Fear and control go hand in hand–My Story

If you’re an avid follower of my blog, you know I love to build and take on home renovation projects. This past week, I spent most of my days down at my sister-in-law and brother’s house working on their nursery. For baby Lucas, coming in April. 🙂 I love...

God is so Good!!–My Story

In the days following Corey’s accident it was so hard for me to think beyond the present. When I was asked questions regarding things of the future, I would become so anxious. The situation we were walking through was so overwhelming in and of itself that to add...

Hodge-Podge

I realize I have been kind of off the radar for a few weeks. Wanted to touch base with all my DIY peeps out there. And let you know what I’ve been up to. I was able to slip away for 12 days to Orlando with my daughter, Lauryn. We had a fabulous time. We even got...

I can do hard–My Story

Trying to do life without Corey was miserable. It was such a foreign thing. After 16 years of marriage, I didn’t know any other way. I woke up on a Saturday morning happily married, excited for the weekend and looking forward to a fun summer ahead out on the...

Does he remember me? — My Story

One of my biggest concerns following Corey’s accident was…Does he remember me? He couldn’t talk and following commands was extremely difficult for him. So simply asking him if he remembered me, was not an option. It was a wait and see for quite some...

The Wall

Hello!! Hope you had a great weekend! And got to spend it with someone you love for Valentine’s Day. 🙂 I want to share with you “the wall” today. 🙂 In January, I put up new trim in the foyer. You can see that post here. For a while now I’ve...

Angels passing through–My Story

We are not meant to do this thing called, “life,” on our own. Isn’t it awesome that God puts people in our lives to help us walk this journey? People who minister to us in our time of need and vice-versa. My family and friends were such an amazing...

Project of the year

One area down, ten to go….on the main floor. As I mentioned before, I have been wanting to change out our trim to craftsman trim for quite awhile now. Last year I actually ripped the trim off one of the doors, only to then go into a panic attack realizing how...

The power of a song–My Story

We all have a song that can take us to another place. For some of us, the song is so powerful it can even take us back to a certain smell. I have a few songs from the time of Corey’s accident that take me back. But there is one song that I try to avoid. Unless I...

Going Industrial

Today I would like to feature my favorite 17 year old…of course I’m a little prejudice, given that he is my son… Chase has always been very good at building and using his hands. Ever since he was little, he could figure out how things work. He liked...

The Unbreakable Promise

So many times I broke down in the hospital. As I said before, my heart wanted to drive off into the sunset with my kids and not face this reality anymore. Somehow, thinking I could leave it all behind. That was the human side of me. But the spiritual side of me is...

Command Center Board

Hope everyone had a great weekend. If you were one of the “lucky” ones to be hit by the blizzard of the century, I hope you stayed safe and warm. 🙂 I was actually a bit jealous. Seeing all of the pictures on Facebook of people hunkered down with their nice...

The waiting game–My Story

“It takes time.” “Every brain injury is different.” “No two brain injuries are the same.” These are phrases I heard over and over again and again. If there was a resounding theme to the first year following Corey’s accident,...

Great for gifts–Chalkboard

What an ending to the weekend. My 17yo, Chase, went snowboarding on Sunday with friends. I was a bit nervous about it all day, knowing it was going to be primarily ice on the slopes since we haven’t had much snow. Ice and snowboarding (or skiing for that matter)...

Outpouring of prayers and support–My Story

It was amazing to me, the outpouring of love and support we received following Corey’s accident. Our family and church were incredible! So many people helping us through meals, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, errands, yard work, childcare…the list...

God’s timing, not mine–My Story

A new year!! Every time we turn the calendar to a new year, my counting starts at 2011. It’s as if 2011 is when it all began for Corey and me and our family. In 2011 we basically reset. Many memories were lost and new memories were found. As we get further away...

Finally…The boys’ room

I’m back!!! I kinda disappeared for a couple weeks. Had a great time with family, friends, food…too much food. Time to reset and get back to real life..schedules, kids’ school, eating right (most of the time:)  ), and projects. It was relaxing to...

Purposeful and Determined–My Story

This whole brain injury world was so foreign to me. I was constantly trying to read doctors and nurses faces and gestures for any sign…trying to calculate if what Corey was doing was normal, expected, shocking, concerning. There would be many times to come in...

A week full of projects

Okay, so I kinda lied…sorry. 🙂 I told all of you I would share the boys room on my next post, but I am not completely ready to show it. It is so close and I could go ahead and share it, but I really want to reveal it when it is completely ready. So no more...

