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We’re still working…

It’s been a bit since I posted about the house…

It’s still a work in progress!

I haven’t posted because we’ve been doing little bits here and there but nothing really “grand” has come to completion.

Here are some pics of progress from the past month or so…

We were able to officially move into the kitchen so I could finally arrange the furniture in the living room:

This made space for IV to open the fireplace. He had to make a little awning for it because it’s pretty shallow and we worried about it smoking up the house. We also put the TV on the mantel despite the lack of outlets on that wall:

We were glad to have the fireplace on those COLD nights, because even if it was in the 60s during the day, as soon as the sun would set the temperature in the house would plummet.

I know there are more of those freezing temps to come…

On a side note…95% of my belongings come from yardsales and I love that they fit right in to the “old house” scene:

Back to the renovations…IV cut another slab of counter top for this little section:

It still hasn’t been poly-ed…that’s what I mean about nothing really being completed lately. Just too much to do at once!

Also in this same corner of the kitchen I tackled some more tiling! This window was boarded up and didn’t get replaced with the others. It would’ve been nice to have the extra sunlight, but with the stove outlet right under it we decided to leave it sealed. I was happy with my tile pattern. (Thanks again, Roxanna and Co., for the tile!):

I asked Santa for a stove hood. 😉 

Our time to work has been so random…

I came home one day and IV had spontaneously hung rail and crown in our bedroom.  I think I’m suppose to paint it but I kinda like it as is…and I’m a little tired of painting. Ha.

Then we started decorating for Christmas and, boy, has that been fun!

Eva, Crockett, and I made this:

I made a wreath too, and once I got into decorating I was motivated to paint something:

Christmas is just my absolute favorite…

And as I was hanging a second wreath on the kitchen door I was reminded of how much more we have to Do!

Oh well, like I’ve said before…we won’t be bored anytime soon!!!

…And I haven’t even mentioned the boys’ upstairs room! There is progress! Sloooow progress…

More to come.

Praise the Lord!

And Merry Christmas!!!

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Humbled

I ran a trail race this past weekend…the Sky to Summit 25k. 

Yes, that’s Arnold…and yes, very silly.

IV was there when I finished and had been talking to some of the other runners…or at least observing them.

When we were leaving he said, “This is a good crowd of people. Everyone’s very nice.”

I was agreeing with him when another runner chimed in with, “Yeah, when you’ve just been beat up by mother nature you walk away with a bit of humility.”

Yep. That’s why everyone’s nice, because we all know we’re just a bunch of losers. Haha.

When you go trudging up into God’s mountains like you’re going to conquer it and then it spits you out on the other side completely drained you are faced with the fact that you are a puny, easily smitten, speck of dust.

Humbled.

This is something I’ve learned a lot about this semester.

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel and the book of Proverbs with some ladies at church and my eyes have been opened to the fact that being humble before God is really the starting point of salvation and the key to living a life pleasing to Him.

Daniel’s life story is a picture of humility.  He is never wooed by the king’s food and offerings of riches, and he didn’t hesitate to claim his sin along with the sins of his nation. 

This prayer should be an example to us…Daniel goes round and round several times with his confessions and proclamations of God’s righteousness before he ever dares to ask for God’s favor:

I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. To us, O Lord , belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

Daniel 9:4‭-‬15

Humbled.

…Because Daniel is one dude who seemingly has it all together, so if he has this much confessing to do we should all be on our faces all the time.

And we should.

Then there are the proverbs…

This book is saturated with instructions for humbling oneself and warnings for those who walk in pride…more so than I ever noticed before:

I always thought the proverbs were all about wisdom…and they are, but as the verse above says, you can’t have one without the other.

Humbled.

Study the word and see it for yourself…and then go climb a mountain and feel it in the flesh. 

Or just look at a mountain…that should really be enough.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalms 19:1

One more time…

HUMBLED.

Praise the Lord.

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Moving On Up

Now that we have the kitchen functional and slightly decorated…

I was tickled pink with how this turned out.

