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Generations of Beauty

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 5:11 (NIV – emphasis mine)

Remember my dear friend Amber and her adorable belly?

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She is admittedly one of the most photogenic people I know, but her beauty really radiates from far deeper than her skin. She loves her Lord with her whole heart, and it shows.

Well, with a very happy heart I’m telling you that…with four active little boys at home…Amber welcomed a baby GIRL into her family today!

Haven Addison is precious.

Like her mama, Haven’s beauty comes from being made in the image of her Creator.

Her name means refuge, and the verse at the top of this post is my prayer for her, that she will always find her refuge in the arms of the Almighty God, who created her and loves her completely.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl. You are so loved.

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He Redeems

Four years ago, Amber and I started a study together. Every Friday, we would get together and discuss God’s Word and His design for wives. Our many small children would swarm around us as we opened our Bibles and sipped our chai lattes.

As we challenged each other, and kept each other accountable…as we shared our hearts and did life together…we forged a deep friendship. Of all the people in the world, Amber is one I know I can confide in, count on, and confront if needed (and I know she’ll do the same for me).

Through the highs and lows of life we have walked these four years.

It was a simple question I asked her not too long ago: “What was the date when Carter came home?”

They’re in the process of adopting a little boy, and I wondered about the official date of his placement in their home.

And that is where I want you to join this story of God’s redeeming love.

Let’s back up to three and a half years ago. Amber found out she was pregnant with their third child. Of course I was thrilled for her! She had two boys…would this one be a girl or a boy? The joyous anticipation began.

But she didn’t ever find out baby’s gender, as she lost him or her to miscarriage on October 6, 2011.

It was a sorrowful day.

The months to follow were hard. She longed for another baby, and yet her womb was empty.

She knew she should take down the crib and move her 2nd son into a “big boy” bed…but she couldn’t bear to see the nursery empty. Every time she walked by, she was reminded that there was supposed to be a new child bringing life and joy to that room. It was a season of weeping.

Did God forget her?

“I say to God my rock,
‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning…'”
Psalm 42:9

I have a vivid memory of hugging her, crying, and reminding her, “God has NOT forgotten you. He hears your cries. He knows your heart.”

Sometimes when we can’t stand on our own, we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us up and remind us of the truth.

Well, much to everyone’s delight, after months of prayer, God granted her wish for another baby, and a beautiful baby boy was born in May 2013.

That same fall, God planted in her heart the desire to adopt a blue-eyed, blond-haired baby boy.

The process was long. Lots of paperwork, training, home visits. They thought he would come home months before he actually did. They didn’t expect delays.

But it was God’s perfect timing. Because when I asked Amber that question…”What day was Carter placed with you?”…she had to go back and check. And she re-checked, just to be sure.

In those details she saw that God is truly the God of love. He cares so deeply for her, he wants to so completely heal her heart, and he redeems.

Carter was brought home on October 6, 2014, exactly 3 years after her miscarriage.

God redeemed that day and gave my dear friend a reason to rejoice on a day that used to hold only sorrow.

What can we do but praise Him?

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(Epilogue: I am eagerly awaiting the impending arrival of Amber’s baby #5…hoping that her four boys will gain a sister, but not going to be surprised if another little guy joins the crowd. If you’re wondering, she’s about to have 5 kids ages 5 and under!) 🙂

Entryway Board and Batten

I like our entryway. It’s large enough that when people come over, they can comfortably stand and take off their coats without feeling really squished.

But it needed some pizzazz.

You already saw the TP art. That helped.

And then (with the help of some friends who actually know things about home remodeling), we moved on to Board and Batten! Woo-hoo!

So, here are the {before} pictures…

Note: This is NOT a tutorial. If you want the specifics on how to get ‘er done, you can check out some other sites. This is purely inspirational. 🙂

So, to start, my beautiful friend Amber and I painted the wall white. THREE TIMES. Who knew it would need that many coats?!



Pretty huh?

At this point, are you wondering how we managed to paint three coats with SIX kids (ages 7,5,4,2,2,and 1) in the house? Yeah, I’ve been wondering that, too. We mostly banished them to the basement, which proved to be a smart move after one of the kiddos hurled a football into one of the freshly painted walls.

Next, it was our awesome husbands’ time to shine.

Or work. Whatever you want to call it.

They measured. They cut. They nailed. It was great fun.

Meanwhile, Amber and I tried to clean some stains off my couch cushions (mostly put there by both of our 2-year-old boys). We were going to use her Bissell Little Green Machine.

