Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

I TRULY AM BLESSED pt2 - Fear to Hope

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013



The story of how our family came to be.

http://sowseeksewreap.blogspot.com/2013/04/i-truly-am-blessed-pt2-fear-to-hope.html


I last left off here 
when hubby was ready to start a family.




Tuesday, April 23, 2013

THE FARMER'S WIFE: Remembering 10 Years Ago {a personal story}

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013


I thought I'd share something I read a week ago
over at the Farmer's Wife.

The Farmer's Wife

It was both heartbreaking and beautiful.

The poem below says it all.

The Farmer's Wife: Remembering 10 Years Ago {a personal story}:  I am going to take you back 10 years ago today. On April 11th, 2003, I woke up and got ready for the day.  My co-workers and I had a ...



Drinking From My Saucer

I've never made a fortune
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough.
But I've got loved ones around me,
and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So God, help me not to gripe about
the tough rows that I've hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
when the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Author unknown



Encouragement from unexpected places.





Monday, April 22, 2013

THROW PILLOWS-Hello Kitty Makeover




I've got some great news!!!

Jesus loves you :)



OK onto my regularly scheduled,
Hello Kitty, howdy, happy, hurry up,  HOW-TO(h)update.
Sorry, couldn't resist the h's hahaha 
oops, see?!

Moving. On.

I've been sharing how I completed everything in my daughter's room,
in the order that it's seen from her door:
 ie. left side of room by closet working towards the right.


This is the 4th entry, post-reveal , 
and technically the 6th HOW-TO, of all the projects completed.
pre-reveal  here  here  post-reveal here  here here 

DIY THROW PILLOWS, REDOS, DIY PILLOWS,
THROW PILLOWS 
from extra fabric & old blouse

Previous purchases: $0 current expense


A LITTLE SET BACK CALLED MILDEW

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013


I've been posting the HOW-TO's lately,
of each item/craft I worked on for my daughter's Hello Kitty room.

I'll eventually get to my son's room which I think
will be much easier.
Boys tend to be less fuss
while girls usually more "foo foo".

Anyway, this doesn't technically count as a "how-to"
its more of a "this is how we did it, don't follow our example cuz we're NO pro's"
type of thing. :)


DEALING WITH MILDEW ON WALL
Its no longer visible due to major cleaning, but the inner part of the base board was mostly black from mildew.
This is the area with the mildew.
The paint and the sheet rock paper peeled right off
and other parts of the sheet rock just crumbled.
Had it been visible on the outside, it would have been discovered and dealt with sooner.
It was only when I went to tape the baseboard that it lifted up the paint.
:(

I feel REALLY bad about this too because
M.S. our most recent student suffered from Asthma.
Increasingly as she lived her, a few times having to go into the E.R.
The bed was even by the window which explains a lot.

I know.
What KIND of people are we!?

I told her about it,
apologized for this new found info.
 said, "shhh, we were NEVER the cause of the asthma,
it was the enemy"
cuz you know, we blame him for everything,
and then we laughed.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

nutella

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013


I've JUST discovered nutella......sigh
NUTELLA, EATING NUTELLA,
here

And not in the "I've never ever seen or heard of nutella"
but in the "why in the world have I not tried you before!?" way.



A little while back
while grocery shopping with the kiddos,
they pointed out nutella.

Well, more like 'OHHHH nutella!'

I was surprised they knew what it was because we've never bought it
or tried it.
Truthfully, it has always sounded gross, non appealing
and not worth the purchase.

I asked them how they knew about it.


They said, 'Tia (auntie) gave us nutella toast,
it was GOOOOOD'

So, I thought I'd buy them some for our house........



Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY BRANCH CURTAIN ROD & TABLECLOTH CURTAINS- Hello Kitty Makeover

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013


HAPPY MONDAY!
Or should I say
HAPPY-hope you got your taxes done -MONDAY!

I did, finally.

I feel like I've gotten a better grasp of "reality",
since my kids went back to school 2 weeks ago, 
and we're all into our regular routines.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when they get breaks,
 but getting back into the swing of things,
AFTER having no schedule,
 is tough.

