Monday, April 7, 2014

Living Room Reveal!!

Oh ya'll, it has been a loooong month and half at our house. If case you missed it, we tore down our massive,circa. 1970s fireplace, had to re do all of the sheet rock and ripped up the the carpet in our living room and down the hallway. I must say, it was torture living with my house in complete disorganization and dust but I look at it now and it was all worth it. I text my mom right after the floors were finished and said "Its so beautiful I could cry". I don't know if it was the floors or just getting to move my couch out of my dining room:), but beautiful nonetheless. Its still a work in process but we are "living" in it and LOVING it.
Before

 After :) Its just a breath of fresh air!

And we had a busy weekend. But we ended our Saturday night with a bonfire. It was so nice just to spend time with my family.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Comfort

In my last post, I posted some pictures from the book Kisses from Katie. If you don't know anything about the book, its about Katie, a small town girl from Tennessee that at went to Uganda, planning on only staying for two short weeks. But God had a different plan and she now lives there and has adopted around thirteen girls. Her story is amazing and very much inspiring to me. Her faith in The Lord amazes me and I can only pray to ever have that much faith.


Comfort has been on my mind a lot lately. Why do we want everything to be easy and comfortable?

Before sweet girl passed away I can tell you that I was no where near where I needed to be in my walk with the Lord, nor do I think I now but our relationship is much better than ever before I believe. 

Thoughts of moving and doing mission work never ever crossed my mind. God as opened my eyes to a completely different way of seeing life. The hubs and I have discussed and prayed about what we should do as a family. We have already stepped out of our comfort zone but visiting other churches. Its hard, and scary going somewhere where you know no one and trying new things. Starting over. It's easy to stay where we know people and get in our own routine and stay in our own group of friends.We are thinking about moving to a new city. SCARY! We have always lived in the same place or near the place where we've have grown up. Within at least 30 minutes from just about all family members. I have a strong desire to go overseas and help. Help orphans, and family's,reach out to people that have never heard the gospel. Just like Katie says in her book. We have a choice. We can say yes and do the hard things or we can turn our back on Him and miss out on the greatness that he was wanting us to see and experience. After all, he tell us to "go and make disciples of all nations" matthew 28:19. 

I challenge you today to step outside of your comfort zone. Stop living for this world and its worldly, wicked things. You may not feel the calling to go overseas or pack up everything and move to a different city, state, or part of the world. You may be called to just walk across the street and make disciples. I pray for you all today reading this, to talk to God, ask him to give you the courage to take that leap of faith and not be comfortable.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Just some stuff and a giveaway

I'll go ahead and save you guys the trouble and give myself the "Worst Blogger" award. Hoping you don't remember my New Year's resolution :) No one ever keeps those things right?!

I few weeks ago our family went to the gin show near our hometown. My dad is a farmer, and we haven't been to one since I was a baby, so he thought it would be fun to take us and my sister's family. If you guys don't know anything about the gin show its basically a whole lot of companies that sale equipment, seed, they have all sorts of tractors and other equipment to climb on and look at, and a whole lot of other farmie..farmy?!! things and they all have booths and give away a ton of free stuff. Which is awesome. FREE is always awesome. After the show we hopped on the trolley downtown and went to eat. The kids loved that! I thought it was pretty neat myself! We were exhausted at the end of the day but we had a ton of fun just being together as a family and making memories.






Do you guys like to read? I was never really a reader until sweet girl passed away. I do not read fiction or anything though. I mostly read books that pertain to Christianity, motherhood, and authors that have experienced loss. 
Here are some of the books I've read in the past year or so:
 I'm currently reading Kisses from Katie and guys, its amazing. This girls journey, the love and faith she has, is inspiring. And, since I love you guys and am thankful that ya'll read my posts full of mostly crazy, I'm giving away one book of your choice!!! You cant hit the email button at the top of my page and email me your name and what book you would like to have and I will announce the winner on Friday!! All of these books are so good, but click on the links and read the info on each one and see which one you think you would want for yourself!!
  
Here's some words from Kisses from Katie that I read today that really stuck with me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

messy mess mess

 

My house is a mess. I have pictures but I'm to tired  lazy to upload them. Most of you know from the previous post that we have ripped out our fireplace and our carpet and we are in the process of getting new sheetrock on the ceiling and parts of the wall. This is the first big renovation the hubs and I have ever done..EVER. And I just don't know how people do this stuff all the time. I know in my lifetime my grandma has had 2 or 3 different kitchens, a few bathrooms, a new laundry room and who knows what else. The lady is a renovating machine let me tell ya. She must not be as OCD as me because I'm about to lose it. Right now I'm sitting at our kitchen table,to my right is the huge computer desk with stuff piled on top, to the north or south heck it may even be west who knows I'm terrible with directions, is my couch yes you read that right couch with my curtains, a few lamp shades, some pictures, to my right is fabric, a wall calendar some tubs of clothes a thirty-one organizing bag that should be living up to its name but is not. It's just craziness. To move around in this space should be an Olympic sport.

