Sunday, October 28, 2012


REALLY enjoying the series our pastor, Andy Stanley, is teaching this month at our church!  We just heard part 3 of a 4-part series today entitled "Free," and I wanted to post the link to the whole series for those that might be interested!  It's an incredible insight that I've never heard preached about in a way that only Andy can bring it ;)  And it's really hit home for me and shed new light on the meaning of being "re-born" into Christ.  "Sin is NOT my master."  Find out why here!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Antiquing furniture

Before I begin, let me warn you, I have NO experience or expert advice on antiquing furniture, and this is the first time we have ever attempted it :)  

That said, it wasn't as bad as I thought, and, for a first try, it turned out pretty well!!  

We ended up in a really nice rental home, but it does have one major drawback for a family of pantry and fairly limited cupboard space!  Even though we're here for a (hopefully) short time, I knew we needed some place to store food besides the top of the kitchen table ;)  We were lucky enough to find a fabulous over-sized tv cupboard at a used furniture store that we decided would do the trick, but I wasn't fond of the finish.

If you know me, then you know that I love to decorate, and this presented a fun opportunity!  So we set to work "antiquing" our food pantry!

We started with a good coat of a primer- no sanding.

And then painted it a beautiful brown (Benjamin Moore) that would serve as the color that would show through the top coat.

We had lots of challenges to work, boxes.....and we probably should have organized the garage before starting our project ;)

Zack did all the painting....

Then we rubbed candle wax on the areas that we wanted to show through the top layer....this is supposed to make it easier to remove the top coat?????

After the wax, we painted on two coats of our final color (another Benjamin Moore paint in a beautiful cream color)....

And then used a fine sanding block to go back and take the top paint layers off, exposing the brown paint beneath!


A fine sand paper is recommended, but that didn't work too well for us, and Zack ended up resorting to scraping some areas with tools and more rough grade sand paper.  But it turned out pretty well in the no means perfect or professional, but good enough for us ;)

And since the main goal was to have a place for all this stuff.... certainly did the trick!

I didn't like the old hardware (surprise, surprise!), but a quick trip to Lowe's took care of that!

And here's the finished look....

What do you think?????

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Welcome to Narnia!

Our backyard is quickly becoming a magical escape for the gang.  It has undergone quite a transformation in the last few days, and has evolved from a play area into a completely different world.

Enter Narnia....

Emily has spent hours clearing away the debris, both large and small, revealing a wonderful spot to set up camp.  

My kids love the tales of Narnia, and so there was no contest when the name Narnia was suggested as a name for the fort.  This fun flag welcomes you into the area ;)

And the camoflauge netting strung up over logs serves as great shelter.

Complete with a sitting area underneath and even a drive-thru ;)

There is additional seating in an area behind the shelter.....wishing we had our old firepit!!

And it's tough to see in the picture, but there is even a weapons rack- perfect for all the homemade bows and arrows that have completely taken over our garage!!

There are several "targets" hanging in the area for shooting practice.....a lovely addition by Sophie :)

Emily has lined the entire area with a log path and has plans to extend out into the woods even further.....

There is still some clearing to do, but the difference is amazing!  

And despite the fact that the kids have come in covered from head to toe every night in dirt, this fort has turned out to be a true treasure, and I am so thankful that all my children can appreciate the good and the simple things in life :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Now that I posted the pictures of the rental, I'm going to post the pictures of how we got here :)

We spent several weeks packing....little by little and taking our time.  We arranged to have the rental available well before we closed on our house so that we would have plenty of time to get ourselves moved.  We rented a U-Haul for 2 days and all pitched in to get all of our stuff from one house to the other!

And, yes, Sophie did wear flip flops the entire time.....and when the driveway got too steep, she just took them off ;)

The little kids thought the truck was just a giant playground of course!

Believe it or not, we filled this truck completely 3x, and then filled a professional moving truck once as well!

Zack put the girls to work, and they worked HARD!!

So did Zack :)

Matthew found a way to move boxes!

It didn't work out as well as he thought it might :/

Dad to the rescue!!

I was amazed at the amount of furniture that the girls were able to move!  They ended up moving all of our couches, all the boxes and many other pieces of furniture!

We know what teamwork means around here ;)

After 2 days with the truck, we had professionals come and spend 6 hours moving the heavy stuff....dining hutch, fridge, washer & dryer, dressers, etc.  But we still ended up having to rent the truck for one final day to finish up all of the outside furniture and some of the things left in the house!!  

It was insane, and I hope we NEVER have to do it again!!!!!!  So do the girls ;)  Really praying for a company relo next time!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

We're renters!?

I started going through all the pictures on my camera card and realized it's been a long, long time since I've done any real posting about our lives!  I have pictures going back to July that I never posted, and while I don't plan to go back and post most of them, I am sad that they won't make on this blog that I have set up as a way to record our lives.  

So I'll start with where we are right now.  

This is our rental!  And I must say, it's really weird being renters!  I don't like knowing that we have to move again, and I don't like that we have no control over things that need fixing (and there are a LOT of them).  But I'm resolved to the fact that this is where we are for the time being, and I might as well enjoy it as much as I can :)  

It turns out that this house is the exact same floor plan as the house we just sold, save a few minor changes.  Here's the back...

The main difference is that the living area is 2 stories as opposed to our house that had a playroom over the living area.  So we have one less room and have had to move our school room to the basement, but it works.  

The kids have really been enjoying the woods right behind the house!

And the house is located at the very back of the neighborhood on a cul-de-sac, so we have lots of safe places to play!

So far, the kids have made a fort....

hung a hammock...

and added to their homemade bow and arrow collection!

While I didn't decorate for fall inside the house, we did do some decorating outside....

We have a great front porch with lots of room for pumpkins and cornstalks ;)

Since Emily can't do her haunted house this year, I told her to go ahead and do as many lights on the front porch as she wanted to!

This house sits high on a hill, just like the one that we sold, and the driveway is even more steep...

The living room is almost identical to our last living room, so it was easy to decorate :)

Allie & Caleb are watching Wipeout :)

The one thing I have left to do is to put our food into our recently refinished food cupboard.  This house has no pantry and not enough kitchen cupboard space to store food for 10 people, so we had to improvise!  We found a large tv cabinet in a used furniture store and "antiqued" it ourselves.  I'll post how we did it soon!

You may find the hearth room very familiar ;)

And here's the kitchen looking into the hearth room....

It sits at a different angle than our last house, and there's quite a bit more space in the rental that we've really enjoyed!

Here's the front entry- note the bats that Allie designed and cut out all by herself ;)  She really needs a job!!!!

Looks familiar, no?!

Because there is no room above the living room, we have this great catwalk upstairs that is fun!  But boy does the noise carry upstairs!!

This house only has 6 bedrooms (one in the basement instead of the two that we had), so we put Josh in the basement by himself, Sophie on the main level, Emily and Allie each have their own rooms on the 3rd floor, and the 3 middle boys share, leaving Caleb in with us in a crib.

The master bedroom....and no, I'm not allowed to hang per order of my husband who says we're only here for a short time and can't understand my need to decorate my space ;)

So I had fun with the shelves in the master instead!!

I do really love the way they finished this space, and the fact that it has a fireplace like our house in Kansas!

Well, that's it for now!  I wasn't going to post any pictures of the house, since it's not ours and we're here for such a short time, but I decided to do a few for friends and family after all :)

I'll be back in a couple days with updates on school and the kids!!


Blog Widget by LinkWithin