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Monday, September 26, 2011

Adoption


         While I don't have tons of information to offer, I would love to share our process so far, and   try to explain how we came to our decision to adopt.
         It is humbling, overwhelming, and exciting all at the same time.  Quentin and I both love kids and have never felt like our family was totally complete. We have always been aware of the many children in need of a loving, safe home.   That God would choose to use us to meet that need in the life of a child amazes me. 
        We are working with Bethany Christian Services in their Older Child Program. It is a state-funded program that works to place children from the state foster care system into loving homes. We are praying for a child or children (yes, I said children) between the ages of 2 and 4.
        After some initial training, our home study will begin. We have already begun work on the list of things that have to be done to get the house ready. I think everyone needs a home study hanging over their head to help them get their projects done. Its a great motivator! 
     We already did the huge room swap. Now I just have to get through an enormous punch list of things to complete and finish everything.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Adoption!

"God sets the lonely in families:" Psalm 68:6

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Elijah's Room

I thought I would start with pictures of Elijah's room.
 It still has a long way to go, but I think I am headed in the right direction. I at least have a direction in that room. 


These are some of our ideas.




If you haven't gotten a chance to check out Restoration Hardware's baby and kid line, you really should take a minute and look. They have a lot of great ideas. Elijah and I picked out some of our favorite things.

These were our favorite curtains.

Mariner's Sconce
 favorite lights

European Heathered Jersey & European Jersey Letter Bedding Collection
Love the grommet pillow!


Some other ideas I have been saving on Pinterest.

Well, enough of that. Back in reality world, we are here...




We really wanted to build a closet on either side of the window with a desk in between, but time and money are not really on our side right now. I moved the shelves in place, and I think that they will work just fine for now. We will have to keep thinking about the desk.


 This is the large wall were my headboard used to be. You can see the large hole in the wall! Maybe if I hang something there I  won't have to re-paint. I have a huge 3 foot round gear that I have been moving from house to house for the last 10 years. I think I might of just found its new home!



There is still a lot of work left to do, but I am getting there. 

On a totally unrelated note, I did find a really fun piece for the coffee table.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Why Are the Goldfish in the Cowboy Hat?

One of my favorite old Sesame Street episodes is when Bert comes home and Ernie tries to explain why nothing is in the right spot. You just sort of have to watch to understand..

Well, That is exactly what happened at my house this week. I have been thinking about changing rooms around for a while; I just haven't had the energy to really get it all started.  Sunday afternoon something just sort of snapped in my head!

 We came home from church and were cleaning up getting ready to have our fellowship group over. ( A bunch of families from church who come over once a month for great food and lots of fun.) It was raining and showing no sign of letting up.
I sort of freaked out. I realized that there was really not any place for the kids to run and play. My living room is not very big, and we don't have a family room. What was I going to do?

Switch all the bedrooms around in 2 hours, of course!

My husband is the best. He didn't even flinch! The kids jumped right in and my brother and his family even helped for a little while. We started at 2:15 and by 4:45 we were setting out the paper products getting ready for pizza! 

The only room we really had to get in shape was Elijah's room. We moved him into the master bedroom right off the living room. It is a huge room. With the french doors open, it acted just like a large playroom/family room right off the living room. The kids played, wrestled, and had pillow fights all where the moms and dads could see! It was perfect.

The multipurpose room is now the master bedroom, and Elijah's old bedroom is now the girl's room. The girls had a choice. Quentin and I were going to take Elijah's old room because it is the smallest, but the girls decided they would rather have the small room then share a space with all my sewing stuff! (my poor ugly machines! I will love you!)

So, back to my original Bert and Ernie thing... To get Elijah's toys to his new room I had to clear my sewing stuff off the Ikea shelf; to get the sewing stuff into its new cabinet I had to move all my clothes and shoes out of the cabinet into the girls old closet; to get my clothes in the closet I had to get Bridget and Zoe's clothes out of the closet into Elijah's closet; to get Elijah's stuff out of his closet...etc.. you get the picture.  Yeah, my head hurt too.

So right now, 
1. I really like the new arrangement. 
2. I spent most of the day walking around a little overwhelmed with the piles that I had hidden behind closed doors while company was here!
3. I am sorry I haven't taken any pictures yet! Not quite neat enough for public consumption!
4. I love my family  
5. Yes, we still did all our school work today. Just in case anyone is checking...


Friday, September 9, 2011

A New Piece

My sister-in-law rearranged her house to make room for a new school room. The end result was that she ended up with an extra piece of furniture that she gave to me. It just happened to be painted the exact color of my kitchen island! Yeah! I don't have to paint! I am very excited because I still haven't even finished painting my bar stools.....









 Here are some ideas for knobs. I really want to use glass.

 





The white cabinet has moved to my bedroom for now. I really like it as a dresser. 

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Herringbone/ Cheveron

I have always be enamored with herringbone! Maybe it is the texture that it adds.. Who knows? I just love it...


On the floor

In Tile


In Wood

And then you have the chevron.....very similar feel


On the wall



On the ceiling

In a sling! 

Have a great weekend!