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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.

Also…

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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Love the Home You Have Challenge!

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Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired Room

 

I am so excited to have been invited to complete a simple

Love Your Home Challenge inspired by the new book

Love The Home You Have written by my blogging friend

Melissa @ The Inspired Room.

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I met Melissa over five years ago at Blissdom, and she has been a dear blogging friend ever since.  :)  Her blog was just voted as Best Decorating Blog by #BHGbloggersawards.

Melissa’s beautiful blog is ever-inspiring, and so is her new book!

Her book will inspire you to love the home you have. Some of the topics covered in the book that I know you will enjoy are:  taking care of your home, finding beauty in simple things, incorporating daily routines, using what you have to decorate, decluttering, and simple ways to find contentment where you are!  

Who doesn’t need to read that, right?!!

One of my favorite parts of the book are the challenges that Melissa offers to her readers at the end.  She has a 31 days of practical ways to love the home you have.

One of my favorite challenges was…

Day 11 {Fresh Flowers}

Every room will feel so much better with a touch of life–plants or flowers or other organic elements, such as fruits, vegetables, or branches.  What organic elements do you have in your home?  You can cut branches from your yard, try growing plants (such as succulents or herbs) in your window, or treat yourself to an inexpensive weekly bouquet from the market?

How do you want to bring the beauty of nature in your home?

 

Well, my kitchen table is my favorite place to add fresh flowers or natural elements.  It is the first area you see when you walk in our home, so adding fresh flowers to the kitchen table makes me smile each time I walk in my home!

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Hydrangeas happen to be my favorite.  I am trying to grow some hydrangea bushes in my yard so I can enjoy them every year.

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And adding some fresh red apples adds another punch of color.  :)  I LOVE decorating with natural items, don’t you?

Melissa asked many more of my favorite blog friends to join in the fun and do their own Home Love Challenge!

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Reluctant EntertainerJulie BlannerMom Advice Michaela Noelle Designs /  Sawdust Girl Liz Marie Blog Tidy Mom Infarrantly CreativeLove Feast TableBalancing Beauty and BedlamAll Things Thrifty / Just a Girl Emily A Clark My Sweet SavannahLemonade Makin Mama Jones Design Company / Fieldstone Hill Design Jenna Burger Design DIY Show OffNot Just a Housewife A Thoughtful PlaceHome Stories A to Z Southern Hospitality / My Blessed LifePretty Handy Girl The Nesting PlaceShabby NestFunky Junk InteriorsSongbird BlogThe Shabby Creek CottageMiss Mustard Seed 320 Sycamore /

 

Enjoy checking out these other post about Love the Home You Have!  

And get your copy of Melissa’s book now!

 

 

 

And click here to see more of the home I love. :)

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Grounded

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I have a confession to make.  

I’ve never been one who likes to read books.  

Ouch.  That hurts to admit because I am a teacher.  I have my Masters in Elementary Education!  I used to TEACH kids to read, for pete’s sake!

But I’ve never been a “reader.” 

Granted, I love to read my Bible.  Devotional books.  Magazines.  Blogs.

But I am not one of those smart type of people who are always reading the latest best seller, or some intellectual book to make them better at their job, ya know the type??!  You are probably one of them.

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I always cringe when I am in a group with other women who are “readers.”  They will start talking back and forth about their favorite books and characters.  I stand there frozen like a deer in the headlights.  Like a DUMB deer in the headlights!

I’ve always thought if I was really smart, I would be an avid reader.   My mom was an avid reader!  She was reading a book every single day!  I always wished I could be like her in that way.

But I have a hard time sitting still long enough to get into a novel or book.  I’m always thinking of all the things I could be getting done if I weren’t sitting there reading that book!  Do you do that?  

And then my mind wonders, and I lose my place.  I kept thinking that when all the boys are out of the house, maybe then I would have more time to read.

However, I am very proud to say that over the past few months, I have become somewhat of a “reader.”  Baby steps, y’all. 

I have read several small business-type books, and a book by Stephen Curtis Chapman’s wife, Mary Beth, called “Choose to See.” I enjoyed reading it because Stephen is from Kentucky, and I have followed him in Christian music since I was a teenager. 

And then my sweet “gift mom” (because she is a gift from God,) gave me a book to read that a friend of hers had written.    It’s called Grounded, and the setting takes place in Kentucky.  

There were so many parts of the book that reminded me of my childhood years and of all the wonderful things I learned from my grandparents.  

Each night, I couldn’t wait to get to bed and read a few chapters of the book!  It was so much fun getting lost in the story line.

I felt like a true “reader.”  I was so proud of myself. 

And now, I am wanting another great book to read, so I need your suggestions.  :)

I like good, wholesome story lines, and ones with a good ending.  If it is a great faith-based book, that is even better!  I think I would like it to be another realistic fiction book but the setting can be past or present.

So help this wanna-be-reader out! 

Share your favorite books with me!  

And thank you so much! :)

 

 

 

 

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Family Letter to Our Host Daughter

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Happy Friday!

I wanted to share with you an update about our host daughter this summer!

We are hosting her through Project 143.  It is a wonderful program that brings HOPE to orphans through hosting. 

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We are hosting a sweet little seven year old girl, (who looks ridiculously like our little Eli) and we are super, super excited about it!

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She will be staying with us the whole month of July!  

As part of our paperwork, we are asked to write her a letter, and I wanted to share it with you. 
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We would be honored if you would pray for us as we prepare for her visit.  And we would also love for you to pray for her.  I know it will be a little scary for her to travel over to the states at her age, although she will have a chaperone.  Pray that the Lord would keep his hand upon her until she is safely in our home. :)

There are still more orphans that need a host family this summer.  

I found this information on the P143 Yahoo group board, and I wanted to share it with you:

What Are You Waiting For?

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!
NOW is the time to choose a host child. As director of Project One Forty Three’s International Host Program for Latvia I can promise you that now is the best time to choose a host child.

Why? You may ask…
1. We are beyond the half way point in our photo listing summer hosting sign ups. This is the time when you will find MORE LARGE GRANTS and THE MOST SCHOLARSHIPS placed on the children!
2. You still have ample time without rushing to complete your paperwork!
3. There are still many, many wonderful children on our listing WAITING, HOPING to have a family with whom to share their summer!
4. There is still plenty of time to fund raise to offset the initial costs of hosting!
5. THERE IS NO OTHER TIME LIKE THE SUMMER to give as a family, open your home, share your beliefs and express your love to a child who needs this most.

The Ultimate Answer…
Giving is like a mirror… The blessing you give – you will receive…

…Give, and it will be given to you:
good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
and running over will be put into your bosom.
For with the same measure that you use,
it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38

I myself I am a witness to the truth of this scripture from my own personal hosting experiences. But also, as the director, I see countless orphan children blessed… but I also hear the countless miracles of changed families who were also unexpectedly blessed by their hosting experience.

Won’t you be blessed this summer?
Host An Orphan. “Give, and it will be given to you:”

~Angie S.

 

If you would like to prayerfully consider hosting a child this summer, you can find out more information by clicking the button below. 

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And of course you can email me at [email protected]

 

Have a blessed weekend!


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