Quick 10 Min. Makeover

Last night I did a quick 10 min makeover on our patio fire pit. The fire pit had started to rust from being outside so I decided to spray paint it. We had some black high heat paint left over from another project and it worked like a charm!

Before

The spray paint I used

After

I gave it two coats of paint and it just gave it a clean finish and all the rust is hidden!

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Our Back Patio

Like I showed in the previous post our back needed a lot of work and we were up for the challenge! We pulled all the old pavers up and cleaned them, then we “leveled” the area. I use the term very loosely because we could have done a much better job!!

BeforeAnother before

We had to get lots of sand

Tom hauled the sand from the truck to the patio area

I had the fun job of scraping moss off the old patio pavers.

For a little while it looked like this

We had a patio but no furniture

Last spring I graduated from college. My mom tried for a long time to get tickets to the Oprah show but when she wasn’t able to get tickets she asked what I wanted. I decided patio furniture was what I wanted. I wanted a gift that my husband could enjoy as well. I never would have finished school if it wasn’t for him so I wanted it to be something we could both enjoy. My mom gave us an “allowance” to pick out what we wanted. We decided to go with a simple set from Wal-Mart so we could get a fire pit and umbrella as well.

Here is what our patio looks like now

We have a beautiful Lilac tree right off the patio that smells so wonderful this time of the year but it’s in the worst place possible!

Our back patio isn’t perfect but it’s very relaxing and a great way to enjoy the back yard. We are so blessed with this house and we truly enjoy all the work that goes into it!

This weekend…

This weekend was crazy busy but I still had a little time to do some yard work and powerwash our gutters and back patio. Once we are done I will post some pictures but here is a peak into what the back patio used to look like.

This was what it looked like when we moved in (the house had been vacant for 6 months)

This was last summer – we took apart the old patio – washed and reused the pavers.

 Stay tuned for updated pictures today or tomorrow!

Relfections on Roatan

So it’s been a couple of months since I returned from Honduras and am still reflecting on the trip. I know we did a lot there but I feel like there is still so much more to do. My sister-in-law Kathy ask us to write about our experience so we can share it with people who are considering a trip in the future. I thought I’d share it here with you guys as well.

Going on a missions trip is probably one of the best things you can do – you get to help someone in need and experience a different part of the world. Here is what I wrote about my trip…enjoy…

Leaving for Roatan I expected to do construction the whole time I was there. God had different plans and I had the opportunity to do quite a few different things and enjoyed every minute! The first thing I did was to help work on Nelly’s house.  I got to help pound nails, which is WAY hard, and frame some of her interior walls. We also shoveled buckets of rock that we used to make the walkway to her house more secure. In addition to working on Nelly’s house I got the opportunity to paint a bathroom at a local church. This turned out to be really fun and the church was so grateful for the few hours we spent. One of the other things I go to do was tutor some local kids. Last year I graduated and have yet to be able to use my degree. It was really fun to see I can use the tools I learned in school for the glory of God. I learned these things for a reason and even if I don’t get to use them on a regular basis God has a plan and he knows what I’m supposed to do with that knowledge.

This trip was a reminder that God’s plans are not always my plans! I live my life very planned out and I went into this trip expecting to work with my husband daily and do construction everyday both of which I was totally wrong on! I only worked one day with my husband and construction work was the thing I spent the least amount of time on! The trip also reminded me that I have so much! Often living in America it’s easy to get caught up in wanting bigger and better things. Going on this trip and seeing the conditions that people live in reminded me just how good we have it and how blessed we truly are.

I would recommend a trip like to everyone at least once in their life and annually if you can do it. The trips are fun, you get to connect with great people around the world and build awesome friendships. And most of all you get to change the life of someone forever! Think about it…you take a week out of your life and change someone’s life FOREVER!! It’s an amazing experience that you will never forget and if you’re worried about the money, don’t be, I have been on seven mission trips and God has provided for each and every one of them!

Here are a few pictures from the trip

Photo credit  CYE Photography

Our whole team – we ended up working on 3 different houses since we had such a big team!

My husband and I painting the church bathroom – painting cement walls is really time-consuming!!

My hansom hubby working hard on the bathroom!

The finished project (they picked the color…not us!!)

Photo courtesy of CYE Photography

A typical house in Roatan, Honduras  

Proof that I worked just as hard as the boys!! And I have so much respect for my dad now (he’s a carpenter!!)

Hard workin mama’s!!

 The “finished” interior – Also this is her Kitchen – notice EVERYTHING is missing!!

The walls don’t go to the ceiling – privacy may be an issue!!

My husband and i with Nelly – the proud owner of the home

The fished house we built

Me at the house dedication

Great new friendships were made!

An amazing young lady we met – she proves that your circumstances don’t define who you are

 

This is Tom he started/runs Dwellings – and is an amazing man!

It’s absolutly beautiful where we were!!

If you are interested in going and making an impact in someone’s life consider partnering with Dwellings. Dwellings is run but a great guy, Tom Hackett who has set out to change people live…one house at a time.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and hearing about my experience – if you’re not comfortable traveling overseas think about doing something in your local community. There are ton’s of great organizations to work with and I know you won’t regret it!

Taylin’s Room Makeover

About a month or two ago I decided I wanted to redo my daughters room. When we moved into our house we painted her room very neutral colors and they went with her nursery bedding but now that she is a little girl and not a baby and I decided her room needed to be up updated!

I decided I wanted to do a purple/grey/white theme

Here are the before/after pictures from the project!

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I made the duvet cover from an Ikea curtain. I still plan to get her a new solid wood dresser and repaint her bed but I’m waiting for the dry weather to come before I do it. Taylin LOVES her purple room. Even a month or two later she is still talking about how I painted it for her!

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This is the recipe I grew up on and my mom has always made. It’s super easy to make and tastes really yummy. I make a whole batch, then package it down into what our family will eat for a meal and freeze it.

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 9 – 15 ounce cans of “Italian stewed” tomatoes, chopped and not drained
  • 3 – 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp dried, basil, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 bay leaves (remove after simmering)
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar (optional but good)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Brown ground beef; add onions and sauté until the onions are tender. Add garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Stir all ingredients together and simmer for 3 hours. (You can also do this in a crock pot for 3-4 hours). Cool and freeze

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog!! I’m really excited to start a blog so I can post some of my crafty projects I’ve done, things I’ve learned, recipes I love and family pics etc. Please be patient as I learn more about blogging!! I’m just going to tell you know I’m not a great writer and I’m one of the worst spellers in the world!! So if your going to read my blog just expect crappy spelling!!

I hope you check it out and enjoy!