Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Early Birthday..... to ME!!!!

So after years of pining and yearning through magazine pictures,
I have a beautiful bedroom!

I got the bedspread at a garage sale for $10 and had it stashed away for company, but decided it would be perfect for our new bedroom.
The headboard I got at a thrift store for $35 dollars, can you believe it?! Isn't is beautiful?
The lamps, throw pillows and new fan for Eric, were a gift from my Mom for my birthday.

I have been thinking on how to get more scripture around the house.
My first thought was to stencil it around the room and then I quickly decided to scrap that idea after doing the little bit in the kid's bathroom (picture coming soon).
So I went out to Eric's workshop and found a piece of drywall. I painted it with some leftover chalkboard paint from a previous project, roughed up the bottom edge to give it a slate look, and added some knobs for decoration. It came out better than I could have hoped!

My final cost was new hardware. Our nightstand and matching dresser is a treasure from Eric's grandparents. It was their wedding set. I replaced the hardware with knobs to give it a "double breasted suit" look! I love, love, love this room!
I love decorating on a budget!

There were a couple of other touches that I didn't photograph including a picture frame with wedding vows that looks just like the chalkboard above the bed. Mom and Dad Bibby also gave us a glider rocker that I LOVE!

It was so nice to have my Mom here from Texas to help and what a fun birthday present!

My house, my home a place filled with things and overflowing with love!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nana's Here!

Nana (my mom) flew in Tuesday and we've been going nonstop ever since.
Here's what we've been up to:

Hanging out...

Planting some flowers...

Luke came running inside the other day excited about a "huge thingy" up in the tree.
I headed out thinking it was just a bug on the bark, "huge thingy" and found this...
a HUGE hornet nest just feet from the playset.

A little lighter fluid...
A little light...
A little fire....
No more nest! Yeah for Daddy!

So Eric and I have been married for ten years and we haven't had a headboard since we lived in Married Student Housing. We've looked in magazines and furniture stores, but haven't found one that we liked and could afford. So I decided that while my mom was here I would work on our sad bedroom. Usually when we have company we just close the door.
Mom and I set out for thrift stores and the first one we went to we found a headboard for $35.00.
Queen size- check
Matching stain- check
Solid wood- check
Cheap- check
We got it home and started to attach it to the bed frame. It turned out to be SOLID wood and a little harder to install than we thought. At one point I left the room to take care of Luke, who needed some correction and when I came back I found this.......

I laughed so hard I almost had an accident! Since she wasn't going anywhere I seized the photo opportunity. She wasn't hurt, but couldn't get out either! We were both laughing so hard it took a couple of minutes to get the headboard stood back up again.

On Friday we took the kids to the park. We forgot the camera, but brought back some beautiful reminders of our fun day. It's amazing how pretty weeds can look.

Nana bought the kids a new kickball- which didn't last very long.
Amber got a hold of it and in one bite popped it.

Nana snapped this shot of Little Miss Krista on her way out with her purse and cell phone.

We had a counter full of Roma Tomatoes that needed to be taken care of.
After getting a couple of tips we decided to just freeze them.
I was SHOCKED at how easy it was to remove the skins.
I dropped them into a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes and just squished the tomato right out of the skin! It was amazing! I will definately do more tomatoes next year!
It was such a fun family affair. I was able to give each one of them a job.

Krista didn't have any interest in helping with the tomatoes, but was happy afterward.

The Bibby's graciously offered for Josh to stay with them while my mom visited. Which has been SO nice since Josh doesn't drive. This enable us to get lots of things done and not had to stop in the middle.
An answer to prayer is that Josh has started working. A wonderful friend of mine and her husband own a lawn care business. Josh has started working for them. We were praying for a good opportunity rather than having to send him to work at fast food. He has worked several fast food places in Texas. The Guiney's have been so nice even picking up Josh. God has really blessed me with wonderful friends.

