Found in the trash

Months ago, the neighbors were obviously purging.

Justin came home and said, “there’s a table across the street I think you might want.”

He speaks my love language.

I looked out the window.

Yep, that table belongs to me.

I immediately went to the garage and got the hand truck.

Work smarter – Not harder.

The glass inserts were broken or missing .

Don’t care. Didn’t want them anyways.

Most days, I look at the hoard.

It’s just a pile of goodness. However, I might be the only one in my current household that thinks so .

I saw this picture one day while scrolling.

Cute! I want one.

I close my eyes and picture the hoard.

Hey! I have a table that I can do that to and will have the same effect.

Pull it out of the hoard trying not to injure myself or anything other precious item in the process .

Repair and sand

Prime and paint

Of course it’s white.

Find some scrap wood

Add some padding

Staple on cute fabric

Mom helps with some adorable tufting

I think it’s one of my very very favorite up cycles.

Happy hump day friends

Make it a great day


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The gift of Thank You

Do you ever just tell someone thank you?

Yes, thank you to the server as they serve you dinner at a restaurant.

Thank you to the host at a party as you leave their house full of dirty dishes.

Thank you for the gift.

Lots of opportunities for the appropriate thank you.

Last week as we are getting ready for bed……

I’m already lying down as Steve prepares for his next day work day.

He says “thank you for always doing my laundry.”


Thank you?

It struck me as weird.

The next day, as I entered the laundry room, I smiled.

Being lucky enough to be a “stay at homer,” laundry and wiping kitchen counters is just part of the gig. Taking care of loved ones is in the job description. I don’t take it for granted and I’m a nurturer at heart. It makes me happy to care for people.

However, sometimes the duties get monotonous. The same thing over and over again.

That spontaneous thank you was like a gift. He might not even remember saying it as he reached for clean underwear from the drawer.

It meant something.

It was like gas for the tank.

Do you thank your people for the mundane?

Do you thank the person who checks you out at the grocery store?

Sometimes thank you is a really small gift you can give to someone.

Thanks family for being my people

Thank you tribe for supporting and loving me even when I’m stupid.

Thanks friends for being the best friends a girl can have

Lots of thanks.

Try it today.

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When Away from Home

Are you a homebody?

Or are you someone that goes and loves to go? Experience new places and new things?

At book club Thursday night we spoke of experiencing the pre-dawn hours. The beauty of Gods creation before the sun arises. The majority of us said nope. My eyes don’t open that early.

But yesterday morning I rose way before the sunrise and began my journey south.

It was a cloudy and drizzly morning.

What do you do in the car while driving?

Listen to the radio?

Drive in peace and quiet?

Talk to someone on the phone? Well maybe not at 4am.

I love to listen to podcasts.

Self improvement podcasts

Home improvement podcasts

And my guilty pleasure? I like listen to recaps of the Bachelorette. So, not my proudest moment but we all have that little thing that might be silly and completely unrealistic but oh well. Sorry, not sorry.

I had already picked what I wanted to listen to before getting in the car.

I had chosen a couple, but started with Jen Hatmakers “For the love of Summer.”

Here’s an overview of the episode.

Nearly forty years ago, they met at camp. Then they got married. Now they’re running the same camp! This week, we’re closing out For the Love of Summer with our crowdsourced episode, featuring Stacy and Darell Smith. For more than thirty years, Stacy and Darell have been directors at The Firs, a Christian camp organization in gorgeous Bellingham, Washington. And they have seen it all: kid tomfoolery, pet shenanigans, pranks galore. They’ve even rigged dates between their camp counselors (some of which resulted in wedding bells!). Stay and Darell are experts in summer magic and creating memories for kids (and leadership skills in young adults) that’ll last a lifetime.

What an inspiration. I loved it.

Halfway through my 2 1/2 hour drive, the sun began to peek up. My thoughts immediately went to our book club conversation,

I turned off the podcast and turned on the radio.

This song.

Goodness gracious people.

And this one! I’ve had it on repeat


What a worship experience. I might have to rethink my morning routine.

I’m away from home caring for a friend. It’s so weird being away from your typical and regular stuff.

What does a person do when you are in a strange house and the only other person sleeps all the time? I want her to sleep. She had surgery for goodness sake.

But whoa, I’m not good at sitting. Do you have something I could work on? I helped a friend do some research on houses in the new town they are moving to. Why can’t I just sit?

