The Handbuilt Home by Ana White {Book Giveaway!}

October 30, 2012 AT 3:42 pm


I am so thrilled to tell you about one of the coolest DIY books I have ever seen.

{It may help that I know the person that wrote it.}  hee.hee.

But seriously, I am so excited to tell you about Ana White’s new book, The Handbuilt Home.


The Handbuilt Home

If for some reason you have never heard of the famous Ana White, here’s an introduction.

Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.   {source}


Why do I love Ana White?

Because she is a mom and blogger just like me.  However, she is extremely skilled with power tools.  Smile

She began sharing all of her DIY knowledge of furniture building on her blog which has taken her on this wild ride of being an author of her very own book!  I love celebrating this milestone with her!

Ana was a speaker at Haven 2012, and we were so honored that she flew all the way from Alaska to join us.  It was so much fun to make my online friend my real life friend at Haven.

Ana White

Ana’s book is beautiful to look at but also very informative.  My husband was actually loving the book with its great illustrations.  Seeing the project details all laid out in easy to follow instructions with beautiful photos to boot makes tackling these projects at home even more doable.


The Handbuilt Home

Guess what?!  To help you get a feel of the The Handbuilt Home, Ana has provided an excerpt from the book of her Farmhouse Bench project.  You can find that free project here.

Farmhouse bench plans


Would you like to own your own copy of

The Handbuilt Home?


Well, all you have to do is leave a comment

and you will be entered to win!


The giveaway will end at 9pm est on Friday, Nov. 2nd, and I will announce the winner on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012.

Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win.

Best DIY Projects Highlights!

October 29, 2012 AT 9:59 am 10 Comments


Hello, friends!!

Did you have a great weekend?

We had a busy one as usual.  Jonathan sang at a church on Saturday night, and I hope to share a song with you soon.  I spent most of the weekend working on my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge.

I was listening to Christmas music all day Saturday and was drinking hot chocolate to get my Christmas mojo on.  It’s crazy!  But I finally got my tree looking the way I wanted, and I look forward to sharing it with you.  Smile


Today, I wanted to take a moment to share some highlights from my Best DIY Projects of September linky party.


I truly appreciate when bloggers take the time to link up their projects to my party, and I love spotlighting them on my blog.  Please take some time to click on each picture and visit these wonderful bloggers.  Be sure to leave a comment and share some bloggy love.


A French Country kitchen by Stacy from Not Just a Housewife


A beautiful fall mantle from Christina’s Adventure

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ASCP Painted Floors by Holly from Storywood Designs


A Laundry Room Reveal by Gina at The Shabby Nest

The Shabby Nest: No-Smudge Chalkboard Art


A cute Lighted Pumpkin Topiary by Amanda from My Heart’s Desire


An Organized Craft Cupboard by Becky from Organizing Made Fun

Organizing crafts


A gorgeous “Mom Cave” by Jenny from Evolution of Style


DIY Wooden Book Crate by Lori from Family*Love*Home


Fall {Pine Cone Flower} Wreath Tutorial

from Janet at Today’s Fabulous Finds


A Shutter Wall by Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farm

Blue and white bedroom

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

My next monthly party will go live on October 31st!

I hope you will join me!


Also, the THREE winners of the Nature Pride’s Giveaway are:

Author: Jessica @ Dear Emmeline (dearemmeline@*****)
Author: Morgan (morganmoeller02@********)
Author: Sharon @ mrs. hines class (thehineshouse@*******)

Congratulations!  I will be emailing you soon!

Favorite “PINS Friday!

October 26, 2012 AT 6:01 am 8 Comments


Happy Friday, y’all!

Guess where I am right now?

I’m teaching 4th grade at my boys’ school!  I am filling in for a friend of mine whose daughter is having surgery.  So, all next week, I will be teaching these sweet little kiddos too!

Did you know I have my Master’s in Elementary Education?  I think most of you do, but for any of my newer readers, there’s a little FYI. Smile

I taught for 6 years before my first son, Jonathan was born.  I LOVE TEACHING!

Well really, I LOVE the kids more than teaching.  They are so, so , so, precious to me!  I just want to love on them and tell them how special they are. 

So please think of me and keep me in your prayers next week.  Teaching all day will change my normal routine quite a bit, to say the least. {wink}

I hope you have had a good week.

I’ve enjoyed doing a little “pinning” this week.

Here are my favorites…

{click on “source” to view where each picture was found}



bathroom by Barrie Benson.

















