Sunday, August 26, 2012

Power of Power Washing

One joy of living in the country is getting to delight in the outdoors. Unfortunately, we have not taken advantage of our outdoor living space this summer. We plan to change that this Fall. The deck left much to be desired and for a while J and I thought maybe we would need to rebuild parts or all of it. However, on Saturday Joshua used a power washer to clean up the deck and we were pleasantly surprised to see how it turned out! We almost couldn't believe it! With a little elbow grease the deck looks fantastic! Now we're on the hunt for inexpensive outdoor furniture to make the deck inviting and cozy.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Tiny Feet...

are coming to the cottage in the country! :) 
 We are so excited to finally announce that we are expecting our first sweet baby! We are thrilled beyond measure! God graciously answered our prayer and gave us our sweet baby in His perfect timing. We had been praying for this sweet one for a few months and began to pray together and specifically for the last few months. We were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude when we found out a few days after our anniversary back in June that we were going to be parents! God is good. He was faithful through times of discouragement as we waited and continues to be as we anticipate all that being new parents will call us to. Truly, He is good all-the-time!
Here is a first look at our sweet butter bean! We are so in love already! 
Thank you, Lord, for this precious gift!

This first few weeks have definitely been a new experience for us. We have had the joy of experiencing nausea so needless to say my high hopes of crafting the summer away haven't come to fruition. We've had a few improvements around our cottage and anticipate more with the coming second trimester and cooler fall weather. Stay tuned! Exciting things happening out here in the cottage in the country! :) 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Man Cave Construction

My sweet man has been so patient with me throughout the last year. One big adjustment he has had as we moved into the apartment and then into our cottage was a lack of a desk. The poor guy tries to organize our bills and his various projects on our dining table and then I come along and try to 'tidy' up. He gets it all spread out and organized and I come along and make one nice, neat pile of it all. You can just imagine the hilarity of the situation day after day. Thankfully, with a little help and creative thinking from Beverly we have come up with a long term solution!

There is a good sized little nook in our den that has gone pretty much untouched for the last few months. Overtime and regardless of who lives in the cottage that space will be difficult to utilize. The idea of built-in bookshelves and a desk was perfect! J being the brilliant carpenter that he is built a lovely desk area that we now lovingly refer to as 'the man cave.' He has this theory that I have taken over the whole house- decorating or making it 'fluffy' and he's probably right- he usually is. So we are thankful that he finally has a little home to organize his projects and man stuff. I made a promise not to "organize" his things too much anymore.