Pardon the poor quality of that picture. I took it at 1am. Yes, the portion of the project that we started AFTER church on Wednesday night went a little long.

Moving on…

The machine wasn’t working. Amber took it completely apart, and it still wasn’t working. So, we got out a spray bottle to spray the cleaner on.

And after she scrubbed for a good ten minutes, she asked, “These covers don’t come off, do they?”

And suddenly, I remembered! There are zippers on the cushions! The only reason I know that is because I’m careful to put the zipper toward the couch when I put the cushions back from the kiddos playing “fort” 1,000 times a week.

It’s NOT because I’ve ever unzipped those zippers. Nope, in the 7-1/2 years we’ve owned that couch, the zippers have stayed all snug and zipped up.

So, when Amber asked that question, and I remembered that the covers DO come off the cushions, she might have said,

“I am going to kill you!”

I guess she was getting grumpy from the late hour and maybe all that work she’d just done to my couch, when in reality we could have just removed the covers and WASHED THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE.

Oops.

So, we did remove them. See?

And now I will show you the grossest picture I have ever posted on this blog…This is what the water looked like in the tub when we threw the covers in with some Dawn, vinegar, and peroxide to soak…Remember, this is 7-1/2 years of “stuff.”

Next time I’m at Amber’s house, I’m going to do this to her couch cushion covers, just so I can feel better about myself. (Or, if hers aren’t nasty, I will go into a deep depression. It’s worth a try, anyway.)

Well, eventually, Luke and I were relegated to cleaning up, while Ted and Amber finished the actual work.

If you noticed Ted’s facial expression, you may have already started praying for their marriage…But don’t worry, they’re doing great. I’m just going to attribute his supposed scowl to my poor photography skills and the late hour.

And eventually…Finally…We were done!

And it is beautiful! I LOVE IT!


What’s the next project?!

Just kidding…I think Luke’s done with project mode for a while.

Oh, and just so you don’t miss out on this spectacle…Here’s a really blurry picture of Ted modeling the new entryway. I think he was pleased with his work, don’t you?

Girls’ Road Trip: Cleveland Edition

Do you remember last spring when my friend Jesse moved away? She (along with her hubby and kiddos) moved to the Cleveland area.

Well, Jesse’s birthday was at the end of October, so my friends Amber and Kisha and I seized the opportunity to drive down and surprise her! The first weekend of November, we had ourselves a little road trip!

It just so happened that IKEA was right on the way! So of course we had to stop!

No, the dog wasn’t with us. It actually belonged to the guy taking our picture. Not sure how that worked out. The baby, however, was with us. His name is Jacob, and he’s a little cutie-pie! 🙂

And did you know that there are some really cool rest areas along the Ohio Turnpike? Apparently they’re called “travel pauses,” and it includes a gas station and restaurants. Not just a potty. Very cool. Here we are taking a little pit stop at a “travel pause…”

In order to make our visit a surprise, I had to conspire with Jesse’s husband, Jared. He brilliantly told Jesse he’d invited three guys from work over for dinner on Friday. That way, she’d have the house clean and have dinner cooking and be expecting company. But there was a little twist when we got into town about 20 minutes before Jared was to arrive home. So he let her know that his “guys” would probably make it to the house before he did…How stressful for her! Three men she’d never met before, coming to her house before her hubby was home?!

I guess that’s why she was so stinking relieved when she opened the door, and it was just us three girls (and baby Jacob) there smiling at her. 🙂 Wanna see how it went down?

While there, we ate a lot of yummy food, talked a lot, and laughed a LOT. We also took a little jaunt over to a gourmet popcorn shop and the local upscale thrift store. Don’t Amber and I look awesome in our matching sweaters and cool hats? (Kidding, kidding.)

We had a great time catching up, and we’d love for our friend to move back to Michigan. But for now, God has them in Ohio, and hopefully we were an encouragement to her there!

We love you, Jesse!

Two Mommies + Six Kiddos + One Orchard = Crazy

We NEEEEEEEEEDED more apples. Apparently 2-1/2 bushels isn’t enough! That’s about 105 pounds of apples from our first visit, folks. And we needed more. So, we picked another 2 bushels; that’s about 84 more pounds. Wowsers.

Hopefully our freezer will be satisfied after this. 🙂

We had a quick, fun trip to the orchard last night with my sweet friend Amber, and her boys.

Enjoy some pictures of our trip!

Left to right: Seth, Caleb, Ava, Jaden, Grace


Baby Nolan with a tasty Spy Gold apple


Little twinsies, Jaden and Seth


The whole gang!

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