Saturday, March 26, 2011

A catch up...and some reflection

TGIF...this has been one of the longest weeks ever!  We had so much going on this week, some stress at work, cranky kids, boxes and stuff was a bit overwhelming. 

Being in this new house is such an amazing blessing to us.  To have a place that is really truly ours is such a wonderful feeling.  However...I'm having some issues with my demand for immediate gratification.  I want every room to look like a magazine like yesterday.  Please and thank you.  I have photos that I've snipped from magazines and blog posts bookmarked with different ideas for each room in our house...and of course, as most people can relate to, a limited budget to put the plan into action.  I was getting a little bummed about this when I was putting together Cait's room today, arranging furniture and then rearranging it and then arranging it again until I found a way that I liked.  Her room is one that I have TONS of plans for.  She and I went through a lot of catalogs and books several months ago and she picked out what she calls her "dream room."  Now what mother wouldn't want to give their child their dream room?!  I am struggling with the reality that there are other things that must come first.  Like blinds - which...good grief are expensive!  We spent almost $1,000 and didn't get the whole house done and that was AFTER our 10% discount at Lowe's.  Our house does have tons of windows but still...I never knew they were that expensive. They are certainly something you take for granted.  Til you don't have them anymore and you have to worry about who can see what.  Anyway, going through all this gotta have it decorator thing caused a bit of reflection...

I want it all.  New furniture because the dog has left his mark on ours (he's a St. Bernard...lots o' slobber!)...fancy lighting and rugs and curtains.  I wanted to just stomp my foot like you see those women do on TV and then suddenly they get their way.  You know what I'm talking about.  But then I took a big breath and looked around and started to just see things differently.  First of all...I'm married to the most amazing man ever.  I am extremely blessed to have found my true soul mate and get to spend my life with him.  I have beautiful little girls who, at times, make me completely crazy.  But they are healthy, happy, well-adjusted little people and they make my life a beautiful {but messy}thing.  I have a job, a gorgeous new house and plenty of "stuff" to fill it up.  We are all healthy, we have plenty of food on the table and pay our bills on time.  I am blessed.  Even if I can't go and purchase the entire pottery barn teen catalog for my daughter, I have a wonderful life.  A lot to be thankful for.

 On that note, I want to take a second to ask that you pray for my friend, Alicia and her husband Dave.  Dave is battling a very rare cancer and has been fighting for over a year now, was in remission, and then it came back and they are going through chemo again right now.  They have a 4 year old little boy and they are kind of feeling their way with this cancer because it is so rare that not many people have had it...which makes it very difficult to treat.  Their faith and strength amazes me and I can't think of a family that is more deserving of prayers and well wishes.

So enough of the heavy for, as promised, is one of my favorites from the wedding I had the pleasure of photographing last week.  This was not a "traditional" ceremony, but I had tons of fun photographing them.  We walked around downtown and got some great shots. 

I love the look on his face in this one...
And for those that come by to see some crafty stuff, here is a card that I did recently.

I used several different PTI sets on this one...

Thinking of You card
Stamps:  Damask Designs, Fancy Flourishes, Mat Stack 2, background basics retro, and School Time
Ink: PTI- Chai, Stampin Up- chocolate chip, cool caribbean
Cardstock: kraft(PTI), cool caribbean, chocolate chip, white (SU!)
Other:- dies, buttons- PTI; embroidery floss

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see pictures of the new place!!!


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