My “really” Dad

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Our pastor shared this video in church this morning, and I had to share it with you in case you hadn’t see it yet.  It really hit home with me because in ONE WEEK, we will be hosting a father-less little girl in our home.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like for me to grow up without my father.  He was my rock and gave me such a great example of God’s love for me. 

But not everyone grows up with a good earthly father.  And yet, everyone of us have a chance to experience the amazing, constant, trustworthy, never-ending love of a Heavenly Father.  His love is beyond compare!  He is not a pretend dad, or a partial dad, but a “REALLY” dad.  And we are his “really” children. 

Just take it from these two!….

Happy Father’s Day!!

 

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Two FUN Announcements!

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Hey, hey!

I hope you have had a good week!  We have had a hot and steamy one.  This weekend the tropical storm from Texas is finally making its way into the Bluegrass.  It’s going to be a very wet Saturday for us.   But that is okay because we have a ton of work to do in the house this weekend.  We need to finish the entryway and the boys’ bunk beds. 

Did you see the sneak peek of their bunk beds on Instagram? 

If not, click on the button below to check it out and follow me while you are there! :)

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I have two fun announcements to share with you this weekend!

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Starting next week, some of your favorite bloggers will be sharing their favorite summer posts here at Beneath My Heart!!  I am so excited to have all of these fabulous ladies hanging out with me this summer so that I can have a little more time to spend with our host daughter while she is here.  

Be sure to stop by and check out all of their projects!  And I will still be here updating you with pictures from our time spent with our host daughter!  AND I will be sharing our trip to Nashville for Jonathan’s (the voice) audition!  

 

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This is an announcement I have been waiting to make for over a MONTH!  Young Living has just launched its BRAND NEW Premium Starter Kit, and you are going to LOVE it!  I got mine in the mail last week, and it is beautiful.  There are a couple of new oils that you will love, and lots of samples to share with others.  Plus you get the new dew drop diffuser!  It is by far the best deal if you are interested in the oils.

 Here is a fun one minute video about the kit:

If you would like more information on how to get your hands on one of these, you can read more HERE.  

Or if you ever want to chat on the phone about the oils, I can do that too.  ;)

Have a blessed weekend, Friends!  

And Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful Dads in the world!


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Dude, We have PINK in our house!

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So, we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get a ton of projects completed on our house before our host daughter arrives!

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Now, do we HAVE to get these projects finished before she comes?   No.  Not really.  But we don’t want to have unfinished projects hanging over our head before she gets here.  We want to be able to relax and just enjoy our time with her.  :)

BTW, did I mention that she will be here in 24 DAYS!!!

How did that happen?!!  

The main thing that we did need to do was get her room ready.  So we had to turn our nasty, dirty, junky boys’ playroom into a pretty, clean, girly bedroom. 

It was a task that would make most grown men cry, but we did it! 

I will show you pictures soon, but I am cracking up that there is actually PINK in our house!  Dude, that weird.  And delightful at the same time!

I posted this picture of her closet on Instagram earlier this week…

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Do you follow me on Instagram?  If not, I would love for you to! :)  I am always posting “sneak peeks” and behind the scenes stuff over there.  I posted a clip of a song Jonathan is working on two days ago.  Come on over and join the fun….

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It’s going to be different with a girl in the house.  I don’t know how many times I have said, “Are you going to do that when she is here?!” to my boys when they make “sounds” or “smells.”  (If you know what I mean!)

Oh goodness!  I will enjoy having a partner on the “girl team” because I have been WAY outnumbered over the years.  

My boys are so excited about her coming, and I can’t wait to see them treat her like a princess!  My boys are not perfect by any means, but I have tried my best to teach them about how to respect young ladies and how to treat them like the treasure they are.  I know that we are all going to learn a LOT from having this sweet little girl here with us this summer. 

Please continue to pray for us (and her) as we prepare for her arrival.  I truly appreciate all of the love and encouragement you have given us on this journey.  

