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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!!!

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This wasn’t on the list…

IV played in the dirt all Father’s Day weekend. He’s trying to dig out a pond and make a place for my mom and dad’s RV. In the process he uncovered almost a hundred of these patio stones:

They’re nothing fancy but they’re something we’ve been needing for our back entrance into the mudroom:

This was not on the to-do list but the time was right and the materials were at hand so Lottie and I set to work.

IV helped level it, Crockett helped break up some dirt clumps, and King painted the door, and…

SO much better! It looks happy now. 🙂

Lottie even got to put her little fairy garden in the new flower bed by the door.

Thankful for a productive weekend!

Praise the Lord!

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Checkin’ it off

Progress…I like progress.

I’m glad to have the mudroom finished!

Here’s another angle with the original before picture and then the after…

Now I just have to find myself a nice yard sale treadmill to go in here and I’ll be set to spend many hours in this room…of course, I’ll be spending many hours in here anyway. Laundry never ceases!

I also finished the porch ceiling! (Much to the dismay of the barn swallows.)

IV is suppose to hang my swing today. That swing was a design by my Papaw, and I’m not sure if he made this particular one or if it was by my uncle Dale, but I love that it’s a part of our home.

Praise the Lord.

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Page 2

Yep, I don’t even have a second thing crossed off page 1, and I already came up with a page 2 of the to-do list.

I have made slow progress though…

I finished the mudroom ceiling:

Now I just have to get to the walls and trim. However, I had to take a break from that to paint the porch ceiling so IV can hang the swing.

Here’s the before:

And you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the after. I’m working in 1.5 hour windows usually so I don’t always have time to finish what I start. That’s something I’ve had to become okay with…doing what I can, when I can.

I do love the color though:

I love Utah so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this.

Here it is compared to the Greenwich Village I used on the mudroom and foyer ceilings:

More blue, less gray.

And here it is compared to the real Utah sky:

Pretty close! 😊

Finishing a home renovation is kind of like running a 50k (that’s what I was doing in Utah; sitting in a chair on top of a mountain I just climbed)…it gets less fun as you go. BUT just like the 50k in Utah…the view is worth it!

Photo cred: photos.in.the.shade (that’s King on Instagram)

That Georgia sky ain’t too bad either.

Praise the Lord.

House

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!