Settling In

We are getting settled into our new home and the new school year (my baby started Kindergarten… sniff, sniff). I’m a little sad to see summer come to an end, but I’m anxious to get back into a “normal” routine after the busy and hectic year that 2013 has been so far.

We’ve been in our new house for three weeks now and have tackled quite a few projects, some big and some on the smaller scale, and while we aren’t fully complete with some of these projects we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are finally able to slow down a bit and just enjoy living here.

This home was a foreclosure so there were quite a few things that needed some attention right away. Although thankfully, the bank replaced the flooring and appliances and painted inside and out before we even saw the place, there were other things like a hot water heater that didn’t work, a garage door with no opener, a faulty garbage disposer, no window coverings… etc. Things that you come to take for granted in a normal purchase situation. 🙂 Despite all of that we are really loving our “project” house. It’s been hard work but it’s also been fun.

My most favorite project we’ve done so far is our kitchen… which of course wasn’t a necessity to be functional, but I knew I wanted to update it and before moving in seemed like the best time to do it, so we went for it and I love the result.

Here’s a pic of what it looked like before we moved in:

Kitchen Before And here’s a pic of what it looked like after we did a few updates…

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I’m so thrilled with how it turned out! 🙂

Now, we’ve moved on to bigger fish and started a much needed update on our yard. Ugh. We have a pretty large yard that needed a lot of help. The foundation had a bit of settling over the 3 years that it was vacant and so we had been getting some water in the basement. The yard had a lot of dips and was very uneven which wasn’t helping the water drain properly away from the house. So the last week and a half has been spent ripping out nearly everything in the yard (except for a few choice trees) and starting over from scratch… bringing in new dirt to even out the yard and eventually we’ll have some new bushes, shrubs and stuff to prettify it.

Here’s a few in process photos from our yard adventures:

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It’s going to be fun to see what this place looks like when we are finished.

In the meantime, while the work is being done on the outside, I’m busy putting the inside of the house together, unpacking and settling in. I hope to share my new art space with you soon and will be posting some new things in my shop in the coming weeks.

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Good Distractions

Wow, these last few weeks have flown by so quickly! I’ve been pretty distracted… by good things though.

For one… it’s Summer! My kids are both home and we’ve been making the most of every moment… swimming, watching movies (including the newly released Monsters University), Vacation Bible School, play dates, park fun, fun with cousins and grandparents, T-Ball games, fishing, eating chocolate dipped cones from McDonald’s, berry picking and much, much more. I love that my kids are getting old enough that we can just pick up and go somewhere if we feel like it. I don’t have to make sure we have a diaper bag, clean diapers, change of clothes, food, etc. Although it is still a process if we want to be prepared for a certain activity, but not like it used to. Of course there are things I miss about those days too… 😉

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Another big distraction in our life right now is that we are in the process of buying a house! Yippee!! When we moved back to Kansas 5 months ago we decided to rent for a time and now we are closing in on another moving date… this time only a mile away and Lord willing this will be the last move for a very, very long time and I absolutely cannot wait! 🙂

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So, that’s what I’ve been up to so far this Summer. What have you been up to?

Getting Settled


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For the most part we’ve unburied ourselves from underneath the boxes and have settled back into Kansas life. It pretty much feels like we never left… with the exception of a different house in a different neighborhood and a different school; life is pretty much as it was when we left. We are grateful to be near our family and friends again, but of course miss those we met in Colorado, but it really feels as though this is truly where we belong. Home Sweet Home.

Just thought I’d share a few fun photos from the move.

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There’s No Place Like Home

ruby-slippersAfter 7 months in Colorado, we’ve come to the conclusion that there’s just no place like home. We’re clicking our heels together and loading the moving van once again. It’s time to get back to Kansas Toto.

After years of dreaming of Colorado living you’d think we’d have not ever wanted to leave, but we’ve come to realize the real dream is living near our family. My husband and I both grew up in the Kansas City area, so it’s home for both of us. As much as we have LOVED Colorado, there’s just something missing here, there’s an emptiness that is hard to explain. Once the honeymoon of being here was over and we stopped having visitors, the homesickness set in and we just couldn’t shake it, especially after being back over Christmas. We’d rather visit Colorado and live near family instead of the other way around… something we just didn’t know it until we experienced it. We want to give our children the opportunity to grow up with their cousins around, having the grandparents at their school events and activities, having the positive influence of aunts and uncles nearby… this is what God has helped us realize… home is where we’re meant to be… to live and grow… to bloom where we were planted. Not to say that’s where everyone is supposed to be, but for us, it is.

Of course, this transition back is bittersweet as we’ve definitely met some great people here, made some wonderful friends and of course we will miss the daily mountain views, the nice weather and laid back culture. But, we know now that home is where our heart really is and it’s just where we belong… despite the flat grassy plains, crazy summer humidity, pesky mosquitos, scary extreme weather and fewer bicycles and beer… home is home whether we like it or not… it’s more about the people than the scenery and weather anyway.

So, stay tuned as the next couple of weeks will be super busy as we finish packing and moving into our new place. But, soon I will be back with lots more art, inspiration and more! 🙂

The Last Week… In Photos

We have arrived… we are getting settled in and having a blast exploring our new surroundings! Although we’ve had some lonely, homesick moments over the last week, we’ve also come to find just what we’d expected… that we love this place.

I thought I’d take some time out to share just a few photos of what we’ve done over this last week since arriving here!

 Of course, we’ve done a boat load of unpacking…


 Visited local parks…

 Done a little hiking…

 Cooked & baked in our new kitchen…

 And checked out our new town…

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 Now… we are gearing up for a little weekend getaway… camping in the mountains!

Happy 4th of July! Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful holiday with those you love!

See you next week!

The Journey’s Just Begun

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Well, the trailer is loaded, the house is clean and empty and we are on the road to our new home! It’s been a whirlwind the last few days and it feels good to be relaxing on the road now (while my sweet hubby drives and the kids are quiet watching a movie and sleeping in the back). Taking a deep breath and reflecting back, curious to see what’s ahead, but truly enjoying this moment of the journey.

God’s goodness has continued to surprise me and has been growing my mustard seed sized faith. He has provided in ways that we didn’t even realize we needed his provision, He’s given peace in times when finding peace seemed impossible, He’s taken the burdens of overwhelming tasks and helped me to conquer them bit by bit, He’s shown love through dear friends and family’s encouraging words and gestures. When we started this journey I had no idea I would have the opportunity to see Him work in so many countless ways, and the coolest part? This journey has only just begun! 🙂

The Countdown

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This is the countdown we’ve had on our fridge for a while. It started at 40-something… Today it says “7”… This time next week we will have a loaded trailer with all our belongings and be starting our 650 mile trek to our new home and the next chapter of our life. It’s bittersweet really.

Although most moments of the last several weeks it hasn’t quite seemed real and I guess it may not for a while. It’s been more of moving through the motions, doing the next thing, being mostly in the moment… which I’m actually thankful for. There are friends & family I’ve already said “goodbye” to and others I haven’t yet. The “goodbye’s” are of course the hardest part of all of this. The friends that I’ve had a “history” with that I’d have loved to see my kids “grow up” with and those that I knew before even having kids. It’s just plain hard to say goodbye, although many of the goodbye’s are really just “see you later’s” it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.

So, for now, I’ll just continue to take it day by day… allowing myself to shed a tear when necessary, get excited when I want to, and then there are moments of just getting down to business to get things ready. Through it all, I’m doing my best to relish in and just enjoy each moment of this adventure!