Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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Scripture Sunday: 

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Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible, as Esther is a woman of remarkable courage and obedience. How frightening would it have been to become queen and have to hide your heritage and identity? 

The verse above has been used at graduations and dedication ceremonies for years, as it is a verse about God’s purpose for our lives. 

Today, let’s talk about that verse and what it means within the context of Esther 4.

Queen Vashti had just been disposed of for disobeying the king. Esther, a beautiful young Jewish orphan, was selected from a large pool of eligible girls to be the queen.

The Jewish people were facing a time of great persecution and oppression, although Esther’s uncle and guardian Mordecai had a high ranking position within the town. For her safety and the safety of her family, Esther was not to disclose her identity or heritage within the palace. 

When Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, Haman was angry enough to influence the palace to issue an edict to eradicate the Jews. Mordecai put on his sack cloth and ashes, and was wailing. When Esther received word of this, she sent a eunuch to find out what was wrong, as she had not yet heard of the plot against her people.

Esther 4:14 is a part of a bigger conversation between Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai asked Esther to intercede on the behalf of her people, to which she reluctantly agreed to do. Esther knew she faced the possibility of death because, according to the laws, anyone who entered the king’s inner court without being called could be killed.

Mordecai had faith in God to rescue His people. After all, God told Abraham “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!” 

When Mordecai said the words above to Esther, he was reminding her that God didn’t just raise an orphan girl out of exile and into the palace for no reason, and that Esther had to have the courage to carry through with God’s purpose for her life.

While none of us are in quite the same situation as Esther, the same still applies to us. We have a purpose in life, and when God puts us in a place or situation for a reason, it’s up to us to see that reason and bring it to fruition.

Think about the places where you work, where you live and where you regularly go. Are you in any of these places by accident? God doesn’t put you anywhere for no reason. If you’re unsure about the purpose, ask God to help you see it.

It’s up to us to be obedient to His plan, as Esther risked her life to save her people. 

Have a great week!

 

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Saturday Musings 


My grandmother’s Christmas cactus
For as long as I can remember, my Nana has had this Christmas cactus, which she got from my great-aunt. I have always admired it. Lately I’ve been reading about the benefits of house plants and how they can purify the air.

Pure breathing air isn’t just good for your pulmonary system; it’s good for your mental health as well. Having indoor plants promotes happiness and a sense of calm.

My grandmother gave me some starts from her Christmas cactus when we went to see her last week. I’m rooting two sections of it: one for my home and one for my classroom this fall. I am also working on growing some other plants indoors as well. More on that later.

We celebrated July 4th last week with a church picnic and some watery fun!


Then, we went to see some fireworks.


We are also doing some other fun things this weekend. Yesterday, we helped decorate for Vacation Bible School. We might not have been a big help, but we had fun.


 We will be meeting up with church friends for a cookout tonight.


Who knows what else we’ll do?

Aubrey thinks this plant stand is a nice seat.

And now for a few updates: 

I painted our living room over spring break and it was a chore! We still need to paint our bedroom, the office, the dining room, kitchen and the playroom. I am hoping to get the playroom and office knocked out this week. We shall see.


I am continuing to be blessed by this wonderful bible study. I am also still looking for active participants who are willing to join me in this study. You will be incredibly blessed!

Health:

I’ve learned that I have arthritis in my back and hip, and that is what’s causing my back to hurt. I went to the doctor and was prescribed physical therapy and medication. I’m trying a few holistic methods as well. 


Trim Healthy Mama:

I was doing so well with THM and was almost 100% on plan, but then i went on vacation and I got off track 🙁  I was feeling cruddy and putting weight on, so I’m trying now to get back on plan. Slowly but surely I am getting there!!

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


Worthing Court: How to Make a Screened in Porch a Relaxing Oasis


Stonegable: Secrets to be a better home decorator

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Farmhouse Friday: the Target Dollar Spot


I went into Target last week with my mom and girls because I wanted a waffle iron. The Dollar Spot, which is enticingly placed right inside the entrance, drew my attention, as it often does.

Side note: the Dollar Spot is particularly awesome this time of year because of the “college dorm room organizing stuff.” I graduated college more than a decade ago, but I’d buy some of those awesome things for my house now.

The Dollar Spot also had an array of farmhouse/ farmer’s market themed items, which I noticed immediately. Keep in mind everything in the Dollar Spot is $1, $3, or $5. Here are just a few of the things I found.


Tea towels, $3

Also, do you see those honeycomb vases to the left? Cute!! 


