Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Ours!

Pulling up to the house I was so excited. It was empty inside and it there was a key waiting on the counter inside Just for me! :)  Caleb carried me over the threshold! Didn't have my camera yet, but the memory is in my heart forever. I love the feeling of being in his arms!

We got the carpet torn out of the master bedroom and the walls are painted. We need to spot treat a few places that the coverage wasn't the best, but overall its on its way. Our helpers included my new friend Ann Marie Schiller, my sister in law Abbey, my dad and my older sister Sarah and her husband Kevin. They were huge helps. All of them. We even tore down the wall paper in the kitchen. Bird houses are cute, but they just aren't my style. My mother in law did a perfect job sizing the paper so it came off in sheets. I've never had such an easy time removing wall paper. Thank you for your time and care!!!

I still have a long way to go in making the house our home, but we got a lot accomplished tonight and we both feel good about it! Very excited to move in on Saturday. Can't wait to see what else we will get accomplished before then!

Here's the room before.
 Caleb is patiently waiting for me to take a few pictures before he starts tearing out the carpet.

This is the only picture we took of the two of us today. We're home owners! Praise the Lord!

Two of the amazing helpers, Ann Marie and Abbey.

The wall paper was SO easy to remove. And that is why it's all gone.

My sister Sarah painting the room.

Kevin being so helpful!

Removing base boards and staples is serious work!

And here's where we are at the end of the night... different already! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Beyond Blessing

I've been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. I have a smokin' hott husband who I love and cherish, a good reliable job, a new group of friends in the last year or so who have made all the difference in the world, a family full of love and laughter, and a Heavenly Father who is orchestrating it all. I use the term orchestrate because I love the picture it brings to mind. I'm listening to some classic Motzart right now and it's so beautiful how each of the different notes work together to create something that is just beautiful. I love how classical music, without the words, is full of emotion and movement. Also, because of the absence of lyric, each song can be something different to every individual that is listening to it. Sometimes I love to just close my eyes and let a song wash over me and draw out memories or emotions and often thoughts of my Savior. How good it is to belong to Christ. I am beyond blessed just to be chosen by Him.

 Eph. 2:8-10
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

I'm so thankful that I am not my own; I don't write my own story; I don't control my circumstances- just my response to them- and even then, he provides the faith- to get through tough times. However, I'm not really finding myself in "tough times." In fact, I'm finding myself in a promise land of blessing. I listed a few above, and those are the major things I count blessings- but he has provided a beautiful new home for my husband and me to move into in just one weeks time. It's been amazing to watch Him lead us through the hunt for a home, guide us to the right one, give us the faith to pull the trigger, and the money required to buy it. One other neat thing I love about being a Christ follower is that we can look back and see His hand SO evident in our lives. Another thing I really love is that anything He gives us, is still His and we are just stewards of the gift. My desire is to honor him in this latest new HUGE gift. We are so so so beyond blessed. We're overwhelmed- so, may humility and thankfulness be something we are always full of.

I know I said I wouldn't use my blog in the normal way people blog, but I've decided, for me, I will probably use this blog to talk about how God uses our house, and the fun he lets us have along the way. I can't wait to nest in it. Make it our own. Make a space comfortable and welcoming so we can share our gift with others. This is my truest desire in benig a home owner- to use it to honor God by loving others.

I'll post a few pictures we took at closing sometime soon. As well as our first project in "making it ours:" The Master Bed/Bath.... yes, I'm very excited!!