Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Little More Revealing

So, here's one more pic to wet your appetite. ha Hubs won't let me post whole pictures until our built-ins are completely done, so sorry. I'm happy to report that it is 95% complete. Only the doors need to be built and it can be checked off the list. But first, he has a stack of trim to work through before he can build the doors. The trim around the windows/doors needs to be changed out to a wider trim, the crown moulding needs to be hung and then the doors can find a home on the built-ins. That is, unless Hubs wants to sand the fireplace surround and paint prior to building doors. I don't know. Plans are subject to change at a moment's notice around here. Anyway, here's a sneak peek regardless of how long we may have to wait on those doors.
I recently inherited a small brown desk that once belonged to my great-aunt Khaki. I don't remember her having it, I just remember it being in my mamaw's house for years and I liked it. Now that Mamaw has moved to live with my uncle it was given to me. I want to paint it and give it some new life. It's brown and brown doesn't really go with the decor of #1's room. We decided to put it in her room because she needed a small desk and it is the perfect size. The problem is that it isn't wood. I don't know if it's laminate or veneer or what. I just know it needs a facelift. So, have any of you painted non-wood furniture? How did you do it? I want to do this while I'm still motivated. Otherwise, it will not get done....for a very long time. I'm talking months, people, maybe years.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall!


I love Fall. It's so nice to have a breeze in the air again. Fall inspires me. Fall makes me want to bake. And shop. And redecorate. And read a good book. Ahhhh, Fall.

So, last night I was washing the dishes and noticed all the leaves in the backyard. I pointed them out to #2 who all summer has been saying "It's Fall!" whenever she spots a wayward leaf on the lawn. She ran to the back door and looked out and excitedly said, "Daddy, it's Fall!!! That means you get to rake leaves!" He was less than thrilled.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Shiny Reveal

So, my picture frame was a goldish silver frame. We got these as a wedding gift 7.5 years ago. Today I took them out of the plastic they were in. I just couldn't fit the goldish silver into my decor. I mean make up your mind already - are you gold or are you silver? So, finally, (and don't ask me why this never dawned on me before now!) I got the bright idea to paint one!! I love how it turned out and I finally have a frame worthy of the picture of my sis-in-law and her fam from Easter! I still have the other 5x7 and an 8x10 in this goldish silver that I plan to spray paint soon. What color? Prob red or robin's egg blue or something along that line. With spray paint, my options are endless!


Pictured are my cutie pie niece, Livi, Bro-in-law, Gary, Sis-in-law, Amy and adorable nephew, Townsend. My 'M' used to be navy blue. It has been a dust collector in our living room for at least 4 years, but not anymore!!
My monogrammed wreath! I LOVE IT!!
More small reveals coming soon.

Somebody stop me!

What have I been doing today, you ask? Well....
A little of this....


And a little of that...

Finished product pics once the paint dries! I've found myself a new obsession. Metallic spray paint is my friend. Where have you been all my life? Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm searching the house for more things I can spray paint before Paul gets home and finds me high on paint fumes and speckled with silver paint.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Inspiration

I like reading blogs and occasionally I will come across one that I really am inspired by. My two favorite blogs right now are written by people I don't even know. One being Nesting Place and the other Kelly's Korner. Nesting Place never ceases to inspire me. In fact, I have several projects I've been pondering and planning thanks to The Nester, and they are finally coming to fruition. I'll post pics and stuff once I start finishing them. And Kelly @ Kelly's Korner is a sweet Southern girl who loves the Lord and her family and friends. She has a great testimony and I just love reading about her daily life on her blog. She has a miracle baby named Harper that you can also see pics of and read about there.

