Wednesday, July 29, 2009

how do you like my new look?

Danielle has done another fantastic job on my new look here. she generously offered to use one of her new premade templates on my blog. i loved this one from the first moment i saw it. something about little birds, pink, and green that just seems so charming to me. of course her other premades are equally as nice and you can customize them in any many color choices. so if you are in need of a new look you should pop on over to her site and do some shopping! She's very easy to work with and very affordable too.

I've been enjoying this final full week at home before in service and room prep begins at school:( If you've been working on "home prep" all summer like I have, you are not too enthusiastic about setting up a classroom. but, it has to be done. I spent all day Monday at my house in my pj's!!!! The first day of the summer I've been able to do that. It was great! I did some cleaning and a lot of paperwork/bill paying and ended the day with a bubble bath. It felt really great to be in my own home! Tuesday I helped at the daycare while mom went to some Dr. visits and today I took Grandma to the dentist. I also went by Home Depot to buy a new microwave that will be installed on Friday! This is good news! I'm ready to have my second white appliance in the kitchen...only two more to go (stove and dishwasher).

The house is really coming together nicely. I think I'm going to really like it here!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

29 months paper pregnant

Today marks the 29th month of my paper pregnancy...sometimes I wonder:
how long this journey will last
why the process has slowed down so much
when my dreams of motherhood will be fulfilled
why things take so long
how I'm going to handle being a single mother
if I'm really cut out for this
can I afford all the things I want to give Molly
if she'll have siblings
if she'll want siblings
if this will all end before I'm 40!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Houston...we have lift off

Finally, I have Internet and Cable!! I am settling into my new house. I think I have recovered from my emotional breakdown of moving away from my childhood home and am beginning to get used to home ownership! My friends and family gave me a wonderful housewarming party on Sunday and I just loved being able to see so many of my wonderful friends, coworkers, and family come to my home. I am overwhelmed at the generosity of them all. I've had people so willing to give their time and hard work in order to make my home beautiful and I'm in awe really. I received many adorable housewarming gifts and a lot of gift cards and money...actually totalling over $1,200!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was in shock all day, how incredible is that? I have many things on my "needs to be replaced" list but I think I'm going to put that money toward new kitchen appliances. My stove, microwave, and dishwasher are circa 1988. They do work, however they are not energy efficient or pretty! Here are some pictures of my place. They are all out of order, but you get the idea... I saw the idea to do these frame/magnets from One Woman's Cottage Life. You simply buy those cheap metal/gold frames from goodwill or yard sales and take the backs off, spray paint in whatever color you choose, apply magnets to the backs and fill with anything. I put scrapbook paper in for the background and simple words. You could change them out for seasons or whatever. I love the simple and clean look it gives instead of a cluttered fridge. Also, you will see a picture Madison drew for me...only 3 years old, but oh so smart! She wrote my name out as I spelled it to her. Very talented!

This is my foyer/entry. I love this antique piece I bought at an antique store this summer. I knew it would fit perfectly into my space and it does. The lines and details are so 'cottagey'. I got the lamp at a yard sale...painted glass. Love it! The 'fake cake' came from my aunt Judy along with the picture.

This little book shelf also came from an antique store and I bought it this summer knowing exactly where I wanted it. I placed some of my fave cookbooks inside. The picture above is a longaberger print I bought on ebay a long time ago when I was into longaberger and now I actually have a place for it.

My front door...I love this space! The overhead light I bought on ebay.

This turned out dark, but you can see the living room from the kitchen facing out. All the tables and lamps came from my aunt Judy. The armoire was mine I had in my bedroom when I had white furniture. My tv is inside.

This is my living room from the front door. I love it! It's so cute and clean. All the hydrangeas are real!!!! They are from my aunt Judy's yard. The mantle is a work in progress. I'm still looking for a couch and some side chairs.

This two are major trouble in a new house! Mom came over tonight with them while Eddie and Ambre are on a cruise this week. I cooked supper for them all. My house is not child proof and they about destroyed it in one night! Tomorrow night I'll be going to mom's house to help with supper and bath time.

Don't be fooled by his innocent look!

My realtor, Tim Earls.

Carey, a childhood friend helped to give my open house. She is expecting a baby boy in October! Laura is another friend who was so sweet to come!

These shoe plates once belonged to another aunt...thanks Julie! (Did you know I got them from Judy who got them from some yard sale stuff of yours?)
I've had these plates for a while with no space to display them. My bathroom is perfect. Right above the closet door. Thanks Deb!

Just a view, my master bath is so big!

My bedroom furniture fits so nicely in my bedroom. I have blinds and curtains up now!

My guest bath...I bought a solid white curtain and had it monogrammed this summer!

My guest room. This is my bed from childhood. I'm so glad we kept it all this time. My aunt Judy bought the doll display case at a yard sale for $20! What a deal! I love collecting Madame Alexander dolls!

This will be Molly's room. I have the furniture at mom's house but Eddie still uses it so i'll wait for him to finish with the baby bed before I move it.

The nook, I'm still looking for a table. The chandelier came from a yard aunt Judy again!

The dining room...the table and chairs will be painted creamy white and recovered to go with the color scheme. I bought it at the flea market last month. The china cabinet came from my aunt Judy, the pictures were mom's, and the chandelier came from ebay.
Raggedy Ann greeted everyone on the porch.

