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A Quick Update in Pictures

We've been working, but it's slow and not very exciting so far. And it's really hard to see what all we've done, but last weekend I realized we only have 15 weeks until the baby is due. (I honestly don't think I've been preparing for a baby to actually come, so it was a bit of a shock to me.) But I figured I could share some of the pictures!

Above, Jeremy closed in the two windows that were in the bathroom. He filled in the back wall with siding we'd saved from inside the room. We think our future bathroom was originally a back porch that was closed in some time.  Our new mudroom still has the siding walls, but we took it out of the bathroom area. Thankfully, we had just enough to cover the exterior of the house!

My job in the study (I've decided that's what we'll call the library/school room) is to sand all the bookshelves now. I've been buying stuff to put the bathroom back together, so the study had been put on hold for a couple of weeks, but now I've gotten the first rough sanding done. It doesn't look much different though.

We've gone back and forth, back and forth about the paint color for the bookshelves, and we've finally just gone ahead and bought a gallon of Slate Tile. We both like it and we're also both tired of looking for the perfect color.

Like I said, I've been shopping! I picked out our tile and the fixtures for the bathroom and mudroom. It was another long process because I have to look at all my options and then find the best price. I could have spent millions of dollars on this bathroom, but I restrained myself (or rather my credit limit did) and we've picked out this arabesque tile from Floor and Decor for the bathroom floor. It's white, just in poor lighting. I'll do more updates on the bathroom soon because Jeremy is framing out the shower today. So things are starting to be put back together!

But for now, the bathroom still looks completely unfinished. Jeremy has been working diligently on it, it's just all the stuff that goes under the walls and ceiling had to be done and it isn't very exciting. He's wired both rooms and taken care of the windows. He also replaced the window we're keeping in there. The only problem was that the window was made wrong. The store is going to fix it though. They are sending us a replacement bottom sash so we can just switch the two out. The top sash was made correctly.

The mudroom is also just coming along. We keep getting excited and start thinking we're getting close to being done, but then we have to make the list and it's still pretty long. The mudroom is all wired and pretty much ready to be put back together. We can't wait to have this room done, it's going to be wonderful to have a room to catch all the dirt before it gets spread throughout the house.

And in the final news, I'm growing right along schedule. I feel like a turtle stuck on it's back most days and have all the discomforts of pregnancy, but baby girl is moving and letting me know she's alive now. Yep, she's a girl. Both Eowyn and Noemi are thrilled and the boys have come around. In a couple more days, we'll only have 14 more weeks which doesn't seem like a lot when your house looks like the above! I've got to go sand those bookshelves now!

Building Built-ins

Oh, this is fun to share! The new bookshelves are built!

It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would, but Jeremy did help quite a bit. If it had all been left to me, we'd still be waiting.

Working on the House

Work has begun again on this old house! And it feels so good!

A Honey-Do List for Upstairs

The kids need to move upstairs, y'all. Not only do they need their own rooms (all three are in one downstairs, and Noemi is in our room), but I need my own room! We need the space too. We're all tired of being cramped downstairs. So we've been working upstairs and it's progressing quickly on Jeremy's side of things and slowly (so, so slowly) on my side.

Living in the Room

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I was sitting in the living room looking at the peach walls and trying to wrap my head around Christmas decorations. In the bright peach room. And it made me almost want to cry.

The Idealist without Ideals

The Floors

We've made some progress in the last couple of weeks! The flat of land for the barn is ready and we even have the post holes dug. The kitchen has a new (to us) oven that does not smell like burning rats when it is cooking. Jeremy has even caught a couple of rats in all his many traps.

We are in a mess!


The Master Bedroom's Walls

We are slowly making progress on the master bedroom. The master bathroom still looks like a gutted room. But I have to trust Jeremy because this is how he works. He takes forever to figure out how to do something, and then finally does it really quickly.

The Master Bedroom's Ceiling

So while Jeremy has been taking apart the mudroom/bathroom, I've been slowly plugging away at our bedroom. I'm finally on the other side of the messiness, and it's starting to clean up a little. (And then I find one more thing to caulk!)

Bathroom Plans

The fun part of putting in a new bathroom is the decorating. Also, this is stressful. Especially when two people are decorating who have drastically different tastes. I love Jeremy, and he is very, very good at balancing me out, but we do not have the same taste in decor at all.

This is both good for us and hard for us. It teaches us to compromise and well, then we actually have to compromise.

Still Demolishing

So "Demo Day" is misleading. It's more like Demo Weeks. And the Fixer Upper show just shows the fun parts, the boys have been pretty appalled at the mess that they have to clean up after the fun.

But, boy, have they had fun during the demo.

First Demo Days

We worked on our new old house last weekend! Let me tell you, this house remodel is going to help our marriage in BIG ways. At least, that's what I'm hoping. Because the decisions we have to make together are LIFE THREATENING. Like, what color to paint the wainscoting that we are possibly going to put up in the new bathroom.

Compromise is tough, y'all.

The Floor Plans

I started writing about the things we got done this weekend on the house, but I realized I needed to share the plans first so you can see where I'm going. We've got a lot to do! (Here's the news about our new homestead, in case you missed it!)

The New Homestead

Y'all. It's been a weird year for us. I mean, on the first day of school, I had an appendectomy. That same week, our van died. A week later, we had to buy a new van that actually works and we love. A few weeks later Gideon had a tonsillectomy. Then a couple weeks after that, our goats were savagely attacked and two were killed. This all happened (and more) in the first two months of 2017. I was really getting worried about how the rest of the year was going to turn out.

It's been a little rough.

Having Fun in an Angry World

Facebook was something else in 2016! I watched in fascination. It's been awful, ugly, and raw.

Having fun instead

In other news, I started playing soccer on Sundays with a group of women that I don't know. For the first game, we all timidly came to the field, hoping that we could play again like we used to. Some brought their babies and husbands, some snuck away from home leaving their families to fend for themselves for an hour or two.

Forming a Food Community

It's all well and good to talk about eating good foods, right? We also need to do something about it. We need to actually start eating those good foods.

Understanding Fertility

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When Jeremy and I got married, I was on birth control. You know, the kind that wreaks havoc on your hormones and emotions and body. I was on it for about 10 months before Jeremy and I decided it wasn't working for us.

God Food, Good Food

I am, have been, and will be, trying to define our diet. I hesitate to even name it because I'm leaning toward calling it food. But perhaps that's not so well defined these days? Especially when you look at all the available diets.


The blog has been kind of quiet lately, although I'm sure nobody has noticed. But we've been adjusting; I guess that's the word. Life throws adjustments at you, and you gotta take the time to adjust!

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