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8/29/09
We are in!!


Before...

After...




Pictures don't do it justice... it just feels so good to have a clean floor, a clean room- our bedroom!! I re-organized the closet, a couple dressers. We actually have a real bed. When we first got married, we made a bed. Yes, made a bed. It was a wooden platform, raised with cinder-blocks, with foam on it. It was quite comfy, an a cheap way to get by as we paid off bills and lived simply. D commented too on how it actually looks like a bedroom now. Anywho, very excited that we are in. So much of our stuff goes into our bedroom... our closet alone has tons of stuff in it-- it's the linen closet, my closet, D's closet, and Baby E's closet. Baby E will sleep in our room for a while. We have one corner where the crib will fit. I'm feeling like we are semi-ready for this little bundle. Thankfully we still have until November, cause I'm sure I'll find more to do just yet. :) This room has been a mammoth undertaking- filled with all kinds of ups and downs.... We are thrilled it is done and all that we learned from it. Not too eager to start another floor, but extremely hopeful for what the other floors can be.




8/23/09
The newly updated bathroom


A before...

And after... tada!


Took down the towel rack... more like ended up ripping it out of the wall cause it wouldn't come out. So I had a few holes to patch. Hoping to get some shelves up here at some point.

An afternoon and a little paint go a long way.
This only leaves the "baby/spare" room to paint. Still struggling to pick a color. But at least I only have one more to go!




8/21/09
Saying goodbye for now...


It's been an eventful week for me.
Saying goodbye to a friend...
not a forever goodbye... but a for now goodbye.
Death is never an easy thing.
What do you say to someone who tells you they are dying?
For her it was a good thing.
End of suffering.
A peaceful end, and a celebration of life.
At home with her Savior.
I got to meet more of her mysterious family yesterday.
I say mysterious, cause she would share only a little.
She shared only a little cause we only had a little time together...
and 2yrs, once a week for a few hours... isn't a lot of time.
Especially when most of our time was spent over a game of Scrabble...
or me getting her bills in order.
Communication used to be her thing.
Despite her stroke she was still sharp and would use words in Scrabble I'd never heard before.
I was a bitter sweet goodbye for me.
Wish I could have said more...
but maybe that wasn't my job.
I was so glad that pastor saw her in her last hour.
I had told her the day before she died that I would be back the next day.
I didn't make it in time.
I wasn't able to keep my word.
Keeping my word is a big thing for me.
Her funeral was good.
I didn't cry.
I had a peace.
I got to see where her body was laid to rest.
A peaceful countryside cemetary.
I didn't realize how much it meant to everyone else that I was helping her out.
I just wanted to be a friend, to show her that God still cared about her...
even down to the nitty gritty-
like getting bills paid and companionship.

It was a weird day, the day she died.
I don't like death.
I suppose most people don't.
Even though I do believe that Christ has conquered death...
and there IS nothing to fear...
It wasn't a part of the original plan...
and I still don't like it.
I hemmed and hawed over going into town to see her.
I didn't want to intrude on family...
I didn't know what to say.
By the time I got there,
they had changed rooms,
and her door was closed.
I decided to leave.
On my way out,
I sprained my ankle coming out of the hospital.
And I've managed to re-sprain it already twice this week.
I found out she died about the same time I fell
when I got home.
D said he was glad that I found out at home with him there.
I was glad he was there too...
to hold me and let me mourn, reminisce, reflect.

I'm glad to have had the chance to know her.
... to go through the process of making a friend despite obstacles.
Thank you Lord for the opportunity to know her.
I look forward to seeing you and her someday.
You truly know all things... and work them for your good purposes.

"We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18




8/17/09


Television . . .Is an anti-experience and an anti-knowledge machine because it separates individuals from themselves and from the environment and makes them believe they are living while they are only observing passively what other people decide to make them see. - Dr. Silvana Montanaro, MD, Psychiatrist, Montessori Teacher-Trainer

The primary danger of the television screen lies not so much in the behavior it produces as the behavior it prevents... Turning on the television set can turn off the process that transforms children into adults. - Urie Bronfenbrenner, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University
http://www.montessori.edu/prod.html




8/12/09
Progress...


Yesterday...

Today...

I'm just getting the top layer off. Enough for it to seem clean until we really go at it. I woke up at 8am this morning and couldn't let the last 5 hrs of our rental day go to waste. So I figured I would get as much done as I could. The carpet that was here went out with the trash this morning, so I couldn't just hide the yuckiness any longer.


And here is what D accomplished last night into the wee-hours (2:00am was when the machine went off)



Now it's going to be time for some serious dust clean up. Here is my sheet barrier that helped keep some of the dust contained as well as a peek into the blessed chaos we are living in right now:


And the clothes line as promised:




8/11/09
Floors...



Yay! I was able to rent a floor sander today and D is working hard to get as much done today within our day rental. So far so good. It's nice to see a decent floor under all those layers. There are 3 layers alone on our bedroom floor, which slows the process down. Hopefully we got enough sandpaper. :) The dust we are creating is unreal. I managed to hang some sheets down the stairway to block dust from invading our entire house. The upstairs is coated. I did do some work in our bedroom closet yesterday. Hung braces for more shelving and painted the walls white. They were blue originally, with a light layer of white over it. I just put the last coat on essentially to cover it fully.

And I am working on the kitchen floor. There is a layer of something on it, with nice wood underneath. I'm doing this with the high and lofty hope that we will still have sandpaper and time to sand this floor down too. This room had the last of the old carpet in it. I tore it out and it's in the trash. So no going back now.
And we managed to get my clothesline up. Finished putting the line up tonight... I'll show you a picture tomorrow.
It feels good to get things done. We've been gone so much this summer and all these projects have been weighing on my mind. But as my dear husband reminds me, these are just projects I want to get done... they aren't a need. The baby will come and be just fine whether they are done or not. I however don't know if I would be. :) I definitely do better with order rather than chaos. And it's hard to sit by and wait when I feel like I can do something. Anywho... picture tomorrow of the fantastic clothes line that will save on electricity and make the laundry smell oh-so-good. :)




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