Friday, November 4, 2016

We're Moving! A Final Home Tour

Well, we found our dream. A home located on nearly 2 acres with plenty of space to play and grow.

Now the *fun* part....we have to sell our home. We have put so much time, effort, money and energy into making this the best home it could be. Selling it is breaking my heart, and yet we find so much hope in our future.

As I began writing this post I realized I haven't updated our home pictures on the blog in nearly 4 years. Wow, I guess that's what a 4th kid and homeschool does to you.

So without further hemming and hawing, here she is....

4733 Scenic Ave

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The Entry Way
with my Magnolia Market Paper White Bulbs (swoon)

Our Family Room
I will miss our fireplace mantle so very much.

Kitchen and Dining Area

That Linen Shade Light (more swoon)

When we put in new floors on the main level we turn our island and added headboard, and I loved it so much more! James also surprised me last Christmas with a new porcine sink and faucet. I will miss it dearly! 

The Master Suite

I had big plans to change paint colors soon. 
But the dark colors allow for a really warm and relaxing room. 

The Master Bathroom
I painted the cabinets and fell in love with white. 

The Boys Room.
The sign and photo above the dresser have my heart. 

Ella and Caleb's Room

I had just redone this room and it was nearly perfect.

The Loft

The Kid's Bathroom

And our Basement 

Now I'm nearly crying.
I spent HOURS hunting down he perfect sconces for this room 
They are heavenly. I kid you not, I cried when thinking of leaving them.
It's a real problem people. I get it.

This is where my children learn.
Come on now....

Okay, this barn door. 
Now I'm dead.
?? How. Can. I. Leave. This. ??

The Basement Bathroom 
And it's floor to ceiling white tile. 
*more whimpers*

The Laundry Room.
We completely redid this a few years ago.
The colors, though....

 And Finally our backyard. 
And this arbor, with it's wisteria vines. 


When we purchased the home the yard was nothing but rocky dirt piles.
We poured our hearts and soul into designing and plating.
Each plant means something to me (because I have issues).
I have spent countless hours gardening.
The kids playing, laughing, fighting, and loving each other
The neighbors fill this yard.
This has been a place of great joy. 
Great joy.

We love this home. And as I put this together I am gently reminded by my heavenly Father that this is just a house. The things that have made this a home are coming with us. 
We brought home 2 new babies into this house. Celebrated 6 years worth of holidays here.
We made family plans, grew in our faith, and reached into our community here. God has been the at the center of every decision and every action. He is our guide and he will continue to guide us. Even onto our next adventure. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Cabo San Lucas Trip. Our 10 Year Anniversary!

We have been married 10 years this June. 10 YEARS! It's crazy to think what babies we were when we were married and how much has been accomplished in this past decade. 3 homes, 2 cities, 2 Bachelor Degrees, 1 Masters, 4 Children, 1 Adoption, and countless ministry hours together. Life has been good. Not perfect, but by God's grace, we are more in love now than I ever imagined possible. Our love is true, and trusted. It reminds me of a perfectly comfortable pair of shoes. It took work to break them in, but now they are my favorite. Marriage takes work, but he's my favorite. 
This past week we were insanely spoiled with a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (insert giddy grin). My parents own a time share and it's, well, glorious. We literally spent our 6 day trip sitting at the pools, eating, reading, and sleeping. Ahhhhmazing. 

So lets talk about the food......
We chose to do a meal plan at the hotel for 3 days. It wasn't cheap at $115 a person a day. But we thought it was totally worth it for at least 2 days. The food at the hotel was top notch. Like, can I get seconds...good. It was also ridiculously overpriced, so the meal plan made it worth it to go all out, crazy time. This jumbo coconut shrimp was literally, the best thing I have ever eaten in my life. Hands down. Those are curry mashed potatoes in the back. I can't even.... I ate nothing but seafood the entire time, duh.

The hotel was ridiculous gorgeous, by far the best place we will ever stay at. The pools were all infinity pools located right on the beach (you couldn't swim in the ocean because the waves were too strong...which I didn't care about, at all!), so we just laid around the pools and read, and ate. It was glorious. Our room had a view overlooking one of the main pools and the beach. For real.... And our room was giant, and extravagantly decorated. You guys, they had a turn down service at night (which definitely caught me off guard that first night).

Oh look, the jumbo coconut shrimp made a second appearance. Best ever.

This guy lit our coffee on fire, and by coffee I mean kaluah.

We took a tourist taxi boat around the cliffs, and it was fabulously gorgeous.
There were seal lions everywhere, and they smell bad; in case you were wondering. We ate at a tourist favorite called The Office, located right on the beach. I ordered fish tacos, duh.

Our last night graced us with the most gorgeous of sunsets; and I would know, I live in CO. It was stunning. It was fun to sit out and night and watch the sun go down. Oh yeah, and then there were fireworks, because of Cinco de Mayo (which the locals totally didn't care about). Apparently America will celebrate any reason to drink.

So yeah, it was phenomenal. So grateful for this opportunity to be in Cabo with the man I love. Here's to the next decade!

Hasta Luego Cabo!