Just a Gallon of Paint~

Before ~
After ~
I just love how a gallon of paint
can change the look, the feel,
the ambiance of a room~
Now the baskets, artwork, iron decor
just pops against a darker color.
It's also in photographs that you notice
the little things you missed,
like painting above the fridge!
(Or that I forgot to make sure the paint tray
was thrown away and the ingredients
for the apple tart weren't out on the counter.)
You know, those little everyday things
you overlook on an everyday~
Now the old window has a new look
against a darker color~
The laundry looks richer, and there's finally
finished decor above those cabinets!
And I am loving having this set
on pedestals! I don't have to bend over
to get the wash in and out! Awesome.From there, I moved to the wall behind the TV.
Got the shelf and mirror hung, items added,
and I'm really liking it. Really, liking it.
Again, it's the photographs where you notice
things like that throw should be arranged a bit
and the mirror appears streaked, and
there needs to be a large plant to the left of the TV.
I didn't realize how difficult it is to get a decent photo
of a mirror that's hung fairly high. Hmmmm~
The next day it was on to the guest room,
where the same paint brought coziness and warmth
to an already nice room. Just needed that little bit
of definition. Yeah, I know, I need shams or
something on those pillows. Haven't decided yet
if I want shams or a cover. Any ideas?Got the valances hung, and I'm happy.
Real happy. I like the curtains even better.
Looking at these snapshots I can see where
I'd like to have some wall words~
just need to decide what and where.
When I decide, I'll let you know
and post some shots to share with you.
Isn't it amazing what a gallon of paint
can do to a room? to a home? to your weekend?!

UPDATE: I don't know if you ever go over to the side and visit the blogs I have designated as *NEW* but there is one that I visited today and am loving what she did to her mirror! And I am going to do it to mine!! As of this update, I have already notified Paige and she is getting my 'H' ready! I am having it done in the 'etched' look and you can bet I'll share a snapshot of it when it's here and on the mirror. WhooHoo!! See? You really need to check out NEW blogs (wink,wink). By the way, you can click on the picture to read the post that inspired me!


I Love ~

I was saying morning prayers
& this snapshot came to mind.
I just love this smile,
it is so Ian Todd~
then I got to thinking
about other loves in my life.

I have always, always loved her eyes,
and I love the spunk & laughter in him.
It's no news to you that I love these curls~
and these as well.
For someone with straight hair,
I longed for curls.
Now I have daughters and babies
with headfuls of soft curls~
I love this Princess ~
and the one yet to be born.
And I thank God daily for these men,
these strong Christian men
that love our daughters,
adore our grandbabies,
and walk the walk.
I am humbled by these blessings~

Where In the World?

Where in the world would you live if you had
the chance, the money, the opportunity
and no obligations other than going
where you wanted to go, and doing
what you wanted to do, and being
just yourself for no less than four weeks?
I'm curious~where would you be?
My foreign wanderlust dreams include
living and loving in an apartment overlooking
the Grand Canal in Venice~
windows open to the sounds and smells
of native Italians, as they go about
their everyday business.
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Stateside would find me in Bar Harbor, Maine~
early fall, when it's cool, frosty mornings
cuddling in a local cottage, soaking up
the sights, history, and local lore.
Where would you go?
Leave me a comment and tell me two places,
you can see yourself living, laughing, and loving
for no less than four glorious weeks?!
Include one foreign location and one stateside!
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It's easy to leave a comment!
even if you don't have a Google account.
Where do your dreams take you?

Did You See Any Animals?

For those of you that are new here, I was given a beautiful and unforgettable glimpse of Paradise when an outpatient procedure went horribly wrong April 21, 2006. Mere words will never do it justice, although I still strive to do so. Recovery was the hardest thing I have ever done, and it has just been the last 6-8 months that I can truly say "yeah, I DO know how far I've come". There are parts I do not remember, may never remember. There are parts I wish I could forget and never remember again. But being given that glimpse, just to be told "It's not your time, Nancy. You have to go back", has been something I still speak of with my counselor.

Today I saw Rick Norton, the father of Skylar. He still grieves and I honestly cannot imagine how difficult this road is that he and his family must travel. To look at him, you see pain and heartache etched upon his face. Within his eyes is trauma that only the King understands, for He too lost His child to death. Yet there is an assurance that I saw today, the assurance that he is moving forward. Forward to that time of being reunited with his daughter.

He asked me, what I thought, an odd question today. One that I contemplated during the ride home with Johnny. Rick asked, "Did you see any animals?" I told him what I did see, and yet he repeated, "But did you see any animals?" And I had to tell him that no, I don't recall seeing any animals.

You see, Skylar loved animals, and he wondered if there were animals in Paradise. He wanted her to be surrounded by what she loved, not only by those she loved and loved her. I saw no animals, Rick, but I did see ~

tall, shade giving trees and the most beautiful flowers, and shrubs, and the greenest of grasses. It seemed to go on and on forever. These are all living things, so I believe that yes, it is possible that there are animals in Paradise. They are created by the King, just as He created and placed the flowers, the trees, the grass, all within the Garden that defies mortal words. He created them for our pleasure, and I remember well the happiness Skylar's pets brought to her world here.

Just as I know there was a heavenly being beside me, just as I knew I was separated from Earth and my beloved Johnny, I know I saw Paradise. What I was given was a brief glimpse where His children go to await Judgement. It was more beautiful, more peaceful, more everything than I have ever read of within the Scriptures. I know He loves us, He comforts us, He provides for us and I know that when I return everyone I love and everything that brings joy and delight and appreciation for my King will be there.

