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Just Us 12 Times: February

Today was a good day!  I knew that I wanted to make sure to get my challenge photo today and I ended up documenting a simple, but very happy day with my wonderful family.  Barrett and I shot a wedding yesterday and ended up getting home later than we expected.  When we woke up and realized we had overslept our church alarms, we decided to make the best of it and to get some waffles 🙂

We had our fill, shopped a bit and then came home to work on some home improvement projects while Berlin napped.  We spent almost an hour setting up to install some track lighting in our kitchen and then realized that we had an issue with the brackets and needed to go to the home improvement store.

The sun was still shining, we woke up Berlin for a family photo and then took a trip to the park to end the day.  The family photos are so much fun to look at.  Nigel was our official “button presser”  He would push the shutter button and then run to my side to take the photo.  The first time he accidentally kicked the tripod and moved the camera, thus the pole in the shot.  Another favorite is the last time we let Berlin be in charge and she delayed returning and the camera captured us cheering her back to us 🙂  I love it!!!!!

We have had a lot of trials in our almost 6 years of marriage and to have a peaceful day loving on each other and thanking God for every second is absolutely heaven on earth.  This challenge is the best because it forces me to be a part of the moment and in the frame.  Mom’s out there please get in the photo too!

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Before and Middle: Our progress on our house

Even though it has been 6 months, I am still pinching myself at how blessed we are to have our house.  God has been so good to us and I know we are where He wants us to be.  We started our journey in February of last year.  The housing market had been really strange last year.  There was a lot of foreclosures happening.  It seemed the market was flooded with foreclosures and short sales.  A lot of the houses we looked at were really left in shambles by their previous owners.  It seemed like a gamble to purchase one of them because we had no idea what could a potential problem down the road.  Then I saw our house.  It was in a great neighborhood with lots of bonuses, plus a new roof, HVAC and windows!  Even though the house needed some updating you could tell it was well cared for and that meant a lot.  I wanted to share some before and “middle” photos.  We have a long list of more projects to tackle (finish painting the kitchen cabinets and add the handles we bought from IKEA, etc), but so far we have painted every surface and removed wallpaper from the kitchen and bathrooms, pulled up the carpet and laid new floors, scrapped ceilings in all but the vaulted rooms and are slowing replacing all outlets.

Living Room:

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Berlin’s Room:

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Nigel’s Room:

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Master Bedroom:

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Hall Washer and Dryer:  Now converted into my home office nook


I am already looking forward to sharing my next update and if there is any sources questions I am happy to help!  Happy New Year!

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  • Audrey - I love it and how crafty you are. The wood floors make such a difference. There will always be a project, but that is part of the fun and love of owning a home.ReplyCancel

    • - Thank you Audrey! You are so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Sutton - Everything looks great, you have worked very hard. I Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - I love the brightness of your after photos… you and JM share the light-junkie gene 😉 I also adore the smattering of retro Fisher Price toys in your home. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - Kelly you guys did amazing job!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Keeping Things Organized in 2014 » Anchored In Love - […] normally try so hard to be paperless, as you saw in my last post, our house is small and I have to work very hard to have a place for everything and everything in […]ReplyCancel

Berlin is 2!


My little girl is 2 now!  I am in awe of the person she is blossoming into.  She is all sugar and boss, and worships the air her brother breathes 🙂  We had a small party at our house and requested that everyone bring a book as a gift.  The most fun was that we rented a bouncy castle!  It was a great party and best of all Berlin had the time of her life 🙂



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