This feels great

I don’t know about you, but I picked up the terrible habit of putting everything on my desktop from Dave. What a mess! I should have snapped a before. I’ve said that at least twice now on this not-so-old blog. Maybe I’ll begin to think in before & afters and become all to good at them ;-) Anyway, a fresh start feels great!

Hello summer

It is a hot one here in Iowa! This morning before I left for work (5:30am), our indoor thermometer read 85 degrees. Yesterday, sans air conditioning, we visited my parents. It was a lazy afternoon of cable TV, comfy couches, popcorn, soda, and AIR CONDITIONING.

Today, however, we decided to make our move to avenge the heat! Thanks to Seth for helping (so I didn’t have to!). While the boys were busy working, I was getting into a mess all my own. We have this little sunroom that operates as overflow kitchen pantry + storage. It is always my goal to keep it clean and usable. Its a great spot for early morning or late afternoon reading. It has been tackled once again!

I should have taken a before picture… what a pit! While sifting through mounds of crap I own (mostly¬† thrifted darlings I could never live without, sure…..), I found my missing bundt pan! It wasn’t exactly missing, but there was a better home prepared.

Can you guess which is the new addition?


In someone else’s words:

We have been friends now for many years. In the beginning there was some comparing, some jealousy, some competition. But as we grew older and became more sure in our own uniqueness, most, if not all, of this rivalry vanished, and we were more able to affirm and call forth each other’s gifts. I feel so good being with you because I know that you enjoy me for who I am and not just for what I can do for you. And you feel good when I come to visit you because you know that I marvel in your kindness, your goodness, and your many gifts — not because they prove helpful for me, but simply because of you. Deep friendship is a calling forth of each other’s chosenness and a mutual affirmation of being precious in God’s eyes. Your life and my life are, each of them, one of a kind. No one has lived your life or my life before, and no one will ever live them again. Our lives are unique stones in the mosaic of human existence — priceless and irreplaceable.

-Henri Nouwen

Love you,

mariah