So yes Rick, I prefer the vision of Skylar playing and frolicking in that Garden of the King with loved ones that have gone on before us and animals. My father loved flowers and I promise you the most magnificent arrangement he was watering was nothing like he had here on Earth. Why shouldn't there be animals in Paradise? He created them for our enjoyment ~ why should that end here?

I am no theologian, so please, if you are reading this and disagree, that's fine. We can agree to disagree. But I know what I saw, what I felt, what was there ~ and that's all that really matters to me. My heavenly Father has created a most unbelievable place for His own, and I refuse to limit Him to what may or may not be there.

Because I could not stop for Death
~ He kindly stopped for me ~
Emily Dickinson
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Johnny's uncle Pete was buried this afternoon. In an old country cemetery, amidst many family members long laid to rest. He lived a good and righteous life, and there was soft chuckles as someone recalled a memory, smiles when one commented on his caring nature and his love for family. He loved, and was loved.
The following is the eulogy, delivered by family friend and minister Michael Brock. You did a beautiful job, Michael. Thank you~
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"As I was searching for words to say, I was reminded of what a good man Walter Bailey was. But that wasn't the first thing I thought of when I thought of him. the first thing I thought of was how humble he was. I wish I could be as humble and as kind as this man. I never knew him to be harsh or unkind to anyone but was always pleasant and he was that way every time I saw him. I am reminded of what the inspired writer James states in James 4:5-10. Walter Bailey was a humble man.
Walter Bailey loved his family and his family loved him. Not just his wife and children, but his nieces and nephews also loved Uncle Pete, along with many others. Walter Bailey was a loving man and I know he will be greatly missed.
I also believe Walter to be a righteous man. I know when he lived in our area he attended services of the church and as already stated, his life reflected the characteristics of a Christian. Walter Bailey was a righteous man and I thank God for that.
But you know, I can't help each and every time I attend a service such as this, but to think of what the writer of Hebrews states in Hebrews 9:27, 'as it is appointed men once to die, but after this the judgement' and these appointments we all will make.
Through the grace of God, the chapter does not end with verse 27. Listen to verse 28: 'So Christ was once offered to bear the sins for many: and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.'
Listen to the inspired words of the apostle Paul as he describes our sinful nature but also the hope that we have in Christ, {Romans 7:14 - 8:1 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18}
My prayer would be to all of us in attendance here today, that we would examine ourselves and realize that we are sinful and that one day we will come to this time in our lives when opportunities are no more. That those who have not, would obey the Lord's plan of salvation so you would have that same hope the Apostle Paul had, that Walter had. "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me in that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
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As we drove through the country cemetery on our way out, John spoke of seeing headstones of his grandparents, great and great great grandparents. There is a beauty that rests within these grassy areas, and comfort knowing He cares, He weeps, He loves.

Paint Cans & New Looks~

No, I did not paint our kitchen, the laundry,
and a few other accent walls any of these colors.
I did try to find the Behr color I did use - Coconut Shell.
It's listed on their home site as not being a valid color.
So much for wanting to share a paint chip with you.
Tomorrow, when the sun is up, if the sun is shining,
I'll take some snapshots to show you how it looks!
I love it. John is impressed, not just that I got it painted
and everything back in its place all in one afternoon,
but that he really likes the color as well.
Tomorrow I intend to tackle the wall behind the TV.
Watch for snapshots to share all this with you!

Whatever & A Rainbow Cake!

Travel HERE for directions for a Rainbow Cake.
Then make it and invite me for a slice, or
bring me a whole cake and I'll be
your best friend for life.
Pinky promise.

Wall Monogram~

Here's a bit better snapshot of the monogram~
The wall color looks extremely washed out,
and it isn't, if you were to see it.
I am thinking of painting the back wall,
the one with the shelf, with a darker color.
Jury's still out on that, but I'm thinking 'yes'.
That whole arrangement is about halfway finished~


I Need You~

Home Projects~

I have seen this on HGTV and other blogs,
however I do not paint straight, or curvy, lines well.
So I asked a friend if she could do one for me ~
and increase the size by a couple of feet.
She did. I like it. It was dirt cheap.
I didn't have to worry about painting.
One home project completed.
Now all I have to do is paint the back wall,
finish bringing in items for the shelf,
and find a way to take a picture where
the wall color doesn't look washed out.
Mentioning home projects, head over to
Joys of Home to see how one woman
took a gift of old silver and turned it
into a beautiful part of her kitchen.
Lynne Griffies, I thought of you
and your beautiful kitchen
when I saw this idea~

Friday Night Fun~

Brandon & Jenny went out to eat,
so guess who got to play babysitter?!
I can even forgive John for always wanting this
tacky TV table for his computer, just as long,
as Ian is there peeping over the top with his smile~ and this one stayed on my legs or in my lap,
the whole time ~ and I just ate it up.
I'm a glutton for snuggles.
When they got back, John was getting sleepy,
Ian was clued into cartoons,
and if you look closely you can see Jenny
keeping Elle warm and loved~ and Brandon?
Well, once he got there, I ceased to exist
for this little guy. He loves his dad just a bit~

Haircuts & Heartstrings ~

This young man had this haircut for awhile,
until his dad cut it all off one summer~
and once I got used to it, I loved it.
Sometimes, it's even shorter than what you see below.
Austin and Alaina have basically had the same haircut
since they began growing hair~
Alaina's just gets longer and curlier and prettier.
She's so much like her momma.
But this child ~
this child has had these blonde curls
wrapped tightly around my heart,
and when Jenny said he was going for a haircut, well,
I wasn't sure if breathing would even be possible.
and then I fell in love,
all over again~
(Want some laughs? Keep going.)

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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