Yearly Archives: 2011

Country”ish” Christmas Table

 Oh sweet friends!  Welcome to our ‘old’ new home.  This is my first post since moving two weeks ago.

I am so glad you stopped in.  I just pulled from the oven some of my Butterscotch, White Chocolate, Pretzel Oatmeal cookies

won’t you have one as you look around?

 Call  us over achievers but in the last two weeks we’ve moved ( twice in the last 3 months) and we wanted

so much to participate this years Holiday Parties.  Nikki & I have literally busted our bums and we

are happy happy and so humbled at what we’ve accomplished so far.

It took Pinterest;) + elbow grease + LOADS of grace = one happy little family

 Our vision is a mesh of country“ish” cottage old fashioned Christmas.

I sewed the table runner out of burlap grain sacks and old curtains we had in boxes.

White dishes are framed by red silverware and some turqoise plastic globlets from Target.

RedTurquoise are two of our accent colors we are using in our decor too.

The furniture piece in the dining room is the kids Nana’s dads piece and isn’t she perfect?

Nikki picked up the evergreen wreath from Home Depot for 5 dollars one day.

We have been living at Home Depot lately…more on that later;)

‘ DREAM ‘ hangs there as a reminder that dreams do come true and

God has a DREAM for me and the kids and this house is a part of that story.

God has a dream for YOU too.  I hope I can be an encouragement to you in your dream.

I painted and framed the reindeer sign in aqua with a red nose

To cover the ugly old door we threw a coat of chalkboard paint up and we have a fun idea that

we are going to do to the door real soon..until we can afford to buy a new door:)

I have more to share in the upcoming parties.

I will be linking a Family Heirloom Christmas Stockings with a tutorial on the craft linkup.

For those of you who have been following me there have been so many changes that I can’t wait to share them

all with you.  The house, a physical space for House of Belonging down in what we call the West Bottoms that opens

February 3!!

 8 weeks girls..8 weeks.  I have SO much to do to get ready and will take all of you with me.

It is GOD and YOU… your support and prayers..His and protection.

I am beyond grateful for each and everyone of you.

MUCH more to come.

We have a house to gut and remodel and refresh..and it has been in the kids family for over  30 years…

ok I will share all of that soon.

Now of to grab some hot chocolate and Nikki and I are going to sit and enjoy all of the other table parties!

A big thanks to Layla : the hostess with the mostess

the story is just beginning…


:: two weeks ago…literally!::


Under The Table and Dreaming
You’re talking to much… A bowl full of lemons Home Stories A-Z UncommonlyYours
No Minimalist Here The Inspired Room It’s Overflowing

all photos taken by my lovely daughter Nikki:) love and appreciate you!


moving again :: a short intermission

oh girls..are you as miserable as I am with all of this thankful food?  I had to have a salad today just to feel clean again.

I won’t keep you long but I wanted to pop in and let ya’ll know we are indeed moving again..and painting.. 

all in the same weekend.

And I will offer up thanksgiving.

I am taking a week off and then will be back with THE STORY.

And you will want to hear this one:)

I have PLENTY to share.

Will you do me one thing before you go?  I so need prayer before I have a meeting sometime next week.

For God to just give me the words and to prepare her heart.  God knows.

If you could lift this meeting up I would be ever so grateful.

The kids and I are in good spirits and for that I am thankful.

I sure hope each of you had a beautyFULL holiday and saw God’s goodness.

I know we did.  I love each and everyone of you.  so much.

I am learning to be centered in all circumstances and stop waiting for the perfect time when I can do ‘this or that’.  

Now is the time.  to live.

**I will get back to visiting again very soon.  Looking forward to it very much**




dinner & dessert in 15 minutes :: {bbq tacos}

 Here is a go to recipe that we LOVE here at our house.

Traders Joe’s has become my guilty pleasure.  I drive 30 minutes every week that I can.

Seriously, these are the best packaged taco shells you will ever have.  And the pulled pork? delish.

I promise.

 perfect dinner for the busy holidays

or after you are sick of turkey this weekend:)

just 3 minutes for the pulled pork and 4 minutes for the shells

cut up some lettuce, open the cheese and there you go!

of course you can add any other toppings your family would like.

  {Total Cost} = 15.30

Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s  2.99

head of lettuce  1.29

pulled pork  4.99

taco shells  1.99

shredded cheese  3.99

and an easy dessert?  Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s

Secret { put them in the refriderator for the day } 

enJOY right before bedtime;)


**sorry for the photos..taken with my phone.  since we are moving i have no time for anything fancy:)

51.  drove with my mom to trader joes while she texted and played with her phone!



Remember this?

My courageous friend Becky made it for me.  Custom even:)

Sadly, I only had it a couple of weeks if that when I lost it.  Still haven’t found it. 

I looked high and low and even after moving still no cuff.

I’ve always been one to want to know the outcome of everything.  It drives me kinda crazy.  ok really crazy.

This week I found this picture while searching on my computer:(and it hit me..don’t try to understand just BELIEVE….aaaahhhhh!

I’m SO slow.

I can’t see my cuff anymore.  Just like FAITH.  Believing in something you cannot SEE.

And that I am.  This November I am choosing to BELIEVE?


Believing in God breathing life into what was once dead

Believing in Dreams…they can and do  come true

Believing in a HOME

Believing in living in the NOW

Believing that HE is always my companion..always

Believing that things really are turning around


what about you?  what are you believing in this November?



49.   Going to Home Depot and renting a buffing sander…and using it!

50.   Calling on a space!