Friday, March 15, 2013

Painting Our House!

*The bottom color is the new color*

I have the best workout anyone would ever want! It is better than any class you have taken at the gym. Painting a house! Not just any house, but a stucco house! Last weekend we started painting our house and actually got most of it done within a 3-day time span. I have no desire to paint my house again in a very long time! However, the interior walls are begging for color as I write this. They’re just going to have to wait.

Last Saturday we pressure washed the house, sidewalk, and driveway. There was so much dirt that came off! Our water bill is going to be through the roof but it looks great. By the time we finished washing everything, we were running out of daylight so we decided just to paint the trim. It seemed like a good idea at the time and we love how the trim looks in Pure White by Sherwin Williams. Looking back, I would definitely save painting the trim until last. We are going to be going back for touch ups this weekend.

Sunday was spent prepping with Frog tape and our two best friends came over to help us paint. While Daniel went around putting on the Frog tape (great stuff by the way!) Allison, Steve, and I painted most of the front of the house and the front of the garage. The wall color is Colonial Revival Gray by Sherwin Williams. At first I thought that it would be too light since it looked almost white in the paint can. However, it was much darker once it dried and looks great! In certain light it looks like a soft gray and in other light is looks bluer.

When we were painting the front of the house, it began to get frustrating because the roller covers we were using weren’t covering as well. We had to go back over with a paintbrush to fix the spots that the roller was missing. This frustrated me because I bought the rollers specifically for rough texture and this was taking a lot more time than I thought it would. On Monday morning, we went over to Sherwin Williams to get some more paint and I happened to mention to the guy about the covers. He had us buy a different cover and it made all the difference! We were able to get the other three sides of the house done in one day!!! The cover we bought, which I highly recommend, is Purdy Colossus. It was a huge lifesaver for us.

This weekend’s project will be to finish painting the alcove area right above the front door and also go around and finish all the small touch ups. I can’t wait to have the house fully painted and done! Then once we get the landscaping cleaned up and the garage door repaired, we will be done with the HOA to do list and the house will be looking more like a home. Even though it is a lot of hard work in such little time, it is so gratifying 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Our New Home!

We finally did it!! On February 15th, we purchased our first home. It has taken over a year to finally get the house that we truly believe the Lord had planned for us. We went under contract on two different houses before getting this one. The first one was a short sale that we waited for about 6 months before pulling out. The house is actually part of a large fraud case and was wrapped up in the court so it was taking too long to get the title cleared so we could purchase it.
The second house we tried to purchase was a foreclosure. However, once we had an inspection done, even our inspector told us to run away from this disaster. It would cost too much money to repair for what we had budgeted. Also, since we were using an FHA loan, it did not pass the FHA inspection. The Lord had a plan in that though. My dad passed away only days after we walked away from the house. With the last minute flight expenses, we would have been in financial trouble with closing on a house at the same time.
We went under contract on our current house at the end of September. Since it was another short sale, we were prepared for waiting another six months or so until we would be able to close. Surprisingly, on January 4th (the day after my 29th birthday) our realtor called me telling us our offer was approved by the bank. It was the best birthday present I could have imagined! The weeks after moved so quickly between the inspections and getting our mortgage loan finalized. Before we knew it, we were sitting in the title company’s office signing a mountain of paperwork. The house was actually ours!
Looking back over the past year, I can see how the Lord had a plan for us. He already had this house picked out and it was, by far, better than any of the others we had tried to buy. It does need some work but overall is in great condition for being vacant for years. The Lord truly has a plan for our lives and it is important to trust in Him. We may not know why things happen the way they do, but we need to trust in our faith that the Lord is in charge and has something better than we could ever possibly imagine.

Stay tunes for updates on learning to be first time homeowners and fixing up our house! I promise some very entertaining stories!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Infertility Testing

Daniel and I have been trying to have a baby since July. With each month, my cycles are getting longer and longer and now it is evident that I am not ovulating. I went to my gynecologist yesterday and she is almost certain that I have PCOS. We have talked about that possibility in the past due to my crazy, irregular periods. I am now having to do fertility testing to find out exactly what is going on with me. Yesterday, I had the blood work done to check my hormone levels. From what I have read, PCOS is caused by too much testosterone. I'm in the process of scheduling a hysterosalpinggogram (HSG). This test scares me. They inject iodine into my uterus to see if my fallopian tubes are block. I'm worried about how much this is going to hurt.

Daniel has to do a semen analysis. He did one over the summer when he was being tested for low testosterone. His primary put him on Androgel but when he went for a 2nd opinion at a urologist, he retested him. There was nothing wrong with his testosterone and the Androgel was killing off his of the many side effects of the medicine. Daniel is nervous about the test due to performance anxiety last time and he is also worried about the results. I told him that if I have to get iodine shot up into my uterus, he can go take care of himself for a test LOL. He actually has been a big support through all this. 