LOVE this Thanksgiving collection by The Tomkat Studio! She is offering all of the printables for you to download FREE! Just downloaded mine. :)






Built-in beds & storage



















Reindeer donuts - so stinkin' cute and easy!









For more great pins, click on the button below!

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Have a blessed day!

Newel Posts add Old House Character and Charm

October 25, 2012 AT 5:00 am 10 Comments


Hello, friends!

I hope you are having a great week so far! Smile

You are not going to believe what I did all day yesterday.

I was decorating my Christmas tree!  Kid you not.

I’m participating in the Home Depot Style Challenge: Holiday Edition, and the area of the home that I was given to decorate was the Christmas tree.  (Yay!)

Home Depot Style Challenge: Holiday Edition

My project has to be finished by the first of next week, so I have been busy getting it together.  Yesterday, I was singing Christmas carols all day long.  Crazy, yet fun!

Another place in our home that I am excited about decorating this upcoming Christmas season is our staircase.



Cy is currently building our newel post for our new staircase, and we will share how he did it with you soon.

diy newel post

I wanted a thick, chunky newel post, like the newel posts in some of my favorite pictures from Pinterest, to add some Old House Character and Charm to our new addition.


I would like to share them with you today.



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Be still my heart!

I guess it’s pretty obvious the type of newel post that I love.  We are planning on painting ours white, and maybe staining the very top of the newel post to match the stair treads.  We are also planning on painting the spindles white.

If you would like to learn more ways to add Old House Character and Charm to your newer home, just click on the button below.

Old house character and charm

There are six steps to this series, so be sure to check them out! Smile

9 Lucky Winners of the 3 MEGA-giveaways!!!

October 24, 2012 AT 7:09 am 5 Comments
In order to pull off THREE giveaways of this magnitude {I mean almost $15,000 of prizes doesn’t happen every day, right!?!?}, we teamed up with 16 amazing bloggers to knock your socks off and pull together the biggest giveaway in DIY blogger history. It was a lot of fun!
Without further adieu, do you want to see the WINNERS!?!?

If you are a winner, you should have recieved an e-mail from [email protected]

We each contacted our favorite companies and are so grateful to those that participated. Let’s show them just how amazing they are for sponsoring these events! Please visit their websites to show them our appreciation!


Thank you Silhouette for sponsoring our DIY giveaway and generously including two Silhouette CAMEOS in our prizes. If you don’t have a Silhouette craft cutting tool, it should definitely be on your list for Christmas. It is amazing!
 Big thanks to LoveFeast Table for supporting the blogging community by providing such an awesome prize for this epic giveaway! We adore you and your shop and want to send lots of love right back to you!




 A huge thank you to IKEA for sponsoring this amazing giveaway! Who doesn’t dream of winning a $500 gift card to IKEA {The Life Improvement Store}? Congrats to Mike. Have fun on your shopping spree :)




 A big, huge thank you to AZ Faux Beams for a generous gift of $1,000 worth of Old Timber or Sand Blasted beams!  AZ Faux Beams is a leading provider of decorative polyurethane architectural products.  Their beams are virtually maintenance free, have deep, crisp detail and add market value to any home.  They are easy to install and provide dependable solutions to architects, builders and homeowners.
 As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, and lasting value.
 Thank you to Payless Decor for their generous donation of a $500 credit to their site.  Payless Decor is the internet’s premiere source for window blinds and rugs.  They are committed to provide you with the highest quality home decor products at an affordable price through dynamic customer service, knowledgeable staff and exceptional value.  With their free samples and free shipping, affordable window coverings will always be in style.



