30

This past month I turned 30! Turning 30 seems so old to me! And there are many things that I thought I would have achieved by the age of 30…the primary one being a mother. When I was younger I always had imagined that when I was 30 I would be married with 2-3 children and still growing. But, God has had other plans for me. Plans that I never would have imagined. My faith has been tested and my heart has been stretched to lengths I didn’t know possible. And all the while God has been there right by my side through all the hurt and pain, continually drawing me and challenging me. Calling me to surrender my all to Him. It is hard to let go of things that you have always desired, but I know that I serve a GREAT God, who is in control and knows my future. A God who is ever faithful and continually by my side. A God who truly loves me deep down to the core of who I am. A God who is reliable and who continually gives me more than I deserve. So I praise the Lord for this year! For allowing me to reach 30 with so many blessings! The blessing of an amazing, wonderful and loving husband! The blessing of wonderful family! The blessing of sweet friendships! The blessing of the child we don’t yet know who is in Ethiopia! And lastly, the most important of them all, the blessing of the Lord’s great love and sacrifice for me! I truly serve an amazing God! 
 
So as I entered this new decade, I decided that I wanted to celebrate with my sweet west Texas friends! I decided that a wreath making birthday party would be the best way to celebrate! Surrounded by friends and doing something I truly enjoy, crafting!  
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Since living in west Texas, the Lord has truly blessed me with some amazing friendships and I am so thankful for each one of them! I had such a great time hanging out with these girls and sharing life together while also making something beautiful.
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This is definitely a birthday I will remember! 🙂 And I look forward to seeing all the Lord has for me in my 30’s!
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Trunk or Treat

Last week our church hosted a “trunk or treat” for the community. We passed out candy as well as information about our church and showed the love of Christ to the community.  It was a lot of fun and it seemed to be a big hit!

The night before the event we threw our costumes together and they actually turned out pretty cute! We decided to go as minions and our dog Moses went as a Rubix cube.

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If you are ever looking for a quick and easy costume, a rubix cube is always an easy win. All you need is a box, craft paint, a paint brush , scissors and tape. For our dog we taped the box together then cut leg holes as well as a head hole.  We put tape around some of the curves to make them softer for our dogs legs. I then painted all the squares. It was super easy and everyone loved it!

Here’s an inside view of the box.

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Moses checking out his new costume!

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And finally, the cutest rubix cube ever!

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New Window Coverings

The majority of our house is covered with blinds (thankfully) but there were a couple windows that were left open. Since the windows without blinds were in one of the bedrooms, we decided to go ahead and cover them as well. I have never installed blinds before, but I figured I’d give it a try.
This is one of the doors that was needing a blind. Summers can get quite hot, so adding a little shade was a necessity.
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To make the process easier I first marked with a pen where I should drill.
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I then drilled in the correct spot and screwed the blind holders in.
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Then I popped the blind in.
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It was super easy and we are thankful to now have the option of privacy and shade.
Since the blinds ended up being so easy to install, I decided to also tackle the curtains in the living room. I’ve been wanting to get them up for a while now but we had misplaced the curtain rod brackets that go with our curtain rod. I priced some new brackets and found that it would be the same price to get a whole new curtain rod as it was to just replace the brackets. So, we opted for a new curtain rod.
I’ve seen a few methods of measuring and hanging curtain rods which probably are great, but I decided to just use painters tape and a ruler to measure.
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Once I had everything taped up and measured, I made my holes using the drill. I then popped the screw anchors in, screwed the screws in to attach the brackets, and added the rod.
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Wa-lah! We now have curtains! It’s amazing how something as simple as curtains can make our rented house feel more like our home.
Have any of you added any window coverings lately? Feel free to share! 🙂

Our Weekend Project

We love the house we are renting right now! It has tons of storage and is just the right size for the two of us! The kitchen is amazing (the best one I’ve had yet), however, there isn’t a true eating area. We do have an amazing island but you have to have bar stool height chairs in order to eat around it. We thankfully have 4 chairs, but if more than 2 people come over there is awkward eating on low chairs. Which is not so great or easy ( i know because I’ve done it). :/
We threw around a few ideas for how we could solve this issue for when we wanted larger groups to come over and decided a picnic table in the backyard would be best. We actually have an awesome backyard! Whoever did the layout for the backyard put a lot of thought into it and it is quite nice! We often spend evenings sitting on the swing in the back enjoying the weather and our time together.
I started to look around for picnic tables and soon realized that they are not cheap! They are actually quite a bit more than we were wanting to spend. I then found a picnic table frame on amazon that was closer to our price range but still wasn’t sure about it. A few days later we received an amazon gift card, so we decided to go ahead with the table!
The frame came quicker than expected and we were super excited to get it assembled! With this particular frame we could build a 4 foot, 6 foot or 8 foot long table. We opted for the 8 foot table because we figured if we were going to have to do the same amount of work, we might as well make it count and that way we could have more people over in the future!
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We headed to Lowe’s and purchased 5 eight foot long 2×10’s and one 2×4.
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We then started the assembly. After lining up the boards how we wanted them, we began drilling holes on each end of the boards, attaching the metal braces, and nailing/gluing the center support beam in the middle.
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If you look closely you can see the swing  in the background that we often spend our evenings on together.
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We then attached the legs and made a few more holes so that we could attach additional support rods with bolts.
After the legs were attached we flipped the table over to attach the seats. I have to say, we have one sturdy picnic table- it is SO heavy! We then drilled holes on the ends of each seat board and attached them to the main frame.
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Finally we were done! We are quite thrilled with the end result and are very ready to start filling it up with people! 🙂
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