting would be to see a PURPLE cow. Something different to stand apart from the rest of the herd...something special and memorable.


Well I have to say that my Big Chick's teacher has done just that. This summer Mrs. Huggett has handwritten at least 3-4 letters to my daughter. Handwritten, two page letters, at least 3 or 4 times to my daughter...as well as to the other 26 or so students from her class!! I am completely amazed and shocked that she has taken the time from her summer break to do this. This is above and beyond, exceptional...this is what being a PURPLE cow is all about. I really feel that all it takes is one person, one teacher...that special someone to show interest in a child, to believe in them, that can make or break their self esteem in life.

Never thought I'd say this, but I want to be a PURPLE cow! I want to stand out from the herd and be unique...special. How can our lives, our relationships, businesses...our blogs be different from the rest?? I don't want to be some ordinary brown cow...let's be PURPLE:)



Have a blessed day.



Photo Credit: Flickr, top - stevefaeembra, bottom - book by Seth Godin
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Campfire kisses


We had a campfire this weekend. For some reason we don't do this enough. I don't know if it's pure laziness or what, but it's always so much fun when we do. Just watching the fire flicker or gazing up at the twinkling stars, munching on marshmallows...kissing my chicks:) You should have heard the squeals of laughter after they looked at each picture. They thought this was just HILARIOUS.











Lord thank you for my family, my girls and honey. For the little moments in life that we get to share together... I'm so grateful.


What are you thankful for? What did you do this weekend??



Have a blessed day.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

lavender & daisies


I've been looking for some inspiration...for artwork that is. In my bathroom I had the two little decorative pieces, so I thought I'd reproduce them for some fun artwork.


Before and After




I think it turned out really cute. I painted it on flat canvas board and then framed them with $5.00 frames from Michael's. Can't beat that! They fill in a nice little corner in my master bathroom.


Have a blessed day.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Our backyard


I promised earlier in the Summer I would show you pictures of our backyard. These were taken from our deck. This is our lovely view. I absolutely love this farm and so I used it for my header picture as well.



We have a road right behind our house. It was a tough decision whether to put up a fence or use trees as a natural barrier. Back home in Illinois it seems every one has a fence and there is a part of me that likes that actual barrier. But it seems that in Minnesota people lean toward the natural approach, so we decided to go with the big pine trees.


I really love the way it looks. Of course they will get much larger and eventually grow together somewhat.



My
honey with the sun in his eyes. Don't look too close at the deck. I need to sand and restain it...ugh!


My favorite part of our yard...this swing. It's tucked under the deck and we can come out and just swing and relax. It views the farm and oh...that's where I should be right now:)


Earlier this summer I showed you my "garden box project". Well this is the outcome. I have had an abundance of onions, peppers and basil. I'm still waiting on my tomatoes. But I think we'll have a lot when the time finally arrives. I've discovered that I'm a lazy gardener. From trial and error I will rethink my planting a bit next year;)



I'm going to have to freeze these. I saw that you can just cut the tops off and freeze them in a baggy for up to a year. They are super hot... I know this because I took a bite of one of them just to see. I kid you not my lips, tongue and throat were on FIRE for a good 30 minutes...wowza!



Last but not least, one of the several blimps that hit our town this week for the PGA championship. What an exciting thing to see, these quiet giants floating around all week long. It was really something. Kind of glad and sad that it's over. Our little town is back to normal.


Have a blessed day.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blessed


As
I was reading my messages today I just simply became overwhelmed. Even as I type this I am trying to compose myself. I am so touched by each and every one of you. Your simple little words to me throughout the day bless my heart so much that at some point I feel full to the point of overflowing. God knew I needed this connection with people. He knew I needed you. When I think about blogging and try to explain it to others...I can't seem to find the words to make others understand such a strange concept. Most of my friends and family don't really get it. I don't really get it either... this wonderful avenue to share myself and to share in your lives is such an intimate bond, and for most of you I've never even seen you in the flesh. Just know that no matter how small the comment...the connection whether great or small does not go unappreciated.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart
for investing in me...for blessing me.




Photo credit: flickr...rain
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