And I SO appreciate all the kind words you left on booster.com when purchasing the tshirts I made.  It meant the world to us!  

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We sold 67 tshirts and raised $827.o2 (all of which went directly to our adoption fees!)  I am printing out all of your sweet words to put in a special journal I am making for her.  I want her to see how people all over the world were excited about her being a part of our family.  

THANK YOU!!!

A friend posted this on her timeline…

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If you have any pictures of you wearing the tshirts, I would love to see them!  I know my mom’s sisters and my cousins bought some tshirts, so they better send some pics to me (hint.hint.)  :)

I would love to put these pictures in our host daughter’s journal as well.  

Again, thank you so much!  Have a blessed day!

 


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If you’re reading this…

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Today is a day that we remember the brave men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.  It is a sobering day.  

Many people just see it as a day off of work or a day to have a cook out and spend time with family.  Those are all wonderful things, but it is my prayer that my children and my children’s children remember the sacrifices that were made for them by our military.  

I pray they do not take the privileges we enjoy every day for granted. 

My boys come from a long line of military men, of which we are VERY PROUD!

Their grandfather, Cyrus Booker Hutcherson, Jr., (Cy’s dad) served in the military from August of 1962 to June of 1965, and was stationed two years in Bad Kruzenach, Germany with the 8th Infantry Division.

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Cyrus Booker Hutcherson, Jr.

 

Their great grandfather, Cyrus Booker Hutcherson, Sr., (Cy’s grandfather) was a chaplain with the United States Army in WWII and served in the South Pacific in Guadacanal, New Herbides, and New Caledonia.  He was a Chief Burial Officer and comforted many surviving soldiers, sailors, and marines. 

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 Cyrus Booker Hutcherson, Sr.

 

Here is a cute picture of Cy’s Dad, grandfather, and Uncle David before Cy Sr. deployed for three years overseas in WWII.

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Their great grandfather, Charles Keffer, (Cy’s maternal grandfather.)  He joined the United States Army when he was 17 years old.   He trained in Texas and was a sharp shooter and student radio operator.

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Charles Kenneth Keffer 

Cy’s great Uncle Ward was asked by the Department of the Army to volunteer to serve in the military because of his financial position in state government.  While deployed to Italy, he was the Officer in Charge of the first Jewish refugees to be escorted to the New State of Israel in 1945.  He also escorted Heinrich Himmler’s wife and daughter to the Nuremburg trials.  When he returned home from his service he became Highway Commissioner for the State of Kentucky under the Happy Chandler Governorship.

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Their great grandfather (my mom’s dad) served in the military during WWII.  He was overseas when my mom was born and didn’t get to see her until she was a toddler.  He served in England, France, and Scotland, and served some time as a nurse. 

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My heart just swells with pride when I look at these pictures.  Look at their precious faces!  They served our country to protect our freedoms!  I know that the life my family enjoys right now is because of these brave men and women.   WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL, and our military deserves our UTMOST RESPECT.

 

A few weeks ago, Jonathan sang a song at the Kentucky Opry in honor of our military.  It is called, “If You’re Reading This” and was originally recorded by Tim McGraw.

It’s not his best performance, but the heart with which he sang it is priceless.

 

 


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Wow! What a Week!

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Y’all, I am just checking in to let you know that I am still alive!  

This past week has been a COMPLETE whirlwind!

Cy, Jonathan, Luke, and I were in Tennessee most of the week working on a home spring makeover with Lowe’s!

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I had every intention of trying to post while I was there, but that did not happen.  We literally didn’t have a free moment. 


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But I cannot wait to show you the home transformation and share all of the details!

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It was super, super fun (and exhausting!)

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We met the most amazing people and worked, laughed, sweat, worked some more, and had a blast!

I also have a lot of fun projects to share with you soon!  

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But until then, I am trying to catch up some sleep, and trying to get some work done around our own house! 

