Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Sunroom: Curtains!

Dane hung curtains in the sunroom last week! He had lots of help.

My precise husband measured and marked exactly where he needed to drill.

We made our very expensive, very fancy curtain rods out of a $5 10' length of 3/4" conduit and a $2.50 package of straps (conduit fittings that bolt it to the wall). This brilliant, cheap idea is not original to me, I first saw it here.

Dane was impressed at how securely he was able to attach the rod to the wall. With two curtain-swinging little ones, sturdiness is pretty important.

I think it turned out great, especially since it's made of electrical hardware (!). I think it would look even better painted or wrapped in twine, but for now I'm quite pleased with it. With the delicate floral print of the curtains, it adds a nice industrial chic vibe to the room.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Fresh Start

The afternoon sunlight filtered through the blinds as I slid out of the wrong side of bed, trying not to disturb the little one snoozing on my pillow. She fell asleep quickly, after a morning of attitude and drama. Some days it seems like she has all the emotions of a grown woman in a three-year-old body.

I headed to the bathroom to wash the morning off and tried to decompress two months of stress in ten minutes (it didn't work). 

Motherhood is hard. Give of yourself, without feeding yourself, and eventually you'll have nothing left to give.

All my complaints hit the cold walls of the shower and bounced back, echoing until they multiplied into more than I could bear.

The tile obviously wasn't listening. So I lifted my pain to the One who always listens, even when what hurts is something under which only this foolish heart would buckle.

Good Friday. If I'm called to lay my self down and offer grace and peace to my children as a sacrifice to Him, how small is that gift compared to the Gift? The day that the Son was put to trial and executed, when His creation turned its back on Him is called good. Good for us. He loved us first, before there was time and before we realized that we are incomplete. 

I'm learning that my sacrifice of praise is good to His ears, and good to my soul.


We celebrated the Resurrection yesterday. Today is a fresh start. He Is Risen. 

(I also got 7 hours of sleep last night, and made it to work out this morning at 5am. A fresh start indeed.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Power of a Positive Mom

"There is no greater investment we can make in the lives of our children than giving them generous doses of encouraging words. It costs us so little in time and effort, but the rewards are priceless. When our young people are reminded of their God-given value, they receive deposits of confidence, security, and well-being in their emotional bank accounts. They begin building on their strengths, knowing they have something to contribute to the world." - Karol Ladd, The Power of a Positive Mom

I think I will read this one soon. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


From my prayer journal yesterday:
Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my sou, for I have sinned against You. {Psalm 41:4}
My soul is what needs to be healed after I wound God with my sin.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Sweet Third Birthday

My sweet Katelyn Grace turned three on Saturday.

I've been a mother for three years. That means it's been three years and two weeks since I earned a paycheck, commuted two hours a day in disgruntling Houston traffic, or blow-dried my hair daily. 

Three years of obeying God's calling.

Three years of living on a single income, of learning to be "just" a stay at home mom, of finding creative outlets that also nurture the littlest members of our family.

Three years of feeling like the most blessed woman on earth.

Thank you for teaching me to be a mama, Katie Grace. You are the joy of my life.

The only thing the birthday girl requested was a "Cindawellwa cake." 

I had to decorate quickly, and didn't have time to do a crumb layer of icing. Ah, well. It turned out ok with only one layer.

Aunt Bethany is the best gift wrapper.

We didn't actually cut the cake on her birthday, since it fell on the same day as Papa's surprise 80th birthday party. But we pulled out her birthday crown and sang a couple of days later.

Sweet girl.

Big enough to blow out her own candles this year.

Mama's homemade chocolate cake with buttercream icing. Yum!

Happy, happy birthday, sweet girl! I can't wait to take you to get your birthday portrait taken, a big girl haircut, and a trip to the zoo! Let's celebrate you all April, ok?


My baby brother left home this weekend. He is attending the A&M Fire Academy.

Michael, you are an incredible young man, a wonderful brother to me and Dane, and an awesome uncle to my kids. I am so proud of you.

Loading up his beloved truck, the Black Beauty. Too bad ol' Beauty broke the second he pulled into his new apartment complex. I heard she got fixed yesterday, though.

Dane double-checked that the trailer's blinkers were wired correctly. Can't have an illegal vehicle on the road, ya know.

Helping Uncle Michael and Daddy check the wiring.

Oh, yeah. He's gonna go far. And I can't wait to see it.