Happy Friday Morning!!!
I just got news about an hour ago that we get to talk to our little girl tomorrow!!!!! I am so happy!!!
We do not get to Skype with her because the orphanage does not have it installed on their computers yet, but we don’t care! Just to hear her voice will be the best! And to tell her we love her! Oh my goodness! The call is at 10 am if you want to think of us at that time and say a little prayer for our girl!
Speaking of our girl, my precious friend Layla is selling t-shirts in her Blog Threads shop until Monday, and a percentage of the profits is going to go toward our adoption! Isn’t that awesome?! She has the cutest shirts there, so if you want to check them out, click on the button below!
Now to our new shutters! If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we bought a basic 1400 sq foot ranch five years ago, and we have been slowing turning it into our little “cottage” or “farmhouse.” You can read about that process HERE.
When we bought our house five years ago, it looked like this…
We re-did the front porch and added the two story addition, and it looked like this for a while….
Then we finally painted the brick and addition the same color (BM Dove White,) and it looked like this…
Better. But not there yet!
When we added our new front porch last fall, it was a GAME CHANGER!
You can see in the picture above that we still needed to landscape, but we were waiting for Spring. I added some hostas a few weeks ago, but we still have more to do.
You can also see that we added new board and batten shutters to our house last year. These were the same type of shutters we made for our Lowe’s Spring Makeover in Nashville last spring.
You can check out the tutorial for that HERE.
About a week ago, Cy built more board and batten shutters to match the ones on our front porch, and our house currently looks like this…
Our future plans are to add a two car attached garage on the other side of our house that will have the same gabled roof line that our addition and front porch have.
We are also planning to add a wrap around porch to the addition to give our home even more of a farmhouse look. You can barely see it in the picture below, but we actually have french doors on the right side of our addition that walk out from our master bedroom. Right now we don’t use them, or we would fall flat on the ground on our faces, but eventually, we will have a wrap around porch there. :) (And some rocking chairs!)
This is what our house looks like from the bottom of our driveway. We have about five acres, which means a lot of mowing. But thankfully, I LOVE to mow!! I am the one who usually mows our front yard every week. :)
It has been so much fun to watch our house be transformed over the past five years. It would have been great to have the money to do it all right when we moved in, but that wasn’t a reality. We have had to work on each project a little bit at a time over the past five years to get it where it is today.