But its a great "challenge" to have,
I wouldn't change it for the world.
 I'm able to be home with them, volunteer at their school,
help my church out and all kinds of other fun things.
 I'm very thankful for that.


OK, so onto how I got NB's curtain rod up
and curtains made.

DIY CURTAIN ROD, BRANCH CURTAIN ROD, TABLECLOTH CURTAINS
This is all part of her Hello Kitty  room makeover.


Friday, April 5, 2013

FEBRUARY POEM-Hello Kitty Makover

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013


So I've revealed NB's Hello Kitty room  to you
and now I'll get to the how-to's of each project,
most are pretty easy.


I'll show you the "AFTER" photo of the item I'm sharing,
 how it got to be and in the order of appearance.


FEBRUARY POEM
COST: FREE


TAX TIME

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013


I did it friends,
I completed my LONG overdue, 
extremely dreaded,
 majorly stressed over,
purposely delayed,
 while continual feelings of unavoidable doom lingered,
taxes!



Oh did I DRAG my feet on this!

DIY TAXES, TAXES,
here

AFTER dedicating all of yesterday to tax prep,
-uh, slight distractions-
 praying and asking God to help me,
seriously,
it was much easier than I thought.

I know I shouldn't fear anything,
but I did!
This last year, I inherited rental properties.
(should have been 6-7 yrs ago, lots of delays)

I've only had a few years of Turbo Tax under my belt,
beginning to feel confidant in my own tax prep,
now add this and I was REALLY freaked.

I'm serious, every time hubby would ask me
WHEN I'd get them done......I'd get irritated by the question lol

I KNOW when they're due,
I keep getting Turbo Taxes reminders,
dumb tax commercials constantly harass me,
people we know have already spent theirs,
others are waiting to,
& all just reminds hubby, again, that I HAVEN'T done ours.
Ugh.
I know, I know, I know.

BUT I'M DONE!
The heavy burden I've been carrying is finally
over, gone & finished!

I can finally move on.


Have you gotten yours done?

Tell me I'm not the only crazy one.
No REALLY, please?
lol

Well, hopefully you have some cool plans for your returns or
at least to pay off some bills.


Aside from that drama,

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

HELLO KITTY REVEAL

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013



So much has got to be done this month.
Its barely day 3 and I'm feeling like its already slipping away hahaha.


I'm super excited to finally share where my madness was directed at!
*a few more things need attention but I'll get to those eventually

My daughter had been sharing my son's room for a few years. 
Students had enjoyed her "cozy"  tiny room
and while here, used their own decor to personalize.

It was high time to bless her for sharing her room
and waiting patiently to get it back.



here
 is what she requested.

And since she had JUST had her 7th birthday 
(in the same theme)
I thought it fair we redo her room 1st.


Here goes..........
*photo heavy*
I'll post project how-to's soon.



Do you remember this sad before?
"WHAT'S WRONG ?", you ask

Blue walls-initially for our son
Broken/missing blinds
No more focus, theme, personalization, just blah
Missing bottom mattress
etc 



CHECK 

THIS

 OUT!


HELLO KITTY ROOM
bed skirt and corner frame here 

I'm hyperventilating 
well, more like anxious to know WHAT you think!

SQUEAL!

Monday, April 1, 2013

APRIL 1ST!


MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013



I hope you all had a great Easter!

The weather was crazy,
no joke, thundering, lightning 
and
LOUD BOOMS
 kept me up most of the night.

Our park plans didn't work out due to all the moisture either,
BUT the day cleared up and we still had a great time
doing ALL we had planned to do at the park,
at the church.

Later we all took a much needed nap,
set up our annual egg hunt for the kids in the backyard,


EASTER 2013

(the child who finds the special egg chooses the movie or meal that evening) 


EASTER 2013



And watched Megamind on TV.



AND today..........
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS?!

I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not lol.
Thankfully I don't have many "fools" day pranksters around me
so I'm safe.