This morning, I made some coffee and went to the back yard. It’s like a retreat.

I’m doing my best to sit and relish in the peace. It’s quiet. Maybe a little too quiet but wonderful. There is a beautiful breeze and I’m enjoying practicing worship music for church tomorrow.

Hoping the neighbors aren’t listening.

Have a great Saturday friends.

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People are Worth It

I rolled over this morning and checked the time.

I have a friend who’s gets up every day at 4:30 to go to the gym.


Not so much.

However the coffee will be brewing early today!

Thrifting is my absolute favorite thing to do. Thursday are full of it……well sort of.

Mom, our friend Kenna and I volunteer at a Interfaith Emergency Services Thrift Store every Thursday. You can read about them here:

It’s not glamorous by any stretch of the imagination. It’s hot in that warehouse but as we walk through the store and are welcomed by the many volunteers that keep the store open, it easy to feel the love and the passion that keep the doors open providing services to those in need. And for those of us that are not in need and just like to find treasures? It’s fun! Every single Thursday!

It’s however not about thrifting, it’s about the people. People are worth it.

This morning will also include getting ready for Thursday night book club. Did I need to add another thing to my already full calendar?


However there were books that I wanted to read. There were women that I wanted to see and what better way to get both accomplished? Book club.

I’m a horrible reader. I’m a professional blog reader. I can scroll through Pinterest like it’s my job. But sit quietly and get interested in pages of paper? I’m not great at it.

Around the first of the year, I wanted to read Jen Hatmakers book “Interrupted” and I know me. I’ll start. I’ll get distracted. I’ll never finish. I really wanted to read this book so I invited others to read with me. Book club was started. It’s so much more than books. It’s relationships. It’s learning and hearing other people. It’s caring about their story and the person who is reading the book. Book club has grown. A lot. When I’m excited about something I want others to get excited too so I invited. Others invited. We have finished one book and are halfway into “Girl wash your face” by Rachel Hollis

I was speaking to our youngest book club member last night about the book. So many chapters might not pertain to an 18 year old right now but she said “I’m storing all this up for when I need it.” She’s so smart. I love her

It’s more than the book. It’s about the people and people are worth it.

Another reason I need to rise early is because I need to go to bed early tonight. Nothing like thinking ahead! I need to be on the road in the morning by 4:30am. Seems to be a theme.

My friend is having surgery tomorrow..

She picks me to be with her. She picks me to sit beside her as she talks to the Dr. she picks me to care for her as struggles to get out of bed. She picks me instead of her family who live in the same town.

I’m honored. I’m grateful that I don’t have to have a regular job that won’t allow me to be away from home for a few days. I’m grateful for a family that holds down the fort while I’m away. I’m grateful for FaceTime because I need to see Steve and Jack before bedtime.

If you are the praying kind, maybe remember me in the morning as I drive. Remember my friend at 8:00 as she goes into surgery.

Remember it’s about the people.

People are worth it.

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Before and After Guest Room

Who am I kidding!

It’s Naked Girls Room. Can’t help it.

If you want to read the back story, how it gots its name and some of the details, you can click here:

Naked girls room

The floor

Naked girls room update.

This picture is the “before it gets better” stage. For sure.

Above the kitchen is naked girls room.

The original staircase, immediately off the kitchen.

Drywall installed.

Paint and trim completed.

This little alcove is going to be the home of the new platform bed.

We were gifted funeral home kneeling benches when a local funeral home decided to remodel. I had no idea what I would do with them until the platform bed became a reality.

Who would ever know what their previous life was?

Naked girls room is a loft. Originally it had a door but we decided as a guest space it would be really cute converted to a loft.

The Guest Room has a full bathroom. Our guests stay in style.

The original wall facing the kitchen had a weird little ledge that I desperately wanted to get rid off.


Not possible.

Next best thing? Make it look like it had always been there. Add a full wall shelving unit.

Now I love that weird ledge.

The floor was an eye roller.

Some of my ideas, the family, especially Steve rolls their eyes.

This project was a necessity. There was not a budget for a new floor. Plywood would have to do but ugly plywood is not in my vocabulary.

I had never stenciled anything. But I decided I would try it anyways.

I started here.

and ended here.

This room is more finished than any other room in the entire house. Sometimes I just go up and sit on the bed. This room is peaceful and lovely. Just lovely.