Krista's First Overnight

Krista had her first overnight with Grandma and Grandpa on Monday night.
She packed her Vera Suitcase and off she went.
Grandma said they had so much fun with her and she even slept in until 8am!

Play date.... Mom date

We picked up Luke from school last Friday and headed out to Burlington to see The Clifford's.
We had such a nice time visiting with 'Aunt Diane' and Caleb!
Buster, their dog, probably had to take a nap after we left. Luke kept him pretty busy.
Krista and Caleb look adorable together, don't they?!
We are hoping that they will be able to sell their house soon and move to Lafayette so we can get together more.

After our visit, I told Luke we would drive by our old house.
I never thought it would affect me like it did. I didn't shed a single tear when we left our old home two years ago. We had so much going on and I was so excited about moving to the new house, I guess I really didn't dwell on it. Driving back home to Battle Ground, I cried nearly the entire trip. The current owners were a young couple with a newborn, 2 month old baby, and graciously invited us inside. Memories flooded back so much that I couldn't help but get a little emotional. Luke's room was now their nursery, she even kept the ceiling that I had painted to be an abstract sky. Many of the curtains and stencils were still on the walls. This was our first home, were we spent hours side by side sweating and working to make it beautiful. It is where we brought Luke home from the hospital and where he took his first steps. Memories of bring Kayla home and we filled our hearts with twice as much love. The smells of old wood and country air were the same.
The owners were so nice and I was overjoyed to see how much they loved the house. We loved our old home and to see someone else start their family there was very touching.
What a wonderful day spent with friends and old memories.


Last week we got out the Crayola Explosion Spinner and made spin art. Since we used all the stuff that came with it, we watered down acrylic paints in Nana's old hair dye bottles.

I got this idea from a Montessori project that a friend did for her girl. It has been so much fun and has helped Luke learn his shapes.
I let Luke help by using the middle of an old dvd to make the dots instead of stickers. I held the dvd while Luke colored it in with a marker of his choice.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Praying for our Children

This is week two of the Prayer Challenge
to read what Erin is doing.

To God be the glory!

Have you prayed today?

Monday, September 15, 2008


More than valuable
than treasures of jewels and riches that could be,
I have a husband who cleaned for me.

This weekend I was down and out.... in bed that is.
I had a terrible head cold, sore throat, sore ears and all.
No thank you. I'll take extra vitamin C and wash my hands better.
Lesson learned, when your son starts preschool - he brings germs home.
I'm on the mends today, but am feeling pew-weeny. Which is more frustrating than being sick.
Today will be a slow day thanks to my hubby.
My husband has never been sexier!
He did the dishes, picked up the kid's rooms, vacuumed and disinfected.

Much love to you all and hoping you and your family is well and healthy.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Praying for our Children

The topic for Mom's Group this year is prayer. We are going through the book, "The Power of a Praying Parent" by Stormie OMartian. Though I do not agree with everything she says, I have found this book to be one of the best books on how to put together a prayer list for your children.
Since this is my blog, I've decided to extend the challenge to those who read my blog.
This challenge is simple.

It is the power of God that penetrates a child's life when a parent prays.
When we pray we humble ourselves before God. We CANNOT do it on our own. By not relying on God to care for our children, through prayer, we are allowing the sin of pride to enter our hearts. Pride is the very doorway that allows all other sin to enter. We need to seek Christ when we pray, in His name. It is through Christ that we are able to commune with our Father. All that needs to happen and is planned for our children cannot occur without the presence of God and His power. You must seek Him and rely on Him.

How do we get started?
Begin with a list and update it with personal requests.
Use Scripture.
Pray continually.
Submit yourself before your Father to help guide you to lead His children He's entrusted to your care.

To participate in the prayer challenge, visit
Twice a month we will cover two chapters of the book, "The Power of A Praying Parent"
I invite you to share in this journey with me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Krista Alaine Bibby

These are a few of my favorite things....

Krista's Birthday Bash(s)


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