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.


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!


Just Show Up.

This isn’t about the house.

I’m kind of tired of talking about the house.

Now that we have the major renovations complete and we’re down to things like:

1. Grouting the tile I plastered on the kitchen wall. (Putting that one off for as long as possible.)

Nope..not doing that today.

2. A rail for the the stairway. (IV had an afternoon to work on this the other day BUT…)

No rail…a place for random kid artwork though.

3. A shelving unit to hold my laundry baskets. (Ditto…IV used that afternoon to build King a bed…I mean a second bed…I’m not even sure he knows why he did this.)

At least I (finally) finished the tile in the laundry room so there’s plenty of nice flooring for baskets and other mess.

Anyway, both of us have gotten to the point where if we don’t WANT to do something it fumbles down the list and the more pressing (or fun) things keep us busy enough.

With this being said my “mantra” lately has been, “Just show up.”

I’ve said it to almost all of my personal training clients at the gym, and I’ve said it to myself before some hard running efforts.

The idea is that half the work many times in life is JUST SHOWING UP…

The rest usually flows from there.

However, sometimes it works in reverse. My personal training business is booming at the YMCA, and I’ve had offers to work more outside the home in other ways.

BUT…my kids.

I want to keep homeschooling… (or actually, I believe I’m CALLED to keep homeschooling) so I’ve had to block out the time to “just show up” at home. It hasn’t been easy and still some weeks I’m overwhelmed but making that conscience decision to prioritize my home life has given me peace that I didn’t have before.

It probably looks different for you. It depends on your goals and purposes.

My training clients have hired me because they have fitness goals. For them, “just show up” means just that…put it in your calendar, put your tennis shoes on, and be here. I’ll convince you to do the workout after that, and I’ll encourage you to keep it up when we’re not together. Then you’ll have to show up for yourself.

It’s about commitment and consistency to me. I believe that’s where growth comes from in many areas of life.

…Including spiritually.

Luke 14:15-24

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'”

Jesus has invited us all to eat at His banquet. He offers us the free gift of salvation. He gives us that stirring in our spirit and that longing for something to fill us. He is the Bread that satisfies and the Water that quenches and the Light that lets us see clearly.

All we have to do is show up.

We have to say, “yes,” to Jesus and He takes care of the rest.

…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

-Romans 10:9

And beyond that if you’ve already been saved you just have to keep showing up…keep saying yes to Jesus and His mission for you everyday.

We all have goals, we all have purposes for our lives. Let’s make sure we have our priorities straight and we’re at peace with the Lord, and then just keep showing up.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? -Luke 9:24-25

Love God, love others, and keep showing up…if not for your own sake then for the sake of someone else.

What do you need to show up to today?


What’s HVAC, you say?

I started to write this blog at the end of January, but I thought, “We didn’t really get much done.”

BUT THEN I was like, “DUH! We have HVAC!”

Now…I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have asked me, “What’s HVAC?”

Either I’m not using the acronym correctly, or there are a lot of people who have never gone without it!

Therefore, I present to you…HVAC (aka heating, ventilation, and air conditioning):

This all came about shortly after Christmas.  An overly kind family gifted these to us before the holiday, but IV wasn’t able to get it installed until things slowed down a bit, and that was a-okay. We’re eternally grateful to Roxanna and Florin for the system, and to Dennis for bartering with us for the labor.  We have enjoyed being able to take our coats off in the house! 

Warm toes, warm hearts.

I made a slow transition from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

You may remember me celebrating having a working dishwasher…well that was short lived.  So, it’s back to the hand washing for now, but I’m still grateful I don’t have to use the bathtub anymore! Plus, everyone leaves you alone when you wash dishes so it’s a good time for quiet thoughts and prayers. 

Our snow day…just a little.

The days at home caused by the ice and snow gave me time to get a few details done around the house, such as sewing some curtains…

I’m a very amateur seamstress but I got it done.

IV fought thru the flu, or some kind of week long sickness, but didn’t slow down very much. He used the extra time at home to finally hang Lottie’s and Duke’s Christmas gift. The backboard was the covering on our enclosed fireplace. Upcycling.

On the downside, we keep having annoying setbacks amongst the process. 

A pipe froze and IV had to cut a hole in the wall to fix it.  Oh well, we were just thankful to have running water again!

We’ll fix the hole one day…it’s patched up for now.

Happier news is that Puddles the pig is loving life in the shade!:

The kids and I have also had fun watching birds come to our ugly yet functional frisbee bird feeder. The birds make it pretty.

Also, the flowers that were blooming when we first fell in love with this place are at it again! I’m hoping all the new bulbs I planted will follow suit!

And then I finally got around to another section of tile in the laundry room. 

Nana and Poppy came to town and gave me the little boost I needed. 

Tilings okay, but flowers are still my fave. 😊

My granny gave me the little mini skillet in the background to add to my collection. Love it!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And Happy Birthday to my all-star basketball player  (and so much more) Lottie!

I definitely praise the Lord for her!!!


Six Months in Review

Before and after (ish) shots:

From the front of the house to the back…that’s how I worked (am working). IV started in the back and then jumped from spot to spot. We met in the middle and since then we’ve been working mostly together to make this old farmhouse our home.

We’re definitely not finished but it’s getting cozier by the day…

Here’s how far we’ve come:

That’s Lottie and Eva’s room during the “wallpaper stripping” phase.  

Here is the after…though it’s really already changed since then with the Lego table being replaced with Polo the puppy’s cage:

Next, is the little boys’ bedroom…we couldn’t convince them to keep the pink:


Now that the big boys’ have moved out the littles have even more space to fight over…still have to figure that mess out.

Since I mentioned the big boys we’ll skip on to their new room, which we actually just (pretty much) finished.

Here’s the before…a rough attic space:

And here’s the after:

They’ve done their own thing with the furniture up there…they didn’t like my “fixer upper” reveal…and Grammy and Grandaddy just gave them two twin beds so they’re not sleeping on mattresses on the floor anymore.  They’re officially living the high-life in the penthouse suite.

The stairway to get up to their room was a big project (and still needs rails)…


And this is not a “moved-in” after picture, but you can see what IV did there:

Since we’ve jumped to the kitchen, let’s turn around and see the other side…


And after!: 

[When I said, “This mess to my left” above I’m talking about a pile of construction tools and other misplaced things sitting under the stairwell…that’s why I don’t have a “moved-in” after pic of the stairs yet. ]

Ok…let’s jump to the bathrooms now…

The main bath before:

And after:

And the master bath before (that’s a closet):

And after! (I’ll paint the rest of that trim…one day):

This new shiny bathroom is part of our master bedroom.

The biggest improvement here is the wood floors:


IV’s made the rest of it a rustic escape, and I like it:

In the living room we really just painted and opened the fireplace…



And then there’s my new favorite space…the entryway.

Here it it before:

And the after:

Lastly for the home improvements, there are still areas needing improvement with the biggest being my laundry room:

I have laid half the tile in there but that’s it…

And there are many other things unfinished, but time and money are sometimes hard to come by.  That’s why we’re SO VERY THANKFUL for all the help we’ve received from family and friends!

Speaking of…

We’ve also been making improvements outside with the latest being a freshly dug shooting pit for IV to train with his firearms:

Thanks Chad and Pro-Scapes Landscape!!!

(And yes, they tested it out.)😉


I hope you all have enjoyed this little six month recap! 

And if you ever have a construction skill you’d like to put to use just come knocking on this door! 😁:

Next up: HVAC!!! 

Praise the Lord!!!