Tote bag, $3


Hanging sign. Can’t remember if this was $3 or $5, but I think it was $3.


Glass food storage containers with wooden lids, various sizes, $3 and $5

These were adorable! I almost bought them.


Wood-like tray, $5

I did buy this one! 

Decorative sign, $3

Cute recipe book with cards and dividers, $3

“Wood-like” crate, $3

There are other things as well that spoke to me. If you’re into organizing or farmhouse style, go check out the Target Dollar Spot!

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A much-improved linen closet


Our linen closet used to be organized. Like everyone else around here, summer has slowed him down and made him a little lazy. Wait, you don’t refer to your linen closet as a person? Well, why not? 😜

In all seriousness, our linen closet was pretty bad. Stuff everywhere and we had to search for what we needed. Take a look:


You may be thinking, “That’s not so bad!”

What about now?

This linen closet was full of junk and wasted space all at the same time. I didn’t even know that was possible.

I saw this awesome picture in Real Simple.

I thought, “I can do that. I NEED to do that.”

First, I took everything out of the closet. It’s a linen closet, but it’s in our bathroom, so it houses some other things too. We don’t have anywhere else to put our luggage, so it lives here. 

I grabbed a few metal baskets from Dollar General, a DIY basket from another room, and repurposed the brown bins I already had. I also grabbed an empty hamper from another room.


I stashed those extra pillows in that empty hamper. It takes up less space than the laundry basket and it looks less cluttered.


I stashed the towels in the built in shelves on the right, and I stashed our heavier comforter here as well.


Brown fabric drawers hold wash cloths, paper products and first aid supplies.


Metal baskets house sheets, toiletries and hand towels.


I rolled our quilt to save space. Snapping bins corral nail care supplies ($9 at Dollar General).


Let’s see that before and after:

Before:


After:


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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Wordfull Wednesday 


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Last week, I expanded upon a quote I’d found by tying it to Scripture. This week I’m doing some of those same things, but I’m going to share some personal truths here as well.

Last week, I shared about five things we need to stop doing. One of them was to stop living in the past. Today’s post kind of bridges off of that quote.

Years ago as a student I encountered a teacher who, at the beginning, seemed caring and loving, but the more we came to know her, the more we realized she would go out of her way to tear down her students, to belittle us and stir things up between us. She enjoyed reducing her students to tears and she enjoyed making us feel small and inferior. 

I allowed this person to cause a significant amount of emotional damage in my life, and not surprisingly, I held a grudge against this person for many years. Way to live in the past, huh?

It’s been said that holding grudges is allowing someone to live rent free in our heads with no benefit to us. I was too immature at the time to realize that a person who is so quick to destroy you first of all has a problem within themselves. But worse, I was too immature to understand that holding onto all of  those things rather than letting them go was doing nothing for me. Who was it actually hurting? Certainly not that person!

The Bible has many verses about holding grudges and forgiveness, but read this verse:

James 1:19-20 (NIV). 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Holding grudges is bad for your physical health, but worse still for your spiritual health. When people do us wrong, it’s hard to let go of the anger and forgive them, but as James said, holding in your anger isn’t pleasing to God.

I struggle so much with letting things go. It’s an area of my life that I’ve really been praying about and I hope you’ll pray for me, too. Have a wonderful week. 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 61:2

I’m doing something a little different now with Scripture Sunday. I have selected a verse, and instead of just giving you an interpretation, I’m going to share the verse and what I learned about that verse through commentary. This week’s verse is Psalm 61:2.

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“From the end of the Earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

The writer of this Psalm is unknown, but widely believed to be David. If the Psalter is in fact David, then this verse was a prayer written during a time of exile and fear. It is thought that David composed this Psalm during his flight from Absolom.

Psalm 61:2 is a prayer to God. The Psalter begins the prayer with tears, but ends it with praise. Let’s break it down into parts and discuss it.

“from the end of the Earth will I cry to you:” The Psalter, likely David, had been driven away from the lands he knew by the violence of his enemies. It is believed he felt death was near and the “end of the earth” refers to the end of his life here on earth. The writer believed he had one foot in the grave, so to speak.

“when my heart is overwhelmed:” here the Psalter speaks about a heavy sadness or fear enveloping his heart. Bible scholars liken this to a garment like a mourning cloak wrapping around a sad heart. The writer is saying we can draw near to the throne of grace no matter where we are. We can lift ourselves in prayer to God when we’re fearful, alone, distressed or overwhelmed.

