"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common."
~William Henry Channing

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Warning: Adorable Contents

Donavyn, 3 days

Jessi (22), Donavyn, Lili (2), William (4)

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These Are My People

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Please Welcome Donavyn Bryce

My oldest daughter's water started leaking at 10:30pm, 5/19/2014. No contractions, just uncomfortable cramping. Her water actually broke at 11:12pm. Everyone got ready and we headed to the hospital, just a few blocks from our house. Contractions started for real around 11:30pm. Baby Donavyn joined this world at 12:28am, weighing 8 lbs, 1 oz. He measured 21 1/2 inches in length.

Find out why he is such a blessing, other than obvious reasons, here.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stalled but Still Changing Things

In October 2011, we built a loft in the big bedroom. The two youngest were small and thought it was "way cool" to sleep above everyone else. A year later, September 2012, they outgrew the awesomeness and needed more space than the loft would allow. We built bunks beds and moved two girls into the very smallest of the bedrooms, just 7 1/2 x 9, and the loft became storage.

Fast forward to May 2014...

With the bathroom remodel on hold while we try to save money for the toilet and flooring, we decided to go ahead with another step in the whole-house remodeling project. The first step was to disassemble the loft...

Day 1: clearing of the loft

Day 1: a few hours later: all gone

Day 1: lowering and leveling the new supports

Day 1: can you make out my crafty husband's plan?

Day 1: continuing to frame

Day 1: still framing

Day 1: and more framing

Day 1: frames built

Day 2: finished the little touches- the railing, placing the mattresses

Day 2: the only cost for this project was 3 joist hangers, everything else came from the loft

20yo dd still has her writing cave just under her bed

this area will be organized and become the craft/ multipurpose area

The only thing that we still need is one ladder for 20yo dd's loft bed and the rest of the stairs for the beds on the wall with the window. This room won't be finished-completed until sometime next year--new insulation, wiring and sheetrock-- but for now, it's done.

I thought I'd include the rough plans for the house. The top is how it looked when we bought it 16 years ago. The bottom is how it will look when we are finished.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Remodel Update #2

While waiting on the funds for a new toilet, we decided to install the new window. It's 36x38. We got it for $18 because someone had tried to install it, couldn't, then returned it to the store. It wasn't damaged, just dirty and covered in sheetrock dust. It goes in our bedroom.

my desk, stuck in a dark corner
window will go here, bringing in light, a cross breeze and the beautiful view of the timber behind the house */excited/*

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making room

Chloe was very confused by the hole in the wall
Look at that beautiful view! I can see the timber from my desk and pretend that we live in the country.

Kitty approved.

It is incredible to wake to the chirps of robins and brown thrashers. There is an owl back in the timber who keeps me company all through the day. At night, the frogs in the run-off creek sing me to sleep. Amazing the peace that just one open window can bring.

Insulating, sheetrock and paint will wait until we tackle the entire bedroom. We have to finish our bathroom and gut the kid's bathroom first so finishing probably won't happen until fall but definitely before winter.

While it's frustrating having to progress so slowly, it has given us time to think through our steps many times before committing, making that first cut. We've been saved from possible mistakes that would have cost us more money and time in the long run.