Up the stairs to Beth's room....
The corner hutch was formerly in the home's dining room. The second hutch is in Anne's room.
Beth gets beautiful afternoon light through her window.
Can I just say how much I love gingham? When we were expecting Anne I selected red gingham fabric for curtains and vintage Dick and Jane prints for her room. (I used mini gingham to cover the mats in the frames.)
Then there was gingham bedding from Pottery Barn kids. There great thing is that it's been semi-unisex, working well in Jack's cowboy room. But it's been fun to get out the more "girly" decor again for Beth's room.
The wall color is "friendly yellow." It suits Beth perfectly.
Rag rug quilt I made before Anne was born.
Baby quilt that belonged to my dad and his siblings.
The lovely antique baby scale was baby shower gift from Kristen when Anne was born.
Okay...things are not totally complete, but I can wait no longer to "unveil" our new home. There are still pictures to hang, nail holes to spackle and windows to Windex, but most of our living space is now liveable. And it feels like....home.
So I thought we'd start at the front of the house. Seems logical, right? So just imagine that I've invited you over to lunch and you are just pulling up in your car....
Okay here is the front door BEFORE:
The solid doors made the front entryway/hallway very, very dark. So we scored this door on Craigslist for $375. Doors like this normally are $2000 and up. The windows bring in so much light.
BEFORE (inside entry way):
You can see the old white tiles....also the stairway and 40-yr-old carpet...That's cousin Steve ripping out the carpet. You go, Steve!
New, brighter light fixture
Slate tile floors
All trim painted white
New carpet on stairs
Mirror to be hung....
Wall art I've added since:
Use what you got. I bought these large quilt squares at an estate sale 2 years ago. I never put them together to make the actual quilt, but they make great wall art. I also had a large stash of wooden embroidery hoops. I combined the two and made this arrangement.
The nice thing is that I didn't cut the quilt squares (just folded them and pinned them in the back). So if I ever want to piece the quilt together, I can.
NOTE: I began writing this post in January....and then one of my dearest friends had a stroke, there were a mountain of obstacles and challenges while moving and then unpacking, colds/sickness...etc. And so posting it was delayed....As I read through this "draft post" and added to it, I felt more than ever that these verses for 2011 were meaningful and significant. So here is my "New Year's" post, quite belated.
Last year, I felt like the Lord gave me one verse, one special message. I haven't seemed to hear just one thing this year. Truthfully, it's been hard to quiet myself and just listen to the Lord these days. Even in quiet moments, my head is swirling. But a few verses have stuck out to me, mostly having to do with not growing weary.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV
I really like how the NKJV says "do not lose heart:"
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Here is a little visual reminder for myself....
at the end of the day when it seems we all feel like this:
I need to remember, not to grow faint, not to give up, not lose heart because if I stay strong, consistent and leaning on Christ there will be this:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 corinthians 4:16-18
There is so much that makes my heart, mind and body weary these days. I do, indeed, feel like I am "wasting away" sometimes. 2010 unveiled some wonderful things for our family, but there were also some very difficult times. The temporary things of this life are temporary, but they still seem to "weigh" heavily...
A beloved Aunt diagnosed with breast cancer, a friend recovering from a major stroke, ailing grandparents, loved ones unemployed, dear ones dealing with infertility, friends fighting cancer....Heavy, hard things. I'm sure you have a list too. Because being part of the body of Christ means just that--we are part of a body. And when one of us is hurting, it makes us hurt, too. Loving and caring for others in a deep way also means we ache and cry for them. That we help take on the burden....even if it is only in prayer or a text of encouragement.
And then, like you, I experience the dailiness of life that makes one weary...nursing sick children, disciplining and teaching, cooking, cleaning, laundry....
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalm 27:13-14 NKJV
And so I will post these verses around my home to remind me in 2011 that...
He will strengthen my heart.
He will inwardly renew me.
I will not lose heart.
I will wait on the Lord.
I will be of good courage.
And I will not grow weary of doing good.
We got numbers 368 and 369, but got a lucky break when a couple was leaving and offered us their numbers. It saved us a good hour of waiting. We waited about 4 hours. But honestly it was a great time. We were kid-less and got to sit and talk and catch up. Plus you didn't have to stand in a line so you could wander around the bookstore, etc.
Once some of the people cleared out, Paula and took a seat near the front of the signing room and helped people take pictures with Ree, etc. It was fun to get to know some of the other women there. Special shout out to Brenda. Woot!
This is Ree with her youngest daughter. While we were waiting, I talked with her traveling companions: her mother-in-law, two daughters, sister-in-law and niece. As they are all photographed in the cookbook, I asked them to sign their photos. They were all very gracious, down-to-earth and kind folks. I especially noticed how unassuming, respectful and good-natured her girls were.
This was her lovely mother-in-law. (page 200 in the cookbook)
Here is Paula with our good friend, Ree!
And then, Paula was my photographer and took my picture while I talked with Ree.
I took Ree a few little gifts. In a card, I explained that she has fueled my addiction to butter, bacon and cast iron cookware. Really, the more butter, the better these days. Anyway....I made her this linen notebook cover with some things from my stash.
And, I made her a butter bookmark.
I also got a her newest book signed for Joanne. When I told Ree who was for, she said, "Does she have a blog?" And I, of course, said, "Yes, she is The Simple Wife." Ree said she had read about Joanne and the stroke and very sincerely asked how she was doing.
I delivered it to Jo on Wednesday during our little visit. Read more about that here. And I just have to say about my visit with Joanne: It was amazing. I hadn't been able to see her the last couple of weeks because of the move, etc. But seeing her brown eyes again, watching her smile and also her sweet whispers of words...amazing! All I can say is we have a GREAT God who heals.
Okay...back to Ree. Her new book High Heels to Tractor Wheels is a wonderful, fun, romantic read. Pick it up. And if you haven't bought her cookbook...what are you waiting for? Your husband will thank you.
I can't believe that this little June bug is 8 months! She is a very giggly, happy baby. Seriously, my other kids were happy, but this girl LOVES to belly laugh. I can just give her a silly look and it sends her giggling. She cut her first tooth last week and is sitting up nicely on her own. She is so mellow and good natured. Everyone in the fam loves to dote on our little "Beff" as Jack calls her.
Although she has her own look, she definitely resembles my other Widdi-babes with chubby cheeks and a cute little "butt" chin.