Gift Wrapping Cubby

This blog post was originally posted in December 2018 and updated in December 2019.

I tend to use every space available for storage. ? This cubby is a small attic access (behind the knee wall) in our loft, which also serves as my office and craft room.

Below is the BEFORE picture of this space.

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How we Built Our Outdoor Fireplace on our Patio Porch

A few years ago we built a fireplace on our porch overlooking the lake. We are not experts by any means, but over the years, we have gained the confidence to tackle projects by actually just jumping in with both feet! We have also learned how to be resourceful by breaking down projects step-by-step and just figuring it out by researching. Let’s just say that we have watched a lot of YouTube videos and use a “learn as we go” approach.

Below is a before and after picture of our lakeside porch. The before picture is prior to us renovating and adding an addition to our lake house, which, included adding a double window and covering the block wall with rock. The after picture encompasses other porch projects such as wrapping the cedar posts (to become white columns) and adding old barn wood on our ceiling. Our patio porch is still a work in progress. Our next step is to add flooring.

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Bringing the Outside Inside for Christmas: Using Greenery on Our Table

I just love decorating for Christmas! The house becomes bright and festive. Neal and I enjoy the warm glow of the Christmas tree, hot cocoa ☕️, tasty treats, time with family, and celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ who is the reason for the season!

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I’m Martha When I Should be Mary

Many of us know the Biblical story of Martha and her sister Mary. After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus and His disciples visited the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany.

Luke 10:38-42 (NASB)

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.‘”

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