Today was an unusually busy day! For those who know me, I'm not a busy girl, for the most part. I am a home body! I love my home. I love being home. And because I live at least 25 minutes from anywhere (another story) I don't leave my home much. Except today. We had a short school day b/c Friday's are usually just a wrap up from the week day and a test day, and then I had to drive into town to take some Ebay packages to the post office. All of this before 11a.m. when the kids had to be at my dad's house to pick up 16,000 pine cones! As I was heading home from the post office, I spotted a shanty of a thrift store tucked way back on hwy 192. So, of course, I did a 360 and pulled right in. "Stay put, kids. Watch your movie. Mommy will be RIGHT back". Needless to say, they are good sports and used to these "pit stops"! (Don't worry yourself...I was parked right next to the outdoor sale, so I was literally less that 10 feet from the car). And then...time stood still for a moment, and I saw her! And she had friends. She was looking right at me and smiling back. She needed a new home and we needed her! And her! And her! And her! And her! And yes, her! Yep! SIX PRETTIES in all for under $100. Now keep in mind, they'll all be getting an Extreme Makeover so don't judge them or me for such shanty finds! But, without further ado... let me introduce you to:
Baby "G's" new dresser!
And her friends below:
Our new coffee table ...
An added bonus of a side table! She was intended for our upstairs movie room, but I think I may want her downstairs...not sure yet.
I saved the best for last! I'm sorry, but she's gorgeous. Or at least I think she'll be after a fresh coat of paint, some distressing, and a new beautiful fluffy toile cushion. Are you feeling it?
So, in case you can't find me over the next 6 months, I'll be in the garage with my sander and paintbrush.
I can't wait to share the makeovers with you in the weeks to come.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
As I mentioned earlier this week, I am having fun going through old pictures on the computer. I am flooded with memories and sweet moments in time as I scroll through each picture. I am amazed at how fast this journey we called "life" is going. This is our sweet boy back in 2006! And yes, our (old) picket fence in the doors reflection. I sure do I miss this picket fence at 525 Baxter and the house that it surrounded! But that's another story that I'm sure to share another day.
Much to my surprise, I opened the front door today to find this....
Books, books, books! 23 in all. (And this is our second order of this quantity in just over a week). My girls are LOVING reading for the first time ever! You see, I grew up reading ONLY when I absolutely had to, and even then, skimming the books simply to get a report or assignment done...never by choice! Even today, I don't enjoy reading for pleasure by myself, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading to and with my kids! My hub and I have prayed many times that the Lord would give our children a love for reading and He has shown favor and answered our prayer. I am so blessed! Most of our books that we received today are about American pioneers and I am so excited to start this study with the girls tomorrow. I love that we have the freedom to homeschool and teach our children true history, science, and God's truths everyday...all day! For this, I am grateful! I'm also thankful for a husband that works hard to support our addiction love and fascination for books. (We get 90% of our books from Christianbook.com and absolutely LOVE the books that they offer.)
"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2
26. Laughing until you cry!
27. Sweet-potato pancakes.
28. Safe travels.
29. Antique shopping in a new city.
30. Rolling hills in the country.
31. Playing "make-up" with my sisters :)
32. Mints on my nightstand before bed. (Thank you, Jenna).
33. Hearing God's truth and obeying His Word.
35. Times of waiting.
36. Starbucks white chocolate mochas.
38. Joy in the morning.
39. Homeschooling in our jammies.
40. The extra long hug from my husband before he leaves for work.
41. Piano music.
42. The sound of giggling coming from upstairs.
43. Reuniting with my kids after being gone for 4 days.
44. Extra coupons in the Sunday paper.
46. A generous heart.
47. Childlike faith.
48. Hearing my 3 year old say, "Mommy, let's pray!"
49. Laying my burdens down on the alter.
50. A toothless blondie!
...don't know when I'll be back again. Actually, I'll be back in just a couple of days. Just a quick trip to Franklin, TN. I have just a couple of things on my agenda. One being to visit my sister and brother (and their families) and the second is to do a little small town shopping. Not the fancy shopping either! The downtown warehouse full of "treasures" kind of shopping. You know, those old shanty houses where the front door just might fall off when you enter. That's where you can find me this weekend. I am praying hoping that I find that one special shabby treasure that whispers in my ear, "Pick me, pick me". Maybe it will simply be a glass milk jug in an old rusty milk carrier or an old chippy (seriously, I know that's a word!) painted locker basket that I'll store my new Flea Market Style magazine in.
(If you haven't rushed out to get this magazine, there is no time like the present). But whatever it is I know it will be love at first sight! (Insert sarcasm here... "Oh, my hub will be so excited to have a new treasure for our home"...end of sarcasm) For some reason, my very large and overpopulated city that I call home, just doesn't have this kind of shopping, so I must go to other towns to find such "antiques" and I do use the word loosely! So, there you have it. I'm off to see my siblings who by the way are my best friends, and to find glass jugs.
Ever since I stumbled upon Ann Voskamp's at aholyexperience.com, I fell in love with not only her anointed words, but her attitude of thanksgiving in all things. She truly has a "heart spilling over with gratitude". Just as thanksgiving has changed Ann's life, I suspect it will change my life as well. Psalm 30:12 say "O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever". Won't you join me every Monday on my journey to 1000 thanksgivings and "taste and see that the Lord is good".
1. Salvation to a sinner such as me!
2. My God-fearing husband.
3. Sweet first child with a sensitive heart and quiet spirit.
4. Energetic second child with a boldness for Christ!
5. Low key third child with a heart of gold and a need for hugs!
6. Crazy, fun, and funny fourth child who loves Jeremiah 29:11.
8. The sound of my washing machine breaking the silence of all 4 children napping.
10. Flip flops in the winter.
11. Picket fences.
12. Sunny, blue skies!
13. My 3 year old learning to swing on her own today. Ahh...the joy, the freedom!
14. Early morning prayers with my husband before the sun comes up.
15. Fresh, clean sheets on the beds.
16. The smell of lilac.
18. The freedom to homeschool.
19. Old friends from college!
20. Memories of family vacations as a child.
21. Siblings who are also your best friends.
22. Flats fishing with my husband.
23. The smell of the salt water.
24. A warm breeze on my face.
25. The brilliant colors that God created.
...In ALL things, big and small, I will give you thanks and praise!
I am a wife and a homeschooling mother of 4 great kids. I love my hub, my kids, and most of all my Jesus! I love the beach, wearing flip flops in the winter, picket fences, yellow houses, painting perfectly nice pieces of furniture, and finding thrift store bargains!