Thursday, May 14, 2015

They Love Me

I often wonder how I got to be the one to marry the man I married.

 

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Why did he pick me…

 

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Am I worthy to be his wife…

 

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And then… there is them…those four children God blessed me with.

 

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One little guy is already in heaven waiting for me.

 

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My sweet family made mother’s day wonderful for this mama…

 

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Fresh fruit, coffee, roses and rose petals scattered all around.

Balloons everywhere.

A wonderful grilled dinner.

  All day movie day.

.  All day together.

All in the same room.

Precious times with the ones I love the most…my gifts from God.

 

The day before Mother’s Day, we celebrated our oldest daughter’s graduation from Motlow State Community College.

 

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Beth graduated with a degree in Sociology and Psychology …she takes after her daddy.

 

Oh, how I love them!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Dreaming Big, Praying Bolder

So, I never have really thought of myself as a big dreamer.  I never set really big goals for myself because I was always okay with just “being simple me”.  It’s not that I haven’t always sought to be the best I could be.  I have always been a hard worker and a go getter with tasks at hand, but just never put myself out there a whole lot.  Maybe it was for fear of failure that I never dreamed big or set those really big goals. 

 

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I’m not sure what has held me back.  Maybe it’s that people pleaser mentality in me that has kept me in some sort of bondage…rejection is tough for us people pleasers, you know.

 

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Well, this is the thing.  I decided it was time to shake things up a little.  I decided to dream big and pray more boldly.

 

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There are things in my heart that I want to do.  The desires of my heart…you know what I’m talking about.  Those things that linger in your heart and mind even when you tell yourself that you probably can’t and really shouldn’t.

 

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This is what I’m doing….

  I’m praying.  I’m believing.  I’m listening.  I’m trusting.  I’m waiting.  I’m obeying.  I’m taking things one step at a time as God orders my steps.

 

  Step one…go.  Step two…go.  Yes, God…I’m going.  I’m listening.  I’m praising.

 

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I can’t wait to see where He takes me.

 

Know this for certain…I will pray continually that I do all things as unto Him and that He is pleased with all that I am doing.

 

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It is amazing and thrilling when I see doors opening that I never thought possible.

 

Thank you, Lord, for the doors you open and the ones you keep closed for my safety.

 

Here’s to dreaming big…for me and for you.

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Sisters and Friends

***Some facts of the day***

 

We are not sisters with the same mother or same earthly father.

 

But, we are sisters in Christ.

 

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We have the same heavenly Father..our Daddy, the Creator of all.

 

We are kindred spirits.

 

She gets me and I get her.

 

We can talk for hours.

 

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Conversations, tears, coffee drinking, laughing, dreaming, planning….all happen right here in these rocking chairs on her back porch.

 

Becky lives 600 miles away.

 

She and our friendship are worth the drive.

 

She is someone that I need to spend time with. 

 

Her daughter is my daughter’s best friend and they need that same quality time together.

 

We grow in the Lord with one another.

 

Her red headed family has become mine and we are blessed that God brought our families together. We give Him all the glory for our friendship.

 

Our blogs opened the door for our meeting, but it was God ordained.

 

Just wanted to share that with you this morning.

 

Blessings to you all.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

She and I Are Ready For Spring

I have to say that it has been a long winter around here.

 

It’s not necessarily the weather that made the winter harder than normal because Tennessee winters are not really that bad.  This year, however, was a little worse than we are used to weather wise.

 

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No,  for me, it’s been a long winter because of a heart that has been heavy.

 

You know, it’s actually been a tough year not just a tough winter.

 

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Let me say this though…This is not a sob story or a feel sorry for me story.  This is just a “be real” story.

Without going into any extra details, I will say that the passing of my father in November hit me harder than I ever thought it would.

 

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Saying goodbye is tough, isn’t it?

 

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It leaves an emptiness in your heart.

