Another Year Older

A couple of months ago our oldest turned 20. And just this weekend our daughter turned 18. 18 and 20? How is that possible?? Seriously it was just yesterday that they came home from the hospital right? 

It’s hard not to have all the feelings when these milestones occur. The past 18 years seem like such a blur. 

This year has been filled with all the senior things. Ordering cap and gown. Preparing her senior salute for the yearbook. Senior pictures. Applying for college. And soon, all these things will conclude with senior prom (of course), finals, graduation, baccalaureate, senior Sunday at our church, all the final church youth trips for the summer, and the end all – moving to college.

This is not our first time to do this – send a kid to college – but even still, I know it won’t be easy. She is our only daughter. I know the space she will leave behind will be large. And yes, I know it’s not forever, but we will be forever changed. 

Changed by her presence, and changed by her absence. 

Children are a gift from the Lord…(Psalm 127:3 NLT).  I have cherished every moment of these past 18 years, and I look forward to what the next 18+ bring. 

Love you sweet daughter of mine!!

All the beautiful senior pics were taken by Caitlin Boswell. If you are in the Oklahoma City area, check her out! She is amazing, sweet, and very talented!

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How’d We Do In 2015

Good morning friends and Happy New Year! 

I’ve never been one to write down goals in the past, but here on the blog I have. And, honestly, it’s interesting to go back and look at where I was a year ago and where I am now.

Here are my bullet points from last year

  • Spending more time with my Lord.  Reading the Bible and in prayer.  Working on refocusing my attention away from worldly things.
  • Family Room update – there are lots of ideas swimming around in my head for this room, many of which were re-kindled after seeing this year’s HGTV dream home.  Have you seen it?  Cape Cod beach home at it’s finest!
  • Kids/Guest Bath overhaul – this involves plumbing, tiling, and building. It may actually happen sooner than later, since I think I discovered a leak yesterday…
  • Pressing on with JOY through all the breakdowns.  And, I’m not talking emotional ones.  Although there may be a couple of those too if things don’t stop breaking down – appliances, cars, other house things like leaks.

So, how’d we do? My #1 has been off and on if I’m being honest. So, that is still a major goal – to be more consistent with my walk with God.

#2 – Many, many things happened in our family room this year!! The bones are completed, and some of the fluff. Furniture would be nice when the budget allows.  Always the budget..

#3 – The bathroom got a great makeover that did not include plumbing, tiling, and just a little bit of building. I would love to check these bigger parts of the reno off my list this year, but we will see – again with the budget.

#4 – I can honestly say that about 75% of the time I was able to press on without being overwhelmingly frustrated with life. The joy was truthfully there about 50% of the time. We have continued to deal with plenty of breakdowns – mostly centered around cars – praying 2016 is more positive in this area. 

So, overall, not too bad for 2015!!  This year presents a whole realm of emotional challenges – daughter graduating and starting college, middle son starting high school, you know just kids getting way too big in general!! Stop, or maybe just pause. Kiddos went back to school today, so I might be back with more thoughts and/or plans for 2016 in a couple of days. πŸ™‚ Keep pressing on friends!!

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Hello There!

Hello there my friends! It’s been a great summer here and I hope it was for you as well! The kids are in their second week of school this year and we are all adjusting to the schedule. I have so many things to share with you! I plan to get back to a more regular posting schedule after my boy goes back to Boston next week. I have missed writing here! Today I just thought I would pop in and share how the family is doing! πŸ™‚ 

My senior is a part time high school student and a part time online college student. I love having her home! There is such a delicate balance between not enough together time and too much, am I right?? A balance we are learning, but I am soaking up the extra time with her knowing that college is drawing ever closer. We have been busy scheduling senior pictures, college visits and all that fun stuff!

My big boy is still with us for a few more days. Always happy to have him a little longer than most college students, since when he heads back to Boston he won’t be home again until Thanksgiving. πŸ™ I’m hoping it will be a little easier to send him off this year, but I’m not counting on it.  

My ‘little’ guys started 7th and 8th grade this year! I cannot believe that they are getting so big! When I think into the future and start counting the years I start to panic, so really I try to avoid that as much as possible!! Both are running cross country and playing in the band, and playing soccer. I love that they can do things together and that they really get along great most of the time – such a blessing.