We’re  (or I should say IV and the boys) have moved upstairs to finish the fourth bedroom:

They’re almost ready to lay the carpet, and hopefully King and Duke will be able to move in soon.

We’re not sure if they’ll actually be able to sleep up there for a while though as it’s not insulated, and just a little bit cold. 

Brrr.

Thankfully IV was able to open the fireplace in the living room and make it work!

Now we just need to pretty things up.  I think we’re going to mount the TV above the mantle.  Outlets are sparse in an old house though so we’ll see how it goes.

I’m ready for everything to have a place and finally settle in nice and cozy.

I got one step closer to that goal in the laundry room…

Next week I hope to start on the other half of the room.

One day at a time, one project at a time…

We definitely won’t be bored anytime soon.

Praise the Lord.

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I’ve got a sink!!!

I’m doing the happy dance!

The countertop is the only thing level in that picture…that’s why it looks crooked. Haha. The joys of an old house. 
IV took this pic…he likes this angle better. 😊

The dishwasher isn’t hooked up yet because we’ve had a hard time finding the 90° drain hose connector we need, but I’m just so thankful to have a sink that I won’t mind washing dishes by hand for a bit longer! 

What do you think of that hutch? I’ve got a poll going on my Instagram story asking whether I should paint it to match my cabinets. 

I think I’ll paint the back of it but leave the rest…we’ll see. Leave a comment if you have any good ideas.

We also got this new microwave from our friends the Swanns;

We’re hi-tech rednecks now.

We’d planned to hang it above our stove but since we don’t have an upper cabinet to attach it to we found it a cozy home right there on my yardsale baker’s rack.

“That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”

And how about this!?:

It feels like I have a real kitchen now!

Thank you, IV! 😙

I did my share of the work today in the laundry room:

Next, I have to grout that section so we can move the appliances over, and then repeat the process on the other half of the room.

I’m tired just thinking about it, but I’m thankful to be able to do it!

And I’m thankful we were able to end this very productive Sunday with a bonfire for the kids and friends:

I love fall in the country!

And s’mores…I love s’mores.

Praise the Lord.

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Cruising through Life

IV and I got back to work today after a week at sea:

Cruise Day 1

It was a blissful week of rest and rejuvenation…soaking in the sun and all of God’s beautiful creation.

Sunrise at sea

This trip was suppose to be a celebration that we were finished with the renovations of our home.

Ummm…not quite.

We knew we had the lingering “no kitchen sink” problem waiting for us at home.

IV fought the good fight today, and he did make progress, but still…

So close…and that is not my chosen sink faucet but the one from the old sink. It works and was free.

While he was doing battle in the kitchen, I was getting things re-started in the laundry room:

Tile! And the only clean corner in my house.

Yes, the above caption is terribly true.

Sigh….where’s my cabin steward when I need him. Ha.

Now I’m spoiled.

I’m also thankful.

The week away renewed IV’s and my thankfulness for the road we’ve traveled since we’ve been married.

At one point we joked that we love each other more than ever, but we care less what each other thinks.  

It’s kind of a true (though cruel sounding) joke…I think what we mean is that we realize that neither or us is going to make the other completely happy all the time, and that’s okay.

IV summed it up to our friends and travel companions in his “three keys to a happy marriage”:

  • Grace – show each other grace. Continually
  • No expectations – (this is a big one for me. 😉) Every good thing that happens is a gift.
  • Go to church – I was kind of surprised this was on his list, but I understand it. Church is where we have a chance to relate to other broken people who are following after Jesus in faith…the same as us. This strengthens our faith. And when we’re renewed in faith we can more easily show grace to each other.
Our church on this eve…there’s a sliver of a rainbow there.

Those “three keys” make sense to me! And it works for us.

Cruise Day 6

Definitely praising the Lord for that!

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

1 Peter 3:8 

{P.S. IV says he’s going to have my sink and dishwasher installed and ready to use tonight…

That would be nice, BUT…

No expectations.😉}