Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I've been Tagged!

Allow me to introduce you to my new
friend Jessica over at
Jessica is a fairly new blogger but full
of so many fun projects and great ideas!

For example
 she took these two mini frames...
(Jessica's Photo)
and with some paint and creative innovation 
turned them into...
(Jessica's Photo)
these great decorative frames!
She filled them with personal photos, added a magnet
to the back and now has some great frames for the fridge!

She also took this old cabinet door and...
(Jessica's Photo)
made a great serving tray!

Jessica has been so kind to pass on two fun awards!

The All About You Blog Challenge
consists of 10 questions!

1. What is a secret no one knows about you?
I don't have many secrets... but one thing you might
not know about me is I love to be barefoot!

2. What is one of your greatest loves?
  Graeter's Mocha Chip Icecream
3. What is one of your greatest fears?
To be very honest.... Rejection!

4. What is your deepest wish?
To learn to love others the way God loves us.

5. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Close to a warm beach and an average air temperature of 75!

6. What is your favorite food?
I'm a carbs girl....
warm bread
you get the point!

7. What is your favorite book?
Besides the Bible,
I would say.... To Kill A Mocking Bird,
Gone-a-way and Return to Gone-a-way.
(The last two are children's books that
I would love to write a screen play for one day!)

8. What is your favorite movie?
 maybe Ever After with Drew Barrymore.
I also like Titanic and hope to take 
Madison to see it on the big screen 
while it is back out in theaters.
Wayne told me to also add Sky High!
(we watched that this morning)
9. What is your favorite song?
These are not easy questions... Wayne is over
here laughing at me when I ask him 
 what is my favorite food?
OK... favorite song... it depends on the day.
I love a huge variety of music
some recent favorites include:
The Cave
Somebody I used to Know
Something Beautiful.

10. Post a picture of yourself
Beach dreaming!

I am tagging the following blogs:

If you want to play along simply answer
the ten questions and tag a few of your blog friends!

The Versatile Blogger Award
asks you to state 7 things about yourself.
I'll try to think of seven different things from above.

1. I love food and will eat just about anything except
beets and hotdogs.

2. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Taylor University.

3. I'm the Queen of Frugal!

4. I wanted to be an Architect when I was young.

5. I'm my biggest critic.

6. After college I worked in a warehouse driving
forklifts, electric pallet jacks, and cherry pickers.

7. I'm married to my best friend! 

I know that many of you have Award Free Blogs
so if you would like to play along
please consider you awarded!

Once again,  thank you Jessica!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mission Trips

This has been a very busy week and I am feeling
very behind in visiting all my friends
in blogland.

This year God has opened some wonderful
 missions opportunities for our family.

Wayne and Zac will be going to Monterrey,  Mexico
this summer to serve in orphanages with a 
ministry called Back to Back.

Madison has been selected to serve at
The Happy Church, in Jackson KY.
This is a youth group project that is focused
on building relationships with the youth from the Happy Church.
Our youth kids will be traveling this weekend
to Jackson to learn about the area, youth and local culture.
They will be going back down for a week this summer
to host a VBS and another day to do service projects.
The kids from The Happy Church will also be bused up here
to spend a day out and about here in  Cincinnati!

As it turned out....
I will also be experiencing a mission trip
to the Happy Church.

Instead of the youth, I will be working with
women from my church to host an event
for the women of the Happy Church!
I will go down, along with a dear friend,
to Jackson this weekend.
We will fill a need for the youth trip by doing
the kitchen duty for them.
When we are not knee deep in pancakes
and tacos, we will be working with the 
 women's leadership at the Happy Church
to better understand the needs of the women in the area.
We will then spend the next two months planning
a Women's Event for this summer!
We would love to be lifted up this weekend in prayer...
first- for safe travels for the youth and leadership...
second- that God would open our eyes to the needs
of these sweet women!

I will be back this Sunday
and hope to catch up with all of you... ASAP!

Isn't this the most beautiful flower?
It was a gift from my neighbor!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Chain Saws and Easter Eggs

Chain Saws

When you buy your husband a chain saw....

He will down some dead trees
and when he downs the trees...

He will notice this over grown tree island

and before you know it...
he will clear the undergrowth...

And when he clears the undergrowth...
We will spend 4 hours weeding the ground.

And when we finish weeding...

We will haul the limbs to the curb

And after we haul all the limbs...
We head down to the creek...

And enjoy the bank that we cleared out...

Two weekends ago...

Prior to getting my husband the chain saw!

Easter Eggs

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny have been busy laying eggs
all over Grandma and Grandpa's yard!

The kids have scoped out the yard....

And are ready to hunt...

Back inside, it is
time to "crack the eggs"...
But instead of candy
these bunnies lay...


Hope you each had a 
wonderful Easter weekend!

I am linking to
at Between Naps on the Porch!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Wishes

Just wanted to wish

each of you

a very, very

Blessed Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Exciting News!

I am so excited to share with you that Wayne and I 
have entered the 
This Old House Reader Remodel Contest 2012!

To check out our entry click on the link below:
If not sure if it matters but you can give our remodel a 
grade at the bottom of the entry!

Zac, my dreamer, is keeping his fingers crossed hoping for the
grand prize ... A GMC Truck!

I am just happy to have been brave enough to summit our entry!
I'm living in my dream....
so we have already won!

Thank you for sharing in my excitement!

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mudroom Revisited

Our mudroom here in the Provision
is located between the front and side door entries.

This room works hard....

We built in two closets and in between...

is the filing cabinet!

We recycled and painted old kitchen cabinets to house
cleaning supplies, CD's, dog towels...etc!

Corbels, trim and some blingy glass and 
marble tile add so much to this wall!

This room also houses the washer and dryer!

I love this hidden feature!
The sink works well for soaking stains 
or filling the dogs water bowl!

However, always the dreamer,  I thought...
this wall could use alittle something!

I love batten board and we used it
(click to see)
So why not here!

 Wayne and I spent a few hours
 and added some to our wall!

Some board and paint....

and we have ourselves a "new" wall!

I could use your advise!

We are in the process of deciding what type of
hooks to add to the top bar.

Which could be painted white and blend in...

Double Hooks?
Which match the knobs on the cabinets....

Antique and rustic?
Which I just think are really cool!

Thanks for you thoughts!
Leave a message or simply vote
 at the poll on the top of this post!

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