Another Update in the Never Ending Story

Well, yesterday I got another email from our agency. 
4 weeks ago we were told that our license would *probably* be here within the next 2 weeks. 

Yesterday I was told that the paperwork is making its second round through all of the necessary channels to be perfected. We have decided that planning on having kids by Thanksgiving is officially out of the question, so we are praying for early December.

On a more positive note, this semester is almost over so my stress level is decreasing with every paper I turn in, and I made this cute thing for my living room the other day!

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More updates to come! 

Kels

Foster Care Update

Good news, it has been a productive week.

With help from friends we have completed the foster room, hung the house rules, finished the home inspection and crafted a new project for the living room!! =)

So The foster room is completely furnished and wonderful! Last Friday my amazing friend Kellie took a spur of the moment Houston trip with me to Ikea to get what we needed to finish the room AND she stayed up with me until like 2 am putting together the dresser =). Ready for the finished product?

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I am very pleased =). 

House Rules are hung also! =) I posted individual pics of the house rules here, but here they are hung on the wall (finally…)

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And in all of my spare time (HA) I also made this beauty…

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=) It’s above the love seat and I’m preeetttyy happy with it!!!

So on foster care news, the Home Study is the last thing that Clint and I have to do on our part. Our Buckner worker thinks it will probably take about a month to get it all written up and get us licensed officially, so we are looking at November! =). I’m pretty pumped, but Clint got home at 2 am this morning and our home study was at 9 so I’m going to go take a nap now….

 

House Rules Almost done!!

I knew asking for help would be a great idea! 

The good news is that I have an amazingly creative sister who offered to design my house rules for me! Let me tell you about her, she is good at everything she does. She co-owns a business in Tulsa (Berkshire Salon and Day Spa, for those of you close enough to visit her), she is a very talented photographer, AND she does things like design house rules for her sister in all of her down time. And someday she will make me the coolest aunt in the world (right Nik? 😉 )

Anyway, here are the house rules =). They are perfect and I am SOO pumped!                                       

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She is great right? 

I can’t wait to print these and hang them in my house!!!!!
Also, I found out that apparently Staples can print them! That makes my life so easy! (That was not meant to be a play off their slogan….).

*Have a fantastic day* 

Help!!!

Ok, so I have to be completely honest with you, design is not my area of expertise.

I am a really good copycat, but original artistic decor is not my forte. 
My last post was about my chalkboard projects, and I loved doing it. The chalkboard frame that I have in my kitchen I am VERY proud of however; the house rules… not so much. 

I don’t want to hang it in my house, and honestly, I think that piece of plywood could be used more creatively in my living room. SO I was thinking about it the other day, and I really love the prints I have been seeing on other blogs. i.e.:

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This is available as a free download here.

I found it on this blog. It is one of my very favorites.

Ok, now imagine a print like that on card stock! 
I would love to do 10 prints with one rule on each print, framed and hung in my hallway! 

Problem #1- I’m no good at design

Problem #2- Where in the world do I print professional looking prints on card stock, without printing in bulk, and without spending a fortune?

Ready? Go!

A Couple Of DIY’s

So I have been experimenting with chalkboard =). It has been fun. 
I made this for the area next to my kitchen because with a heart to go into the mission field I know that Clint and I desperately need to work on our scripture memorization

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I am aware these are blurry. I am not a photographer… Also, you can’t tell but the frame is covered in yarn. It took FOREVER, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. I found the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby. It came on a roll, and I just stuck it to poster board and ductaped (yes you read that right) the poster board to the frame. It was not my first choice, but after 10 minutes (have I ever mentioned I’m not very patient?) of trying to figure out another way, I gave in.

Project #2 is my house rules.
They are not in straight lines. Nothing I do ever is. I just tell people that it adds character, it’s a perfectly reasonable excuse ;). Also, it’s all in yellow because 3 weeks after buying my chalk markers I have lost every other color… 

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This project would have been easier, and prettier if I hadn’t used particle board, BUT, I am so cheap, and I hate paying for decorations, so I used the piece of crooked particle board I found in Clint’s shed =). 

Hope you guys like them, or they have inspired you to create something crooked and happy for your home. 

~Kels

 

January: A month for getting things done!

We got home from Oklahoma on Monday, just in time to spend New Years on the couch watching a movie. =). It was nice. I don’t go back to school until the 14th so I have a little bit of spare time on my hands, which is good, because there is a lot to do in that time.

Clint has been complaining that there are no decorations up in our house. I am aware of this, the problem is I made an official decision to make sure that I don’t put anything on the walls that hasn’t been thoroughly considered and prayed over. With the possibility of having a child in our home in the next 7ish months I want to make sure that everything on the walls is something that each child will always remember. Scripture. The question is, which scriptures? This is what I have been contemplating recently. Please, leave your favorite verses in a comment! It would be wonderful to know which of Christ’s words have meant the most in your lives while deciding what to put up in our home.

While considering these I have spent the last few days combining the craft room (and closet)
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With the office

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Ruger likes to be in my pictures…

The really good thing is, we are getting rid of a lot! I love cleaning things out and getting rid, it makes me feel soooo good! Reminder that the things of this earth really don’t mean much!
I have about 20 minutes of work left to do before I’m done combining, but I can’t seem to motivate myself to finish =/. Fingers crossed I will be able to tomorrow when Clint is home all day convincing me to be productive! =) I love that man!

~Kels

Home Renovations

For those of you who know me, you probably already know about all of this; however, since there is absolutely nothing new going on in my life I decided to blog about something old :).

Clint and I moved to Texas about 8 months ago so he could take an awesome job that we are incredibly thankful for! We had one weekend to find a place to live, so naturally we ended up in an apartment.
I HATE apartments.
We signed a 6 month lease and I started house hunting. Our realtor was SO patient with me, we probably looked at 50 different houses, which is like half the market in a town of 30 some thousand people, before we finally found THE ONE.
When our realtor took Clint and I to look at the house she warned us that there were a few renovations that would be needed, carpet, for example. So I was prepared for old carpet, what I was not prepared for was this
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RED CARPET!
In the whole house!! When I say whole house I mean, the only place that didn’t have red carpet was the kitchen which had green vinyl! The house was like Christmas! Even the bathrooms had red carpet!
So I walked in and said, oh yeah, the carpet definitely has to go.
Clint walked in and said “This carpet isn’t bad”………………………..

Anyway, we eventually agreed the carpet would go, we signed all the papers and began renovations!!!
Here are our before photos!
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The Red Carpet Photo is the Living Room

Dining Room

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Kitchen

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Bedroom 2

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Bedroom 3

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Guest Bath

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Master Bath

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AFTER PHOTOS!!! I haven’t finished decorating yet, but you get the idea! And I apologize for the bad lighting.

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Living Room

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Dining Room

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Bedroom 1 (AKA Craft Room)

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Bedroom 2 (AKA Office)

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Bedroom 3 (AKA Master) And boys hard at work 😉

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Guest Bath

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Master Bath

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We Have a fig tree in our back yard 🙂

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HOME SWEET HOME!!

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