Thursday, July 21, 2016

Adventures in Life: Selling Our House

Well, after nearly 7 years of adventures fixing up our little house, we are selling it. Actually, sold it! (After just two days on the market!) Just need to sign the papers at the closing in a few more weeks and it will be done. 

What's next, you ask? That's a very good question. And one that we have a general answer for but not a specific answer. 

General - we are planning on building a house. For a long time we have been wanting more land to use for raising a garden and some animals. 

Specific - we have not purchased the "just right" piece of property to build on yet. But we have our eye on something.

Daniel's parents have graciously opened their home to us and we will be living there until we get all of our ducks in a row. 

You can be sure we will be sharing this next big adventure here on the blog! If you are curious - here are a few before and after pictures of our house. 

Here is the front of the house before and after:

And here is a basement before (actually it's more during than before) and after

This is how the kitchen looked the day we first saw the house, and how it looks now...

And there was a tiny bedroom that we took the walls down and made it into a dining room area in the kitchen...

Our realtor had a professional photographer come and take pictures for the listing - if you are thinking of selling your house I totally recommend doing this! It makes a huge difference! Here are some more of the picture from our listing

It is hard saying good-bye to a place we have spend so much time and energy on, but we are excited to cash in our "sweat equity" and start on our new adventure. 

Stay tuned for updates on our Adventures in Building! 

Adventures of Caleb: Month One

This handsome guy joined our family a little befor 10am on June 16th. 
And his big sister immediately fell in love with him (as did we!) 
This month has been...hard but wonderful. It's hard when Caleb doesn't sleep well at night and then I have to be awake and happy for Rebekah during the day. But it is wonderful when Caleb sleeps 4 hours at a time at night which he usually does one time a night.
It is hard when I have to really watch what I eat because Caleb has a sensitive tummy and lots of foods I eat give him gas. 

But it is wonderful when he is happy and she is happy. They are so fun to watch together. Rebekah is such a great big sister! Always wanting to help and giving tons of kisses! 

It's hard when they both need my attention (and are crying!) but I can only help one of them at a time.

But wonderful that Caleb is a pretty easy going baby and really only cries if he is hungry or has gas in his tummy.

Overall this last month of adjustment to being a family of 4 has been a smooth transition. It feels like Caleb has always been a part of our family.

Dear Caleb,

A little over a month ago, your daddy and I got to meet you for the first time. You came when you were ready (9 days past your due date but right on time!) and you didn't take to long to make your entrance to this world (I was in labor for about 6 hours). And we instantly fell in love with you, our sweet boy!

You are a very "chill" baby as described by a friend. You are an excellent nurser and eat about every 3 hours. As long as you are clean and fed you are pretty content. You prefer to sleep in your swing rather than your bed and you do not like to be swaddled. You like to have your hands up by your face, both when you are asleep and awake. You love to watch your sister as she plays and tolerate her constant kisses. You are such a healthy boy and are already wearing 3 month clothes. 

You are staring to be awake more and show us your sweet little personality. I can hardly wait to see how much you grow and learn in the next month! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Adventures in Life: Some Big Changes

June was a big busy month for our family - and a quiet month here on the blog. 

What was going on you ask? 

Well, this guy joined our family

Caleb Scott was born on June 16th and he has been a wonderful little guy! (More on him to come.)

The other big event of the month of June was:

We listed and sold our house... In just 2 days! We are not totally sure where we are moving yet - we are looking at building a house (I know, I know! Yes, we are a little crazy). There are a few pieces of land we are looking at but haven't made any decisions quite yet. 

So here's to new adventures and (hopefully) blogging about them more! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Adventures in Life: Instilling Patriotism

When you hear Memorial Day, what do you think of? 
The start of summer? 
A 3 day weekend?
BBQ time with family or friends? 

When I was growing up we would often spend Memorial Day weekend at my grandparents house. The weekend always included a trip to the cemetery to remember and honor the men and women who had served our country in the military. Often my grandparents would travel to multiple cemeteries helping with the various services held. The way my grandparents chose to spend their Memorial Day was one of many lessons in patriotism they taught me. 

My Grandpa Jim was a Marine and while he did not often speak of his time in the service, it shaped who he was and how he viewed our country. He truly appreciated the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, because for him they were not free. He fought to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy for himself, his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. 

About a month ago my Grandpa Jim went home to be with the Lord. And even though I can not travel to visit his grave (you know, 39 weeks pregnant!) this Memorial Day we will be remembering him and his service to this country. Acting on the patriotic spirit that he instilled in us. 