Thanks for joining me on the journey of Before and Afters!


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Before and After Kitchen

We are approaching our second anniversary living at the old house.

I was recently asked to submit pictures of our home to potentially be included in a magazine. That’s not an easy task! I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination and we have 4 adults and a baby that live in our part of the house. Lots of stuff and baby paraphernalia had to moved and actually put away. Some days are actually titled “put crap away day.” Anyone know the feeling?

As I started at looking at the pictures I took, I began to reminisce about the last two years. Where we are and my goodness where we have come from.

I thought it being our house-a-versary, and how it would be nice to have a look back.

Stating with the kitchen:

This picture is actually the “before kitchen.” It’s not even the same place as our current kitchen.

Our laundry room is now where their kitchen used to be.

More on that later.

This is where our current kitchen is now. It was their dining room or their laundry folding room is by the looks of it.

There WAS a wall where our current open concept kitchen is now located.

Here shows the wall removed and for those who know of naked girls room, here it is open for all to see.

Most of the ceiling had to be removed, repaired and made beautiful again

Finally, the walls were finished, drywall was hung and finished and cabinets were installed.

Gorgeous original bead board ceilings were finished.

This little hallway that now leads to a built in pantry and a powder room used to lead to 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Those rooms are now part of the other side of the house, which includes our master closets and our master bathroom.

Floors were sanded back to the original oak and finished in house, not by professionals.

Pantry shelves were installed.

Counter tops were measured and installed

The finished product!!

When in the depths of renovation, all you can do is one day at a time. Two years later and many projects are still needed completion, but WOW it was a wild ride and worth every second.

Our house is more than a house. It’s our safe place and our haven of rest.

It is worth it.

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I Scrolled through Pictures

It’s 1:46AM.

I haven’t had a middle of the nighter in a long time.

What’s the culprit this time?

Definitely caffeine consumption yesterday could have been.

Maybe it was JR a few moments ago trying to get himself out from under the bed. Hardwood floors and an old dog sometimes don’t mix.

Maybe I can’t get my body temp to become normal again. It’s hot ya’ll. It’s been a week of hot, hot and more hot. I’ve worked outside all week and yesterday in the warehouse at Interfaith Thrift Store. I just can’t seem to get cool.

Whatever it is. Here I am. I’ve been tossing and turning for an hour and I’m over it.

Find a book to read?

Read a blog post?

Decide what my next project will be?

Scroll through pictures?

Yeah that one…..

Today is a big day.

The concrete slab is being poured in the pool house.

See the first square?

That’s the toilet room.

See the second square?

That’s the shower area.

Our pool has been sitting for weeks waiting for these two squares to be poured.

It’s a big day!!!

There is a third rectangle next to the shower that will have a dining table. Can you say dinner by the pool?

I wish I had some program that would show what it’s “going to look like.”

I have a picture in my head but that doesn’t count

Here’s the front half of the pool house

A grill area with a bar

And lastly a seating area with chairs and a bed swing

As I look at the picture I even have a hard time seeing it.

But I promise, it’s happening

It’s a big day

Monday, the pavers begin and the pool guy says 2 weeks and we will have a finished pool.

And soon after….. a finished pool house.

It’s been a long summer but it will be worth the wait.

We have been working on getting this bad boy up for sale.

Know anyone looking for a great motor home? Give them my number

Jack has his first taste of dragon fruit.

I thought he looked a little like Keith Ledger as the Joker except way cuter.

Who likes Mama Mia?

Me. Excited about the Sequel. I sent this to my friends and said we should be them for Halloween.

Look what I scored for the pool house. LOVE IT!

It even matches my fabric. It’s the little things.

I realized that I never shared our finished fireplaces. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll get busy writing a post. It’s worth the wait

Ahhhhh. Random but oh my word.

Now I’m crying AND I can’t sleep.

Is there anything cuter than a baby in a Walmart cart?

Remember these cute little roses I bought? Well there’s a story behind them and I’ll share later.

You can’t see them YET but soon they will be trailing up these fabulous cedar trellis’ that Steve built for me this week.

Here is the goal. Yeah I know, big goals

It’s amazing what you find when you scroll through pictures. Photos used to get taken, developed and stored in an album and now….the get snapped and forgotten about. I’m going to try and better about that.

2:24AM and I’m going to try and sleep now.

It’s a big day.

Sweet dreams

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