My front porch!

My new neighbors. I actually used to babysit for these boys when they were very little. Such a sweet family!

What a great group! Chad, I'm so glad you could come! Jeff, thanks for everything!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

i'm in!

I'm finally in my new house and I'll have to be honest to tell you faithful bloggy friends that I've been a bit shocked by the emotions I've been feeling. (actually more than a bit...a lot shocked to be honest!) with the excitement of buying a house, redecorating, moving, and buying things i NEVER gave any consideration to the fact that i might actually be emotionally connected to my home...with over 30 years of comforts and safeness there and all. and don't forget that I had my mom there everyday of my life and more recently my niece and nephew everyday when they come to daycare. for some people that may sound like hell to say they see their mom every day, but for me it's comfort and peace (most of the time...unless we're both in the kitchen together:))

I'm a pretty level headed and emotionally steady person. i don't have break downs and i don't cry often. so this is why i was shocked to be in tears most of the day on Monday.

i keep telling myself ...all of my friends have moved out and are on their own so i know people can do it. I've talked to many of my close friends on the phone yesterday and today to ask if my feelings were "normal" or not. i think the consensus is that it will get better. another issue...i still have no cable TV or Internet. (i brought my computer to mom's tonight for some sense of normalcy) so my house is really quiet...again to most people this would be a blessing, but it's just strange to me right now.

on to the house. needless to say, with my emotional breakdown I've been unable to think about taking pictures to post, but i will! the move went really smoothly thanks to all of my family...THANK YOU Mom, Eddie, Judy, Denise, Jeff, and both of my grandmothers who helped so much. Eddie and Jeff did all of my heavy lifting, my aunt Judy has furnished and/or decorated half my house from her basement or yard sales and did so much work in my yard. And, my cousin Denise put my beds together, brought her tools, and pressure washed my driveway and porch...oh and trimmed my tree!:))

I've had workmen in my house all day today repairing the a/c, delivering my appliances, and hanging all my light fixtures. Everything looks just as cute as I thought it would. All the furniture looks great and fits perfectly into each room. I'm sure with time I will adjust emotionally. For now I'm continuing with clean up and repairs and looking forward to a housewarming party on Sunday!

Friday, July 10, 2009


i have offically closed. i'm moving. i'm sore. it's exhausting. i'm broke. i love it!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

closing date and other things

my closing date has been postponed by two that means i'll be closing on 7/10/09 which is this Friday instead of Wednesday. as if anything else could go wrong, i mean i've been ready to move since June 1 but just waiting on paperwork and things to work themselves out.

i've been seriously looking for a refrigerator on craiglist and a couch that is or could be easily turned into a shabby chic look. it has been a definite learning experience to learn to shop on craigslist for an appliance like a fridge. my opinion of clean and in good condition isn't the same as other's evidently! and finding a couch...i'm so over it! my living space is so small i can only have a certain size couch and evidently the going trend now is to have very large couches b/c they are in all the furniture stores! so now i'm trying to find a clean couch on craiglist to put a slipcover on. i know it will work out, but for now i'm ready to take a rest for a day and watch the final michael jackson tributes tomorrow leading up to his memorial to take my mind off of what i really need to do!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


In one week I will be a home owner...kind of scary! I am super excited about next week and cannot wait for it to all be official!

The bank that owns it went ahead and did the repair on the duct work (it all had to be replaced) and the work on the chimney. So the big stuff is complete. I will have some little stuff to do over the next month or so.

Now, for all of you prayer warriors out there...please pray for this precious 17 month old who is undergoing his second brain operation today to remove a tumor that is cancer. He had this same operation about a month ago and the tumor has already grown back. His name is Ian Miller and he is at St. Judes. These are specific requests from his mom to pray for today:

Pray for Dr. Boop, Ian's surgeon. Pray that God will guide his hands as he removes this tumor with precision. Ask God to give him the wisdom, experience, and keen eyesight that will help him determine the border between this tumor and Ian's brain so he's able to remove every single speck of tumor without damaging Ian's brain.

Pray that God will sustain Ian's body and functions while his brain is exposed and he is under anesthesia. Pray that God will protect his brain from stroke, seizures, excessive blood loss, and any kind of damage to the rest of his body. Pray that Ian will have no short- or long-term effects from this surgery and that he will bounce back quickly to the level of development he should be at for his age.

Pray that God will protect his motor skills, eyesight, memory, decision-making skills, his sweet little personality, and any other functions from harm, as these are areas close to where the tumor has grown.

Pray that God will protect his throat, vocal cords, and teeth while he is intubated during surgery.

Pray that they will be able to test his spinal fluid soon and confirm that the cancer has NOT spread there.

Pray that his inter-cranial pressure will be stabilized during and from here on after surgery so he will not develop fluid buildup and need a shunt.

Pray that our sweet baby will wake up soon after surgery and we'll be able to talk to him and comfort him and help him begin his recovery process . . . again.

Also, please pray for a sweet little baby girl who's 8 months old who has two tumors that are the same type as Ian's. She will have surgery right before Ian to get a shunt, and they are going to try to shrink her tumor with chemo before they have a resection because her tumor is in a very tricky area. Her parents are very sweet and I know they would appreciate the extra prayers.
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