“lead me to the rock that is higher than I:” Literally, lead me to the rock that is too high for me to climb by myself and place me there. The rock in which the Psalter speaks is an elevated symbol of security that can’t be obtained without Divine help. Christ is the rock of our salvation and we are only truly safe within Him.

Psalm 61 is a prayer to God, but it’s also a vow to praise God. The writer desired to rest his soul on the rock of Divine mercy, but he couldn’t reach that rock by himself- he needed the Lord’s help. The Psalter was asking God to be restored in His presence.

When we feel overwhelmed or bogged down, let’s remember to ask God to restore us to His presence, and place us upon his rock of Divine mercies.

Are you feeling overwhelmed today? Lay it at his feet.

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Saturday Musings 

This week, we went to my grandparents’ house in southern West Virginia for a few days. It was a blast, and it gave us a much needed break. Plus, anytime we get to spend time with family is a bonus.

We went swimming at a pool where I used to swim as a kid…and so did my mama. Then, we went to my happy place: Pipestem State Park. I spent tons of time here as a kid, and you can do just anything there. You can camp, rent cabins or stay in the lodges, fish, hike, play golf, swim…the list goes on. You can’t beat the views.

You can ride a tram down to the bottom of the canyon and stay in a lodge there, or just wade in the river like I used to do.

We enjoyed the view, and then we played on the playground.

My budding gymnast. Her shirt says, “If you can read this, please turn me over.”

Aubrey loves a swing. She could do this all day long.

Then we went to go play putt putt. I don’t think we’ll ever be professional golfers, but we had a great time.

A good time was definitely had by all.

Before I share my weekend reading list, I wanted to give you a few updates.

Bible Study: 

I recently finished “The Comparison Trap” by Sandra Stanley and now I’ve started “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz. I’m only two days into this bible study and I’m already so blessed by it. I am currently doing this independently, so if you’re interested, I’d love to partner up and we can work on it together. Just email me!

On the homefront 

We are still working to complete our entry and our dining room. Currently, we lack only a nice rug and light fixture to finish our foyer, as well as a nice area rug for our dining room. We are also working on some plans for our backyard. I cannot wait to share them with you!!

An ETSY shop? 

I’m planning to open an online shop soon, and I’m currently finalizing what will be available for sale in my store. I’m pricing a wholesale list of farmhouse products with natural or organic ingredients. There will be some candies, but it will mostly include gifts and handmade soaps for sure.

Dreams

I recently read “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines and was surprised to see that Joanna, whom we all see as an entrepreneur, was at one time scared to open any of the various businesses she designed and planned out. Chip gave her the courage to do it. I toss around lots of ideas in my head of things I’d like to do, but I’m pretty terrible at actually making them happen. I overthink them and get way too scared to make it a reality. I am working toward making one of those dreams a reality, but I’m not far enough into it yet to talk about it. When I am in a place where I can give you more details, I will.

And now, on to what I’m reading this weekend:

Country Living: 2017 Lake House of the Year

Southern Living: Make your house feel like a home

BHG: Cheap chic cabinets

 

Have a wonderful weekend. We’ll see you tomorrow for Scripture Sunday.

 

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Farmhouse Friday

What better things to show on Farmhouse Fridays than, well…farmhouses?

I went on a Pinterest scavenger hunt and I turned up these lovely farmhouses. The best news? They’re all for sale! Look away and enjoy!


1. Russell County, VA: $4.3 million

What a gorgeous home! I was drawn to this home because my ancestors are from Russell County. Plus, it’s a lovely house. Just check out this description:

Situated on 331 acres of rolling farmland. The house, built in 1919, is prominently situated on a hill overlooking the creek valley and is a highly visible landmark. The dwelling is a tall two-story Colonial Revival-style mansion with Flemish-bond brick veneer. The building has a temple-fronted center bay. The roof is covered with green-glazed terra cotta tiles, and there are three large interior brick chimneys. The slightly protruding central bay incorporates the first floor entry and a small second story balcony. There is a one story wraparound porch with Ionic columns and ceramic tile flooring.

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Click here to check out the link for yourself.

2. Republic, OH


This lovely house in Ohio can be yours for $529,000.

Here’s the description:

The Greek Revival style is timeless, and so is this spectacular, circa 1833 farmhouse situated on 22.9 acres. It’s chock full of historic detail, and retains its original plasterwork, hardware, doors and poplar flooring. Known as “Golden Pond,” the property includes a 1,200-vine vineyard and a 150-year-old English threshing horse barn.

Click here to check it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these beautiful farmhouses! Have a wonderful Friday!

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