Life can't be all flowers and sausages

Well, the last few years have been a stretch for me.  I've helped plan a wedding, sent my son off to the military, helped gut and rebuild a house, tiled a house, remodeled some of my own house,  watched my beautiful dil and son have my first grandbaby, landscaped my house then sold my house, moved to a rental, graduated my baby from high school, and dealt with my son being deployed to a horrible place for a year.  This year good things have come to those who wait, and I must take a little break.  I'll have tons of stories and pics for you- but here are some of the blessings we're overflowing with right now:  We're expecting our second grandbaby any day now:), my son has just returned from the military to live the civilian life:), our home is being built-and we are getting ready to get really busy, and my baby girl is preparing herself for a 5 month mission trip across the world, next spring- that will be hard- but life can't be all flowers and sausages..................................can it?!?!?!:)

Love you all


Light shopping

As we continue to work on building our home in the country, I've been excited at all the wonderful things I get to shop for:  floors, paint, sinks, toilets, baseboards, doors, door knobs etc.  Look at some of they lovely lights I've found:


I'm finding knock offs of  the lighting I really like, because  I refuse to pay $1500 for a light fixture, but, I'd love to see the home of the girl who does:)   I'm all about frugal, and if you shop around enough, with a good plan, you can find tons of knock offs of horchow, pottery barn, ballard design, and many more expensive designs, at some of your local lighting stores and even on ebay.   You can also buy some old brassy chandy at your local habitat store, and with a little ORB metal spray paint, you can bring new life to an old fixture.  Consider updating some of the lighting in your home.  You'll be surprised at how a sophisticated fixture can change the look of an ordinary room. 

Have a great week!