I'm also working on some school work. Just so you know, which I'm sure most of you do, basic college courses are ridiculous. If I wanted to major in music I could totally understand taking a music class, but c'mon I will never remember this silly stuff, much less use it. But go ahead Mr. College take my money and laugh all the way to the bank while i try to figure out what in the world Baroque is and what crazy named composer wrote the 108th symphony!<----- I don't even know if that is a thing, which exactly is my point here.

RANT OVER! I'm tired. Goodnight :)


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Since I've been gone

I'm now singing "since you've  I've been gone" by Kelly Clarkson, she inspired this post..i kid I kid. But really since I've been gone from the blog world for a few days, ok, ok weeks, get off my back SANDY its about time I jumped back on the saddle.
 
Since the last time we spoke/typed/read whatever it is a, few things have happened.
  1. I am now a year older
  2. I cut my hair
  3. My fireplace is gone
  4. I have a hole in my ceiling, where said fireplace was
  5. This morning my child told me she can do whatever she wants after I told her to get dressed
  6. I spanked her. 




 
 
And because I hate germs and love me some #hashtags# I'm going to make this beauty for my bathroom
 
As I was pondering about life yesterday and how I want to change the world, feed the orphans, tell how Christ is working in my life, I found this. And I was reassured :)
 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sales,Sledding, & an ice storm

So lets start on Thursday of last week because honestly that's when I wanted to start this post and umm its almost a week later. So last Thursday I went on my weekly grocery shopping trip. Which by the way if your one of those people that do once a month shopping trips please fill me in on how to do that and how you have the $funds$ to do so, because I would love to be able to not have a panic attack every week..mmk? thanks. So my shopping trip included Target (of course), Kroger, and I had to throw in a stop at Hobby Lobby because its been ages since I've been in there.
I have been on the look out for a new shower curtain since I painted my gray blue walls. (I'm terrible with paint colors) I wanted it gray but its kind of blue but it works so whatever.
I found this beauty on sale at Target, along with an AMAZING microfiber gray rug that is worth every.single.dollar I spent on it.
 
 
I know you're jealous of my 1960's peach/pink tile. Hate on, haters!
 
 And good thing I stopped by Hob Lob because I got this lovely lamp on clearance for $18.

 
 
 
 
I've been looking for a new hair style. This is what I've come up with.
 


 Something in-between all of those. That's not to much to ask for right?!?
 
 
 
 
Sunday we were hit with some winter weather. Goose got a sled for Christmas from the g-parents as well as the rest of the g-kids, so Monday we went to my sister in laws and went sledding. It was so fun! Goose loved it. The first time I went down the hill, I felt my life flash before my eyes.


me and the hubs raced
I'm pretty sure this was right after he said I "Mario-carted" him! We were about to collide so I gave him a little shove with my sled and he spun the opposite direction!
 
Here are some other photos I snapped this past week.

 Why yes, I am. Thanks for asking :)
 
Goose Rapunzel with her "scarf" hair :)


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I was thinking about some things I was going to blog about. And thought to myself, I need to make a list of everything that pops up that I want to write about, so at the end of the day I won't forget what it was I was wanting to say. Well guess what?!? I didn't and now I forgot all that awesome stuff I was wanting to share with you guys. BOO.
 
So as I'm writing I'm hoping it'll all come back to me.
 
 

My sister found these historic pictures and shared them. I thought they were really fascinating.
You can see all 40 of them here.

In 1907 this lady was arrested for indecency for wearing this fitted one piece bathing suit. Can you imagine? People then would have a heart attack to see what women wear now days.


We had to get a new roof, so Monday the guys finished up and it looks marvelous. ( you know you're old when you get excited about a roof)

The next project is this massive thing.
I'm sorry, this room is sort of a catch all at the moment. I promise the rest of my house isn't as messy.

 
This weekend, ***hopefully*** this thing will be GONE! I'm not sure why the previous owners thought this big of a fireplace was necessary for such a normal sized room. But to each is own I suppose.
The plan is to knock it down. Yes, we are doing the demolition. I'm pretty pumped about it. I have a feeling its going to be great therapy for me. I would start ripping into that thing today if I knew the hubs wouldn't have a cow. Do some sheet rock work then get hardwood floor.. WOOOHOOO. All of the bedrooms are real hardwood and are so pretty. I'm ready for the carpet to be GONE. We all have bad allergies and asthma, and the fact that its probably 15 years old, I'm hoping that will help.

If you would like to help in the demolition. shoot me an email! hehe We pay well. As in free therapy and lunch. And maybe some water. ;)