While the reasons for Memorial Day are still to complicated for Rebekah to understand, I want to start teaching her now about our country. While I do not agree with many of the decisions that are being made by our country today, I do want her to learn about our great nations past. To carry on my Grandpa's patriotic legacy. 

One way we are doing that this year is by reading her a book called "God Bless Our Country". It's our newest Tommy Nelson book and it's just perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or just any day you are feeling patriotic! Adorable pictures of animals pairs with sweet rhyming text to teach children about America in a way that is easy enough for toddlers to understand. It also teaches about the importance of praying for your country, something that kids and grown-ups can be reminded of!

If you would like to win a free copy of God Bless Our Country for you own collection, just comment here or on my Instagram picture of the book (here) before Monday (Memorial Day!). 

I received a copy of this book for free from Tommy Nelson Publishers, and like always the opinions here are all my own. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Adventures in Reading: Sarah Sundin's Newest Book!!

If you have been reading this little blog for any amount of time you will know my favorite author is Sarah Sundin. I have devoured all of her books and just adore the way she weaves a story. I just finished her newest book Anchor In The Storm, and am already counting down the months until her next book is released next year.

But today I wanted to share a little about her latest book with you. Anchor In The Storm. It's hard for me to even pick a category to put this book in. It is a WWII historical fiction novel, with a deeply Christian theme and an incredible mystery that kept me guessing until the action packed ending of the book. I stayed up way past my bedtime several nights, unable to put the book down! 

The main characters, Arch and Lillian, are ones we have met before if you read the first book in the Waves of Freedom trilogy. Don't worry if you haven't (but you would love it!) this story stands on its own. Arch is a Navel officer based in Boston and Lillian is a pharmacist who just got her first real job in Boston. When both suspect a drug ring being run out of Boston, they team up to uncover who is behind it. As they investigate their friendship deepens and they both open up about their pasts and their weaknesses. Friendship turns to trust and trust turns to love. But with a war roaring on there is danger around every corner - from U-boats to gangsters both Arch and Lillian need to trust in God to be their anchor in the storm. 

Sundin once again transports the reader back to WWII, exploring stories not often told about life during the war. The way rationing affected the world of pharmacy is not one that I had previously considered. Sundin's extensive research into every angle of the story brings life and realness to her characters. The mystery story line will keep you guessing and turning pages until the very last one... And then you will wish there were more pages!! 


Anchor in the Storm Sarah Sundin

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Adventures of Rebekah: The Toddler Phase

Everything is just a phase. I've been telling myself this a lot lately. We have officially entered the toddler stage and if I'm being completely honest, I'm exhausted! Mentally, physically, emotionally, it takes every ounce of my energy too keep up with this little girl. (Not to mention that I'm 9 months pregnant!) And while we have our moments, helping a toddler explore the world and learn new things is just the biggest thrill! There are so many things I want to remember - I need to do a better job of recording them! 

For example, the other night she just melted my heart when we were getting ready for bed. I always rock her for a few minutes, singing and praying with her before I put her into bed. I usually sing "Jesus Loves Me" and that night when I got the the chorus, her sweet little voice joined mine "yes, Jesus loves me"... Well I could tell she was saying "yes Jesus" and sometimes I could here "love". It was just the sweetest thing to hear her sing with me as she was snuggled up in the chair I've been rocking her in her whole life. What a special moment with my girl that I don't every want to forget! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Adventures in Life: Facebook

I was in college when Facebook first started. Back when it was only for college students. (Did you even know it started as only for college students?!) Back then you could catch up with friends from high school who you may have lost contact with or join a group with a crazy name. Leave a happy note on a friends wall or check out photos. It was a fun time waster especially if you had a paper to write! 

Over the past 10 years Facebook has changed a lot. Now you have a "feed" that showes you what your "friends" are sharing/doing/liking. Almost any article posted on the Internet has a "share this on Facebook" button. And so many people use it to spread negativity instead of encouragement. 

It's the negativity that some days makes me want to quit Facebook. When I read an argument between family members with differing opinions about a sensitive topic. Or complete strangers being cruel to each other for expressing a point of view. It's happened to me and if you have Facebook it has probably happened to you. Why do people feel free to "talk" to others in such a negative way? I know, we are all free to say what we want but should we? 

Anyway, I stay on Facebook to see the happy things - new babies, accomplishments like successfully defending a thesis, family news, cute kid pictures....for now. 

What about you? Do you love Facebook? Do you hate Facebook? Do you have Facebook? 

Oh, here is an example of the reason I still use Facebook- cute kid picture!
(Rebekah - 20 months old riding her horse built by her Great-grandpa and sporting her new pink cowgirl boots.)