Monday, May 27, 2013

Mirror Mirror

It is hard for me to believe, but we just reached the five year mark of being in our house!  We've done quite a few house projects since Brian is incredibly handy and in a strange sort of way, random projects seem to qualify as date night for us!  One project that I've wanted to do since we moved in though is to replace the big builder mirror in our master bathroom with two framed mirrors so it would look a little more special.  Our house has all white cabinets with white plastic laminate counter tops so it looks kind of "blah" so the mirror seemed like an easy fix to give it some extra personality.  However, I fully acknowledge this is totally a first world problem since even though I might wish I had nicer counters, they still work great and look really clean.  I found a couple mirrors that I loved at Target on clearance for only $30 apiece so I thought it might be time to give it a try!

Brian took down the old mirror.  It was glued to the wall since it is so close to the window casings that there was no room for the builder to slide it into tracks that they sometimes use.  To get it down, he used a hammer and had at it!  Let's just say the kids were horrified since this qualifies as something that we've told them to never ever do...

Underneath, we found wall paper from the previous owners!  Apparently the builder had installed it since it was under the mirror.  Got to love the mid 90's colors!  As a side note, whenever a builder has installed wallpaper, be very very careful peeling it!  Typically, they don't always do it right and prime first which means the paper is glued directly to the drywall.  If this is the case, it is incredibly easy to peel chunks of drywall off.  This was the case in our powder room and so we just papered over it rather than replace all of the drywall because it was so damaged.  We peeled this paper really carefully and then Brian puttied over it to repair the damage.  Then we decided that it was too damaged since the layers of drywall had separated from the weight of the mirror and kept puffing up no matter how much we tried to repair.  So we went to plan B.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

But He's Good

I have to apologize for my six month hiatus in letting my site go dark with absolutely no explanation.  Brian and I have been really busy due to a huge decision that we made in the fall and it hasn't been quite time to share it yet until now. 

While it doesn't make a lot of sense on the surface, we really feel like we are supposed to become foster parents.  I know, we already have three little boys, live in a three bedroom house and I have fibromyalgia.  And oh yeah, I just turned 30 years old.  Definitely not your typical foster parent profile.  But, I can't get away from it and I know that if I don't do it, I'm going to regret it.  Sometimes God calls us to do things that don't make outward sense because that is where He works best.  God doesn't work in the ways that we expect and I always think back to one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis, "Safe?... Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe.  But he's good."  Truth is, I'm scared to death because I have no real idea about what we are about to step into, no idea when that call will come and who that precious child is that is about to appear on my doorstop.  But, God is good and if this is what He wants for our family, we are going to do it.