The List Goes On and On...


Buying a house comes along with an excruciatingly long list of needed things. And of course, most  all of these things costs more than a new homeowner wants/can spend! But like so many other things in life, it's a process. Like my dad said this weekend, there is a reason they give you a 30-yr mortgage. One thing that is high on my list is a new couch! And I love this one from Pottery Barn:

It's nice looking and around $800 which is not too bad {especially by Pottery Barn standards!}

I LOVE this one as well from Haverty's. It looks like it belongs at the beach and I love to have the beach at home. The price is a lot more friendly too at $699.

Other things include a sofa table, a small table to put in the foyer, miscellaneous bedroom furniture, an entertainment I said, the list goes on and on! But we're building a home here. A life. There is no rush.

But I'll keep you posted on the progress!

A glimpse!


More to follow from our shoot with Carly!

Time and time again...


...I fall completely and utterly in love with my husband again. He is my best friend; the one I can't wait to grow old with; the one that I can't wait to make a father {in due time of course}; and the absolute love of my life.
Song of Solomon 2:16
My lover is mine, and I am his.

{Don't know what I've done to be so blessed...oh yeah...that's all God.}

Sweet, Sweet Summertime


Well...ALMOST sweet summertime. Monday will mark the unofficial first day of summer! Can I just say...FINALLY. I mean, I know that I don't get a summer break now or anything since I'm a hard working adult, but it's time to get excited for weekends at the lake/beach/wherever there is water. And another wonderful thing about summer is all the wonderful clothes!
I LOVE this dress from Land's End. Dresses like this are perfect to dress up or down, depending on the occasion.

I also think this skirt is adorable from Gap. I am a firm believer that a summer wardrobe should be filled with fun skirts and dresses. It's impossible not to feel pretty in them!

A new bathing suit is very high on my list of things to do. Target always seems to have some cute ones and this season doesn't disappoint. Andrew and I are going to the beach the weekend after July 4th and then again in August. It can't come soon enough! Thankfully though, there will be many weekends spent on the lake between now and both of those dates. Have I mentioned I love summer?

Farewell Jack


This past Monday marked the end of an era; 24 is over. Jack Bauer saved the United States and the world time and time again. But now, he's done...or is he? There are rumors floating around suggesting the making of '24: The Movie' is not of the question. I am fully supportive of this becoming truth. But until then, I will  fondly remember Jack and all of his robotic ways.


The Joy of Friends


Last night Andrew and I had the joy of opening up our new home to some of our wonderful friends. We spent the evening grilling out, eating and enjoying some awesome fellowship. I hope that this is just one of many opportunities that we have to have these wonderful people in our house! God's blessing are so evident in our lives right now and I couldn't ask for more!

The Bigger Picture


'"How many loaves do you have?' he asked. 'Go and see.' When they found out, they said, 'Five—and two fish.'" Mark 6:38

Now most of us know the end to this; with those five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus and His disciples were able to feed a crowd of 5,000. So many times in my life and my walk with the Lord, I use the excuse "I don't have enough of this or that". But God wants me to bring to Him what I do have. Maybe I can't give $100, but I can give what I can. God uses us in small ways that have a large impact. For some, He does use them in large things, but that's not everyone and that's not all the time. I'm slowly realizing that there is a bigger picture then what is in front of me. I hate that it's taken this much time, but hey, better late than never. God's plan is different for each of us and praise Him for that. A good friend of mine will be traveling to Ghana later this summer and when I hear that, I can't help but think that I can't do that. However, there are places just 10 miles down the road that God may use me. Distance is never a factor in God's blueprint for our lives...He may call you to go 3,000 miles or He may call you 3 streets over from your own. Never let yourself get in the way of God's love.

As much as I hate to admit it, I have placed myself in a bubble and haven't been trying to reach out to the people that need to know about God's love more than anything. The people that feel unworthy and undeserving. They need to know that they are worthy. And God has called me to something that is bigger than myself. Now it's up to me to answer that call...because God so loved the world...

Little by little!


I just realized how incredibly inconsistant I have been on posting! There has been so much going on, that blogging has dropped low on the list of priorities, but I assure you that I will try to become a lot better. We've finally started getting some things taken care of for our house which is so exciting! We went to the Sugar Creek Garden Center this weekend and I had way too much fun looking at trees, flowers and other general garden items. The main purpose of our visit was to find a tree to plant in the front yard, because the front has been severly lacking in landscaping. After coming up with several options, we landed on a a Crepe Myrtle. I've come to the conclusion that it's a good "front yard" tree and hopefully when it grows up it'll look something like this:
Currently, it's still a baby, but even though it's small, it adds a LOT to our front yard.  Getting the tree in the yard though proved much harder then we could've imagined. We bought the tree on Saturday and started the digging process that evening. But out of our entire front yard, we managed to hit the cable line and cut it in half. So we were without cable and internet until Andrew and his handy father were able to repair the damage. Thankfully it wasn't the power line and thankfully, it didn't take that long to repair it. So the actual placing of the tree into the ground didn't happen until yesterday afternoon, but happened without a hitch this time and it looks wonderful! We also were able to buy grill yesterday afternoon which I can't wait to use.
That might not be the exact model, but it's something along those lines. I can't wait for summer cookouts to happen! Each and everyday, I am more thankful for our house and more excited to make it our home. There is so much to be done and to buy, but it's a process that I think will be worth the journey.

If you have any DIY projects that will help make our house our home, please feel free to offer them!



It's official: we're homeowners! As of approximately 2:45p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, we relinquished our titles as renters and let me tell you, it is an awesome feeling.  It still seems surreal that we're own a house, like it's only temporary {which hopefully it's not}.  But now starts the long process of decorating, landscaping, and buying things that will cost too much, but inevitably be worth it. I can only give glory to God that we have this opportunity to own a home and hopefully, in turn, bless others with it.
{be on the lookout for some before and after shots!}



I promise pictures and a summary of this weekend are forthcoming soon!!

It's been a crazy weekend and it was wonderful...I can't wait to tell you all about it. Stay tuned!
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