Nursery Reconstruction

Over the past 1 1/2 months we have undertaken a remodeling project in our home.  It started out as a small repair in the ceiling of what was to become the nursery and then ballooned into a complete transformation.  The sunroom is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. The windows either needed to come out or figure out a way to create more insulation.  We were opting for the less expensive insulation. Then one day Tristan's dad said "it would probably be pretty easy to replace the window with a wall".  If we did all the work with help from friends and family we could afford it. Here is our life in pictures:
The sunroom/closet before the project began (minus all our clothes).

The ceiling fix that needed to happen due to water damage that happened before we bought the house...

Then we started taking down all the lathe & plaster in the room (it was a messy project)...

We found a hornets nest in the wall...

In one day we took out the windows, put up a wall and a new window...

From the outside...

After putting in insulation (there was not any) we put up the drywall...

The painting was the easy part...

And then we put in new carpet...
...Well we were suppose to get carpet on Monday put they brought the wrong carpet to install. It was a sad day.  We will continue to live in our living room while we wait for the carpet (it may take a few weeks).

While we were at it we decided to paint the master bedroom and office since they were getting new carpet also.

Thanks to everyone who has come to help!!!
Wordless Wednesday


Parent's Prayer

I aspire to be this parent...with a lot of work and patience I might get there some day.

Parent’s Prayer

Dear God,
Help us to be better parents.
Teach us to understand our children, to listen patiently to what they have to say and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep us from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make us as courteous to them as we want them to be to us.

Help us never to punish them for our own selfish satisfaction or to show our power. Let us not tempt our children to lie or steal. And guide us daily that we may demonstrate by all we say and do that honesty produces happiness.

When we are out of sorts, help us to hold our tongues. May we ever be mindful that our children are children and we should not expect them to act like adults.

Help us never to rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions. Bless us with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them privileges we know will do them harm

Make us fair, just and kind parents. We pray for calmness, poise and self-control, and fit us to be loved, respected, and imitated by our children.

Author Unknown –
Found in a Mennonite Center
Lancaster, PA


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Maternity Photos

A couple weeks ago we met with Bree Hawkes of Photography by Bree to have some photo's taken.  The plan was to meet at Wheeler Farm but thunder storms threatened postponment of the photo shoot. After a few phone calls we decided to just go for it. The clouds cleared and the sun started to come out just in time!  We had a great time walking around Wheeler Farm find some great spots for photos. Bree was great to work with and we will use her again in the future.