7.14.2012

The State Of Things

I'm sure you need no help imagining the chaos we're living in these days, but just in case you're wondering what things looks like around here....

Looks like I'm preparing for another "Shop My House Sale."
Where to put all these things?

My studio. As long as I get it up and running
in time for card season {September}, I'm good.

The craft table.
{My former studio work table.}

Laura Finley's room.
New bedding is the highlight.

Hallie's room. Nothing but a bed.
Desperately need a place to put things!

Slow going. I keep thinking of my sweet blog friend Tara and wondering how on earth she and her husband unpacked in just a few days. Oh, how I wish they were here to work their magic! But I can't complain, because I had the helping hands of both my mom and cousin for a few days. Thanks to my mom's determination, we have one room finished.

Still playing with pillows and things.
Because that's what I do!

I'm beginning to believe that unpacking goes faster in a new house with lots of built-in storage. In our Houston home, there was a place for everything. In this house, we have to be creative. Any bets on how long we'll use the bathtub as a holding tank?


A few challenges as we settle in. Lots of repairs and some unexpected visitors: fleas. They are everywhere...hiding behind shoe molding, in between floor boards, you name it. My love of cleanliness is seriously challenged.

But thankfully, the lifter of my head {Psalm 3:3} provides incredible reasons to look up:

Behold, a full rainbow arched over our barn!

And another reason to keep my head up and give thanks: the many ways God has gone before us and is making us feel welcome here. Just yesterday, we had an unexpected visit from a blog reader. She lives nearby and recognized the photos of the house, so she and her daughter drove over with a just-out-of-the-oven Tennessee Blueberry Buckle. I was blown away and blessed by her friendly outreach.

And now to sing my husband's praises. From tree trimming to replacing every door knob to fixing broken things to vacuuming, he's the man of the year in my book! I don't know if I'll ever let him start his real job...though he's so amazing at fixing people that I know I have to let him go.




My husband has always been a hard worker, but what shocks me is how hard my girls have worked. All my husband had to do was buy them a little tractor and they turned into instant farm girls!





We're officially a two-tractor family. You should have seen JD's excitement the day his big boy toy arrived:

A 1967 John Deere.
I have a feeling you'll see a lot of this tractor!

With my mom.


Yes, we've gone COUNTRY.
And my family is loving it!

Off to Lowe's, Target, Container Store...
then back here to unpack and organize.

What's going on in your world, sweet blog friends?

Happy weekend!

43 comments:

  1. Country sure looks good on 'ya'all'!

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh Linsey!!! I am so excited and happy for you all...it looks amazing and I do hope someday I can come visit!!! I am having my own little miracle happen here...similar to yours. Without any planning or fretting or nashing of teeth all things have worked and we are purchasing a large lot in Garden Oaks and will be building a home!! Its a long story that has unfolded in a week...(literally) and I will share it all with you in an email but seeing your post today along with what has unfolded here is just more proof of God working in our lives and us just learning to trust His immense and never ending love for us and know that we are indeed worth of all good things and will be able to endure the difficult times too!! Big big hugs to you and so happy to see your smiling family....its going to be an amazing journey this next phase of your life....and you all deserve all the blessings God has in store for you. xoxxooo Lisa

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    1. I want to hear more!!! With your amazing eye, I can only imagine how fabulous building a home will be (even if it is stressful at times)! Keep me posted!

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  3. I just started reading your blog the day you moved, so I have been excited for an update :) We're here in Texas; my husband is a physician here in Waco (actually just got back from Houston), and I love living vicariously through your blog/experiences :) Thank you for being open about the unpacking--it comforts me to know that you, being an organized person, don't have it all done. I know this doesn't help you feel better at all, but I have moved several times, and you are correct--when you don't have anywhere to put things, it takes so much longer to figure it all out. I kind of get down on myself, because it is so overwhelming. Hopefully you can get the rest you need to tackle the mental job of figuring out where it all goes! It all looks beautiful. We are in the middle of waiting to hear from God on some big things, so I love seeing how He led you there and is taking care of you. God is into the details!

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    1. Welcome Rachelle. Thanks for chiming in. Let us not get down on ourselves...even if it takes months. LOTS of grace!

