Friday, April 23, 2010

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today you came into our life. What a blessing you have been to us. You are now a walking/running, thumb-sucking, blanket loving, blond/blue-eyed/curly-haired little boy! Happy 1st birthday Grant man! We love you!

You also have a new, little birthday buddy! Your cousin, Allison Rae, was born today and you share a birthday with each other which now makes this day even more special! What a sweetie she is too...

(Happy birthday little Allie! We're so happy you joined our family!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Luke's Legion

Please help us find a cure for Cystic here to find out how. I have quite a ways to go until I reach my goal. I pray I will live to see the day my nephew,Luke, can be breath like me...

Monday, April 12, 2010

I Have a Goal

I have set a goal and I am taking bigger steps towards my goal.
I made a thought-out but hasty decision Friday morning and now I'm starting on my journey towards my goal.
Tomorrow night.
I'm doing it.
I'm really doing it.
I'm scared and excited.
I hope I can do this.
I will do this.
I need to do this.
Pray for me.
I'm going to need it.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kitchen Re-model

My husband has been blessed with some wonderful talents. One of them is woodworking. Sadly, even though he is amazing at what he does he is without a full time job right now. We hate it that he doesn't have a job but it has given him some time to work on our kitchen. When we first moved into our house the kitchen and a living room were on our main floor. A wall separated the two. Before we even made an offer on the house Tim decided that the wall would have to eventually go. He thought it was too closed in. Well, the Lord blessed us with a good tax return this year so Tim decided to tear out the wall. Plus, he knew once he got a full time job again he wouldn't have the time to work on it. Fortunately, we've been able to do the project for pretty cheap. Tim has done almost all the work himself which cut down on the cost quite a bit. He also made the wood floors completely from scratch. They were a lot of work but so worth it. They're gorgeous! I thought I'd post some before and after pictures for your enjoyment. This room is definitely my favorite room in the house now! (The new furniture was bought off Craigslist)

The wall after Tim put holes in it to re-route the electrical. I wish I had a better before picture but I guess we were so anxious to get the wall out that we forgot to get a good one. Oh well....

After the wall was out before the floors were torn out.

After! All we need now is base board and the island counter top and we're done!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Mom Can Dream Too

I have dreams. Some big, some small- all important. For the last 5-7 years I've put these dreams on hold. I've listened to nay-sayers and doubters. Believing I can not achieve such dreams. Believing I'm not good enough or smart enough. Well, I'm done with that. I'm stepping forward and I'm starting to move toward these dreams and goals. I'm taking little, baby steps towards some of these dreams right now. I'm looking forward to taking big steps next and then leaps and jumps. This is exciting but also very scary. I've never pursued anything like this before. I have my doubts that I can even do it but I'm refusing to give into those doubts and fears. I'm going to rely completely on the Lord and I'm going to have the confidence that through Him my dreams can become a reality. I know they will. Because I know (through first hand experience) that God can give me all the desires of my heart. Wow. So many changes about to happen to me...and my husband. So many changes for our children. Hopefully all good. I'm excited and scared. I'm confident but hesitant. I'm unsure but sure. I'm frightened that I'll fail but I'm confident that I'll excel. I'm so many emotions right now. That's why I'm giving it to the Lord and leaning on Him to get me where I need to go. I'm done relying on myself. friends, I may be blogging less....or more. We'll see what happens on this wild ride called life. Only God knows...because I sure don't but I'm sure anxious to find out. In time I will and then I'll inform you of what my dreams are and update you on my progress with fulfilling them. Ohhh! They are so close I can taste them almost. Please Lord, help me not to let dreams and opportunities slip through my fingers. Give me the confidence, patience and strength to pursue them...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I know, I know...

The Christmas tree picture needs to go. Soooo....tomorrow I'm having my cousin take a new family picture of us. It will be much more 'spring-ish'. ;-)