Monday, November 30, 2009

I Big Red Heart My New Kitchen

As many of you know, we have been remodeling our kitchen for the past few months. It's been a project of phases. 4 to be exact. First we ripped down a cabinet. Then we tiled the floor. Then we put in granite counter tops. Finally, we added trim to the cabinet doors and repainted them, replaced the drawers, and painted under the chair rail.

It's been a turbulent couple months of tearing down and rebuilding, BUT it's so worth it. I love it! And it didn't cost the $20K that we were originally quoted. This was a kitchen remodel on a budget, but you could never tell.

Let's tell the story in pictures....

The Cabinets Before...
The Cabinets After...
The Eat In Before...
The Eat In After...
The View From the Family Room Before...

The View From the Family Room After...
The Left Side of the Kitchen Before...
The Left Side of the Kitchen After...

The View In Before...
The View In After...

So as you can see, there were some big changes, some little changes, some paint, some hardware, some sweat, and some love. All of that leads to a kitchen that I can't wait to use...Oh and I'll be using it prepping for our Christmas party on December 19th! Happy Unwrapping to me!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Simple Things

It's the simple things that keep you going when you are down. We are all still battling illness but in the meantime we are relishing in the simple things. And dare I even say it, IT COULD BE SO MUCH WORSE!

Here is my latest...My little girl loves to sit in our rocking chairs and rock herself. It's pretty cute.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Down But Not Out

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that we are having a few issues with our health lately. Here's a recap of where we are:

Ryan - Started feeling sick the first week of November. Came down with a fever the second week of November. Got better after 6 days with a fever. Was better for 3 days when the fever resurfaced yesterday. He has been to the doctor and the recommendation was rest. He took 4 days off from work last week and suffered through a miserable day today at work. We are 90% certain this is the Swine Flu.

Ainsley - She has been coughing and snotty for a little over a week. I took her to the doctor the other day after a complete day of lethargy. He gave her some cough medicine but said this was also a rest and waiting game

Me - I have been coughing for over a week now. I finally went to the doctor yesterday when I came down with a fever. I have bronchitis. I am home from work today and probably tomorrow.

Needless to say, I am entirely discouraged. BUT, we have been very cared for by our family and friends. We have had meals brought to us. We have had people offer to take care of Ainsley. We have been prayed for. So we are down and could use your prayers, but we are definitely not out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Day Might Suck But My Life is Awesome

I started this Birthday in a really crappy mood. I was tired and sick. So I did what I do best, I made a list of why it sucked.

And then I had a great friend, Jon, comment and give me a perspective shift. So yes, I am sick and I am tired BUT...

  • I have a God that runs the universe and dwells in me
  • I have a wonderful husband - sick or not
  • I have the most beautiful daughter in the whole wide world
  • I have awesome parents who love me like I love my daughter
  • I have great sisters who tease me and protect me at all costs
  • I have awesome in-laws who love me like their own child
  • I have wonderful friends who do things like make me cakes and offer to make me dinner
  • I have a great job that I love to come to 4 days a week
  • I have a warm house and a warm bed to go to at the end of this crappy day
  • I have a great nanny who loves my child like her own (even when my child's sassy)
  • I have new granite counter tops going into my kitchen this week
  • I have just about everything...
So yes..the day sucks but the life is awesome and I have the list to prove it.

Happy Life to Me!

It's My Birthday and it Sucks

I always love my birthday. It's a day all about me. What's not to love?

Today is my birthday and at 8:00 I can already declare that this birthday sucks. Here are my reasons why....

  1. I'm tired. I have gotten a total of 8 hours of sleep in 2 nights. I've been up since 4 this morning
  2. I'm sick. I've been coughing up a storm and my nose is icky
  3. Ryan's sick. He has been the reason that I haven't slept. He's coughing louder than I am
  4. I'm at work. This is typical for my birthday but when you are sick it's even worse.
  5. I don't think I have any presents waiting for me (Ryan's been too sick to get anything and frankly he shouldn't because I didn't get him anything for his birthday...what goes around comes around)
  6. I have to cook tonight. Our counter tops are being replaced this week and we have to go out to eat on Wednesday and Thursday and we can't afford to eat out 3 nights in a row
  7. I'm sick. I know I already mentioned it but I am and I hate it
So there's my list for the day. I guess that's a positive about my day...I got to make a list...and you all know how much I love lists.

Happy Stinky Birthday to me!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Who Does My Child Look More Like?

Here is a recent picture of Ainsley (Don't mind the black eye...she's learning to walk). Who does she look more like?

Boo from Monsters Inc?


Cindy Lou Who?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


If you have read this blog at all, you know I love lists. As my friend Beth said the other day, sometimes I make them just so I can cross things off of them. It brings such a sense of accomplishment. I did that. I accomplished my goals. I am good.

Then in Sunday School the other day, we were given 2 lists. It was called a Self-Assessment. There was a list called "The Orphan" and another called "The Son/Daughter".

Some of the things on "The Orphan" were:
  • Lives on a success/fail basis
  • Struggles to trust things to God
  • Feels discouraged or defeated
  • Solution to failure: "Try Harder"
  • A "competent analyst" of other's weaknesses
  • Tends to compare yourself with others

Some of the things on "The Son/Daughter" were:

  • Not fearful of God
  • Freedom from making a name for yourself
  • Content in relationships because you are accepted by God
  • Is teachable by others
  • Content with what Christ has provided
  • Doesn't always have to be right
  • Is able to freely confess your faults to others
  • Experiences more and more victory over the flesh
  • God truly satisfies your soul

The exercise was to identify tendencies you see in yourself in the first list and places you most want to grow in the second list.

I wanted so badly to check things off and to feel the sense of accomplishment. Instead I began to feel deep conviction. I was focused on the first list. The struggles are deep. The failure is felt. I for once didn't want to check everything on the list.

And then I thought about the second list. It wasn't a list of things we are good at. It was a list of things that we wanted to have God grow in us. Wow. I'm not responsible for the second list. He is. I can ask but it's not about me doing something. It's about faith in knowing He will.

Grace. Check that off!

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