Monday, July 25, 2011

We have a dilemma in the living room.

After two years of settling into our home, I can't believe we didn't notice. We have our friends/contractor working in the kitchen to install a new slate back splash, and we have been combing through magazines to find the perfect/cost effective solution for our not so attractive fireplace mantel.

The current mantel is a very plain and unfinished, black box surrounded by blond porcelain tile. While staring at the fireplace and imagining new finishes, Philip and I realized that the firebox is completely off center.

This is maddening for two spacial-perfectionist. (Each in our own way, and I admit Philip's eye is a bit more trained than mine.)

Therefore we will have to find a solution to visually "fool" our eyes and hopefully forget about the extra four inches on one side of the fire box.

This should be interesting.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer update

Almost a year later. Here is quick, condensed update.

Philip finished his Masters at Savanah College of Art and Design (including this project in our front yard), and has begun his Masters of Fine Art at SCAD as well. He really handles his time well between teaching full time at the Art Institute, classes and house projects. I love the man I am married to. He keeps life interesting.


Jack Thomas Stenberg came into the world. He will be one year old in August. I was so blessed to be a part of his first week and miss him a ton.




Kitchen cabinets and the microwave are finally in. You can't see it in this picture, but the Irwin brothers made sure our upper cabinets, doors, and microwave are in and functional. They also added some framing around the entrance and bar in the kitchen that is fantastic. We are now waiting for the backsplash to be installed and we will finish up some touch ups and should be finished.





I spent a week in Minneapolis in January helping with the Desiring God Pastors Conference. I really enjoy spending time with their staff and running around in the snow for a week is not bad. The big Sister, Mandy, Callen Mark, and Jack Thomas came for a spend the night along with Joy and her two munchkins. Callen and I got to go swimming at the indoor heated pool and enjoy some yummy food. The time was short, but so worth it.


Ezra is the 85 pound fur baby in the house. We love him along with the life and laughs he brings. He also guarentees a daily floor sweeping. He is still a sweet, gentle and well behaved puppy. His personality is perfect for our family.



The summer is slow, but we are holding on for the gust of busy that will keep me from giving the updates again until Christmas probably. Only a few more events at the church this year along with Women's Bible Study and lots of changes that will add to the load.



Lastly, Philip and I are continuing to trust God for our future family. Please pray along with us as we trust and know that God holds the future.


Hope to see you soon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ezra Likens


He is 5 months old now, 31 pounds.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Texas | Callen


He came and went. And enjoyed his time in Texas.

Thank you Brad, Kristi and Kara for letting us stay in your home for the weekend.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Idea #1

I think this would be cool in the guest bedroom or the living room... We have too many great black and white photos. Some P has taken over the years and some of our family from long ago.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Light by Michael Jennings



Zoe and Kolan Ray gave Philip and I a wedding gift. They asked us to find a piece of art that we could have in our home from them. I knew I wanted something with cows. In high school I showed Ray's Miss Pearl, a Brangus heifer, and she won Grand Champion Heifer at the Louisiana State Fair in 1993. I have fabulous memories of traveling to cow and sheep shows with the Zoe and Kolan.

Philip and I took a short trip to Marble Falls, Texas this past spring and found this original oil pastel. We were able to meet the artist as well. These are not Brangus, but I still love the art.

Thank you, Zoe and Kolan.

First Month at Autumn Breeze

We have come so far and have so much more to do.

Here is the progress of the kitchen from one wall to a half wall.
Brad George got Philip and Chave started on ripping out the old wall. Notice the turquoise paint that is not seen in the house anymore.
Support beams by Brad George and tape and bed/sheetrock by Josh Drew Construction. We are a bit closer now.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weirs Furniture has recipes

This was a random find while I was looking at furniture tonight. I thought I would share it with you all. I haven't tried any of these recipes, but let me know if you do.

http://www.weirsfurniture.com/recipes.html

Also, my mom's cookbook is finished being typed thanks to Brad and Lindsey. I will begin working on revising and publishing. Mom is hoping to have it by November.

She will be opening her new shop "Truelove's. Garden and Gifts" December 1. P and I are planning to put a line of candied pecans on the shelves and launch an online gift pecan business. This should be fun.