When Life Gives You Lemons…

Sometimes life is full of irony. And God moments. Do you have those?

I think that would be what this is called. Let me explain…

Last week I learned a lesson.

Never ever ever put your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher. Even if it’s really nasty.

On a totally unrelated note, I’ve been trying to memorize some of my favorite Bible verses, commiting to memory the words of God that I find most comforting or inspiring in times of need. EVERY DAY NEED.

I printed out a verse that I can especially relate to and have a HARD time remembering, and, after painting the broken cutting board strip, I mod podged it on. I snapped this picture last night, and was going to display this verse on my kitchen window sill above the sink.

It never made if off the kitchen counter you see it on here.

Because THIS happened about 30 minutes after I snapped the AFTER shot of my Trash to Treasure project.

Yeah. I’m thinkin’ I should have that verse tattooed on my forearm, y’all. This is my sweet, sweet 7 year old son’s right leg, complete with a fractured tibia from that &#*(&@^ trampoline.

He is the bravest child EVER. School starts in SIX days. I was already dreaming of my “KID FREE” hours. Oh my. For a minute there, I thought I was in charge of my life. I thought that MY plan would be reality. Do you remember that moment in the movie “Evan Almighty” where Steve Carell says “this was not part of my plans?” And Morgan Freeman, who plays God laughs?

That’s me, right there. Maybe He knew that a wooden plaque on the window sill wouldn’t be enough to get it through my thick skull.

Some of us need hit over the head with a baseball bat.

Care for some lemonade?

Okay everybody, I sincerely hope that your projects this week don’t come with injuries and “aha” moments. Link up, I need a distraction!

2013 Home Goals

Good morning friends!  Did you have an awesome weekend?  We survived a teenager’s wisdom teeth extraction, and an 11 week old puppy with an “upset stomach”, and still managed to get a little work done, so I’m feeling pretty good.

We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) also did a little home project planning for the coming year. 

In my infinite wisdom, I bought my husband Ana White’s new book, The Handmade Home, for Christmas.

And a couple of tools.  It’s amazing what a little faith in his abilities and some tools do for a wife man, isn’t it?  I can’t wait to show you our first project, but the room around the project is too messy for photos right now.

Speaking of messy rooms, that’s exactly where my first goal lies.  In the rooms of my two sons. 

My goal is to add some functional style to their rooms, some character, and some personality. 

My younger son (10 years old) is kinda excited about this and has enthusiastically participated in the discussion.  Never mind that he changes his mind about every 5 minutes.

My older son (16 years old on January 10, yikes), thinks that decorating is a waste of money.  I know, he’s a good kid otherwise, there’s just a style gene missing somewhere.  It will be a covert operation in his room, where I sneak some style into the function. 

Here are a few of my inspiration photos from my Pinterest Board “Kids Rooms.”

Vintage industrial boy’s room

from Simplicity in the South


All Things Beautiful

I’m really excited to get started.

Other goals for this year include:

Adding a board and batten treatment (have you heard of this?  I think it’s a new idea) to our foyer.

Slapping Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White on a bunch of stuff in an attempt to lighten up.

Adding a pergola over our patio.

A restyle of the kids’ bathroom

A makeover of daughter #2’s (13 years old) room.

A makeover of the master bath.

I’ve also started the list of excuses that I’ll use in December when I realize that I didn’t get it all done.  Smile

What are your home goals for 2013?

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