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  4. Just think how much patience is being developed with all the new little frustrations ! ha ha...
    I think you will enjoy all the new challenges, and it looks like your husband, girls and Mom
    are giving you a great hand.
    Im betting two weeks for the bathtub ! Hey, don't feel bad. Been in our new home for over
    a year and STILL have boxes in our bedroom, don't know what's in them, but they are still
    there. LOL

    Diana

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    1. Amen to patience being developed! Lots of it! I'm thinking a month on the tub! ;)

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  5. LOVE YOUR STORY! And think the pictures of your girls sporting their work gloves and boots are just the bees knees! How PRECIOUS are these helping hands to their momma . . . I, too, am a serious Type-A Clean Freak Organizer. Moving does two things for me--gives me an incredible rush of adrenaline/excitement and puts fear in my heart!!! Just take it one box at a time. Sweet Friend--I am an interior designer--mostly by night when my little ones are tucked in--but I would be so blessed to help you if you need anything. I have many, many trade accounts set up, and would be so happy to extend my pricing to you if you want to order anything. Much love--Amanda

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  6. Love the room that is finished. What a great help your hubby has been. I love my Dyson and see you have one, too. It will all come together in time. Don't stress over it. Can't wait to see another completed room and I am sure you can't either.

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    1. Would you believe he broke the Dyson that day? We've used it hard. Bought another one!

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  7. I am so excited for you! We are Tennessee natives transplanted to Minot, North Dakota (hubby is military), and I am relishing in your big move, your wonderment at the unparalleled beauty that surrounds you, and of course, your gratefulness. You inspire me! I love your blog and am glad to see you are still writing to all of us breathless fans despite the chaos of simply living right now!

    "But He said to me, 'My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
    2 Cor. 12:9-10.

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    1. One of my very favorite verses! Thanks for the encouragement and for relishing in our move!

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  8. Last week the sermon at church was on patience and how we develop such a skill. I do believe your are developing a lot of patience with this move. I am also a complete clean,neat organized freak. When my husband and I moved into our first house I had everything unpacked and in its place before sunrise. With our last move I finally was patient and took it room by room. Six years later I'm still changing things around.

    Sorry to hear about the fleas. Our first house was infested and my husband didn't believe me till I actually had a flea hanging off of my eyebrow. It took to smoke bombs and a lot of patience and they were gone.

    Good luck with everything and I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

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    1. Michelle! A flea on your eyebrow?!?! Crazy how something so small can become such a big problem. We're seeing fewer each day. Replacing carpet today and hoping that seals the deal!

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  9. Dear Linsey, I discovered your blog just before you made the big move, and i have been absolutely enthralled watching your strength in every challenge that you have faced ever since! You really are incredibly inspiring, and I can tell that this period of your life is going to pan out to be simply wonderful. You and your family are absolutely beautiful and so positive - it really is a joy to see. Good luck with the rest of the unpacking, and SO lovely to see the girls enjoying their new life so much already!
    kind regards from England,
    Paula xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Paula. Welcome to the blog and cheers to you in England!

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  10. Aw friend, sounds to me like you are doing really well and learning new things everyday. I have enjoyed seeing your pins and have been wondering what you were up to! Bit by bit it will come together and the fleas will be gone before you know it. I can relate as I feel like God taught me many lessons through ants! You guys on that tractor is awesome...should be your Christmas card this year!

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    1. I have a feeling the tractor will be front and center on our Christmas card! :) xoxo!

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  11. Great story. Take it one step at a time and it will all get done. Your family is gorgeous. Love the tractor picture. Best wishes!

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  12. Hey sweet friend. I love that you called God the Lifter of your head because I call Him that so often. I love it!

    One day at a time, sweet Jesus.

    You know I am here to help if you need me.

    Blessings, Amy

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  13. We are crazy people here too, in some ways the same, in other ways different. Love reading these updates. Praying for you four friends that I only know here....

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    1. Praying blog friends are treasured indeed. Thank you! If you ever have a reason to pass through Franklin, let me know! Would love to meet you in person! xo!

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  14. Linsey! I looked through your pictures and wished I could click my heels and be there. Although, I'll admit that I get so bossy when it comes to unpacking a house that you might not want to be my friend after I got there!

    I remember those days all too well....boxes, boxes, boxes and more boxes. Just remember, one room at a time. I always start with bedrooms and then the kitchen and the bathrooms. If our rooms are in some sort of order, we all function so much better.

