November 16, 2011

Fall Fun

Mister raked leaves. Kiddo wrecked the piles. Hilarity ensued.

October 24, 2011

To Have Is To Cherish: No-Money Remodel Challenge

What is it? Why Now?

After a year and a half of renting a really cool house in a state I hated, with no friends, no jobs, a tiny kitchen, and astroturf-green carpet, and after living with my gracious in-laws for a month, we finally closed on our first home in November 2009. It was the first house we found in the area we wanted that was in our price range, and would not have to be remodeled before it was inhabitable. It was a foreclosure, with a newly renovated kitchen, so we got a great deal.

We LOVE the yard (we scored a double-lot), with plenty of room for pets and toys, and a garden. We love the upgrades to the upstairs: new, huge kitchen with spanky-new appliances, new windows, new bath fixtures. But there are quirks, too. The wierdo, too-skinny addition leaving us with no entryway, and a living/dining room conundrum. The one-and-a-half-car garage (?). The screwy wiring everywhere, and the lack of any lighting in our bedroom and dining room. The teeny, tiny bathroom. The half-hearted finishing of the basement. I think Mister and I figured we’d enjoy the upstairs and yard, put up with the downstairs and be happily onto one of those shiny new(er) houses across the street in a few years.

Enter life, kiddos, crappy economy, and job chaos. I love my house; I am grateful for this house, but you wouldn't know it, because I haven't taken care of it like I cherish it. It kills me to admit that, because one thing I hate is when someone doesn't take care of something that belongs to me. But revealing your weakness is the first step to strength, right?

Part of my problem is that I have a crazy kiddo and no eyes in the back of my head. Every time I want to repaint over a stain/scratch/crayon mark, I wonder What's The Point?, it's just going to happen again. I get no help, so I quit. More importantly, I see others who have tons of family close by, and have their moms to help them decorate, and I throw myself a pity party because I don't have those things and we don't have money to remodel the way we'd like, so why bother to pour my heart into this place? Excuses, excuses.

If these walls could talk, they would tell our story. And this is why I am grateful for this house. This home deserves better.

No more envy of others. I choose to be madly in love with the home God has given us to raise our family. I will not teach my children that their mama has given up; instead I will teach them that we show the Lord that we are thankful for what He has given us by how we cherish it.

When we leave this place, I want these walls to say how much it was loved, how we poured ourselves into making it the very best home it could be. That we faced the trials and joys and sorrows of life as a family while we were here.

September 14, 2011

New Products I'm Drooling Over

With the addition of our new peanut, I've been calculating how many new cloth diapers we'll need to purchase. Just as I was browsing the site for my very favorite baby company, Cotton Babies, the fabulous Jenn, the supermom who created the bumGenius, Econobum, and Flip brand cloth diapers, announced the launch of new products!
First, is the new Freetime AIO. I absolutely loved the AIOs we bought before Caden was born, and was sad that they were discontinued. But these Freetime diapers look even better! Instead of having to buy different sized diapers, these adjust to fit growing kiddos, and there are now two attached inserts that adjust to provide a custom fit and absorbency. Since these lovelies come in snap closure, 2 AM changes will be a piece of cake!

There's also a solution for potty training mamas! The Flip Training Pants are an amazing hybrid of the fabulous Flip diaper, now with adjustable, snap-down sides, and inserts that stay put with hook-and-loop. I can't wait for Cade to potty train so that I can buy these!

As if that wasn't enough, there are new colors and prints to choose from as well! Be sure to check out their website to see how adorable they are. And for STL mamas, head over to their store and chat with the amazing ladies who work there!