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JOY: Love Jesus, Love Others and Love Yourself . . . and Some of My Favorite Books

Just a little background about me to give you some context . . . I worked as an educator for over 31 years. I enjoyed this work, but my last 15 years of being a superintendent were all-consuming 😫. I was accustomed to working 12-16 hours most day with tremendous stress. I retired a few years ago and now work part-time as an education consultant. The time demands and stress are far less and for the first time, I have more balance in my life. 😊

I have always been a lifelong learner; learning truly feeds my soul. I am constantly trying to become a better version of myself. To do this, I read my Bible (try to do so daily but sometimes fall short πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ), pray πŸ™, and listen 🎧 to spiritual and personal growth books. Continue reading “JOY: Love Jesus, Love Others and Love Yourself . . . and Some of My Favorite Books”

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How to Paint Door Hinges

My Mom purchased a small house down the street from us. We spent several months updating the house prior to my Mom moving into her new home. We are so glad she lives close to us. ☺️

The door hinges were mix-matched. Some were brass and some were silver. We ordered new black doorknobs and wanted to paint the hinges to match so we decided to spray paint them black. Continue reading “How to Paint Door Hinges”

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How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

This blog post is one of a series that describes how we updated the house my Mom purchased a down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Preparing the Floor Surface

First, we removed the old flooring. There were several issues. It was raised in some areas and there were gaps (with years of dirt and grime) between the planks. Continue reading “How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring”

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Updating Light Fixtures (and Ceiling Fans)

This blog post is one of a series that describes how we updated the house my Mom purchased a down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in. Continue reading “Updating Light Fixtures (and Ceiling Fans)”

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How to Sew Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

This blog post was originally published in December 2018 and was recently updated.

I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. πŸŽ„Β I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the slipcovers as compared to multiple sets of pillows and it is an excuse for me to sew!πŸ§΅βœ‚οΈ

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Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV β€œRejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

From Philippians 4: 6-7 NIV β€œDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

From Psalm 9:1 NIV β€œI will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

From Colossians 3:17 NIV β€œAnd whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Continue reading “Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit”

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Making a Headboard from an Old Door

Here is a diamond in the rough πŸ’Ž . . . we saw potential! 🧐

This old doorΒ had six panels, but we only needed five panels for a queen sized bed headboard. That works great because Neal prefers an odd number of panels. (For my sake, glad he likes odd!πŸ˜‰)

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How We Replaced Exterior Doors

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Part of the renovation process was replacing exterior doors and in one situation, replacing a window with a door. Continue reading “How We Replaced Exterior Doors”

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