Saturday, July 26, 2014


We spent the day yesterday working in the yard. It amazes me how much work this tiny space needs and makes me thankful it's not bigger. As I watched Caleb working on yet another project, I was reminded how hard he's worked wherever we've lived to make them homes. He hasn't always understood my need for fresh paint, but he happily works with me on my ideas. He really cares about taking care of me and giving our family a home. We've made each place we've lived 'ours.' We've put hours of thought and work to create a place that we enjoy. It's a small picture of who Caleb is. He protects us, and cares for us, and he is our safe place. Our home. He is peace and steadiness. I love dreaming and creating along side him. 

We've slowly made this house our home also. I promised more pictures of the changes and here they finally are... if you want to see some before pictures they're here. And other house changes are here

 this is the view when you walk into the house.

the house is pretty open. we turned this living room area into our dining room as we really didn't need two living rooms. 

the walls got a fresh coat of paint along with the fireplace.

 this little breakfast nook is really the kids corner and I'll be doing our homeschooling here...yes, I'm planning on homeschooling Elijah in the fall. I've pretty much figured out what I'm going to do as far as curriculum goes, but I have lots of lesson planning to go. I would love any pointers if you have any...and I'll take pictures of this area once I have it decorated. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

summer so far

i have multiple half written posts waiting to be finished and published, but every time i take a second to write, our computer shuts down. i turn it over and gently tap a few times until i hear it start up again. i attempt at writing, but seconds later i'm left with a black screen. we'll see if i actually hit publish to this post. it seems like everything is falling apart, my computer, the dishwasher, our dryer, and last night, (on the eve of the hottest weekend so far) our ac. i'm sitting now with a fan blowing hoping and praying it's a cheap fix. 

lately God is taken me through a time of really needing to lean on him and trust his plan and not my own. my heart wants to rest in his will, but it's a constant battle in my mind to control my feelings and focus on truth. the refining fire can be a painful and lonely place sometimes. 

my mind is dwelling a lot right here...

"make your way straight before my face." Psalms 5:8 

"when my soul is tossed on the rough waves of the troubled sea of this life, if i can bust cast out the anchor of hope into the depths of God's blessed will, it holds fast at once, and the winds and the waves are rebuked."

 "This resting in the will of God is one of the most comforting and blessed experiences of the Christian life. To say, 'Thy will be done' not in a reluctant or compulsory way, as if we were shrinking from some inevitable pain, but with a sincere and glad conviction that our dear Father is really doing for us what is best and most loving, although it may not look so to our dull eyes this is glorifying to him, and supremely consoling to us." 
Susannah Spurgeon 

in other news, summer is here, and wonderful. the last two summers have flown by. amelia is only taking one nap and it frees up our days quite a bit. the kids and have gotten out and enjoyed so much. parks, field trips, bike rides, family camp, swimming, and fireworks. i am loving our family time and watching the children light up with the simplest things. 

and because the computer is so temperamental you can always follow along on IG @jnbussell

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