So, that’s what’s happening with the kiddos. Hubby and I have been doing a lot of talking/thinking/dreaming/scheming about the future. There have been a lot few bumps in the road this year that could have easily stolen our joy. But, even though these things have been very frustrating we hold fast to our Hope. We go on a walk together almost everyday. Not only is it good exercise it gives us a chance to have an uninterrupted conversation about our day and whatever might be on our minds. It’s my favorite time. πŸ™‚ 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 (NASB)

Thankful for our family and the love we share.

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Loving The Home I Have

For years I struggled with dis-contentment. In the last couple of years, God has really helped me to see the blessings right in front of me. Including our current home. Like many people, when we moved here we never intended for it to be our forever home. And, maybe it won’t be, but maybe it will. 

We spent 10 years living in a home that we weren’t totally happy with. We painted of course, hung things on walls, but we were living with a lot of imperfections, because we were convinced there was nothing we could do to make it better suited for our family.  

Boy were we wrong!! Honestly, through reading how other real people transformed their houses to homes on various blogs, my heart was changed and I was inspired! Over these past couple years we have cleaned out clutter, organized spaces, designed and added personal touches to finally make it ours. So, so many times throughout the process I regretted not doing more of it sooner. If we would have taken the time to make these changes earlier we would have had more time to enjoy it!!

Then, there was this book.

I was intrigued by the title as soon as it was introduced. So when I got my copy from Melissa I couldn’t wait to dive in. Can I just say that it spoke to my soul. In such a way that I could only read a bit at a time. Like I would read a couple of chapters, and then take a couple of days to think over those chapters. (hence the reason it has taken me so long to write this – the book is now on the best seller list!)

It was so encouraging to me!!

I love the way Melissa describes so many different phases of life because really that’s the way life is. There are ups and downs. Highs and lows. Small homes and big homes. Too much and too little. 

In every phase, Melissa shares how she makes each house a home. A big budget makes it easier, but a small budget doesn’t make it impossible. Creating a home is a process that doesn’t always happen overnight.

Maybe you’re feeling frustrated with your current phase. Maybe a little overwhelmed. If so, this book is for you! Maybe you love the look of your home, but the function, not so much – this book is for you. Really, this book is a great read for anyone, no matter what phase of life you might be in.

God is good, and He takes care of His own. Thanks Melissa for sharing, and encouraging us.

You can be inspired and encouraged regularly by Melissa at

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I was provided this book for review, all the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Thoughts on Thursday

Not gonna say this is a series, but God has placed some things on my heart lately that I have wanted to share, so I am. πŸ™‚ This week a sweet, encouraging friend posted a comment on my facebook page related to my last post.

It really got me thinking as to whether or not it was true. Do I never complain? I want to be that person. I pray that is the way it comes across here on the blog. We are richly blessed. God always provides for our needs and then some. Is money tight sometimes, absolutely! But we are never without. 

As I thought about it I realized that I have finally come to a place in my life where I am usually fairly content. I used to struggle with envy and discontent all. the. time. The root of the problem was one thing – comparison.

Once in a bible study, while going through the ten commandments, we camped on “thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:17 NASB) for quite a while. At that time, God got a hold of this sin in my life, made me aware of it, and began to change me. 

I know that many of us struggle when scrolling through blog posts, or pinterest pictures, seeing beautiful images of things we know we will never have. What God did for me is to help me see the possibilities, and what I really wanted. Although the perfection in the picture or catalog was beautiful, what I really wanted was the feeling that was inspired by those spaces. 

master bedroom update

My goal in my own home, is to create an atmosphere that my family will love to be in. This is not something you can get out of a magazine, or a catalog. It is something that is collected and created over time. 

kitchen update

My goal on this blog is to share with you creative ways to get the look you want, even on a budget. Oh, yes. Sometimes I pitch a fit about how I would love to just drop $$$ on the real thing and not go through the hassle of the DIY (just ask my hubby). But, honestly, where’s the fun in that?? πŸ™‚
And, I’m not bad-mouthing those who buy out of a catalog or choose not to DIY. I’m just saying this is what works best for us in this stage of life. πŸ™‚

So, thank you to my sweet friend for her words, and again, I so hope that is exactly what comes out on these virtual pages week by week. God has overwhelmingly blessed us with the family and home we have, and my prayer is to learn to be more and more content everyday. Oh to have the mind of Paul.

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 
-Philippians 4:11 (NASB)

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