Weekend Project

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So… we got back from our week-long excursion at 11:30 p.m. Friday night.  As my husband and I were sitting with our morning coffee at 8:00 the next morning, we talked of the various house projects in the line-up.  30 minutes later, he had the air compressor and nail gun going.  I think it’s an addiction, this hobby of ours. 

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The old kitchen (above) had a cupboard built into the backsplash to the left of the sink.  See?  It was extremely impractical.  Being 5‘3”, my little arms can only stretch so far.  We always thought a shelf under our lower cabinets could come in handy, but the cupboard and it’s doors prohibited us from building one. 
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So this weekend, we covered up the glorified hole, and built the shelf we always wanted.  Using leftover wood, the project was free!

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My husband built the brackets, so they are one of a kind.  Like him.  ;)

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The antique salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandma.  I adore them. 

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They were passed down to my mom, and then on to me.  I don’t think I’ll ever let them go - until death do us part.  Sorry girls.

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I wanted the shelf to be utilitarian, stacked with things we use multiple times a day.

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Practical…

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but pretty too.

What I’m Thankful For

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I could start a whole blog based around all the things I'm thankful for (maybe that's not such a bad idea).  Even the hard things in life are blessings in disguise, if we choose to look at them that way.

Today, I'm reflecting back two years ago where I spent Thanksgiving Day in Poland.  I was in Warsaw, finishing up the final weeks of the adoption of our new daughter.  The rest of my family had already gone back home, and I would have been stuck in a hotel room alone with Charlotte if it hadn't been for two other American adoptive families, who invited me along to share in their Thanksgiving festivities. 

So, we feasted on Pierogies and expressed thankfulness together for the blessings of  the three special needs children sitting around the table with us that day.

This year, we are spending Thanksgiving with good friends.  Between the four families celebrating together today, 11 of the children have been adopted. 

So today, once again, I'm reminded and thankful that "God sets the solitary in families..." Psalm 68:6 and "He defends the cause of the fatherless.." Deut. 10:18. 

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Thank you Lord for caring for these little ones.

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It’s in!  There’s nothing like a big gaping hole in the front of your house to motivate project completion.  :) 

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The old french doors moved to the side of the house to replace some rotten ones.  

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We stained and kept the wood (on the exterior side anyway).  Oak isn’t my favorite wood grain, but when you find a door that’s worth a couple thousand dollars and pay only $150.00 for it, the pickiness subsides.  :)   We took the hanging lantern from inside the house, and hung it over the door.  I love the contrast between the metal, wood, and painted siding. 

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Now all she needs is a little dressing up.  I’ll be sure to share the adornments once completed.  Have a happy holiday!

Wedding in a Barn

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Ya’ll know by now that I’m already thinking up wedding ideas for the future.  Having four daughters will do that to you.  

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The daughter of Judy (from the Remnants of the Past blog) recently got married, and her wedding is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

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The ceremony was outside…

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And the reception was held in a rustic barn…

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Of which I got to play a very small part, as they used my Mr. and Mrs. burlap tags on the bride and groom’s chairs:

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I love how they draped them in front with the dark ribbon.  The attention to detail of every aspect amazes me…

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But the loveliest thing amidst all the pretty décor was their acknowledgement of what the celebration was all about…

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For more details and pictures, visit Style Me Pretty.

It’s like the sky

Surprise!  The to-do is done!

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Our porch ceiling is now painted a pretty turquoise blue.

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I wouldn’t have made the (self-imposed) new year’s deadline if it wasn’t for this boy. 

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He and I balanced on ladders and worked together.  When there’s a will (and a 13 year old around), there’s a way.  

November Issue

If you can get your hands on Southern Living’s November issue, DO!  It’s superb… featuring two houses with decorating styles that are truly unique and inspiring.  I can’t decide which one I like better.  Can you?

House #1:

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House #2:

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Click here and here for more peeks from southernliving.com.

Upheaval

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We finally got around to hanging the “Rendre grâce” sign.

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It’s centered in our dining space for a daily reminder to give thanks.  

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What feelings or words does this room conjure up for you? 

Peacefulness?

Rest for the weary? 

Calm serenity?

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Well…….. at present, it’s screaming CHAOS! MESS!

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Just when one project is done, another begins.  Always!

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The only thing that keeps me sane amidst it all is the anticipation of the next thing coming.  Like this 8 ft. hardwood door we found for a steal at Habitat’s Restore.   It’s gonna be good!

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