I have been cleaning major house over the last few weeks and just gutting and decluttering like mad. Our living room is finally starting to show signs of partial completion on this project that Hubs and I have been dreaming and planning for 2.5 years now. It is so exciting to see a change taking place. This week, I sold our old TV, armoire and recliner. Next week, I plan to sell my lullaby rocker that is in #3's room. Kinda sad to sell it, but have no room for it anymore. I do love that chair and am sentimental about it because we bought it when we were expecting #1. I would go sit in it and look around her nursery at all her cute little clothes and stuff and dream about holding her. I rocked all three of my babies in that chair. (Pass the Kleenex, please.) Today I dropped off a huge load of stuff at Goodwill and then ran around town purchasing items for my new projects. I cannot wait to dust off 'ye olde sewing machine' and get to work on 3 of the projects! And I have to say that the Lord blessed me greatly today on finding an unbelieveable deal on curtain rods. I still can't believe it even though my receipt is proof. I had so much fun shopping (alone!) for all of my stuff. Can't wait to show you my finished products!!

I've also been going through my big stacks of old magazines and ripping out all the pages that inspire me and putting them in my 'idea file'. I have gotten some wonderful ideas for my mantel that I can't wait to try out. Oh, and then to top it all off, Hubs found a cool wall arrangement thing we had bought way back that we never had a place for and it is going to go perfect over my new couch in a couple months! It was a great day of dreaming, shopping and planning along with some laundry, dishes and cleaning thrown in there.

What inspires you?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Note to Self:

Don't ask for 'Sweet' Raspberry Iced Tea at Sonic. Just ask for Raspberry Iced Tea. Even I (lover of all things sweet) cannot handle the sweetness.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Responsibility Revisited

I remember like it happened yesterday. It really started out like any other day. I woke up, drove to work and had just gotten into the groove of things. It had only been a couple of weeks at most since my cubicle had been switched to a new corner of the office. I think in my 5 years of working there, my cube had been moved 6 times. It was nice to have a different perspective and a more quiet workspace. So, as I started my work for the day, I began one duty of repetitive typing of claims and decided to listen to Talk Radio. I am a big fan of News Talk Radio, although I rarely get to listen now. I was enjoying my day when all at once, a special news alert came on. I was confused, at first. I thought I heard something about an airplane flying into a building, but they weren't sure if it was a commercial plane or a small plane. Then, I heard the words 'possible terrorist attack'. I sat there in disbelief. A terrorist attack? On US soil? In NYC?? No way. I got up from my desk, went into my boss's office around the corner and told her to turn her radio on. Went back to my desk and called my dad. I knew he'd be at the church already and doubted he would be listening to the radio. He wasn't. I told him what I had heard and told him to turn on a tv or radio. Just then, the announcer declared that a 2nd plane had hit the 2nd tower. My disbelief turned into shock and then, fear. My boss and I ran down to the cafeteria to watch the news footage. We couldn't believe our eyes. It was the saddest thing I had ever seen in my lifetime. People in the streets looking up as the 2nd plane came closer. The fear in their eyes and then seeing them run for their lives trying to escape this horror. It was then that the realization sunk in. For the next week I cried and cried watching the aftermath and the devastation and grief over lost loved ones. People standing in the streets handing out papers and pictures of their lost loved ones, just begging to find them. I was saddened beyond words over the souls that were lost that day, esp those that were without Jesus in their hearts. I watched as people who thought they had no hope jumped out of windows to their death. I wondered what in the world was going through their minds. I thought of all those who were trapped in the fiery buildings just being burned alive and how that is what Hell is like. I cannot imagine knowing I was trapped with absolutely no way out of a blazing inferno. What would I do if one of my family members had been in there and I was standing out there on the street outside the building knowing they were in there. Would I just let them try to find their own way out? Would I leave the responsibility to someone else? Yet, those who reject Christ are living that reality. God's Word says there is only ONE WAY to Heaven and that is by accepting God's free gift of salvation. Eph 2:8-9, "For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." There is nothing I can do to get myself to Heaven. God paid the price for me. The reality is that there are people all around me that do not know Christ. They don't know where they will go when they die. Death is a sure thing. Those who do not have Jesus in their hearts are like those who were in those burning buildings with no way out. And here I am standing on the streets around them. I know the only way out. Am I going to help them find THE WAY? Or am I going to leave that up to someone else and just hope they find out in time? Jude 1:23 says, "And others, save with fear; pulling them out of the fire..." They are headed for the fire and we ought to be doing all we can to save them - pulling them out of the fire. Watching the news today has caused me to renew my burden for the lost. I have a responsibility to tell all those around me THE only way they can have eternal life. And I plan to use every means possible to reach those people God has placed in my path. I might be the only one that ever tells them that they can have HOPE!

