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“I purpose” to not be stronger and kill myself…

One thing I love about a new month is that it gives opportunity for a fresh start and girls .. I can’t put into words how I need one.

I have gotten so upside down with this business that I have lost vital pieces of my life.  And by golly I want them back.  

Searching for nourishment has led me to several things

May purposes look a little something like this

Priorities

I purpose to spend just simple time with God every morning .. SIMPLE .. a letting go of my plans & wants..CONTROL and STRIVING and let go and relax into me following Him.  Back to remembering ONE day at a time.  I am setting my clock a little earlier but I refuse to beat myself up when I fall short…cause I will.

I purpose to do my dishes, laundrybasically maintain a tidy home.  NOT a perfect one.  One that is lived in and since I do work from home I will cut myself some slack but NO MORE of the business holding my home and family hostage

I purpose to complete {being the key word} 3 of my projects on MY house in the month of May!!…tall order {sigh}

I will purpose to cook dinners at least 4 times a week.  SIMPLE ones.  We are eating out way to much = to much money + grease = not good!

I purpose to ENJOY my calling..to listen to GOD’s leading..take all concerns and complitments and suggestions to HIM first.

I purpose to put my family first.  My work was taking priority over all of these areas.  I have not been able to take a weekend off…go to the movies…I’ve missed going to causal lunches..communicating with friends..

to be really honest sometime I would like to take a whole Sunday and sit in my PJ’s in bed and just watch TV!  just ONCE in awhile

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I don’t want to live striving and surviving and miss moments in my life that I will never get back.  LIFE is to short.  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I’m doing.  What GOD is doing…I trust there is so much more ahead but before He can move forward I feel led to get a handle on this chaos because it is not true

that what doesn’t kill you  makes you stronger…sometimes it really can kill you!

June 1 I will report back here and let ya’ll know how I’m doing…and in the in between days too;0

Now it is your turn:)

Have you been?  Am I crazy here?  the only one that is going through this?  Do you feel like you have a zillion balls in the air and can’t seem to find time for the really important things?  If so ~ what are you doing to change it?:)

I’ve got some fun news to share next week.  I smiling ear to ear just being able to share our hearts here.  Thank you for listening to mine.  I would love to hear yours as well?

xotiff

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finally! a family photo, white floors & birthday eve

Here I shared some photos of my daughter Chelsee and her babies..my grand babies.  Easter was the perfect occasion to get a recent shot of the bunch as they wrangled and wrestled the kids around.  Nikki had to be quick in capturing this bunch because after sitting through church and lunch they were ready to ride their bikes!  I think she got a pretty good one don’t you?  She got a shot of each of the babies too…of course they are going up on my barn door that is going up on my wall very soon:)

 We started painting Grace’s wood floors last night…we are finishing up Thursday with spraying the walls white too.  Yikes!  ALL white scares me a little.  We got Grace a twin vintage bed at the sale last weekend that I can’t wait to show you but I want to have the room and floors painted first though…oh the anticipation..lol!

then Thursday if the stars align right we are going to spray her whole room white…I know – pretty gross right now but I can tell you that the floors look SO good today..but more on that very soon:)

“thoughts on my birthday eve” ( you can skip this part if you want…lol )

I push my finger into the book lined shelf and draw out my story

I hold its warmth between my hands and I close my eyes as the tears tickle down my cheek and fall over my lips and

they smile

I breathe deep and open the book to where the worn and frayed ribbon holds the place I last was

I sigh .. tomorrow is the 43rd eve of my birthday.  I no longer think of birthdays as gifts and parties while I know many do..I am a rare one

Instead I find myself looking back…lingering over what has been, really relishing moments of my life and of those I love, where I’ve been, how far I’ve come and perhaps…where I maybe going.

I laugh as this year has been much different than most birthday eves.

I can’t believe 43 chapters have come and gone and this year as the ink meets paper it has much more intention than it ever has SO – that being said

love life.

Heck yes..bring on the 44th chapter!

and I will honor and value each day with as much grace as I remember to receive.

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well I am off to get my hair trimmed.  It is getting so long I have been thinking of cutting some off…but not yet:)  I might just be that old woman with long long grey hair gosh darn;D

love you all to pieces!  thank you for supporting me in this busy time!  I know I am not getting around like my heart would like.  I am hoping to get a  handle on all of this soon.

Don’t forget to click here to enter the GIVEaway that I will announce on my birthday this Thursday!!!

xo

 

 

 

 

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finally!…the kitchen overhaul begins

 This is our inspiration picture.  The problem is we couldn’t find the paint color.

Enter Chip It.  Sherwin Williams color match tool.  Have you heard of it?

love the colors...idea for her island color

 It matched the top cabinets to Arcadia White ( SW ) but I don’t think that is close.  That’s ok though.  I’m not real picky I just wanted a white that had cool gray undertones.  So I got a sample of it.  NOW for the bottom cabinets.  The FUN part:)

 We chose 4 colors

Rainwashed ( SW )

Palladian Blue ( Benjamin Moore ) I think I am using this in my bedroom

Silver Strand ( SW )

Carolina Blue Inn ( Valspar )

They all looked very similar but we chose Carolina Blue Inn because it seemed to have a touch more gray in it AND because it is my grand daughters name:)

Nikki and I marked the calendars for April 12 & 13 and are going to tackle the kitchen.  We have been collecting so many ideas and being down in such a creative environment working at RE: … has our minds racing.