 A big thank you to Flow Wall Systems, the leading seller of flexible home storage systems. Get your home and life organized with a FREE Flow Wall plan. They are on a quest to organize the world one room at a time!
 And RST Outdoor, your source for quality and attractive outdoor furniture at affordable prices. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Add onto your home by making over an outdoor space with quality outdoor luxury.
 Finally, thank you to Royal Design Studio, the premier source for home decor stencils. Why wallpaper when you can avoid the glue and mess with beautiful Royal Design Studio stencils at a fraction of the cost. They carry a wide variety of high quality stencils and are sure to have a design that meets your style.
 Dremel has been a name I have known since childhood, and in my own family we’ve had a Dremel rotary tool in our DIY arsenal for 10 years now! It is great for various projects around the house. Now that the rotary tool is cordless the ease of using it has simply skyrocketed! Currently the tool that I am coveting in their Sawmax, compact and easy to use for cutting virtually any material! I am putting that on my list of awesome products to buy! Thanks Dremel for providing the great rotary tools for this giveaway!
-Cassity of Remodelaholic
 Thanks for the $500 donation for lovely home decor products from Kirkland’s! They have even been more generous to offer an exclusive blogger discount just four our readers! Use code BLOGGER at checkout for:
  • 20% off entire order of $150 or more
  • Online only
  • Valid 10/24-10/28
Online coupon is not valid in stores.  Qualifying purchase must be $149.99 or greater before shipping and taxes.  One coupon per customer.  Not valid on previous purchases.  May not be combined with an employee discount, designer advantage discount, any other coupon or applied to the purchase of gift cards.  No cash value.  Checkout code BLOGGER is valid on only.  Offer valid Wednesday, 10/24/2012 through Sunday, 10/28/12 at 11:59pmCST.
 Thank you to PSA Essentials for giving $250 in stamps and accessories!
******************************* inspires you to dream big. Through every phase of the home-buying process, from buying your first home to upgrades,DIY projects and more, is thrilled to help you pick the perfect home and create the perfect living space for you and your family. Browse their idea gallery for inspiration tips on home decor, entertaining, improving your home’s value and more!
 Thank you to Shaw Floors for generously giving away an HGTV area rug!
 Utah Truffles are the BEST chocolates I have ever, EVER had in my life. You will get addicted I promise. I want to thank them for sponsoring this giveaway. Winning $100 worth of chocolate would make anyone’s day :)
A big thank you to Worth Home Products for a $500 credit towards any of their products which include a wide array of stylish pendants, drum shades and chandeliers that you can install anywhere you currently have a recessed light.  Simply screw it in and slide up the decorative canopy to hide the recessed light.  It’s as easy as changing a light bulb.


  Karran Sinks was the first to introduce a complete line of acrylic sinks that could be undermounted to laminate. They are the first, and only, company to develop a line of stainless steel sinks that could be seamlessly undermounted to laminate and solid surface.
 Black and Decker is one of my favorite companies, I am so glad they helped sponsor this giveaway. Not only are the employees kind and fun to hang out with, but there products are fabulous and their prices are so friendly! The very first tool purchase for our first home was a Black and Decker skill saw… and the first time I used it, was to begin the remodel of our first kitchen… ah those were the good days! Now, few years later, ahem, I have tried several of their tools and one of my favorites their gas free mowers. Be sure to check out their great selection of tools!
-Cassity of Remodelaholic
 Thanks so much to D. Lawless Hardware for supplying such great gift certificates. D Lawless is a great source for affordable hardware, from a cut glass drawer knobs to drawer slides for your homemade furniture. I found them almost 2 years ago when working on our built-in storage project and because of their great prices we were able to get both the hinges and the pulls that I wanted for a steal of a deal. The product that I am dying to buy is their Kitchen Aid lift kit…. great price and SO cool!
-Cassity of Remodelaholic
 Many thanks to Glidden for participating in this epic giveaway! We appreciate their generous support and presence in the blogging community and encourage all of our readers to check out Glidden’s great line of paint when you start your next project! Also be sure to check out the My Colortopia site for helpful painting tips and ideas from the My Colortopia bloggers!




 BIG thanks to FrogTape for the generous basket of FrogTape products and a $500 Visa gift card to one lucky winner who has the opportunity to create an awesome DIY paint project! FrogTape is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock Technology. A DIY must to have for keeping paint lines sharp and inspiring creativity in DIY painting. Need some FrogTape project inspiration? The FrogTape blog squad shares DIY ideas, “like” FrogTape on Facebook or follow FrogTape on Twitter.

 Huge thank you to HomeGoods for their $500 giftcard.  We are constantly inspired when we walk into their space.  Make sure you check out their incredible pin boards for things to inspire and excite you when you are inside your own space


 Thank you to Rustoleum for giving away a countertop transformation kit!

 Thank you to Mirror-Mate for participating in this giveaway by providing 3 frames. Mirror Mate allows you to Transform your bathroom mirror in minutes with a custom fit frame frame. They custom cut the frame and send you a complete kit. It’s easy! It’s the 20 Minute Mirror Makeover™ that gives your whole bath decorator style.

And 3 of my personal favorite sponsors…



A big, huge thank you to AZ Faux Beams for a generous gift of $1,000 worth of Old Timber or Sand Blasted beams! AZ Faux Beams is a leading provider of decorative polyurethane architectural products. Their beams are virtually maintenance free, have deep, crisp detail and add market value to any home. They are easy to install and provide dependable solutions to architects, builders and homeowners.
I have these beams in my own home, and I can vouch for their beauty and quality!