I am trying not to get discouraged about the idea of infertility. No woman ever imagines having to do fertility treatments in order to have a baby. It is one of the many roles God has designed women to do. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart" Psalm 37:4. To conceive a child is the desire of my heart and I need to trust fully in the Lord that He will provide this. In His timing and through His will. It is easy to say and pray but the pain and worry is still there. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Daughter's Nightmare

Me and my dad on my wedding day- 04/23/11
On August 25 I received the worst phone call of my life. My 21 year old brother called me in a panic to tell me that he, along with my parents, were in a horrible car accident on their way home from a week long fishing trip. My brother and mother both sustained mild to moderate injuries. However, my father died on impact. It is strange to say this but knowing that makes me fell relieved. I know that he didn't feel any pain and woke up in heaven with the Lord.

Throughout everything at the accident, I stayed on the phone with my brother trying to be strong for him as the world fell apart around our family. My father was gone. Never in my life would I have ever thought this would be the end of his life. Just turning 60 a week before the accident (and the last time I had talked to him), he still had so much planned for his life. He had retired only months before and was just waiting for my mom to retire before they set out traveling around the country. With my husband and I trying to have a baby, he was so excited at the idea of being a grandpa. He would have made the best grandpa! I can’t help but cry thinking about how much my future children will miss out on without having him in their life.

It has been so difficult trying to resume a ‘normal’ life since the accident. My mom is still recovering from her injuries with the help of my sister. My husband and I live several states away but we are visiting as much as possible. We just came back from a visit and will be going again for Christmas. I haven’t spent a Christmas with my dad since December 2010. It is going to be so hard having the holidays without him there. I am learning to take each day by day to get through. Some days are good and some I can barely get through a single hour without breaking down into tears.

I know that my daddy is waiting to me in heaven. He is up there waiting for me and I know that he never wanted to cause our family so much pain. I just can’t help but wonder why did it have to be so soon? Why couldn’t I have more time with him? He was the best father any girl could ever ask for. I don’t think I will ever stop missing him but I do know that I will see him again.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Strawberry Pie

I wanted to make a dessert this past weekend and I knew there was pie crust in the freezer that needed to be used soon. I haven't made a pie in quite awhile and I was pretty sure that rhubarb was now in season. Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of my favorites! When hubby and I went to the store to get some groceries for the upcoming week, I couldn't find rhubarb anywhere! We even stopped at another store on the way home but no one had it in stock.

I debated about waiting to make the pie until I could find some rhubarb. However, my husband looked pretty disappointed about no pie for dessert and I did have a large carton of fresh strawberries. I quickly found a recipe online for Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie. It turned out so good! I was pretty impressed with myself and my husband ate about half the pie himself last night! When he goes for additional helpings, I know he likes it!

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie

  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts (I used the unroll Pillsbury Pie Crusts)
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place one crust in a nine inch pie pan.
  2. Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. Mix lightly through the berries but do not crush them. Pour filling into pastry lined pan, and dot fruit with butter or margarine. Cover with top crust, and cut slits in the top. Seal and flute the edges.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned.
I also covered the edges of the pie with foil about 20 minutes into baking. This way the edges didn't get too dark.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Loathing Housework

People who have known me for years know that the last thing I want to do is housework. Even as a child, my mother had to fight with me to get me to clean my room. That simple task would take my hours instead of the 30 minutes it should have. Even to this day, when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is clean. I would much rather flop down on the couch and relax watching TV or reading a book.

When thinking about the Proverbs 31 wife, I picture Suzy homemaker with an immaculate clean house. Everything in it's proper place and not a speck of dust in sight. Looking up at my ceiling fan right now tells me it is about time to do some dusting. "She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness" Proverbs 31:27.In this regard, I cannot help but feel guilty. I have plenty of lazy days without lifting a finger to help around the house. As a wife, I really want to be better about this and feel some conviction about my slothfulness.

In order to help keep organized and focused throughout the week, I came up with a weekly cleaning schedule. I take one section of the apartment and do the basic cleaning along with one complete load of laundry a day.

Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

Living Room/Dining Room
Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

Laundry- 1 load

I tentatively started this on Tuesday. I actually kept to it better than I thought I would, considering what a crazy week it was at work. I am praying that I keep to the schedule better next week, instead of having to double up when I missed a day. If you have any tips or ideas, I would love the advice!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Proverbs 31 Apprehensions

I have always shied away from the idea of the Proverbs 31 wife. To me, it seemed like I would be set up for failure. I was never much into housecleaning. The only time I really clean is when I know someone was coming over. Unfortunately, I have carried this into my marriage. My husband was a self-proclaimed neat freak while we were dating. In reality, I think it was more of my mother-in-law who was the neat freak. However, he no longer shows much sign of that obsessive need for everything to be perfectly clean. I feel like it is my fault for that and the guilt sometimes really gets to me.

Being addicted to Pinterest, I came across a book called My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn. Practically rolling my eyes at the thought of the Proverbs 31 Suzy Homemaker, I ended up buying the book on my Kindle. I have started reading and I have to admit that the author sounds a lot like me in her apprehensions of Proverbs 31. A desire in my heart has been growing to be more like this 'perfect' wife depicted in the Bible. I am still afraid of failure and part of me still rebels at the idea. I have always said that the responsibilities around the house should be shared between both the husband and the wife. My husband does help but I do feel like I do a lot more than him. However, I am praying against these feelings for a more servant heart in my household.  Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others."