Thursday, July 22, 2010

no words

WARNING: this is a post about poop, read at your own risk

There are no words to describe how I felt today.

I've had a very busy week and I had gotten a little behind in cleaning the house. The bathrooms needed to be cleaned badly. Parks had just woken up from his nap and was in a good mood so I thought I could manage to clean his bathroom with him awake. He played on the floor while I cleaned the tub/shower and after I was done I had a brilliant idea. I put him in the clean tub to play while I finished the toilet, sink and floors.

There I am cleaning the toilet thinking about how well this is going when I hear, "NaNa" (which is what Parks calls me...that's a whole nother post) and then some frantic shuffling around in the water. I turned around and braced myself, he had already assumed "the stance". Bless his little heart, he was taking a dump in my NEWLY CLEANED TUB!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH....

There they were...2 little terds polluting the clear water and bright white tub. And my little nuggy nuggy looking so innocent and clueless.

What do you do?!

Pick up child. Clean him up, put on new diaper. Put child in a safe place so you can clean. Remove "debris" from tub. Proceed to clean tub again (ughh) and sanitize. Sanitize all toys that were in the tub. Come and write about it on the blog!

And that's what my reality is! I feel like parenthood is one giant, never ending lesson in patience. Lord, have mercy!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

thoughts on church

I'm feeling so thankful for church these days. Jackson and I were part of a wonderful church in Charlottesville, VA. It was were we first learned what biblical community looked liked and what it felt like to live in true community as a church family. We were mentored well and grew in our relationship with the Lord like never before. It was amazing and when we moved we felt sure that no church would compare to it. We spent almost an entire year searching for a church here in Virginia Beach and just couldn't find one that we connected with.

Some of it was our fault. We had to fight the thoughts of "that's not our preaching style" or "he isn't as funny as Chris" or "the music isn't what we like" and all those other critical thoughts. We had to really decide we were going to let go of all that and realize that no church was going to be just like our old church. Whew...that was hard and honestly, it took us about 9 months.

Then, we found our new church. We love it. It's awesome. It's funny because it's definitely different in some ways from our old church and at first we wrote it off as being "not us". But the Lord kept bringing us back to it and it finally dawned on us that it was exactly where He wanted us to be. It's taught us already that the Kingdom is big. Bigger than denominations and preaching styles. We found that what is most important is that the church is bible-believing and life-giving.

I'm so thankful that we've once again connected to a church that is both of those things and are getting connected in community. It makes such a difference in your walk. I'm so glad that God didn't design us to walk alone. I hope this encourages someone that being plugged in to a local church is worth the effort. Jackson and I wouldn't be who we are today if it weren't for the churches we've been in. My friend Jaime has said before, "make sure you're in church because someone there needs you and you need them." Preach it, sister!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Haircut/19 months!


Isn't it amazing how a haircut on a child seems to age them instantly by about 6 months?!!

Parks is no stranger to haircuts. He's already had 6 "official" haircuts from Pigtails & Crewcuts and 3 "unofficial" home haircuts. His hair grows really fast and I can only stand the overgrown look for a couple weeks.

This is his most recent before & after.





Other recent pics of our 19 month old because they are long overdue!









Somebody was walking around in their birthday suit!





Friday, July 9, 2010

The Big Reveal: Part I

Hello Blogosphere!

This is Part 1 of the our recent home renovation. We purchased a great 1980s 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch in an awesome part of our town and we got it for a great deal, Praise God! We didn't think we would be buying for quite some time but we found this awesome deal and God make it work!

So the house had great bones, a great layout and was in good working order (unlike our previous house), it was just dated. We felt it was our job to bring it into the 21st century and give it a little love. We replaced all the flooring in the house from carpet to wood laminate. We replaced all the windows. We completely gutted and redid both bathrooms and the kitchen. We repainted the entire house from floor to ceiling. We replaced all the door hardware and 95% of the light fixtures throughout the house (there is still one light that we haven't gotten replaced yet, I'm sure you'll be able to find it :) . Hmmm, I think that's it.

The only pictures that are not going to be in part 1 are the "formal living room" which we will use as an office and the master bedroom and the master bedroom and guest room.

Disclaimer: This is PHASE ONE of our home! There are still little things that need to be done, pictures to be hung and rooms to be accesorized. But, I figured the house is never really "done" so I might as well post now to give you a feel for the transformation.

Enjoy the dramatic transformation!!

THE FOYER BEFORE
THE FOYER AFTER


THE FAMILY ROOM BEFORE
THE FAMILY ROOM AFTER

THE BREAKFAST NOOK BEFORE
THE BREAKFAST NOOK AFTER

THE LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE


THE LAUNDRY ROOM AFTER
THE KITCHEN BEFORE





HALL BATH BEFORE



HALL BATH AFTER







PARKS' ROOM BEFORE

PARKS' ROOM AFTER





Please feel free to ask me any questions you have about our renovation!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sometimes you just need a makeover

I think that's what my blog needed, a makeover. I have taken almost 2 whole months off! I can't believe it. I would visit my friends' blogs and watch my blog creep to the bottom of their lists because I hadn't updated it in so long. Sad. My life got really busy. Parks is getting older and the naps are getting shorter which has left me little time for blogging. Anyways, I miss my blog and the fun interactions that I've had here so I'm going to try to start blogging regularly again.

I think the first thing that is in order is a before/after photo post of our new house. We did some serious renovations and I'm excited to show the before and after pictures. Be looking for that as well as some new pictures of Parks!