The apology 

Recently I had the privilege to retire from my paying job. 

It had nothing to do with not liking my job or any certain person. I still love all my co-workers and my church is just that, my church.

Not working a “paid job” allows me to be closer to home all the time in case the parents are in need of anything and Baby Jack will soon be arriving and I will be able to be available for anything the new parents might need. 

The term housewife sometimes is a derogatory term, but for me, it’s the job I am most suited for. I am a helper to the core. I love to care for my family. I love this make sure our home is cared for and if I can recycle and or repurpose something in the process, I am complete.

Steve asked me yesterday if I was available to follow him to South Florida to be a chase car on the way back as he needed to pick up a fire truck. He apologized, more than once for asking me to do this. 

Stop apologizing, I’m grateful that I am available and able to do this for you. He works so hard and this allows me to have the freedom to do things just like this. 


No apology necessary.

I’m thankful

Love, 

The girl sitting in front of the fire station writing a blog 

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Baby love 

I usually share decorating pictures and the manual labor that goes along with preparing for baby Jacks arrival. 

Blessings have been dropped off in the form of bags and bags of baby clothes. 

We have had the clothes for a few months now and as we get nearer to Jacks arrival time, preparations are are moving ahead full speed ahead.

I have waited until the carpet was laid in his closet but that happened last week.

This weekend, the bags and bags were brought to the laundry room. Due to renovation living, I wanted to make sure all of his clothes were squeaky clean.


The clothes were separated by size and type for ease of finding the appropriate outfit. There are some really cute options and we are so exited to dress him up?

This might be the blanket I pick first.


Love,

Jacks’s BB (blueberry)

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Jack needs a dresser 

When Courtney and Justin got married, Justin brought with him a very ugly solid wood dresser. 

When we started planning the nursery, I knew this dresser would be perfect. 


Just a little paint and some imagination right? 

My plan it to create a short term changing station so I wanted to leave the top stained. I love painted items, but paint can scratch. No matter how good of a painter you are, there is still a very large chance of the top getting scarred up. We don’t want  that happening. 

The top was in pretty good shape but it had a few scratches and the color was weak brown. 

A little sandpaper and some stain and poof…….good as new.


Wash off the crud from the rest and prime. Always prime people. Just take the time and do it. Then you ever have to wonder. Just prime.

White is always a good choice. The shell became crisp clean and white.

The drawers were painted the same blue as the walls and the original hardware put back on. 




Coming soon: the changing table will be repurposed from  a throwaway freestanding changing table, the drawers will be lined with cute blue checked paper and sealed with a coat of modge podge. Cloth baskets will be stored inside the doors to hold the cutest of baby pj’s and other essentials.

There you have it. 

Jack has a dressser.

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Painting……lots of painting

This weekend included paint. Lots and lots of paint.

There was enamel primer

There was enamel floor paint 

There was latex primer 

There was latex trim paint

Ya’ll my back hurts. But you know what? I finished the floors! Did you hear me? The floors are finished. Today I painted the last room. 

Oh my word.

The. Floors. Are. Finished.


As I completed the stained floors on the first floor, I thought I would never be so happy. However, the second floor painting of floors won the award. 

Now I wait.

The floors in the last room need to dry for 48 hours before furniture is moved. 

Painting isn’t over but at least there’s no more floor sitting bending  in half.

Next? Baby Jack needs a dresser! 


Hang tight it’s almost done and I can’t wait to show you. 

Love,

The girl looking forward to Monday. 

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What’s happening 

The Reno has officially moved upstairs. 

It’s been all about downstairs and what everyone sees and don’t get me wrong, there’s still A LOT to do downstairs especially with a baby shower coming up.

Have you seen the progress in Jacks room? The stripes are completed. The floor is painted. Baseboards has been installed. Door trim is up and everything is moving forward. 

 

There is one more room upstairs to be touched and it’s a doozy.

It’s the front room that has the attic access.

Oh my word ya’ll……..there is stuff everywhere. It’s all gotta go somewhere so this floor can be painted. Check out that crooked lamp. What in the world? 


This room has the best storage opportunities. The old house is big, we know that, but storage is premium. 

Mr. has been installing shelves. Can you say linen closet and office supplies?

We will also be putting a refrigerator in this space under the attic stairs so that new mommy and daddy will not have to be slupping up and down the stairs 49 times a day.


This week I am painting floors in this space.

2 coats of primer

2 coats of top coat

Super stinky enamel paint 

Does not come off with soap and water. My new fashion statement is paint covered skin. 


So far the closet is done, just in time for the electrician.

The first half of the room has two coats of primer  and 1 coat of top coat. Today I finish the second topcoat and move to the other half of the room. 

Pray that I will be able to stand up straight after being hunched over a floor for over a week. 

Happy Tuesday friends!

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Who is your audience?

I like TV.

I especially enjoy a great drama. However I do regularly indulge in The Bachelor, Survivor and of course HGTV and I are great friends.

Has a television show ever impacted you? I can’t say often one does but this week one did. 

This is Us is a new drama that I watch. Oh my word……so many emotions. It makes me laugh out loud and cry, a lot. But this week it made me think. 


Kevin is one of the main characters. He was a television star and has recently been preparing for a roll in a play. 

The play was opening and on opening night, his brother Randall had an emotional breakdown and instead of Kevin staying for the opening night of the play, he went to Randall’s side. He missed the night when critics came to the play. 

As he prepared for the second night opening, he begged The NY Times critic to please come again to see his performance. 

The night of the play came.

The critic was not there. 

But Kevin’s family was there and his new/secret girlfriend/ex-wife stood in the back. They all beemed with pride. Kevin was disappointed that the critic was not there but decided that no matter what, he was supported by the people that loved him the most in the world.

That night Kevin receives a phone call in the middle of the night. Ron Howard has been at his play and wanted to send him a script for his upcoming movie. Wow. 

I say all this to say. Who is your audience?

Who are you expecting to be watching you and who really is? 

When I care for my family, I do it because I love them, not for recognition.

When I am honored enough to be on the worship team at church, I’m grateful for the talents I have been given and am happiest leading others as the sing about Jesus.

When I post things about our big old house renovation, I want others to be brave enough to know that they can do anything they set their minds to. 

I want at the end of my life to not be wondering who my audience was but to be greeted at the gates of heaven and to be told “well done, good and faithful servant, well done.”

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Painting stripes 

Pinterest is a gift and a curse all at the same time. It allows inspiration to flood  your brain and it allows inspiration to consume your brain.

When Courtney and I discussed what she wanted Jacks nursery/room to look like, she didn’t have many specifics so I went to Pinterest and poured through photos. 

His room is not huge but it’s perfect for his bed, a dresser and a rocking chair for many hours of rocking, readings and singing. I have a chair already but more on that later. 

I have known for months that I wanted to paint stripes on one wall in Jacks nursery. Once the ceiling was complete, I was ready tackle the stripes.

I measured out the stripes. Always, always use a pencil. 


I taped.

Hindsight…..use frogtape, not blue tape.


Blue first 


Then a little green


And finally the white 


I’m in love 

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