Thank you to Dee from Red Letter Words for giving away $350 worth of product (excluding custom orders) to her beautiful online store. Dee’s hope is that her faith inspired art connects people to the unchanging truth of God’s word and reminds them just how much God loves them. Red Letter Words takes its name from the words spoken by Jesus in the New Testament, which appear printed in red in some editions.
Dee has been a sponsor of my blog for years.  I have had the privilege of meeting her in person, and she is as real and genuine as they get.  She has a beautiful heart to match her beautiful artwork!




Thank you to Leen the Graphics Queen for giving away a $200 gift certificate to her online store. Leen the Graphics is the place to find hundreds of designs, from fun children’s decals to elegant, meaningful wall sayings, from decals to help with home organization, to beautiful monogram and name decals. They also now offer wrapped canvas wall art and Fabric Wall Decals!
Leen has been a sponsor of my blog for years as well!  She is a dear friend of mine even though we have never met in real life.  Her generosity and huge heart are amazing to me.  I am so thankful God brought our lives together in blogworld!

Wow!  Can you believe that we had that many wonderful sponsors participating in these giveaways?!  We couldn’t have had these giveaways without them! 

I am so grateful that they showed so much love to our amazing blogging community. 

Please show some love back to them by visiting their websites and supporting their business.

THANK YOU to the sponsors


THANK YOU to everyone who participated!


Kitchen Makeover {with wood beams}

October 23, 2012 AT 6:00 am 11 Comments


One of the things I love about blogging is when I get emails from my readers telling me about transformations they are making in their own homes from inspiration they received on my blog.

I love that people read my blog and follow my crazy DIY life, but when someone tells me they tried one of my recipes, or painted a similar piece of furniture to mine, or made one of my crafts, it just blesses my socks off!

When I shared how we installed faux wood beams from AZ Faux Beams in our master bathroom, I got a message from a reader, Alix, on my blog facebook page asking me for some more information about them.

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We exchanged several messages, and Alix told me they decided to buy some of the faux beams for her kitchen.

I told her to share some pictures with me after they installed the beams, and so I was thrilled when I received this email from Alix:


We finally finished out beam project and I wanted to share the before and after pics. We had white beams that our contractor had done for us, but we never liked them and they weren’t the best quality. So these were such a great option for us. I am so happy we saw them on your blog. We did stain them ourselves to get the darker finish and it was super easy. The installation also went well. We are super happy with the end result.
Take care!



Well, my jaw hit the floor when I saw Alix’s beautiful kitchen.  It looked gorgeous in the before picture…


beams before



But WOW!  Check out the difference those faux wood beams made in the “after” picture…


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Alix, your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the way you stained your beams to match your floors.  And your open shelves are so beautiful.

Thank you for sharing this with me!

If you would like to learn more about AZ Faux Beams, click on the button below.


This is NOT a sponsored post.  I did not receive any compensation for writing it.  I just love this product and was excited to share this makeover with you. Smile

Our “Knock it Out” Week Photos and Updates

October 22, 2012 AT 6:00 am 31 Comments


My boys were on Fall Break the week before last.

We didn’t  have any money to travel anywhere, so we decided to try and “knock out” a bunch of projects around the house.  Cy took 3 days off work to get things done.

We made a deal with the boys.  We told them that we would make a check list of all the things we needed to get done each of the 3 days.  If we got everything on our list completed, we would do something fun each night to celebrate.

Here was the catch:  They had to help us complete the things on the list!

They were totally up for it!

We spent three days working on the fireplace…

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And filling in nail holes….

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And sanding walls….

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And painting walls….

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And filing in more nail holes….

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And constructing a newel post…

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And painting a fireplace and trim work….

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And filling more nail holes…

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We worked our tails off, y’all!  And we got everything (well, almost everything) checked off our list.

The boys worked really hard all three days.  They helped us a lot outside too.  They cleaned up around the yard, and picked up all the scrap pieces of wood to put in the burn pile.

So to celebrate our hard work, we partied each night!

Night #1

Movie Night!


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We went to see Hotel Transylvania in 3D.  It was really cute, and we had a great time!

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Night #2


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bowling 1

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Night #3

Laser Tag and Skating



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I put together a little video to highlight the fun.

(Please don’t judge my dancing skills.  I had roller skates on.)  Smile



Have a blessed day!

Pumpkin French Toast {and Nature Pride’s Giveaway!}

October 20, 2012 AT 6:00 am


pumpkin french toast

A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for Pumpkin Pie French Toast on Pinterest that I just had to try.  I love pumpkin, and I love French toast, so I thought it would be a winning combination.

