How to Tackle Caulking Like a Pro

How to Tackle Caulking Like a Pro

Caulking is not rocket science. However, I wish I would have looked a little deeper into it before tackling my first building project a few years ago. My thought was, how hard can this be? Well, not hard, but you CAN avoid the mistake I did. After applying the caulk,...
Old Barn Wood Vintage Sign–DIY

Old Barn Wood Vintage Sign–DIY

Do you have some old barn wood lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Or do you love the look of old barn wood, but are kind of at a loss as to what to do with it, once you get it? One of my favorite projects I’ve ever done, involves old barn...
Disappointment is Rooted in Hope–My Story

Disappointment is Rooted in Hope–My Story

Disappointment is rooted in hope. They go hand-in-hand. You can’t have disappointment without hoping for something to change. Hope is what keeps us going. I can’t imagine going through a tragedy without the hope of the Lord. The hope of knowing that...
Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Here we are again friends…Christmas time is here. Have you started your shopping? Are you in the thick of the hustle and bustle? Does your home smell of evergreen and all things Christmas? I am beyond excited and overjoyed to have received the best Christmas...
Saving Grace Vintage–And a Giveaway!!!

Saving Grace Vintage–And a Giveaway!!!

Hi Friends!! You all know my LOVE for Saving Grace Vintage. I talk about this vintage-inspired boutique a LOT in my blog, referring to it often as my Go-To for milk paint, chalk paint, gel stain…But today I want to tell you more about what this fabulous shop has...
How To Build a Barnwood Christmas Sign

How To Build a Barnwood Christmas Sign

Super-easy project coming your way today. A Barnwood Christmas Sign. Wanted to share this one with plenty of time to complete it before the holiday decorating is pushing in on us. On a side note: I saw a house in our neighborhood with their Christmas lights up AND...

Connections That Bind Us Together–My Story

Connections….Those memories we share with our spouse. Each child’s birth and the feelings that are conjured up thinking about that special moment. The milestones of development in each child..their first step, first word. Special anniversaries shared...
We Take Language For Granted–My Story

We Take Language For Granted–My Story

When it comes to language, we take so much for granted. Our conversations are fast and detailed, and we follow along without even giving it a second thought. After Corey’s accident, language became an obsession to me. Am I talking slow enough? Does he understand...
Weekends at the Hospital Were Slow–My Story

Weekends at the Hospital Were Slow–My Story

Weekends at the hospital were pretty slow. No therapies. No doctor calls. The time just creeped by. We tried to fill our time with family and friends. The kids would come up to see Corey throughout the weekend too. I always looked forward to having the kids up there...
Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

Hello friends! I wanted to pop in here real quick and share with you what I did with all of those pumpkins from last weeks blog post. I promised I would share pictures of our Fall transformation. We are currently in Destin, Florida and are not feeling the crispness of...
Ever-Present Help In Time of Need–My Story

Ever-Present Help In Time of Need–My Story

There are times in our lives that God seems so distant and in the shadows. But there are other times that He feels so close that you can practically touch Him. Have you ever stopped to think, how awesome it is that He gave us the Church? He loves us so much that He...
Navigating “My Story”–My Story

Navigating “My Story”–My Story

Hi everyone! I wanted to swing in here real quick and give you an update on the “My Story” portion of my blog. I’m tweaking a few things to make it easier for you to read our story from the very beginning. Many people are new to the blog or maybe...
Just Checking In!! Please Subscribe

Just Checking In!! Please Subscribe

Hi everyone!! Just checking in with all of you. Sorry for the “summer hours” blogging schedule. The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was so hard to take a break from all the summer fun. But I wanted to pop in here and let you all know, I have not...
Five Years–My Story

Five Years–My Story

  Five Years. Today we hit the “magic” number. While Corey was in the hospital, I was told over and over…In five years: Your marriage and life will have found its new normal. The healing will be done and all of this will look very different....
“Firsts”–My Story

“Firsts”–My Story

Tackling “firsts” after a tragedy is tough. Life has to return to “normal” again at some point—but the heart naturally wants to fight against it. It’s so painful. And after going through so much pain already, you try to avoid pain at all costs. Almost becoming numb to...
On the up side–My Story

On the up side–My Story

The hurriedness of life is not kind to someone with aphasia. People with aphasia have a hard time understanding language and/or finding the right word for what they want to say. Many aphasics are unable to speak at all…although they know exactly what they want...
On the down side…My Story

On the down side…My Story

So, this was my post a few weeks back. It has been sitting in “draft” mode waiting for me to hit “publish.” I neglected to do that right away for a couple reasons…1. time got away from me and I wasn’t able to type out the journal...
The Nursery!! So Fun!

The Nursery!! So Fun!

What a fun project!! A little over a week ago, I had the honor of creating my brother and his wife’s nursery. Baby Lucas is due to make his appearance at the end of April. And we. can’t. wait!!! I love, love, love the theme they chose…Monsters! Not...

Fighting for normal–My Story

It’s amazing how quickly a hospital setting can become your norm. I felt so out of my element when I would venture out into the real world. To be honest, I would avoid it as much as possible. I wanted to be at the hospital, where all the nurses knew our story,...

Featuring…Emiley’s Haute Cottage

Hello friends!! Hasn’t this taste of Spring been wonderful? I am loving these warmer days and the sun shining a little more. Warmer weather gets me pumped for the markets that will be happening around the area throughout Spring and Summer. For today’s post...

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...