The toilet...Nothing like having a "real" potty to use. :) Thankful for the porta potty but glad it is gone. :)
Monday, December 22, 2014
Another hard decision was cabinets. Oh my...there are so many choices on wood and stain or paint. :( A man that lives close to us was who we chose to build them for us. Below is a picture of the cabinets we chose for the kitchen.
The girls bathroom is the same cabinet as the master bathroom.
Along with cabinets being put in the toilets were also installed.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The first appliances to arrive and be put to use was our washer and dryer.
Here they are waiting to be used! ;)
We chose to purchase Speed Queen brand. They are simple and functionable. No bells and whistles just wash and dry. :) It is a blessing to have a place to do laundry when we need to. Aww...the things we take for granted.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
It's has been exactly one year since the fire, it was Sunday December 8th. It has been a long and tough year, but more than that it has been a growing and faith building year. We have seen God give us...Beauty for Ashes, Strength for Fear, Gladness for Mourning, and Peace for Despair.
We sifted through the ashes that were here after the fire, then cleared those ashes out and now see a beautiful home. Then as we realized there was only ashes left I saw more clearly the beauty of my husband and my children.
For nights we struggled to sleep, the events of that night would replay in our heads and fear was very present but we found our strength in God and HIs word. We are much stronger now than we were a year ago...stronger relationally and spiritually.
Every time we would reacall another item we had lost it was like being kicked in the stomach, we were mourning our loss of the material things in our life. As a family we also mourned the loss of our cat of 8 years that we lost due to the fire. God has brought gladness to our family as He has used others to give us clothes, toys, books, games, pictures, etc. He has also given us gladness through a new kitten (will post about that soon).
The dictionary defines despair as the complete loss or absence of hope. I will not lie there were times that I felt an absense of hope, despair. God was always faithful to remind me that He was my hope. I am very thankful for the peace of God that He has given me and I can say it is the "peace that surpasses all understanding, (that) will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7.
I want to say Thank You to all those who have prayed for us and ministered to us. God has used you in our lives as a source of blessing to our family in our time of need.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
For some of our flooring we chose tile. We were very blessed by Bryan's youngest brother and his dad coming to help. Rusty laid the backer board for us with Isaac's help. Bryan's dad put in our outlets and hung ceiling fans. They were a big help! Isaac has learned so much during this building process.
Here is a picture of Elijah and I grouting the boys closet. One Friday night all 7 of us were working on grouting the kitchen. If only I had had my camera and could have captured the moment...it will be one we will never forget. It was late that night when we finished and we all enjoyed a bowl of icecream for our hard work. :)
One of the things we are not crazy about is painting. To save money we did some ourselves and then paid for a little help
The boys room has a different color on each wall. We are trying to do a camo look. :)
Both the kids bathrooms are this color...I say it is khaki color. This picture happens to be of the girls bathroom.
I would say that choosing paint colors was one of the hardest choices to make and I am so glad to have that decision behind us.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The last time we were in Alabama it worked out to just being me and Sarah on the drive home. (Long story that I am not sure I will get around to telling. :)) Anyway...my time with her is always fun and includes something good to eat. Dairy Queen is one of our "special" treats so we stopped there for lunch and got a blizzard to go. She got Mint Oreo and I got Butterfinger. Of coarse we did get to taste each others and ended up swapping. :) We played the "What is your favorite Blizzard?" game and now its your turn...What is your favorite Blizzard flavor?
A view from the big window back toward the bedrooms. The door straight ahead will be the boys bathroom, then to the right will be the boys room, and to the left will be the girls room. I think a BIG bookcase right here in this area would be great! :)
Sunday, November 2, 2014
After much research Bryan decided to go with sprayed in insulation. This is the only picture I have of the insulation. It is amazing at the difference in tempature inside the house once the insulation was in. The upstairs was hot as ever but once the insulation was in you could actually work up there without pouring sweat. I am sure this will help with our power bill and save us money in the years to come.
This is where Bryan and I sleep.
Monday, October 27, 2014
We added the shaker shingle also to the back porch roof.
It is all coming together!
In our plans to rebuild we decided against a garage and went with a carport.
This is the underneath side of the carport and will have siding on it too.
Here is a picture of the house and the carport. My parents have a carport and they use it for all kinds of things so that was actually how we got the idea of the carport instead of the garage. The house before had a garage in the basement but we never used it. Our van wouldn't fit in it but now the van will be able to drive right on up into the carport!! Great place to unload those groceries and take right on into the kitchen. ;)
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wanted to post a few pis of the inside during the building process. Above is a picture of where the kitchen will be. The door on the right will lead out to a carport.
Finally here is a view from the living area toward the front door.
The door area to the right of the front door will be going into our bedroom. Then when you go up the stairs the girls room will be on the left and the boys room on the right.
Friday, September 12, 2014
The other house had two garage doors down in the basement. We never parked in the basement and decided to put up a window and french doors. We would love for my parents to move up here one day and we can fix up the basement for them to have an apartment. In the mean time it will be a great play area for the kids and extra space when we have out of town friends and family.