    I love seeing all of your stuff out and ready to find a home in the new house. It's like a blank canvas!

    The pictures of y'all on the tractor are wonderful...thinking there might be a Christmas card idea in the making! I especially LOVE the one of Laura Finley holding her peace sign!!!

    Jesus is the lifter of your head. He is where your help comes from and that rainbow was your reminder of his promise to always be with you. He's been so faithful to bring you to my mind....continuing to pray for all of you as you put one foot in front of the other and walk the path he's put before you.

    Much love!

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    1. I could use a little bossing just to keep me focused! I take thing from one room to another, get distracted in that room, then forgot what it was I started out doing! Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement all long the way. Can't wait for a real, live, in-person visit!

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  15. Hey Linsey!
    I think I saw you at Target on Saturday. I started to say hello (like the lady at church) but it felt too crazy!

    When we first moved here from OKC (flatland) and were adjusting to our new life, the amazing hills would constantly catch my attention and I would repeat, "I lift my eyes up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." We've lived here eight years and when we are driving around town, I still shout out, "Look up!" and my kids know I mean they should look up to the hills and remember the beauty of this place and God's presence with us. For me, it never grows old.

    And the rainbow Saturday was BEAUTIFUL!

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    1. Alicia! I was definitely at Target Saturday! The rainy day, right? I wish you had said hi! Not crazy at all! No telling what kind of state I was in that day. Overwhelmed?!?! Let's meet! Here's my email: linsey(at)llhdesigns(dot)com.

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  16. You have been busy! I love it all. That picture in the living room is adorable. There is nothing like unpacking. It's so exhausting.

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    1. Girl, you know it well! Your moving story gave me ssh encouragement. xo!

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    2. Oops! I mean SUCH encouragement!

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  17. Love watching your story unfold and love seeing your faith and testament to the Lord shine through. We are gearing up for a move soon and I will be about 33 weeks pregnant when we move. I'm petrified!! But its a good thing. ;)

    Just remember to take it one room at a time. I can't wait to see the finished product. Do you mind sharing the wall color you are using? Its beautiful.

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    1. Sweet Christine, I moved while very pregnant once. Hard work indeed. We shall take it slow together...you so that you can honor your body and me so I can honor my heart that longs to embrace life's imperfections! :)

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    2. P.S. Wall colors vary throughout the house. I'll share a full paint color post soon, but all very tone on tone shades of gray, blue gray and blue-gray-green. And I happen to be addicted to tweaking, so many of my colors are half formula or 75% formula.

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  18. I new to your blog and I just love your style! Congratulations on the new home! It is such a slow process, I completely understand the lack of storage in older homes. We just moved into a 1920's home and though it is much bigger than our last home, the limited storage is crazy. I'm excited to see you all settle in!

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    1. Thank you, Jeana. And WELCOME to the blog! We'll battle limited storage together!

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  19. you were born to be there!
    it just shines out of you all..it will all get done. one day at a time:)you already know all of these things..
    it is you and Jesus and your story and it is all being written amongst the messy of moves and boxes and tubs full
    but all tucked in between and beneath are simple snapshots of story..of beauty
    of life
    your life
    step back and take a peek sweet friend
    it is a beautiful sight to behold
    much much love and hugs from Missouri:)
    xo

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    1. Born to be here...now THAT is a powerful thought! xoxo!

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  20. Oh my goodness Linsey, I just popped on to your blog from a Facebook status that Jo Ellen from {Jo Ellen Designs} made, introducing us to your wonderful Maine posts!! I am SO glad she thought to introduce you! You have such a lovely blog/home/business and I love how you captured mid-coast Maine; my favorite place on earth. :-)
    Hoping you are having a delightful time; your house in Nashville is going to be amazing! You've gained a new blog friend. :-)

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    1. So fun that you found me this way! What a small world! Happy to be in Maine...and happy to have gained a new blog friend!

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  21. Franklin. :-P I meant Franklin! :)

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  22. Even chaos is beautiful in your world. :-)
    Be patient with the clutter for a while. I have no doubt your artistic mind will come up with new combinations.

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    1. How sweet of you to say! Trying to embrace chaos more cheerfully these days!

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