Another Room Redo

While the girls were at camp last week Rich and I did a makeover on their room.  It really needed it as it was purple with flowers and just not matching who they were anymore.

I wanted something they could grown into so I don’t have to do this again.  I had some great ideas in my head and really hoped it would come through on the walls.  I am happy to say it certainly did and the girls were blown away.

Rich is great and helping me get my vision on the walls… but I think he will veto Chevron stripes again.  That took us almost all day Tuesday to execute.  We love the backdrop it gives to one wall.  On that wall we hung two dresser drawers turned shelves that I painted in one of the accent colors – turquoise, along with an empty frame that the girls could hang Instagram or other photos.  The drawers were from a dresser that was too small for any of the children and the frame a neighbor gave to me long again.  Gotta love free!

We had a third drawer turned shelf that I painted the other accent color – yellow and hung above Ms. S’s dresser.  Ms. A has more books than most girls so she needs quite a bit of storage. I added decorated pieces to them, stuffed animals and a trophy here and there to break up the books.

Above Ms. A’s dresser {which I didn’t take a picture of, but it used to be a less than amazing blue… both dressers I painted the wall color and added shiny silver handles} we hung an antique mirror my neighbor also gave me that I painted yellow and then roughed it up a bit to keep that antique look.  I added a basket with some storage on the dresser for their hair brushes and things that go with that.

On their bed I found the perfect comforter in the dark grey that was stitched in Chervon!  I also found chevron sheets in yellow and gray for both beds {it has a trundle… their room is SUPER small}.  I added turquoise pillow cases I found at, of all places, Kmart, a fluffy pillow, and two that my Mama made for their room with fabrics we picked out.  She is also working on a bolster pillow and then a large yellow pillow for the back middle of the bed.  The owl pillow Ms. A already owned!

Above the bed is three American Girl dolls {which does not creep my girls out} and pictures I took.  I printed 1 Peter 3:3-4 on top of a yellow picture I took a few weeks ago and a picture of the girls I took just before they left for camp.  Then I used modge podge to mount them on a board my husband cut for me and I painted.  The BFF letters we have had for years for something else but I liked them here too.

Finally the door we fixed {it was slightly broken from a few too many slams… *uh-um*}, freshly painted it, and then did chalk board paint on one side and bulletin board on the other side.

I love every aspect of it.  I’m hoping they keep it as clean has they have since Sunday.  The only thing we still would like to do is replace the flooring… but that is for another day when we can do all the upstairs.

Fifty Years


Today my parents celebrate their 50th anniversary!  What a milestone.

They have held to their vows all these years – through richer and poorer, in sickness and in health, and when one was driving the other nuts.  They have provided a great example of a stable, successful, and long lasting love.

Ms. A asked my Mom how she could stay married that long to my Dad….

From their love, two children came – one son, one amazing daughter {hehe}.

Now they are blessed with six grandchildren {two boys, four girls}.

They walk together almost every day {most days 6 miles!} and enjoy a good cup of coffee {my Dad may enjoy much more than one cup of coffee}. What I’ve loved watching as they both “retired” from work was how they have taken on the kitchen duties together.  They are so vastly different in the kitchen – my Dad leaves doors open, uses TONS of paper towels and is kinda crazy when he cooks.  My Mom cleans up as she goes and is just calm in the kitchen.  But somehow they make it happen when they cook together!

Congrats on 50 years.  Praying you have a great day today and many more years to come.

Chalk Art

We got to see some amazing chalk art last week.  To be so talented with chalk on a road.  Wow…

We saw a dragon.

A beautiful butterfly.

And a wonderful flag with an eagle among other wonderful drawings.

Sparkler Fun

My Mom brought the girls some sparklers to the fireworks.  We had tried some earlier in the week.  I think they go bad???  They were all dudes.

These worked wonderfully and I had fun capturing what they were drawing.

Then I asked them to draw a heart together.  This was the best we got as they tried to figure out how to do it together and in the time I needed.  Oh well…. guess we will just have to try again!


I didn’t take many fireworks pictures this year.  I wanted to sit back and enjoy them too.  And it was stinkin’ cold as the sun went down… I needed to stay covered up so I didn’t freeze!

It was a wonderful show – really one of the best I’ve seen in some time.  My parents enjoyed it with us and it was nice to have them along to enjoy.

Visiting Cousins

We started our vacation visiting with my husband’s family.  We had a great time visiting and meeting the newest niece and nephew.  Somehow I managed to forget to take pictures of each of the “matching age” cousins before we left.  I do this every year… guess I’ll have to miss a year.

I did, however, get three pictures.  First is Mr. J with his cousin who declared him her new brother.  When she found out we were leaving she cried and said “but they are my favorite cousins”.  She followed him around everywhere and he was her go to helper.

Then we have our Ms. S with the newest Ms. S – she has the same first name as our daughter.  She is 8 months old now and such a cutie.  A little on the shy side which is surprising since she is the youngest of 8 children!

Lastly, our new nephew.  His Dad is Rich’s youngest brother’s son who is 10 months old.  Ms. A fell in love with him.  He was a charmer and loved to snuggle.  I think he is grandchild number 23 if I am counting right {Rich is the oldest of 7 boys}.

Loved catching up with some of my sister in laws and seeing how much their children have grown.  Next up… the beautiful beach in Florida.

Portraits of my Children

Before my boys leave for their seven week summer mission trip with Teen Missions I wanted to take their portraits to update my wall.  They are a year older and my have they changed!

A friend let me use her property – 30 acres of lovely field, barns, and the golden hour.  I had taken portraits for a client here the week before and knew I had to bring my children out.

I have many to go through and am still deciding which ones to use for my wall.  But these are the ones I’ve worked on so far.

Mr. J – 17 and headed to Northern Ireland… it is going to be life changing… but that’s another blog post!

Mr. C – 15 and headed to Vanuatu… he is so excited to get through Boot Camp and head to this small island country.

Now, I have a picture of the girls on that barn wall, but after the boys left the girls and I went in the barn to see the horses.  I had this picture in my head so we gave it a try.  I love them, but I’m not sure they would look good with the boys pictures on the same wall.  What do you think?

Ms. A – 12 and ready to be a 7th grader so she can go to youth group {meanwhile her parents are very much NOT ready for this}.

Ms. S – 9… tell her to strike a pose and these eyes oh my.

Then out to the field we went for a group picture.  I shared this on Facebook already if you follow me there.  I just told them to strike a pose, got some goofy ones, and then got this one.  Really captured each of them.

Next I asked them to come in closer and I looked up from my camera to see this.  Kinda wish Ms. S’s face would be showing, but it still is a picture I love.

And I have to share one more.  This girl LOVES horses.  I captured this just after she walked in the door.  So glad I was ready with my camera!