Blankets under trees
Corn on the cob
Summer waves and deck lounging
Yesterday on our evening stroll around our neighborhood, I asked D what he thought about fatherhood. Acknowledging he didn’t know much about it only being 2 years in, he admitted it was pretty scary. Being responsible for the eternity of someone’s soul is a lot of pressure he explained. I learned he wants to be a Godly example to Jack – he just isn’t sure what that exactly looks like. Which is one of the reasons he explained for taking steps towards his relationship with the Lord. He then shared with me what he had recently read in our church bulletin:
“It is better to teach your children to walk in the shadow of your grace, than to walk on egg shells in the fear of your anger.”
I am thankful for D today. For his humility, honesty, willingness to learn and lead, and openness to God’s will. Jack and I are so blessed to have you in our lives!
I’m super excited to share this with you today! As you may know, when we bought our house in January of 2012, it was stuck in the past.. 1971 to be exact. We knew there was going to be some major changes, the kitchen being the most important and drastic…
When I walked into the kitchen for the first time before even considering buying, my first thought was to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. So that’s exactly what we did. (Well I didn’t since I was 8 months pregnant but anyway..). Our original plan was to take down the wall and move the existing cabinets and appliances to the adjacent wall. We would keep the cabinets, simply paint them and get new hardware. Well our original plan spiraled when we realized we couldn’t use the existing cabinets. They were old, in rough shape, and we would need a couple more cabinets to fill in other spaces (obviously NO ONE makes these anymore). Off to Home Depot we went.
We ordered out of the box cabinets and D and my Dad installed everything including new laminate flooring throughout the main. My mom along with Jay (a fabulous man in Kitchens at Home Depot) painstakingly helped draw the new kitchen plan. I got to do the fun design stuff like pick out door style, color, countertops, hardware finishes, and lighting. We also installed recessed lighting and had a contractor respray the ceiling because of the hole left from taking down the wall. D also painted the walls, installed white subway tile and under cabinet lighting, put up new baseboard, and most importantly assured me everything was all right every. single. night…
(I told you it spiraled.)
We cut down a ton of costs by doing most of it ourselves and buying at big box stores. I didn’t go crazy with my lighting or countertop choices again to keep costs lower. We went with a simple laminate countertop with the back splash cut off (makes such a difference!) But someday I would love to replace it with marble or granite!
My favorite things are the corner cabinet for pretty displays, the pantry my mom suggested adding, the bead board on the peninsula and more recently my DIY valance!
I’d been dreaming of a white kitchen for years and I am so happy (and relieved!) at the results.
Source List: Cabinets: Kraft through Home Depot. Lighting, Hardware, Tile, & Countertops: Home Depot. Appliances: Appliance Smart. Plate, various vases, calendar, and tea towel: Anthropologie. Rug, soap dispenser, and hand towels: Target. Pelmet Box: DIY using Hancock Fabric. Canisters: Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Chalkboard: Vintage. File Hanging: Ikea. Air plant: Sea & Asters Wall Color: Toasted Marshmallow by Martha Stewart
This has to be my favorite thing about living in town. Our house is a 10 minute walk to arguably the best ice cream shop in town. I don’t know why it excites me so much… maybe because growing up we mostly lived out in the country. But this girl is a sucker for ice cream. My favorite flavors at Flapdoodles are Oatmeal Cookie, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
Wow they seriously should pay me to endorse them.
Plus who can beat an evening summer walk with my boys??
I always leave the last bite.
I sometimes workout. Let’s just say I’m not very consistent.
I never finish a whole soda.
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