I pray you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

XOXO

 


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Built-In Bunk Beds {Making Plans for Adam and Eli’s Room}

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So there is MAJOR stuff going on around our house right now.  Not only are we renovating our house, but we are planning a makeover for a wonderful family in Tennessee next week!

We are crazy busy, but super excited because all of the stuff we have going on at our house is in preparation for our host daughter’s arrival.

Like our new front porch!

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I cannot tell you how much I am loving our new front porch!!  We got the shingles on and the door and windows installed yesterday!  Yay!

Okay, so the new front porch doesn’t “have” to be done for us to host her, but it is something we were wanting to do this spring before we decided to host her, and we are wanting it to be finished so we can just enjoy being with her. 

The new front porch is also going to create a  new entry way with a new walk in closet for the boys’ backpacks and shoes, which means we can get all of that stuff out of the playroom so we can turn it into our host daughter’s bedroom.

Are you following me?

And since she will need a bed, I am going to move the full bed that Adam and Eli have been sharing into her room, and we are going to build them some built-in bunk beds (which I have wanted to do for the past three years!)

Don’t you love when events (like our host daughter coming) forces you to get things done on your to-do list that you have been putting off for years?!

So, I wanted to show you some of my favorite inspiration pictures of bunk beds from Pinterest that I am using to help me plan Adam and Eli’s beds.

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What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

Have a blessed weekend, friends!

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Heading to Nashville for a Spring Makeover with Lowe’s!

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Guess what?!

In one week, Cy, Jonathan, Luke, and I are headed down to Nashville to complete a Spring Makeover with Lowe’s!

We are super excited to work together as a family on this project.   Jonathan and Luke are amazing helpers and super hard workers, so I know they will be a big help. 

About a month ago, I posted about participating in a Lowe’s Spring Makeover event.  Lowe’s is helping out families in the 10 hardest hit cities in the U.S. by all of the nasty winter weather we had this past year. 

I was assigned to the city of Nashville, and Cy and I looked through over 20 project submissions of families looking for a little Spring mini-makeover to freshen things up after a hard winter. 

We were both drawn to one sweet family who own a brick ranch outside of Nashville.20150505_153935

For this project, we are going to do some Spring Freshening-up!  After talking to the home owners, we have decided to paint the exterior brick, add some new landscaping, and a aqua blue door!

I put some of our ideas in a collage to share with the home owners, and I wanted to share it with you too!

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I love how fresh and Springy that mood board feels!

I will be sharing all of the progress right here on my blog next week, so be sure to tune in!

Have a blessed day!!


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Front Porch Inspiration

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Hey friends!

Just popping in to say that I am knee-deep in projects and my head is a spinnin’!

I don’t know if I’m comin’ or goin’

Just to give you an idea, here is my to-do list…

1.  Complete front porch.

2.  Gut the playroom and turn it into our host daughter’s room.

3.  Build boys’ bunk beds.

4.  Refinish and install three antique doors.

5.  Plan Spring Makeover project with Lowe’s for family in Tennessee.  (sneak peek)

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6.  Finish Dossier and Home Study.

7.  Finish book shelves, pictures, and post.

8.  Boys’ schedules, games, events, end of school year madness, graduations….

9.  Blog and Young Living business.

10.  Paint office, install wood floors, install kitchenette, move into office space.

11.  Plant five raised garden beds!

 

SEE?!!!  I’m a nut case over here!

Although I am feeling overwhelmed, I will not complain.  These are wonderful “problems” to deal with, and I know that I could be stressing over much more serious things, but I am not.   I am thankful that my to-do list is full of wonderful things!

I’m just trying to take it a day at a time. 

Since “all things front porch” are on my mind, I wanted to share with you my friend, Richella from Imparting Grace‘s beautiful front porch.  Click on the picture to see all of the details!

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You may also enjoy THIS POST from The Huffington Post exterior home makeovers!

