8.10.2012

Friday Night Ramblings

Since I can't park myself in front of the Olympics, and since I've hit a wall when it comes to unpacking, organizing and cleaning, I thought I'd blog on a Friday night. Yep, I'm that cool! Wink!

The coolest thing that happened this week: I met a blog reader in person...at a shop in Franklin! My whole family was together, and she recognized us! {How many times does my entire family walk into an antique shop together? Almost never!} So fun to feel "known" in our new hometown. She knew about the fleas and was as compassionate in person as all of you have been through comments and emails. {Thank you!}

This same blog reader is also responsible for connecting me {anonymously} with a neighbor! And look what that very sweet neighbor dropped off at my house this week:

I love that she included herbs from her garden.

A happy addition to the wine tasting table in my favorite room.

For those of you wanting a flea update: we hit them hard under the house...with chemicals. I had a headache the whole day. We're still using natural, chemical-free methods inside our home {and keeping the house way too cold for my taste}, but we had to get aggressive under the house. Chemicals and traps. You don't even want to know how bad it was under there. Yuck! Grossed out just thinking about it! Praying the fleas are gone for good.

Most of the rooms in my house still look crazy. You can't tell that a first-born, type A, perfectionist lives here, that's for sure! {I'm recovering, remember?!?!}

My dining room still looks the same way it did weeks ago.

But I did manage to make some progress in my girls' rooms while they were with my parents in Maine a week ahead of me. Here's my youngest daughter's room...since she's the one who made her bed!


The cupcake sign was the big surprise I had for her. She flipped!

It's not finished yet, but here are a few details about her room for those interested:
  • Painted the inside of all the doors bright pink since I didn't her color of choice on the walls {because you can see her room from the downstairs entry}.
  • John Robshaw quilt with a different pattern on each side...LOVE IT!
  • Cupcake sign from World Market. Serving as her headboard for now.
  • Chandelier from Lowes.
  • Paint color: Benjamin Moore Halo w/ Swiss Coffee on the ceiling. Heartbeat on the door.
That's about all I've got for a Friday night. Oh, but wait. All the unpacking has taken it's toll:

Lost a diamond. Boo.

But as usual, all is not lost. We have lots to look forward to...like the deer that pass through the back of our property each evening:


Each time I see these deer, it reminds me of a favorite book: Hinds Feet On High Places. I'm reminded that even though it looks like I'm going the wrong way some days {fleas, struggling to unpack, feeling loss, etc.}, God is leading me to places higher and more glorious than I would ever journey on my own.

Happy weekend, sweet blog friends. Thanks for joining me in this journey. You've been a sweet encouragement to me...each and every one of you!

Big hugs,
 
P.S. I almost forgot: the girls start school Monday!!! Praying for sweet friends.

25 comments:

  1. Yay - so happy the fleas are leaving you. Your daughter's room is adorable. What a good mama you are. Did my friend Sara ever contact you? The one I told you about that I met at Pearls and Grace? Hope so. Have a blessed weekend. xo

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    1. Yes! We are FB friends now, but several hours apart. Can't wait to meet her someday!

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  2. Oh how I love this post. Am I'm IN LOVE with the pink door{s} in her room! DARLING and fresh and pretty and SPECIAL!!! Go to bed early. Praying for flea flee-ing, still.

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  3. Oh I would be dying if I got to see deer everyday! I just love them!! Your daughter's room looks so adorable! I love the cupcake sign...so cute!

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  4. yay!! i was hoping for a great update!!!
    boo on the ring, but so thankful things are coming together!

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  5. Your daughter's room is adorable and the sign? Swoon...

    Wishing you the best of luck with the fleas - ugh! Happy school days for your sweet girls!

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  6. Oh Linsey, I am so praying that those darn fleas are gone!!!
    Your daughter's room looks amazing!! I love that cupcake sign, too cute!
    Best of luck for your daughter's going back to school, I know how hard it is to start a new school, but once they get there, I'm sure they will do perfectly!!
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  7. Love your daughter's room. Enjoy it while you can. Soon there will be posters and yellowed Scotch tape all over the place. ;-) My guy is 12 and so far we're not there yet. Any day now, I'm sure.

