Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Spring!

Hi, remember me!?

It's been a crazy, looooong winter here in Montana and I'm so glad that spring has finally arrived (knock on wood)! The boys and I have spent a ton of time outside the past few weeks getting the yard picked up and doing a few projects. We have great curbed flower beds in our backyard but they are full of lava rock and no plants. The boys play in the rocks and the rocks end up everywhere. Over the last week I've been clearing the beds one by one and I'm almost ready to add some plants. I've never been happier to have blisters!

Our computer died last month and the 'filler' we have until the new one gets here is absolutely archaic. I can check my email and that's about it, it took me almost 15 min to get into blogger to type up this post. I can't upload any pics or visit any websites with too many pictures because they won't load, goodbye Facebook! Although at times it's been frustrating living in the dark ages for the last month (we don't have smart phones) it's also been really nice. I really reccomend unplugging for a while if you can!

Once we get the new computer I have a bunch of little projects to share with you: our new living room rug and curtains-which also led to a little furniture and art rearranging, new art from Costco and Isaac's nursery redo.

Hope spring has sprung wherever you are!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Blessed Assurance

Thank you guys for the few emails about yesterdays post. Precious baby Faith was born via cesarean and lived for two hours.

As I get older things really hit me harder, it probably isn't a specific age but most likely when I became a mother. I wasn't calloused or unfeeling before but when we're younger we don't think about how fragile life really is.  The older I get the more death impacts my life. I know it is a good thing because it really makes me stop and be present in every moment but sometimes I feel guilty for it.

To grieve and be joyful at the same time is a double edged sword. It's a humbling thought that my friend's arms are empty tonight while our three precious boys sleep soundly in our house. I have so many things to be thankful for (don't we all!),  family and friends, my husband, my children, and most importantly for blessed assurance

Please continue to pray for our friends, thank you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


"A faith that perseveres through suffering makes a powerful statement about the object of such faith. The human response to pain and suffering is to curse God (Revelation 16:8-11 & 21). Persevering faith shouts for our attention and hallows God's name because it is immovably fixed in absolute confidence in the Lord."

-Barbara Hughes
Disciplines of a Godly Woman

The past few months have been some of the darkest for a few of our friends, especially for a family from our church. They are pregnant with their ninth child, a little girl who they've named Faith. Early on in the pregnancy Faith was diagnosed with  Trisomy 18

Even when we have hope it's heartbreaking to watch those you know and love suffer.

Tomorrow Faith will be delivered via cesarean, she is only expected to live a few hours. Please pray for this family as they face what may be their darkest day yet.

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


20 months old and already feeding himself....why do they have to grow up so fast?!?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Real estate re-do: Master bedroom

hidden potential master

Fabulous art, statement bed, a beni and some don't need much more than that!

*I jumped the gun :) here is the pic of the master bedroom from the mls listing:

We got the new rug and some new art, pics next week!

Happy hump day

Monday, February 10, 2014

Real estate re-do:kitchen

Did you have a great weekend?

We sure did, although Monday morning came way too early! Stanley was off this weekend so we took our two older boys to see the new Lego movie on Saturday. It was Stanley's first time going to a movie with the boys. The movie was really good and we had a blast.

We've been talking a lot lately about replacing our area rug in the living room. It has red lipstick and nail polish on one side, courtesy of our three year old, which is hidden under the couch but means that we can't rotate the rug. Our front door opens right into our living room and the foot traffic on that side has almost worn a path in the rug. I've known for a while now that it needs to be replaced but lets be honest, 9x12+ rugs are expensive! The one we have now was a carpet remnant that we had bound, it's about a 10x13.5 and only cost around $200. I think we'll be doing the remnant thing again just in a darker color. I'd love to get something vintage but there is no way we can afford $1000+ for a rug in such a high traffic area. Anyway, like I said we've been toying with the idea for a while but what happened yesterday solidified that idea. Right as we got to church we noticed that Isaac had something black smeared all over one knee of his khakis (I don't know how we put him in the car and didn't notice it). Neither of us had any idea where it came from but it looked like kohl eyeliner to me. When we got home I checked the bathroom and all of my makeup was in the drawer, which he can't get in to. We also found black stuff on the hardwood floor and the rug in the living room, small dots of it all over. I cleaned for almost an hour last night and there's no getting it all off, so I'm going to look at some remnants tonight. I'll keep you updated!

Ok, back to our mid mod gem of a house:

              This kitchen could be soooooo good! It has a lot of space and a great layout!

