***There’s a game at the end of this post if you want to guess her name.*** It is incredibly difficult to name a tiny human! Many kudos to those of you who have done it (some, many times over)! Nick … Continue reading
Category Archives: My Journey
Preparing a Place
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And … Continue reading
Going to Market
It’s so hard to believe that nearly 5 years have passed since Nick and I started our lives together as husband and wife in this beautiful townhome.
In our first few months, we began making it our home. We started shopping for furniture and found that we wanted to try our hand at making our own! We made the beds for the bedrooms and our dressers. We had so much fun working together, designing, and creating something new.
Nick embraced my love of all things French and allowed me to decorate our guest bed and bath with a French theme that reminds me daily to pray for my friends in France.
There are signs of our journey all over this house – our unique imprint on our home. It was so important to us to create a space that was safe and significant for us. I’m so grateful for a husband who worked with me at every step to create something wonderful.
When I look at the floors in the living room, I remember working alongside him and learning a new skill (while being the best helper I could!). I also remember the day he was D-O-N-E with having carpet downstairs and we immediately started the project of ripping it up and finding the replacement hardwoods. I’m so proud of all he is capable of doing!
When I walk past our coffee table, I remember the creative dream he had to combine industrial elements with wood to make something beautiful for us. We found a new home for our old coffee table and replaced it with something lovingly crafted by hand.
On the walls, I see the beginnings of our art collection that started on our honeymoon and continued to grow over the last five years. There are even a few Gloria Solly originals scattered throughout and others that are waiting to find a place in our new home.
In the bookshelf, I see a love of geometry and color that brings life into our home.
When I see the kitchen, I’m blessed by the way we’ve worked together to create a space that is beautiful, functional, and full of love. The ways my husband honors and blesses me can be found in so many details. It’s in the way he painstakingly refinished and painted surfaces, in the research into our appliances, in the way he immediately repairs anything that goes wrong. I have been so well loved in this marriage and in this home.
In the dining room lives a beautiful, French-inspired oak table that was lovingly restored by Nick’s parents and given as a gift to us. They rescued it, loved it back to health, and gave it a second life in our home. We love that they poured their love for us and hard work into something that adds beauty to our home. (You can check out their other amazing works at www.originalrelics.com)
Looking out our backdoor, I see the deck that Nick carefully measured and refinished to upgrade the wood and repair the damage of time. And, I have to laugh as I think about the troubles it caused us that day! I think about the garage and the shop he’s built that allows him to do these things and express himself through woodworking and design.
And, finally, the basement is a place that Nick took on as a project, put his hand to, and made something amazing. It’s his retreat (where he graciously allows me to store my library) and where he has had so many nights of connecting with his Dad and brothers across the country.
And now, as our journey takes us to the next place, we are praying for the people who will love this home next. I have some of the happiest memories of my life in this home and it’s a little bittersweet to walk away. But, the Lord has been so gracious to us and continues to bring us joy through this amazing gift of a marriage. There are no words strong enough or descriptive enough to really give life to what I feel.
Today, we take a giant step forward by going to market with this home and praying for the right person and all of the joy we hope they find. It’s a curious journey, this thing called life, but I am amazed and overjoyed that I get to spend the rest of mine as this man’s wife. No matter where God leads us next, I already have all I need to know it will be amazing.
“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalms 118:23-24
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