    My blogging friend and Life Coach, Rebecca of Altared Spaces, recently led a phone seminar called Soulfoul Cleanse. It was all about the clutter in our lives, how we deal with it, what we think about it, and how sometimes our views about it are deep-seated and no longer valid or useful in our current lives. My clutter tends to be more mental than household these days. Check out her blog, which is a thing of beauty: http://altaredspaces.com/

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    1. Love the idea of a soulful cleanse!

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  8. LOVE the pink door, it's just the perfect hue of not too sweet and not too mild. Such a precious space, and the cupcake sign is just so fun!

    So glad the fleas seem to be on their way to being a bad memory! New ductwork is surely expensive, but how wonderful to start fresh, especially with allergies in the midst.

    Blessings as your girls start back to school, I'll bet things start to really fall into place for you with the new routine and meeting classmates and their families.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! School is off to a great start! And duct work is almost complete with no sign of new fleas! Alleluia!

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  9. Her room is beautiful. I love that cupcake sign and I know Faith will as well. Can't wait to show her.

    Thinking a lot about you all and can't wait to see you again. So thankful that God is bringing more friendly neighbors into your lives. He is so good, isn't He!?

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    1. Can't WAIT to see you again! Soon, I hope!

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  10. I am so glad you are making progress with the fleas. We were fortunate to not have had anything like that when we moved in but I know all about moving in and having way more to do than you ever expected. We had moisture issues, the previous owner ripped out all of the landscaping on his way out, etc. etc. I recall too well sitting with Harry at night feeding him in his room when we didn't feel settled and the decor was so far from anything I liked and I would cry and wonder if I could make it so far from "home." It gets better....I love our house now and other than missing family I love my neighborhood and have made so many friends, etc that there isn't really any place I would rather be. You'll get there. In no time I am sure. Hang in there. (((HUGS)))

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Happy to take it from one who knows!

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  11. So glad the flea problem is almost gone. I am curious, how did the house pass inspection for sale with the fleas and poor air unit? So sorry you have had to deal with all of this. Good days are ahead for sure!!!

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  12. I love this quote of CS Lewis (a favorite author) "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one."

    Unpacking takes forever. I moved a lot due to my husband's schooling and the moves associated with that. I remember how it was an adventure to learn where the grocery store was in my new town. Friends? I made some wonderful friends, but in each town, I grew closer to the people in my home because they were the only constant in my life.

    We viewed each new city like tourists for awhile. I liked learning that attitude. It's something I hope I'll continue to use even if I remain parked in this home a long time.

    True confession: I have a few boxes I have not yet unpacked and I"ve now lived in this house 5 years. Be good to yourself.

    It is wonderful of Margaret to tell me about your beautiful blog. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. So happy you visited, Rebecca! Being as good to myself as I can. Letting things stay messy is hard for me, but a good and needed growing time!

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  13. Unpacking can be fun and a dreaded chore! But I know you'll have fun decorating your new home! And I can't wait to see:) I would love to help but seeing that I'm in Florida, I will cheer you on:) I love that you painted her door! I think I might have to copy! Praying those pesky fleas disappear!

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  14. My favorite book too! I have loved it since college.
    And I ADORE the pink doors! SO fun!

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  15. I love your blog! I am from Houston and my son attended your church before he moved to Austin. We are going to be in Gatlinburg at The Lodge at Buckberry Creek Nov.3-7th. Can you recommend some good home decor shops, antique shops and restaurants in the area? Thank you and your new home is beautiful!! Jenny Blanc

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    1. I've never been to Gatlinburg, but I know it's beautiful! If you get a chance to pass through Franklin, Main Street is perfect!

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  16. He is leading us to higher and more glorious places than we would ever reach on our own.....
    so glad to "catch up" here with you tonight.

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  17. When you're feeling lost remember Acts 21:5 "When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey". I love that scripture; so appropriate for your current "Season of Life". Blessings
    Lisa

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"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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