In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Finally Tile

 Believe it or not, the tile was the toughest thing to pick out on the whole renovation project! Any pattern was too miuch for the counter top and anything glossy was out, as the counters are leathered and not glossy at all. Those two things took out about 90% of the tile on the market. I ended up buying individual slate tiles from Wayfair. It took three rounds to get them all to us not broken. Then we realized they weren't quite consistant in size. We had to make piles by size and try to keep the rows even; they aren't in a few places but overall it looks great. 

JD did the tiling; I just came in as the grout and tile scrubber. Works out well as I can say "we did the tile" now. 

Our last item is to rock the fireplace, but it will be about a month before we tackle that as we have hooked it up to use for the rest of the winter.

This is the only thing I love about winter - 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mostly Finished

 We really only have two things left on our remodel - the kitchen tile and the stones on the fireplace. The tile was delivered with many broken, so we had to reorder. The reordered ones also came with several broken, so are going to need to wait for shipment #3. Once we get the tile done, we can work on the fireplace stone. 

The front door finally has finished trim; it had lived half done for at least 1.5 years. 

This is the living room view from the entry way - 

We are very happy with how the ceiling turned out and all the recessed lighting makes a huge difference when sitting on the sectional in the evening. 

 This dining room area was Julia's bedroom. Thanksgiving and Christmas were just wonderful around our same table but in double the space. The old dining room was narrow and getting in and out at the table felt like a real chore. 

This area heading to the deck was the width of the previous dining room. It will be nice for accessing the deck in the spring. 

We moved the bar stool area from the center of the kitchen over to the peninsula on the edge of the kitchen. We narrowed the island by a foot and widened this area by a foot for seating. This area before had glass cabinets and a narrow wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room area. JD took out the corner cabinet and reused the glass cabinet. It works so much better!

I spent just yesterday touching up cabinets that were nicked when being installed. I painted the cabinets, but we used all new hardware. They are actually all hung even now, which had been an issue since moving in before.

You can tell I didn't waste time or paint painting under the cabinets. They will be dark grey slate, now you can just see the old green paint and white plaster. We actually modified the wall to accommodate a larger fridge. While that was the only appliance we planned to replace, the dishwashers both got replaced due to leaking underneath them. 

Instead of drywalling the back of the island and peninsula, we decided to use raw beech boards that we had stored. Although we painted them, it adds a touch of rustic that I enjoy. 

The island was painted a dark grey instead of "fluff" like the rest of the kitchen. The counter tops are granite, but it is leathered which makes it not smooth or shiny. I like it because they really don't ever look dirty like I feel shiny ones tend to. 

We swapped doors from the dining area and the eat in area as this area had patio doors that were always in the way of the table. So now this has the sliding glass door, which works great to the screened in porch. 

 We created a coffee bar on the edge of the kitchen and den area; it's nice to have all the coffee mess removed from the counter top. 

My "you were there" mug collection had grown enough that we added two more mug racks on the last wall of the den area. The trim was replaced from the living room area all the way to this room, including window and door trims. 

I swapped out the bulky shelf over the pantry for more mug racks. 

On a side note, I have been selling some of the wood we had milled from our land when we cleared for the house, yes, like 12 years ago. One gentleman bought some and made these cutting boards and brought them to us. I think they are too pretty to use!

Also, guess who started crawling at Mimi's house just this morning? Oliver is 9 months old tomorrow and getting around!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Getting Ready for Christmas

 Some decent progress happened on the house while I was in CO, and there has been more upon my return. but we still have a bit to go. The contractor finished up the last of the trim on Saturday and has to come back only for the wood stove and an awning out on the deck. JD has bathroom lighting and kitchen tile, lighting, and cabinet doors to put back on. 

Alei and I wrapped up wall painting last weekend but have some touch up work to do and a coffee buffet to paint. 

In the meantime, we put up the Christmas tree, because it's coming fast this year!

The purple wall is finally grey - 

After painting all day Friday and Saturday, Sunday morning came and the tables were covered, the floor was filthy and there was no lunch for all the visiting adult kids after church, so I stayed home and watched the service online while making chili and cleaning up. I enjoyed the quiet!

I gave the Pyrenees their Christmas dog beds early; the old ones moved to the garage where they sleep on them when they are too dirty to come in, which is frequently the last several days of rain.

Now I'm shopping online in between coats of paint! I'm hoping there is very little left after Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Early Gift

 I wrapped and left the boys' Christmas gifts, but wanted to give them this one early. Nathan was kind to demonstrate to Samuel how to unwrap a gift. Samuel enjoyed backing up and sitting on the box. 

Last Colorado Run

 I honestly wish we had counted how many trips our family has made to CO in the almost three years that Gabriel and Alayna have been stationed here; Frontier Airlines cheap, direct flights have made it so easy to be able to visit. JD has been out twice in the last month, so he held down the fort at home and let me make one last trip. I say it's probably the last, because Gabriel leaves for his next schooling/training in Feb. and Alayna is going to come to VA for Nathan's birthday the same month. Then they move to WA State a few months later. I'm bummed that WA is even further away, but it's an area of the country we haven't visited so that  opportunity is a bonus. 

Gabriel turned 28 on Dec. 6th; I know people always say they don't know how their kids got so old, but it's so true. Here I am with Gabriel and his sons outside his chosen birthday lunch eatery -

Inside, in case you were dying to see the inside of the establishment. 

One day we hit up Santa at the mall; Samuel was less than impressed with the man in the red suit. Santa made a valiant effort at winning him over, but not this year. 

Nathan was in charge of candles on his Daddy's cake - a 2 for 20 and eight  randomly placed individual ones. 

Alayna snapped this picture as Nathan and I read the Christmas story. 

This is Gabriel and Alayna's house decorated for Christmas. 

They also have a house in their neighborhood that decks out the backyard with a Christmas wonderland and leaves both sides open for people to walk through. They have been doing it for over 20 years so it was cool to see. 

Got this darling picture of Selah and Bella with their friends at the Bethlehem Walk while I was away. Bella had been asking to go this year, so I'm so happy for them. 

My last serious task of today is Nathan and I need to make cookies. I head home tomorrow.