SO – what is on your Spring project list?

xotiff

 p.s.header coming soon:) and I will answer questions this week too…I haven’t forgot:)

 

 

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starting with the cabinets & furry friends:(

 

  WARNING: dead mice.  I called them my furry little friends.  Real life here girls.

Since I do not live in Pinterest world..my reality is I only have so much to work with at a given time and no credit cards to go max out or increase which means I simply have to PLAN.

The beginning of the messy gross kitchen story.  I have an electric stove downstairs that is newer and cleaner looking than the gas stove that was in existence when we moved in.  The stove story I am saving for the end of the week.  Ohhh the suspense must be killing you:)

Sorry small picture.  Pulled it from the listing .  I will take close ups of the grossness in all its glory before I Kilz.

pinky promise.

In a nutshell here is my evolving plan for the cabinets.  They are in my top three things in the kitchen that gross me out!  (2) being the floor and (3) back splash

My house vibe will be urban farmhouse chic..whether it is “in” or not I don’t care:)  It makes my heart sing right?

I am going to Patriot Surplus ( a building material store) within a week to price cabinets to put into my budget      ( very important step girls ) but in the meantime this..hopefully will be an inexpensive fix..albeit a labor intensive project { insert smirk }

So here is my girl “plan”

::DEFINITION:: when I say do it like a  “girl” I mean :  the way a girl does things when there is no man around and you have absolutely NO idea what you are doing so you improvise…got it?:)  some of you know what I mean right?:)

I am going to take all the cabinet doors off.  Remove the old linoleum and bleach.  My least favorite part….eeewwww

Kilz is a OCD girls best friend.  I am going to Kilz the heck out of it.  Inside and out.

THEN the fun part.  Choosing a paint color…and that is the “evolving” part.

I think it is something I can live with for 6 months while I save for what I want.

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OK..back to the stove.  Do you want the good or the bad news first?  ok..me too.  Pulling out a stove after it has been sitting there for at least 10 years is a good idea right?  RIGHT

1)  I can clean it with bleach and Kilz behind it.  Good news

2)  you find poor little furry friends that have been there a very long time.  Bad news

gross gross gross

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maybe all white?  always safe.  We painted the walls in the dining/kitchen Ashwood by Behr.

We LOVE this color.  A why? post coming soon.

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Take out the upper cabinets completely and install shelves…a possibility.  But showing ALL of my kitchen stuff…don’t know.

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looks a bit more creamy…but I don’t know what I want for flooring yet so…

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sea cottage

now I love the gray here but I have gray on the walls…and the sink but that is another post:)

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house of turquoise

this really strikes my fancy…really considering this..maybe a little distressing?

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two colors?  I like this option to0.  Uppers one color..lowers another

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house of turquoise 

CRAZY stepping out of the box right?  but I threw it in because … well … you just never know

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at last…color on the backside of the cabinets with the doors off.  Pops of color.

Getting a little wild but still playing it safe

SO there you go on my plan for the cabinets

Gross yes but real life.  In my dream Pinterest world I would LOVE to gut it all at once and go to town.  But I just can’t.  And that is A.O.K:)  When you move into an old house and you have to renovate or in our case…clean it up and make it manageable until you can REALLY renovate…you run into to all sorts of surprises and critters.   I still shiver!

I will be prepping for this project while I get very busy with House of Belonging shop!  I have furniture pieces to refinish, pillows to sew, signs to paint….table runners oh my.:)

wishing each of you eyes to see beyond the world in front of you and may you catch a glimpse of God working all around you.

Happy Wednesday

xotiff

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re:creating my childhood tree

 

Talk about ugly.  I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit at all.  Scroogy really.  I had ‘more important’ things on my mind.

Until Nikki suggested we buy a real tree this year.  That is when I realized I was being selfish.  Thinking more of myself than everyone else.  So off we  ALL merrily went to Home Depot… OK – not merrily.. crankily;)

We did a ONE STOP shopping trip … tree and all.

I told Tara I had a basket I was going to use this year but I really wanted a metal bucket…and I confess that I went outside of my budget and got one! By next year I’m hoping it will be a little rusty from using it this summer for soda and water.  I didn’t have time to put the wheels on but will do so when it is warm!

Here is what I remember from childhood

tinsel, candy canes, bulbs and Hallmark ornaments.

I don’t have many Hallmark ornaments left but I did do candy canes, tinsel and added all of our special ornaments.  Some from when the oldest kids were little.

My tiniest grandbaby miss Khloey is my tree terririzer.  The tree no longer looks like this.  It has broken branches and missing ornaments and when she visits–he sits under the tree and pulls everything off…and yes…some still goes in her mouth.  I forget what babies do to trees.

We are happy with our living tree all decked out in her finest.  Things that make us happy and when it is all said and done ..it is all about Christ and HOPE.  And for that we are grateful.  And the grumpy Scrooge is gone..for the most part {wink wink}

Because it is green year-round, the evergreen tree represents hope. Its needles and its narrow crest point upward, turning our thoughts to heaven. Because the tree is cut down and then erected again, it is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Lord, may I see Christmas trees as a sign of hope and as reminders of the many trees that figure in salvation history. I thank You, Lord, for turning the tree of Adam and Eve’s sin into the tree of life through the cross of Christ. Because of the tree on which Christ died, You have given us the promise of eternal life. We praise you forever. Amen.

Praying for each one of you a season of HOPE

xotiff

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