The Final Countdown

This is the last project I completed before I morphed into a grocery shopping, party planning, cupcake baking machine…

I present…the fireplace:

We weren’t sure how to repair that ragged edge where we took the cover off, but Pinterest came to the rescue with a few tutorials on painting the stone.

IV wasn’t sure, and when I put that first brush stroke right in the smack center I may have panicked a little on the inside.

BUT…after brushing on some more, smearing it with a paper towel, and applying some water to dilute it a little more I was relieved…

The kids, of course, pointed it out first thing so I don’t know if he would’ve noticed or not, but he wasn’t mad! He liked it. Phew! I like it too.

Since then, when I haven’t been at the YMCA, I’ve been squeezing in shopping trips and stopping by others’ homes to gather party supplies and such.

Busy bee…buzz.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle I kept noticing how everyone was just being so nice to me. I try to be nice, but there are some gifts in my life that I just can’t repay.

It was just before my last stop that I suddenly became overwhelmed with thankfulness for the Lord’s goodness to me…because I surely don’t deserve it.

This verse came to mind:

I love those moments when the Spirit stirs within me and brings to recognition that I don’t deserve any good things…from the kindness of a stranger giving me a quarter at Aldi to all the ways people have helped us over the past year and beyond. So much love…love that I can never fully return. And then there’s the ultimate love…flowing from Jesus’ veins on the cross and continuing to flow in my every day life.

Grace upon grace.

Check yourself, and notice God. Then sit in the grocery store parking lot for a minute and cry to yourself before going in again.

And give thanks…always give thanks.

Praise the Lord…and get ready to party!!!

If you’ve read this blog til the end I would like to cordially invite you to our low county boil as a thanks for your support…just bring a pound of shrimp with ya! 😄

Can’t wait!!!


Motivation for the Final Kick

Work on the house has slowed a bit over the past few months. We have planted a garden, and cut some brush, and mowed and weed-eated, and mowed and weed-eated, and mowed and weed-eated. King and Duke have finally come to grips with this new never ending chore…I think.

We’ve been planning since the beginning to have a “low country boil” house-warming party to thank everyone who has lent a hand over the last year, or given supplies or giftcards, or extra prayers. It’s finally going to happen so our desire to finish projects around the house has been rejuvenated!

Now, if you haven’t been invited to our party yet, have no fears…you can claim your spot by helping me knock some stuff off this list. 😅

I’ve gotten things rolling by re-opening some paint cans. I cleared the clutter from these shelves and painted the back wall gray:

They’ll house my coffee mugs and some flower vases. I wish we could’ve spared these built-ins from being behind the stairs but that was the only way to fit in access to the boys room. It works.

Next, I decided to tackle the laundry room ceiling.

I’ve got this pretty blue which I also used on the foyer ceiling. I love it.

And no, there wasn’t enough so I’ve got to make a Home Depot run for more and for paint rollers too.

Next up…the porch ceiling so IV can hang my swing!

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Home Rehab: Everything but the Kitchen Sink

We’ve now spent two peaceful nights in our new home.

Today we will (Lord willing) finish cleaning out Pinewood Drive, and we’ll close the book on that chapter of our lives.

Though I haven’t posted daily we have still been busy on the renovations of our house.

I’ve been unpacking and organizing…little bits at a time.

Of course a lot of these areas have been covered with boxes right after I took the picture 😅, but getting the pretty picture was motivation to get things put away.

The kids have been carrying their load as well:

That’s going to be our kitchen floor…we’ll see how it turns out.

And while IV was buying the lumber from Champion Sawmill, he found this (very heavy) treasure:

That sawmill is a cool place!

Besides those renovations there were things to be done before our first night:

Thankfully we did all have a place to sleep.

And we have to start school tomorrow so I dug out our books…

I’m not nailing into the walls until everything is settled so I’ve just been using the nails that are already there. 

I decided the clock looks better on this one for now:

Most importantly we have a place to eat:

A well-stocked kitchen

I’ve got everything but…

You guessed it…

The kitchen sink. (And I have a hundred pound cast iron one of those, but it will have to wait for its final resting place.)

Praise the Lord!

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Home Rehab Day 30: Too Much for a Sunday Afternoon

Today, I needed some tiles cut to go around the toilet.

We tried the jigsaw with a diamond tile blade but it just wasn’t cutting it. (That’s punny.)

So, IV manipulated the wet saw to cut these perfect curves along the lines I’d traced on the tiles:

I hung my head in shame as I admitted what I’d done. 

He’s so merciful though. All he said was, “The only people these things don’t happen to are the people who don’t do anything.”

And then he cut two new tiles for me…the right way. ❤

I set the floor tile and then started grouting the shower.

I thought this would be the easy part, but I might have been crying my first bout of shower tears if Richard hadn’t been there to save me.

I was struggling on the first wall and he came in and slapped that stuff right on the second one. (He’s obviously done this before. 🤔)

I was beyond thankful.

Also, Richard and IV were taking down a board covering a window in the kitchen and when they flipped it over this is what they found:

Sorry…it’s sold. 🤗 We bought all the “acers”. Haha!

We were entertained.

After that it turned out to be a long day, but good stuff was done…

It looks like a crime scene, but we just want to keep them clean until they’re stained.
IV said that was a PAIN, but they finally got it in.

We’re on a countdown to returning to our new “normal” life now!

Gonna be living in that construction zone real soon!

Praise the Lord.