There is an awkward open space in between the wall and lower cabinets below (there is one above too to the left of the door) but there is a simple fix.

Since the lower cabinets would be painted, just add some open storage for cookbooks etc. and paint it too, like this:


I would rip out the drop ceiling and fluorescent lights along with all of the upper cabinets and the island. The lower cabinets look like they are in good condition so I would just paint them. Add hardwood floors, new countertop and subway tile, new appliances and hardware and a built in banquette and you've got a brand new space!

hidden potential kitchen 1
hidden potential kitchen 2

Next time: Master bedroom!

Happy Monday :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thank you and a real estate re-do

Thanks for the support peeps, you're the best!

I had a hard time writing that last post because I seriously LOVE blogging (and reading

blogs). It's kind of an internal struggle for me and I just came to the point where I

 was spending too much time invested in my blog/others blogs/pinterest etc. instead of in

 my family and myself. It really made me stop and think about what am I teaching my boys

 by doing that. Not anything good, that's for sure!

Kati from so happy home made a great point too:

 "Doesn't it feel like so many blogs/bloggers are pushing you to buy something new, or to
constantly produce new looks/vignettes/trends, etc.? It's hard to keep up with the pace being set on social media et al."

It's so true!!

So, thank you my dear readers for your emails and comments and general awesomeness!

 Obviously it's been a while since I've done a proper post because I can hardly figure this all out anymore, sorry the text is all screwy! Ok, moving on.  :)

I love real estate. If we weren't so busy on Sundays I would go to open houses every 

week. I'm that crazy lady who likes to drive slowly by awesome houses at night just to 

sneak a peek through the lighted windows!! When we lived downtown Stanley and I would 

go on evening walks in the summer. His goal was to get out of the house for a while and get 

some exercise, mine was to snoop. Our new neighborhood is less than spectacular in the 

awesome house department but I still look online. It's a habit I've gotten in to after buying 

(twice) and selling our house(s). When I look through the listings I can't help but 

think about what I would do if it were my house. A friend once told me that she never saw the

 potential in our current house like I did, so I understand that it's a hard thing. 

I saw this vintage gem a few weeks ago and automatically the wheels were turning, so 

whether or not this is helpful for anyone it sure is fun!

This is a great split level house, 4 bedroom, two bath, great neighborhood, huge yard, 

little over 2300 sq ft., AC, SS and a heated attached garage-listed at $199,000. This would

 be a great family home!

So, if I had a $320,00(ish) budget this is what I would do:

New exterior paint and a little landscaping would do wonders for this house! I would also probably remove the iron railing at the bottom of the landing. It's not really needed and removing it would really open up the front entrance.

hidden potential front

Easy, beautiful and timeless!

Let's go inside now.....

hidden potential entry

You can see that there is some mid mod tile in the entryway and as long as it isn't an awful color I'd keep it. Paint out that paneling, throw down a rug and a basket for shoes and you're done!

Upstairs there is an open concept living and dining room. Since the carpet looks to be pretty old I'd rip it up and install hardwoods in the living, dining, hallway, bedrooms and kitchen (which is off to the left of the dining room). I would paint the entire upstairs a creamy white, all windows would have bamboo roman shades and I'd add some built ins in the living room most likely with closed doors on the bottom and shelves on top.

hidden potential living 1
hidden potential living 2

Last but not least, the dining room.

hidden potential dining

Come back next week to see the rest of this house, next up is the kitchen.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Remember the time when I would post two to three times a week?

Yeah, me was a loooooong time ago.

Writing this blog has been such a great experience but the last 6 months or so have been like pulling teeth. I feel completely uninspired to write like I used to, but that's not a bad thing.

 I could explain my absence with  how busy I've been and all the stuff we have going on, yada, yada, yada, but you know what?

 Everyone is busy!  There are mom's out there who work full time and still blog everyday, every week. It's a big priority for them and that's fine for them.

I've realized though that it's not fine for me.

I'm not saying goodbye but I am taking a few steps back.

In order for me to post constantly, I am constantly on the computer. Reading blogs, surfing Pinterest, typing posts, uploading photos, on and on and on. Besides taking time away from my husband, my kids, my LIFE.... I've noticed that it very easily breeds a dissatisfaction in me for my own home which then leads to me needing wanting what I don't have.

Anyone else in the same boat??

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry, Merry!

 “The most wonderful, gracious event in 

human history was God sending his son into

 the world — to the cross — to save his 

people from their sins’” (Matthew 1:21)

-Jon Bloom

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas!!