Do you know THE WAY? Do you know where you will go when you die? If you cannot answer yes to these questions, please contact me. I would love to tell you how you can know for sure that you are going to Heaven when you die. There IS hope! Don't reject it. One day it will be too late.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Basic Need

I don't know about you, but grocery shopping is on my list of 'Things I Do Not Like To Do'. Add bringing kids along and it automatically jumps to my list of 'Things I REALLY Do Not Like To Do.' I grocery shop out of necessity. Definitely not for pleasure. However, I do like a good deal. I use coupons, shop sales, do my best to get things as cheap as possible and, on occasion, I go to bargain-type grocery stores. I love knowing I paid less money than almost everyone else. So, today I put #2 & #3 in the car and we headed to a bargain-type of grocery store. (Let me just put in a disclaimer right now - my love for paying pennies for something vs. dollars far outweighs my preference of shopping in a nice, clean store. I have nothing against anyone that shops there, etc.) Thanks to my friend, Kelly, I knew how to get there. I found some great deals on #2's cookies that she enjoys that happen to be allergy-free and several other things for cheap!! My very sensitive gag reflex nearly got the best of me, but I made it through. Ever since #3 was born, my gag reflex has just gotten worse. I've always been a 'gagger', but now I'm just pathetic. Things like cleaning out the crock-pot after cooking chicken make me just gag out loud into the sink. Walking through a warehouse kind of building (like the above mentioned store) just about does me in. Add body odor - MAJOR body odor, cigarette smoke and the sight of greasy hair and I need to find a bucket or trash can, if you know what I mean. As I walked through this store, I was conscious of my attitude and the look on my face. These people need the Lord. It is very evident. And I didn't want them to see that I was on the verge of sickness over the atmosphere of the store. I was checking everyone out around me (I try to be very aware of what is happening around me, who is around me, etc. in case anything were to happen to me or my kids when we're out...call me paranoid or whatever - I just don't want to be taken by surprise.) and saw the emptiness, sadness, desperation and great need. #2 pointed out to me a baby that was only wearing a diaper. She thought it was funny that a baby would be in public with just a diaper on. There were some very needy people there. Hubs and I are involved in a workshop on Wed nights at our church called, 'Sharing Jesus Without Fear'. It just started, but already my burden for the lost (those who do not have Jesus in their hearts) has increased. My personal goal by taking this class is to get a deeper burden for those around me that are not Christians and to be better equipped to know exactly what to say to them at just the right moment so that I can plant that seed in their hearts. I want their souls to be the first thing I notice, not their terrible body odor, dirty clothes or greasy hair. Those people I saw today were very needy.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I love....

Raspberry Iced Tea @ Sonic....especially during Happy Hour. I 'have' to pass Sonic everyday when I pick #1 up from school. This is going to take a toll on me. Oh well. I'll worry about that later.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Things I Think Are Funny...

Lately, I'm overwhelmed with so many things. Things I need to get done around my house, things I need to teach my children, things I need to buy, things I need to sell, etc. etc. etc. So, here's to forgetting about all of that stuff for the moment and thinking about things that are funny.
1. People talking in their sleep.
2. My 4 year old. She is hilarious and doesn't even know it.
3. My 1 year old laughing at her sisters.
4. My almost 6 year old when she dances.
5. My almost 3 year old niece. She recently followed her parents around their almost completed house taking off all the blue tape that they had put on things for the builder to fix. (Sorry, Julie, I know you still don't think it's funny.)
6. My brother. He's always funny. He can make me laugh about just about anything.
7. My bro-in-law. He cracks me up.
8. My entire family. I'll quit trying to go through every person in the fam. They are all funny. We always have a great time together.
There's more. I'm just too tired to figure out how to put it all in words. Guess that'll have to wait. I love to laugh and have a good time. I have the laugh lines (aka millions of wrinkles) to prove it. So thankful God put me in a family that is really good at that. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Everyone needs a good laugh!
What makes you laugh?