31 December, 2014

Live Today

 I grew up with someone who always couldn't wait until the new year. 
They focused so much on the negative of the past year, they just wanted to get rid of it.
I, for one, always went into the new year with trepidation. 
  I love the holidays and the coming of the new year was kind of a downer for me because that meant they were over.
This year was different for me and I want to change how I've been looking at things.
I've spent so much time saying "When I get better"
Or "I'll do it when I feel better."

Well it's got to stop.

With my diagnosis,  I have come to accept that I might not ever get better and I need to make the most of today.

I want to wake up in the morning and use my God given strength to do the best that I can for today. To remember that it's all I can do and it's ok.

SO I am forgetting 2014.
And I am forgetting 2015.

I am living for today.

Happy New Year from our family to yours, (however you may look at it.)

10 December, 2014

{A New} Home For The Holidays!

This past summer had us thinking about our future again since our lease was coming to an end. We really didn't want to continue to rent, but the thought of home ownership with health challenges kind of scared us a little.
After spending a lot of time in prayer and discussion we felt the time was right. We started looking casually before our vacation and then jumped in full speed at the beginning of August.
I will spare you all the roller coaster details, but after much exhaustion and stress, we became official homeowners the second week of October.
The house is WAY smaller than we wanted, but our goal was to always go with a bigger lot if we had to choose. After our time with NO yard in California, we both knew that it was very important to us.

Our home sits on over a third of an acre and I definitely don't feel claustrophobic when I step outside here. It was built in 1921 and has had multiple remodels.

It's not a perfect house, but it's where God has us for now and we are content!

Here is a walk through of our, new to us, humble little home:

Part of the backyard:

 Turtle's room:

Master bedroom: (aka storage room for a super small house)

Laundry and hall:

Kids/guest bath:

Hall shelves:

Living room:

Love this window, part of what sold the home for me:

Fireplace and mantle corner are the other things that got me: 


Dining room: (still lacking a table)

Monkey's room:

I'm not making any promises for blogging because life just isn't the same anymore, but I thank those few readers who have stuck around or missed me.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas season!!