6 Stunning Home Exterior Makeovers You Have To See To Believe (BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS)

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I hope you have a wonderful day!  I am headed to my office to meet a special friend.  She’s going to help me paint!  (That’s a true friend.) :)


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Favorite Bloggers Friday!

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Hello wonderful friends!

I hope you have had a great week.  :)

THANK YOU so much for your sweet comments, encouragement, and support of our hosting/adoption of our little girl. :)  You guys have blessed our socks off, and we are so very excited to see what God is going to do and share it with YOU along the way.  YOU ARE SUCH A BLESSING TO ME AND MY FAMILY!!!!

Sharing this part of our lives with you makes it all the sweeter!  :)

(Btw, we got some super, SUPER great news about Jonathan this week that I am dying to share with you, but I don’t know if I am allowed to share it on my blog yet.  As soon as I find out, I will let you know.  ACK!)  :)

Anyway, I wanted to share some of pictures from some of my favorite bloggers today.  At the bottom of each picture is a link to each blog.  Be sure to check them out and say hi! ;)  

Enjoy!

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Have a blessed weekend!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Blissful Bee

 

 

 

 

 


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Spring Sprucing Up with Lowe’s (How would you like Me and Lowe’s showing up at your front door in a few weeks?)

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Hey friends!

We had the most beautiful weather here in Kentucky this past weekend!  I even got a little bit so sun on my face!  Yay!

I am so grateful for the sunshine after the harsh weather we had!

Seriously!!  Can you believe all of the snow that we got all across the country this year?  

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Did you know this winter was one of the harshest on record?

And the winter weather was especially hard the following cities named by the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) as the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.”

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Buffalo, NY
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Louisville, KY
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. New York City, NY
  9. Portland, ME
  10. Providence, RI

My hometown didn’t make the list of the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015,” but I am not complaining! :)  However, the winter weather sure did some wear and tear on our home.  Now that the weather is warming up, we have been clearing out the gutters, planting fresh flowers, and even building a garden.  

It is amazing how a little “sprucing up” can make a whole lot of difference in the look and feel of your home!

Well, guess who else agrees?…

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Lowe’s wants to inspire and help consumers in the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015”

to discover creative solutions to spruce up and improve their homes and

communities, and guess what?!!

 

I get to help!!

 

I am teaming up with Lowe’s and some of my favorite DIY bloggers

to bring a little “sunshine” to the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.”

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City Farmhouse, The Golden Sycamore, Liz Marie Blog, DIY Playbook, Just a Girl, Home Stories A to Z, Our Fifth House,  

All Things G&D, Pretty Handy Girl, Brooklyn Limestone

 

We will be painting, landscaping, creating outdoor rooms, and adding curb appeal

to home owners in the cities listed above.  

One day projects like my  tool shed makeover!

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If you live in one of the cities listed above, or know someone who does,

LISTEN UP!

 

By clicking on the button below, you can submit a home DIY project that

will be considered for a Spring Makeover compliments of Lowe’s!

 

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Sample projects may include:  sprucing up your landscaping, creating an outdoor room, freshening up with new paint, or easy interior updates.  

To help get your brain jump-started on some great creative solutions and DIY projects to spruce up your home,

check out all of the great ideas at Lowe’s.  I could spend hours on their site!!

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Doesn’t this sound like fun?!  

I can’t wait to tell you which city I will be helping out in, and I will be sure to share all the details and the beautiful “before and afters” of the project!  

 

 

If you submit a project, you will be asked to:

*Include image examples from Lowe’s or other sources for visualize references.
*Clearly communicate eligibility criteria 
*Be looking to fix up a space within their residence (that could be completed within 24 hours over a two day period.)
*Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell.
*Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media
*Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger.
*Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines.
*Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22).
*Allow photos of your home to be shared online
*Complete the online application form and agree to the terms.

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You must live in one of the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015″ listed in this post and be the owner of your home.  You must be 21 years of age or older to apply.

We will only contact eligible participants. 

You have until Friday, April 17th, to submit your projects.  

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine!

 

 

 


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