I want to share this recipe with you today. {Here is the original source.}

I bought some Nature’s Pride bread for this recipe.

nature's pride bread




  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 slices of bread

Mix the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar in low flat bowl for easy dipping.

Heat a pan over medium heat.

pumpkin french toast

Dip the bread into the egg mixture on both sides and grill in a pan until lightly golden brown, about 2-3 minute per side. {Makes 4 servings.  Serving size: 2 slices}


pumpkin french toast

I doubled the recipe since I needed to feed 4 hungry boys and 1 hungry man.  Smile

I always sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on my french toast, just like Mom always did.


pumpkin french toast

The boys ate it all up and asked me to make it again sometime, so I give this recipe a “thumbs up.”






Favorite “PINS” Friday!

October 19, 2012 AT 1:42 am 7 Comments

Hey y’all!

I hope you have had a wonderful week!  It has flown by for us, and I am looking forward to a great weekend.  We will be going to a corn maze with Dad and Janet, and attending our church’s Wild West Fall Fest.  Both of those activities are going to be sooo much fun.  And I will get to spend some much needed quality time with my sweet sister too.  Can’t wait!

What are you doing this weekend?


Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week.



gray bead board


Living Room Arranging Tips


Made in heaven


Like the gray with the various patterns and the bead board ceiling. (Benjamin Moore - Wickham Gray)


Turn-of-the-(last)-century cottage, IL. Tom Stringer Design Partners.


what a lovely table set for Thanksgiving.


Chores & backpacks - great idea! Also cute to pin report cards and other achievements, artwork etc.


Kitchen table



Quotes about Religious_Love


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Have a blessed weekend!

Our Simple Fall Mantel

October 18, 2012 AT 10:12 am 24 Comments


Hey friends!  I hope you enjoyed the three A-MA-ZING days of giveaways we just hosted.  We had so much fun getting those giveaways together and working with sponsors to create the most awesome prize packages EVA!  I am so excited to see who wins, and I hope there are some Beneath My Heart readers in the mix!

If you didn’t get a chance to enter yet, there’s still time!  Click on the links below:

Everything AND the  Kitchen Sink Giveaway


The PIN-acle of DIY Goodness Giveaway


SHUT THE FRONT DOOR {to keep it all in} Giveaway

Diva Giveaway shut the front door1


Today, I wanted to share with you our simple Fall Mantle.

I am was excited to finally have a space to decorate in this house!  Unforturnately, I had no money. Smile

So I decided to just try and use what I already had to decorate my mantle.  And I wanted to keep it simple since the rest of our house is a cluttered mess!

The wreath I used is one that I usually put on our front door.  It was a gift to our family when Mom passed away three years ago, so it has a special meaning to me.  I love the gold bow on the wreath.

simple fall mantle


You may notice that we put wood blinds on both of the windows.  Every since we moved into this house over a year ago, I have hated those ugly windows on each side of the fireplace!  And I didn’t like the fireplace either.  I wanted to tear that whole wall down and build something else.

But since I put those wood blinds up, I am in love with my cute little windows on each side of my {now} beautiful fireplace!

This area has such a cozy, cottagey feel now.

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I also got a new rug for this room.  It definitely gave an immediate warmth to the room.

I had six little wicker votive holders that I bought at a thrift store this past summer for a couple of bucks, and I just placed them on each side of the wreath.  They look so pretty lit up with candles in the evening!

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The large basket in the fireplace is from Goodwill.  I bought it for $3.50 several years ago.  We usually store the kids’ toys or blankets in it.  And the two little pumpkins are Eli’s.  He picked them on his Pre-K field trip to Boyd’s Orchard here in Ky.

The monogrammed stool is a project I completed my very first year of blogging.  We kept it in our guest house at our previous home.

simple fall mantle

I am so glad we painted the brick this beautiful gray color (Ebony Fields by Valspar).  We hadn’t planned to paint the door to match, but I am so glad we did!

simple fall mantle

I eventually want a beautiful old wood front door, but this looks good for now.

When I was putting this all together this past Saturday, Adam was sitting on the couch watching cartoons.  He looked up and saw the fireplace and said, “Oh Mom!  It’s beginning to feel like HOME!”

Sweet, sweet, boy.  I know what he means.

Our house has been upside down for over a year, and to finally have some rooms coming together and feeling like “home” is just good for our hearts.

It makes me so grateful for our home.  Not for the material possessions in it, but for the feeling it gives us as a place of love and security.

There truly is “No Place Like Home!”


What is your favorite thing about HOME?

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