Monday, April 25, 2016

Faith in Our Foundation

I mentioned in my recent post that we are busy with lots of usual life events but building a new home is taking a big priority among the usual chaos. Years ago I had found this idea to write Bible verses that stirred something in me on the foundation of your house while building. I loved the idea but never in a million years thought we would build our own house. Love to admit I was wrong and with the framing complete on the first floor, the girls and I had so much fun writing verses in all of the rooms on the main level! This first one is my absolute favorite right now, with a middle school aged daughter and 4th grade daughter, humility and kindness is a constant topic in our house so I wrote this one in the closets:

This one is in the office, another one to consider in our everyday lives among the work you do...

Both of my girls had so much fun writing on the frames with Sharpies, breaking the age old rule of not writing on the walls was a freeing experience for them! :) Graci wouldn't let me get a photo of her but here's Addi writing Psalms, Taste and see that the Lord is good, another good one in the kitchen...

Here's one for the front entrance and Addi added her doodles to it as well...
Eric wasn't finding the time to join in because he was busy checking out the actual foundation of the house versus our faith foundation so I wrote this one on the steps just for him! : )
And my absolute favorite from 1st Corinthians, a common verse that is in so many wedding ceremonies. I know it was one of our passages, was it in yours as well? I haven't truly read it since and that is almost 14 years ago, our marriage has gone through many challenges in those years and rereading this with an open heart confirms my faith in Eric and our marriage.
Building a house has been incredibly exciting and fun but also a bit stressful in addition to starting a new job in a completely different industry, living in temporary housing, not knowing where we are living in a month, trying to keep our daughters' lives as routine as possible among it all, and keeping up with all the other roles we all have as adults within our communities, friends, and family is a tall order. Writing that all out just made my heart jump a bit, how do any of us keep up with it all? I try not to think about it too much but one thing this verse impaticular reminds me is that there is no one else I would want to share this adventure with than Eric...
This is our final moving day as we loaded into storage our last items late January, a selfie, which I'm not typically a fan of, but felt it necessary to document, so excited to build a home for our family together, dreams coming true and feeling so very fortunate and blessed right here! Excited to share more of this journey with you all as roof is on and windows going in this week! :o)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hello Spring...So Good to See You!

Its been awhile. Whether you're stopping by for the first or you've been missing my craftiness and random antics regarding diabetes, welcome! Life has been beyond hectic, and while I know my world is no crazier than anyone else's, I must admit I have never experienced as much chaos all at once as I have been the last several months...all good stuff but all at once. This has made me question if it is possible to have too much goodness going on at the same time? While I'd like to think not, based on my recent personal whirlwind, I think it is very real and I will from here on out sincerely appreciate when I can say nothing is new, boring sounds extremely thrilling to me! :) Enough about my personal and joyful chaos of a new, fulfilling career, building a new house, and two daughters that are very involved and growing up all too quickly...lets get to some crafty goodness, one thing I've been missing with all the chaos and hope to make more time for very soon!
While we build our house we are living in my parents' villa, very appreciative to have a place to call home but 2 bedrooms with a hubby, two tween daughters and two labs is a bit tight which explains my lack of crafting. Excuse the mess in my picture but it was just fun to dump it all on the dining table and create! 
First up, I made lots of these for our sweet nanny from a few summers back who is expecting her first baby very soon. Love the giraffe stamp from Papertrey Ink and the chevron cover plate, too. I always love giving thank your with envelopes that have postage on them to the expecting mom because it's one less thing she has to think about, getting thank yous sent for all the sweet gifts she's showered with during this magical time, and are always a great gift!

And next up, I've been wanting this alpaca stamp from Lawn Fawn since it was released several months back but with selling a house and moving to temporary housing I forgot about it and then it was sold out forever so I know spring is here but I just had to play with this one since I just got it! Simple card and love the new plaid paper from Lawn Fawn, excited to do more with those papers in my new craft space!
It just makes me smile! :) So that's it for now...thanks for stopping by and I really do hope to get posting here more as life settles back to a new sort of routine. Now excuse me while I get back to watching my daughters compete at their dance competition, they had a break between sessions which gave me the time to write this long overdue post! So blessed with my joyful chaos! Hope you are, too!