Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring At Our House

I can’t remember the last time I shared pictures just for fun.  So today, I want to take you on a walk around our yard.  Are you up for it?

This is the row of trees out by the road.  My husband planted them as little 18 inch sticks 12 years ago.  The blooms on our red bud tree in contrast are just beautiful!  And if you look closely just past the line of trees, you can see my neighbor’s white dog wood trees in bloom.by road

I took the next picture standing in our driveway and looking across our front yard.  The burgundy barberry, lavender creeping phlox and flowering crab apple tree look so nice together!

front yard between beds

One of my favorite places, though, is out back.  If you walk out behind our house and through the woods a little bit, you come to our neighbor’s pond.  My husband helped him build it and so he welcomes us any time we like to enjoy it.  It’s so peaceful!

 Big tree by dock

If you walk just past the big tree above and look out to the left, there is a big field of clover.  It is SO pretty, especially under a clear blue sky.

Far side of dock

Did you notice that the sides of the pictures are blurred just a bit?  That’s because I was experimenting a little bit in preparation for taking pictures for my oldest son’s prom, lol! 

Yes, I said prom.  My oldest son’s girlfriend is a senior and so he got to take her to the senior prom.  I’m hoping to get a few of those pictures posted very soon!  That is, if any of you are interested! Winking smile

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Christy Nockels: Let It Be Jesus

I had no idea who Christy Nockels was a few weeks ago.  And now my husband and I are super big fans!  Thank you so much, Fly By Promotions, for introducing us to this beautiful album!!

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Let It Be Jesus (released today!) is Christy’s third solo album and it is beautifully performed, completely worshipful and an absolute pleasure to listen to.   I wish I could somehow include a sample right here for you.  Because I know you would love it as much as we do.  However, you can listen to a sample from the link above and see for yourself.

Two of our favorite songs are Let It Be Jesus and Find Me At The Feet Of Jesus.  What powerfully worshipful songs!  Can I put those two words together??  I hope so.  Because the songs on this album are more than worshipful.  They truly lead my heart in a powerful way to the feet of Jesus. 

Christy has been a worship leader for many years and an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  I can only imagine how many hearts her music has touched. 

Let it Be Jesus is a keeper friends. Seriously. I hope Christy makes many more albums!  And I hope you’ll give this album a try.  You won’t regret it!!

If you would like the chance to win a free download of the entire album, please leave a comment below.  I’ll be drawing a winner on Friday. 

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, April 20, 2015

Flying Boots and Hallway Makeovers

We have two hallways.  One leads to the bedrooms, the other to the garage.

The bedroom hallway is close to 40 feet long.  I should have painted it when we moved in, because I’m pretty sure it only had primer on it.  However, I kept pushing it off.  (Because it’s 40 feet long.)  Twelve years and the-constant-abuse-of-three-active-boys later it was still occupying the bottom spot on my to-do list.

So when the wall directly across from my oldest son’s bedroom received a shoe sized hole, eh hem, I decided it was time. 

A very nice friend of the family gave my son lessons in drywall repair.  And for the next two weekends, my son got plenty of painting practice. 

To my way of thinking, if you are going to pitch a boot and have to touch up one repaired place, you might as well repair the rest of the dings and dents and paint the whole hall. 

That, and whatever else needs to be painted.  Winking smile

He did a wonderful job!  No joke.  And had a great attitude while making things right.  Plus, I’m pretty sure his boots won’t hit the wall again anytime soon! 

The paint I picked out was white with a touch of blue/grey in it.

While my painter was busy, I cleaned our dusty hall spot lights.  bedroom hall collageI know it’s hard to see any difference, but trust me.  It is much brighter and looks worlds better.  No more scuffs, dents and handprints.  We’ll see how long it lasts.

Because I’m a true slave driver we had all the painting supplies out, I decided the garage hallway needed to be freshened up, too. 

That hall was dusty mauve when we moved in.  At the time, I painted it a neutral beige which looked some better.  But it still felt dark. 

Since we liked how the bedroom hall turned out, we decided to use the same light blue/grey.

Painting walls with high ceilings are a bit of a pain.  I hate ladders.  But using an extension rod and roller makes it SO much easier.  If you have high ceilings, I highly recommend picking up an extension pole from your local paint department.  (Wal-Mart stocks several lengths and they are very reasonable.)  I also recommend a rectangular paint pad with wall guard.  It makes cutting in go much faster.  And at those heights, that’s a good thing!  You can even put it on the extension pole, at least for certain angles.

garage hall collage

I think it made a big difference!  Don’t you?  It’s so much brighter! 

It sure is exciting what can happen when a boot hits the wall!  I can hardly wait for one of my darling boys to let something else fly!  Lol!