Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loved this post by my sweet friend Jeane'
If you're a mama check it out!

I'm a huge fan of Jeane's blog.
She keeps mommy-hood real with a sense of humor
Did I mention she has 5 tiny tots?!?!
And did I mention she brought me cookies and wine this week!!!:):)

Stop over and visit the
The Coffee Cottage

Still painting....

Monday, April 25, 2011

painting update

The update is
We are STILL painting!
And we're still in the dining room!

We're making good progress between
feedings, changings, and life.

It WILL get done

So that's the update!:)

ps i love, love the color scheme
it's gonna look fab.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

songs for bailey

This post is for a very special little girl,
Miss Bailey :)

Bailey is my cousin's daughter.
It seems Bailey and I have a lot in common as we both
love to sing and dance!

My playlist has been empty
much to Bailey's dismay.

She requested I add music so she could sing and dance...

Well here you go Bailey!
These are just a few of my favorite
praise and worship songs.
I tried to have a good mix of
slow (ballet like) songs
and then some rock out and dance your heart out songs!

So crank up the music
and dance and sing your heart out sweet Bailey!
(I'm going to too;))

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

real love is hard love

Sometimes marriage is HARD.
But it's always worth fighting for.
We give up to easily these days..
I'll be the first to brag about my husband,
or tell you how madly in love we are.
But there are days 'my love' drives me insane
(and i'm just guessing here but i'm sure i have
gotten under his skin a time or two).
there have been days I've wanted to leave.
But we have chosen to fight for our marriage. Our love.

Press on my friends. Don't take the easy way out.
Fight for your love.

Read the lyrics below as you listen
(be sure to pause my playlist!)

So we’re back here again
Tip toeing round the edge of the end
Wondering who will be last to admit
That we’re finally over

Turned twenty one on the day that we met
Terrible shoes and plausible dress
It’s funny how sad the funny things get as you grow older

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

I love the art of biting my tongue
I’m tired of trying to guess what was wrong
Both agreed on where we should go
But not how to get there

We tried and tried to loosen the knots
Thinking once we’re untangled we’ll be better off
But it’s these failures and faults that hold us together

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that’s bruising us blue
It’s a beautiful knot that we just can’t undo
Together we’re one but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

Cause real love
Is hard love
It’s all we have
It’s a break-neck
Train wreck
It’s all we have

So we’re back here again
Turning away from the edge of the end
Arm in arm

Better or worse
But what else can we do?
And better or worse
I am tethered to you
If it’s not either of us
Tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle that’s bruising us blue
It’s a beautiful knot we just can’t undo
If it’s not either of us, tell me who are we fooling?

Together we’re one, but apart tell me
Who are we fooling?

-Brooke Fraser Listen Flags

Thursday, April 14, 2011

in our spare time...

Holy. Cow.
I'm pooped.
Isn't that how my last post started?
Yes, yes it is.

In addition to daily life and unpacking
we've decided to fill our spare time doing this ...

The above rooms are our dining room and family room
which we are preparing to paint.
So far we've stripped wallpaper, did some sanding and priming,
and will begin painting tomorrow!
Actually our good friend, Gary has offered to do the painting.
We're just doing the prep work.

I'm super excited (and a tinsy bit nervous)
to see my vision come to life.
Hopefully the reality is as good as the picture in my mind!
I love doing stuff like this!
Gives me a break from laundry and dishes :)

And just an FYI
most of you know but I've had a few
confused friends --

As Andy and I began the building process it became
very clear this was NOT the direction we were to be taking.
We did not have a peace about any of it and as much as we wanted to build
we could not go through with it in good conscience.
But we had already sold our house...quite a predicament.
Until we got a call from Andy's aunt (a realtor)
saying she thought we should look at the house for sale that was
RIGHT NEXT to the property where we were going to build.
We walked through, prayed, slept on it and
and quickly knew it was our house.
I love old houses. I love the character.
(ok sometimes i dislike the character --
like the stair well that is so narrow you can hardly fit your mattress up)

But this house is even more special since
Andy's grandparents built it and his father was BORN and raised here.
FUN, huh!?

So that's the scoop!
And that's why we are scraping wallpaper and painting
our 'NEW' house.

I'll post some pics when we finish painting!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

exhaustion, tears, and grace.

Holy. Cow.
I'm pooped.
This whole no sleep thing is for the birds.
Ezra is doing great and adjusting to a 3rd child has been easier than I thought,
only because I {kinda} know what I am doing.
BUT life never stops!
Someone is always in need of something.

I have to laugh and share this:
Yesterday was a BAD day.
I was running on very little sleep and was in the grouchiest mood ever.
Sophie happened to be grouchy as well.
{not a good combo}
Well by the end of the day Sophie and I had had it with each other.
Andy walked in the door after a long day at market and I think all 4 of us
{Sophie, Ruby, Ezra and myself}
were ALL crying.
It's funny now but at the time I wanted to run away for a little while.
And I'm pretty sure Andy did too!
Lucky for him he had another long market day today:)

Today was much better
{probably because Ezra slept 6 hours straight last night - hooray}
We had several visitors, did some baking, and no tears:)

I have been so thankful for God's grace
and faithfulness the past few weeks.

I'm still waking up at 5am but not to spend time with the Lord.
I'm feeding Ezra with one eye open and then the girls
are up and rearing to go and they are going until 8pm
I get Ezra settled and fed for bed and then I --

I have not had my daily time with Jesus
{I talk w/ him all day as I do my work}
but just sitting and soaking in His presence
has not happened for quite awhile.

I miss it terribly. Oh how I miss it.
But He is faithful. I often feel him close,
even though I haven't taken the time to meet with him
he is still faithful to meet with me when I need it the most.
I've realized more than ever how much I NEED Him.
I need his strength and grace to get me through these long days.
I am astounded and thankful that he is faithful
even when I am not.

So tonight I go to bed exhausted but knowing that
His mercies are new every morning.

Looking forward to tomorrow
{Andy's day off!}
Maybe I can catch a nap and some QT with Jesus!


Sunday, April 3, 2011


We did it.
We survived the month of March
(with only a few minor {OK, maybe 1 major} meltdowns)!

A baby and a house within 2 1/2 weeks.

But with the help of you, our family and friends
we pulled it off!

We love, love, love our new home!
We are so excited to make it ours with
a few family photos, kids art work and some fresh paint.

We are most excited about the memories that will be made here.
Memories as a family and memories with our friends!
We anticipate many picnics, family gatherings, and parties in the future!
Our hope is to get somewhat settled and then instead of a house warming
we will host a ' Thank You' picnic, for all our family and friends
who helped us pack, move, unpack, made us meals, and
for those who have already signed up to help paint!
Give us a few weeks though;)

Our sincerest thanks.
We are blessed.
And so thankful.

I'm sure some of you (missy) were hoping for pics but
I'm too tired and busy to take any right now.
(did I mention having 3 kids is insane?)

Since I won't be posting pics feel free to come visit!
You are welcomed to pop over and say hey anytime..
as long as you rock a baby or unpack a box or two;)
Seriously, come see us.

Well I'm bumming internet from Seth until ours is hooked up
and it's rather slow so I better sign off and get to work!

Happy Sunday.

ps call our cell numbers if you need us,
Our phone will not be hooked up until the end of the week!