A mother’s heart–My Story

Everyday Corey was in the hospital was a roller coaster ride. I never knew going in each morning what the day would hold..good news, bad news. Usually it consisted of both. One minute I was full of hope and the next I was knocked down and scared out of my mind. So NOT...

Long days & nights–My Story

The days were so long following Corey’s accident. So long and so tiresome. Funny how you can sit and do pretty much nothing all day, except for worry, and feel like you ran a marathon. So exhausting!! But then I would get home and although I was completely drained, I...

From existing table to farm table

It was last year, at about this time, that I decided to do something very bold in my DIY project venture. As I do with a lot of my renovations I take on, I decided one morning I just needed to take the plunge. I had been doing some research on what I wanted in a...
Sliding Barn Door

Sliding Barn Door

    My goal was to have the boy’s room completed before Auston came home…but that’s not happening. I like to think I’ve made progress by the simple fact, they’re sleeping in their own beds now. That was a big step…Lauryn got her own room back and there is...

Appreciating the simple things–My Story

Following Corey’s accident, the days were so surreal. Most of the time I felt like I was in a fog and often time…another world. My thoughts throughout so many of those days were…is this really my reality? I remember sitting outside the hospital, in...

Board and Batten

Hello friends!! I’m a little late getting this post off. Unfortunately, we had a family health issue come up. My dad went in for a stress test on Monday and they immediately sent him to be prepped for a heart cath. He ended up needing to have 2 stints put in. It...

Carry me through-My Story

Often God speaks to us, if we’re willing to take the time to really listen. After Corey’s accident I had a lot of time to pray and listen to God speak to me. My walk with God became so much a part of me. I literally yearned for it. I would get to the...

Craftsman trim

The boys are sleeping in their own room tonight!!! This has been a long time coming! I started on re-doing their room back at the START of the school year and here we are in November and I’m still not done. 🙁 This has been quite the project. But we are getting...

Day one–My Story

The late evening hours of July 9, 2011 began my pages upon pages of journaling. A wise, good friend of mine came to the hospital to pray with us and to give me a journal. It was the best “gift” I could have received at that time. Writing is so therapeutic....

Mom’s house-one last look

Hello All!!! Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend. Ours was chocked full of fun and work. Our kiddos had the day off on Friday, so what a great opportunity to get our Fall yard work done!! Of course, they didn’t quite share the same sentiment. But...

In the blink of an eye–My story

I remember so much from that tragic day almost four and a half years ago. It is forever engraved in my mind…July 9, 2011, a Saturday morning, sun shining, crisp air, the kids and I still in our pajamas, indulging in some Krispy Kreme donuts, a relaxing morning,...

Mom’s House Tour Continued

Hello friends! Hope everyone had a great Fall weekend. (As you can see I’m getting this out a little later than I intended. Oops!! The week got away from me). Our family went up to Minneapolis to visit our oldest son, Auston. He’s attending a small Christian college...

God’s blessings keep coming….–My Story

We weren’t done yet…Two years after Lauryn was born, God blessed us w/ a beautiful dark-haired, dark-complected, dark-eyed baby boy…Ty James.     Once again my doctor wanted to make sure all was well at the start of my pregnancy. This...

And then life happened…

That moment when you have your whole week planned out, is usually when you can expect “life” to happen…. as evidenced by our week last week. While working on the boys’ room (hanging trim), I got a phone call from the kids’ school. My...

Uncertainties–My Story

Everyone has a story. We all come into this world with a clean slate, but then our story begins to be written. The fascinating thing about each of our stories is that when shared, it is bound to help someone else. I believe God wants us to share our story. To be a...
How to Shiplap a Ceiling

How to Shiplap a Ceiling

I have been working on my current project for what seems like an eternity. I started redoing the two younger boys’ room at the end of August and I am just now seeing the light at the end of the long tunnel. I searched and searched my files and could not find a...

The first quarter-My Story

Corey and I are coming up on our 20th wedding anniversary this December. Hard to believe. Where has the time gone? We have been through SO much together. Our story begins at Ball State University in Muncie, IN; where we were both attending college. Corey was studying...

Country Living Fair

The weekend I look forward to all year long arrived this past weekend!! Every year the Country Living Fair hits four different locations in the eastern part of the United States. Vendors from all over come & set up shop for the weekend. So much to see & choose...