A few of my favorite things.. in my FULLY FUNCTIONING KITCHEN!!!

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Look at this kitchen!  I am in love!

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Let’s take a look at some of the awesome new details!!

We have a dish washer!! And I’m back to running it every night which makes me feel like my life is coming back together again! 🙂

kitchenaid dishwasher

This beautiful sink we bought at Lowes is gorgeous! I knew from the start that I wanted a farmhouse  (also known as apron front) style and I’m so glad I went with a giant one basin one!!

farmhouse sink and faucet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This massive amazing garbage disposal is my husband’s pride and joy! haha

 

Its a Waste King, and apparently it’s able to chop up anything you throw at it.. including bones!!??

waste King

My GE Stove top. I finally have a gas cook top!! And now I feel like I am actually really cooking 🙂 (no offense to anyone who likes electric.. it’s just not my cup of tea) And thanks to our new friend Kevin for giving up a Saturday to connect the gas line in our crazy hot attic 🙂

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Remembering my friend and tearful buddy. My “Grandma” Fisher

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My mind has been flooded with so many wonderful memories of my dear friend and “Grandma” Mrs. Fisher.

I felt like I needed a place to write about it.. and well, that’s what this blog is for 🙂

Just yesterday Mrs. Fisher left this world and her tired body and is now with Jesus forever! How amazing is that?? I have to admit I’m a little bit (or a lot) jealous! It’s not easy being the ones left behind. But God is good!

 

I remember as a little girl, having backyard summer Bible clubs in Mrs. Fisher’s back yard. I also remember being told that the lady who lived with the Fisher’s for a little while was from the pregnancy help center and had decided to keep her baby. The Fisher’s had opened up their home for her to be able to get her life together and I don’t think she was the only one they helped in that way!!

My sister and I got to go to their house a lot when our parents were in charge of the “Young at Heart” Sunday School group and we would go along for potlucks, Bible Studies and even field trips 🙂

I’ll never forget how her house was filled with photos of loved ones! And how you just felt like you were walking into their memories!!

I was able to get to know her “Son” John, when I had the privilege of teaching the special needs class at church for a little while.

Mrs Fisher made precious baby blankets for every baby at church! 🙂 And before my sister and I had kids, she made us each one to put in our hope chests! I have cuddled both my boys in that blanket many times!  And I’m so glad she was able to hold them and watch them grow a bit!! 🙂

Mrs. Fisher, through all the years, became my mightiest prayer warrior and my tearful buddy! 🙂 She told me once that she considered her tears to be a language that Jesus understood. And since then I’ve also considered my tears to be my love language to Jesus.

I’ve often wondered how many times my name has been written in her prayer journals.. She was so faithful to pray for me through all of my journeys!

One time in particular I will never forget. I was praying about a boy 🙂 And I told Mrs. Fisher that I was praying that the Lord would make things very clear to me.  A little while later, I told her that the answer was no. And that I was trusting the Lord. She replied, “Well, that’s not what He told me!” haha

She walked down the aisle at our wedding a couple of years later 🙂

mrs fisher  mrs fisher at our wedding

Through out all of these years, She truly has become part of our family. I will always treasure the Holidays and normal days we got to spend with her! She truly is a special lady, who loved the Lord with all her heart! And she loved me and my family! I am blessed to have had her love for so long!

 

I don’t know what I think about a world that doesn’t have Mrs. Fisher in it.

But, I know the God she served for so long and trusted… is faithful to us all!

 

She loved the old Hymns! And during times of sadness, I’m always drawn back to them too..

 

So, here’s a good oldie to end this post with!

  1. There’s a land that is fairer than day,
    And by faith we can see it afar;
    For the Father waits over the way
    To prepare us a dwelling place there.

    • Refrain:
      In the sweet by and by,
      We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
      In the sweet by and by,
      We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
  2. We shall sing on that beautiful shore
    The melodious songs of the blessed;
    And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
    Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
  3. To our bountiful Father above,
    We will offer our tribute of praise
    For the glorious gift of His love
    And the blessings that hallow our days.
In the Sweet By and By | Sanford F. Bennett
 I would love to hear from some of you who also knew her.. share a special memory in the comments please!
 With tears in my eyes and hope in my heart.
Deanna Grace
I Thessalonians 4: 13-18
 ” Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him…..”
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Concrete Countertops!

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The day has finally arrived! I am soooo excited as we get ready for this huge day for the kitchen project!  For this day we asked for a few more friends to help! We ended up with 5 guys for the concrete. And I think that was the perfect amount. And Tiffani  and I were there for whatever we could help with!  We rented a mixer from Home Depot and got to work!

mixer for concrete countertops

We already had our formula for the color figured out. So the guys just had to follow it for each batch.  I will say we had a few issues with consistency in the batches of cement. All of the blogs and youtube videos will say you want the concrete to be pretty think and that is true. But there seems to be a happy medium where it also needs to not be to dry!  All in all most of the batches came out pretty well and with my Father in law and Jonathan at the finishing trowels it came out beautiful!

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And a very important step was vibrating the edges.. to make sure to get as many air bubbles out as we could. ( After the forms came off you can really tell where we took time to make sure we vibrated really well and where we may have rushed a little bit)

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It took us about 6 hours or so I would say to get it all in and smoothed out. And then the waiting game for it to set a bit to be able to run the trowel through it again…

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Preparation Is The Key To Success!

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Alexander Graham Bell (and I’m sure many others) said ” Preparation is the key to success!”

We are in the midst of the preparations this week!!!

The count down to countertops has begun and we are super motivated and excited!

We have not been short of projects that need to get done before we can pour the concrete countertops!

Cement boards were screwed down to the cabinets

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Bracing (permanent and temporary) were fitted.

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We had to make final decisions on how far we wanted the countertop to come out and how round of a bullnose we wanted at the end!

bullnose forms

The guys set the sink in its place once more to be sure everything was fitting just right!

Holes have been cut for the cook top and faucet!

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Cook top!

 

 

And then came the framing!!!  Took the guys nearly all day to frame up and finish preparations for the concrete!

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A long overdue update about… everything! :)

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Hey there internet world!

 

It has been way to long! One of the main fears I had when starting this blog is that life would just get busy and I wouldn’t be able to keep up! 🙁 But, I’m still here!

 

We are 8 weeks pregnant as I type this, and Sickness and exhaustion is a daily battle at this point! My headaches have been pretty bad, but this week seems to be a little break from them! It has been hard to even think about looking at my computer screen and was a main reason why I haven’t posted!

So, let’s see what’s happened….

We made it to the beach! And even tho it was over cast, we had a great family day! The boys loved digging in the sand!

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I loved our new shade tent we bought on Amazon!

 

We had VBS last week and the boys had a great time. I got to serve in the infant nursery with my Mom all week. and we enjoyed loving on the babes! 🙂

Then Friday kicked off the Valley Home Educators convention. This was my first year attending and I can see why so many home school families put it in their schedule every year. The first day, Though a little overwhelming was so encouraging! I sat in a couple of seminars about the charlotte Mason method of teaching. I’m pretty sure it confirmed that should be the direction we head for William. It allows for a lot of creative reading and exploring the world around us as we learn!

Here are some resources if you are interested in learning more:

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