 

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But, praise be to God, I am His child, and so was my dad, and I know we will be together again someday. That reality gives me peace.

 

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Through all of the heartache, fears, and trials that we have walked through, we have been filled with the peace that only God can provide.  I, for one, cannot even imagine going through life without Him.

 

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Without Him, I am nothing!

 

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With Him, all things are made new again!

 

Happy Easter!

 

He is Risen!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Fireplace Compromise

So, if you have followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know that my sweet husband and I have very different views on the color of our fireplace and our kitchen cabinets.  Until recently, both were orangey oak.

 

This is the thing, I would have loved to have painted it all white.  I love white kitchen cabinets and I love white fireplaces.  However, my husband likes wood..dark wood.  And, my husband rarely says no to my household change up requests.  On this request, he was adamant that they not be painted white, and there was no way I was going to go against his wishes because I respect that our home belongs to all of us.

 

The thing I didn’t realize (because I hadn’t asked the right questions) was that he didn’t mind staining them a darker color.  He didn’t really like the orangey oak either.  Bam! 

 

We decided to start with the fireplace just to make sure we liked the stain and because of the obvious ease of a fireplace over a kitchen full of cabinets.  The stain color was an easy one because we both like walnut and the walnut looked very nice with our leather sofa and love seat.  Also, we have a ginormous walnut entertainment center (another favorite piece of my husband’s)  right next to the fireplace.  And last but not least, the walnut stain would look wonderful in contrast with my white ironstone.

 

This is what my fireplace looks like now…

 

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Let me remind you of the before.  (no words necessary) ugg…

 

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and the now…(a collective hallulujah)

 

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I am so excited and thankful to finally have the fireplace done.  No, it’s not white.  But, I truly love it.  I love the contrast of the white against the dark stain.  Everything pops so wonderfully.

 

  I also tried to lighten up my entertainment center with as light of colored old books that I could find.  I added the old white tool chest and the white bucket on top for some more lightness. 

 

This is the thing…there are just things that you have to make work.  Things in our home are not all that I want them to be.  My husband has preferences as do I.  The goal is to make everything we have “work together” as well as possible.  Hopefully, I am learning to stretch my “creative mind” further because I have to use a lot of what I have and can’t change everything out that I would like to.

 

Do I have a wish list in my head of what I would love to have different in my home?  Oh, yes I sure do.  Will most of those things ever get changed?  Some of them will and some of them won’t.  Those things that won’t get changed can at least be altered a little to fit the farmhouse style that I so truly love.

 

Funny thing about staining the fireplace was after we were done, my husband asked why we had waited so long to get rid of the orangey oak in the first place.  HA!

 

Next step…kitchen and utility room cabinets. 

 

I can’t wait.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Chippy White Mantel

Hey my friends.

 

I wanted to show you my new chippy white mantel that I am using as my headboard.  I was using a beautiful green one, but when I found this one, I knew it was time to make a change.  I love that it fits my king size bed just perfectly.

 

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Speaking of mantels…

 

My fireplace is no longer orange oak. 

 

It’s not white…

 

But it’s not orange. 

 

That’s for another post though.

 

Would love for you to head over to my Farmhouse Dreams facebook page and like it if you have a minute. 

 

Thanks so much.

 

Blessings to you all.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What She Sees

Hey my friends.

 

I hope life is good and sweet for you right now.

 

It is for me.

 

I wanted to share with you today a collection of photographs that my youngest daughter, who is twelve, has taken over the course of the last few months.  What I love about them is that this is what her sweet eyes see.  This is what is beautiful to her and what she wants to capture with the lens.  I also love that she brings everything up close so the beauty is evident in her picture.  I truly love these photographs.  I don’t just love them because she took them, I love them because they are beautiful.

 

Pure beauty….

 

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Yes, pure beauty..her photographs and her.

 

My sweet daughter, I love you and I love seeing what you see.

 

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Blessings everyone.

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