Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Farm Table and New Rooms

For a while now I have been wanting Jack to build me a farm table. Our current table holds 6- which works well for normal days. But if we have anyone over for dinner, even just one person, our table is too small. I love the look of a farm table- and I wanted a big one. To make that happen, some rooms would have to change. I thought it would be a ways down the road before that could happen, but then I had an idea- what if my awesome farm table had a drawer for each child and could also be our school table? And our summer projects were born!

I switched our current school/playroom that is an extension of our kitchen with our formal dining room. Now our old dining room is the kids' playroom and the old playroom is now a large eat in kitchen with a beautiful 8 foot farm table. Here are the before/after pics:

Jack did an incredible job on the table. It is gorgeous. We got the wood at a sawmill- so it is imperfect with knots and swirls and I LOVE IT. And it has 4 drawers to hold this kids' pencils, crayons, Bibles and notebooks. I still have to refinish the chairs. The table holds 10 easily! The centerpiece is a work in progress.

As an added bonus, what used to be the playroom has a fireplace- that we never used because it was in the playroom. But now it is in the awesome country kitchen! I found an awesome old mantel and fireplace surround at this place in North Carolina called Cline's Antiques for $50. I don't really know how to describe this place- kind of like the places that you see on American Pickers- barns and out buildings and trailers and fields full of junk and antiques and trash and treasures. I still have find things for the mantel and hearth, but it's already looking so great.

I also found this window at Cline's for $2! After I got it home I realized it had blue paint on it. It was perfect to hang on the big wall.

Then I used some reclaimed wood from an old shed to make a word art piece. Jack helped me attach the boards together and I dry painted them with a blue paint. I had Jack use his graphic design skills to put the phrases I liked together. Then I ordered the words in vinyl wall lettering from a local print shop. It looks great beside the window!

I reorganized the built in desk so that Caleb will be able to sit there and do his computer work. Everyone's books and curriculum are in the bins so they can be easily transported to the farm table for school each day.

All the kids' toys fit nicely in the new playroom- I got a second bin organizer and threw away 3 trashbags of things!

I really love the way everything turned out so far! I have another trip to Cline's in September to look for mantel and center piece decor. Ready to have a big dinner party now!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Eden!

My dearest Eden,

Oh how quickly these 3 years have flown by. You have grown so much. Everyday I am amazed at you! You are a mess. You always make us laugh. You have an infectious joy- I don't know anyone who doesn't smile in your presence. You are silly and happy most of the time and bring a light into our lives.

You love to sing! And you have an amazing memory. You only have to hear a song a few times before you know the words. Right now, without a doubt, Frozen songs are your favorite. But you also love Part of Your World that Ariel sings. And you love worship songs, too. Probably your favorites right now are Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keys. Some deep theology for a 3 year old!

You love to have your toenails painted. You call them "pretty toes." You love pink and purple and anything princess. But you also love to run, and get dirty, and do anything your brothers do. You love animals- you love Macy and Sasha- when they are around you are never far away. And when we went fishing- you were right in the middle of everything- holding the worms, holding the fish and tossing the fish back in the water. My favorite was when Noah caught his first fish. While Daddy was getting the fish off the hook, you got your face right down next to the fish and said, "Aww, I love you little fish!"

As has been the truth for the past 3 years, your brothers and your Daddy are wrapped. You still call Caleb "Bubby" and I love it. And boy does he love you! Your brothers all love to make you laugh. They were so excited for your birthday today. And your Daddy- man that guy is head over heals for you, little girl. But you have that way with the men in your life- Pop-Pop, Paw-Paw, Luke, Tyler- well none of them can resist you.

And I.... well Eden, I just didn't know how special a daughter was before you. So many times when people see our family out, they'll comment, "Oh I guess you're done now that you finally got that girl." And that has always bothered me. Your Daddy and I, we didn't keep having kids because we were unhappy to have so many boys and we just really had to have a girl. We love your brothers to the moon and back- and we honestly figured you'd be another boy, too. And we were excited either way. But man oh man, you have changed our lives. You are such a gift to me, precious girl. God blessed this home and this family with you. I love you more than you know.

Eden Frances, we pray everyday that God will bless you. That you will know and love Jesus and find your security, value and worth in Christ. I pray that God will bind us together in joy and love. You were the perfect addition to this family 3 years ago and we are grateful everyday that God gave you to us. Happy Birthday!

Monday, June 30, 2014


This poor little blog was woefully neglected this Spring. I guess we just got too busy! But my smart phone was never far away and I did manage to get some pics of all the fun we had from January to May and post them to Instagram. So for all of you who are not on Facebook or Instagram, here is a pictorial review of our Spring!

Mother/Son Date

First Braid!

 Date Night!

School Days

Happy Birthday Jack!

Collegiate Conference

Captain America?

Learning about China? Grab some Chinese food for lunch!

Learning about ocean animals? Dissect a shark!

 Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC

Nice day? How about school in a hammock!

 Remedy Kids serving at Chick-Fil-A

 Come See Me Festival

Selfies with Mom!

 Geography Game- We know where 106 countries are!

 Noah lost his 1st tooth!

 First and last days of K and 2nd grade!

New reading lights for the bunks

Pitty toes!!

Hanging out with Luke

Christening the pool!

Cousin Time!

Putt-putt with Grammy and Pop-pop

Swim team time!

Hopefully I'll be better at posting this summer. But seeing how it is July 1 tomorrow, I wouldn't hold your breath! ;)