83. The sound of a baby laughing nearby.
Today the theme is Valentine’s Day! I hope these links will give you something to think about and some decorating ideas!
I know that’s a cheesy title, but when you see what we found, you’ll understand!
Saturday, Brian woke up earlier than I did (as usual) and decided to check out Craig’s list. Days before, we’d talked about how small my desk was. It has one surface for a computer, but where the shelves are, it’s higher, making it hard to fit books, notebooks, and a laptop.
|I didn’t get a picture before Brian had it all packed up.|
I loved that desk. It wasn’t real wood, but it was a lovely color and I loved the shelves, but Brian found a desk on Craig’s list he wanted to check out. Brian was so excited, he woke me up to tell me about it.
“This is such a steal!” It was an oak “L” shaped desk with lots of drawers, and the owners were only asking $130. Brian said new oak desks of that size would go for around $1,500, so we agreed to check it out.
As I ate breakfast, he found another desk. This one was also wood, painted black, and included a chair. It was bigger than my old desk, but not massive. It looked simple and sophisticated, and I knew it would match perfectly with our other Craig List finds: our coffee and end table.
This desk and chair were going for $85. Not a steal, but we decided to check it out too.
Brian also found a free desk, but we weren’t very interested in it, it wasn’t real wood and it was really long and heavy.
We looked at the black desk first. To our surprise, the couple who had posted it was from Iowa, and they had been to our home town on a few occasions! Their daughter’s roommate was selling the desk, but they were screening potential buyers. Their daughter and her roommate lived in a gorgeous condo, so I don’t blame them. Because they were really sweet and from Iowa, we paid full price for the desk and chair.
This is my desk now. Here I do my schoolwork, blog, spend time on various social media sites, and as Brian suggested, writing letters.
Our next stop was the oak “L” shaped desk. Brian was already sold on it, before we even found the house. But when we pulled up, he started to waver. The yard was full of junk. The house looked nice, in nice neighborhood, but their grass was the only dead brown lot on the street. When they let us in, we there was hardly room for us inside, and the desk was almost blocking the door. Mounds of stuff piled all over everything.
“We’re doing some remodeling,” The man said. Judging by the fact that the piles filled the downstairs and wound up the stairs to the second floor and out the front door, and the wife was too embarrassed to come out of the kitchen, I’m kinda doubting it. Full sized cardboard cut outs of Justin Beiber and Jacob from Twilight stared at us from their perches on piles of stuff.
And the desk. It had severe water damage, marker or paint splotches, and the finish was totally ruined.
“You could sand it down and refinish it if you wanted,” the man suggested.
“What do you think?” Brian asked me.
“I think….we need to think about it.” I said. Safely in the car: “No way.”
To my joy, Brian agreed, “I don’t want to pay $130 for a project like that.”
So, he called the people with the free desk. They said we could come right over, and when we got there, a smiling lady led us upstairs to the desk. They had just bought the house and were doing serious remodeling. Her story I believed; the towers of moving boxes and the torn up carpet made sense. Lucky for us, her husband arrived when we’d carried the desk to the top of the stairs. It was definitely a man’s job. They carried it out, and somehow we squeezed it into the Durango with the other desk and chair. Don’t ask me how. I wasn’t sure we’d get either one out of there without calling the fire department for the jaws of life.
Look at how well it matches with our bookshelf! The bookshelf is real wood, and we brought it from Iowa. A match made in heaven.
If you’re wondering about that white metal curved thing in that picture, it’s a wall sconce, and I bought it at Savers for half off. You can see it better and all the other cool things I got that day here.
But it doesn’t stop there!
Recently, we were given some more free stuff. We’ve been wanting a couch for a long time, and God graciously provided not just a couch, but a loveseat, and two matching lamps!
Oh Yeah! Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever need one of these, but since I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen so many amazing sewing projects that made me wish I had a sewing machine. I figured I’d just stick to paper crafts, but our friends gave us this machine for free! My friend (who will remain nameless) said it didn’t work, and her husband insisted she just didn’t know how to use it. I plugged it in, the light came on, and it ran like a dream. I guess he was right…but, finders keepers!
Don’t feel bad for her: she’s getting another machine for free. And really, if she wanted this one back, I would give it to her, but she says her new free one will be better.
The moral of this story is this: If you need something, pray about it, and look on Craig’s List! Sometimes God just likes to give us gifts.
Brian is completely addicted to Craig’s list now. Like, he scours it every evening.
Have you found anything fun lately? Has a piece of furniture or art ever altered the entire decorating style of one of your rooms? Please share!
– Audrey Hepburn
– Frank Sinatra
I’m so flattered that I share the same tastes as Audry Hepburn and Frank Sinatra! How awesome is that?
I’m shocked at how accurate this assessment is, when all I did was pick a few pictures. Simplicity, check. Elegant, check. Silk/satin in the bedroom, check. Painter’s brush, check. Feminine, check. Coffee, double check. And bookcases, reading nooks, private studies, check check and check.
Works for me!
There are over 20 different styles, so I know you’ll want to take the Style Maker Visual Quiz to find out your style too! I’m curious, so after you do, come back and tell me what you got, Ok?!
P.S: The winning comment of the DaySpring Giveaway is….#1, Honormommy! Congratulations!!!
The last few weeks have been difficult, very stressful, busy, and confusing. I found that to keep sane, I had to keep a record of joys. Because even when situations seem bleak, God is still giving us gifts!
61. Even though there are hundreds of students in my online Geology lab, my teacher answered my email about the issue with the PowerPoint right away.
62. Brian is probably not going to lose his job at the moment.
63. Although online classes are difficult and frustrating at times, they are saving us a lot of money.
64. Although I didn’t meet my goal of get up at 5:30 a.m. every day last week, I did a couple times!
65. We bought a color cartridge for my printer!!!
66. I bought a beautiful file holder thing for my coupons. Yes, I’m a coupon lady. But this file holder makes me feel good about it!
|This pretty thing is replacing that pink crate.|
67. I’ve got lots of blog design ideas floating around in my head. Not a total re-haul, but just a little face lift to freshen and lighten it up.
68. Brian bought me extra memory for my computer, so it runs much better now.
69. No one was hurt in the car accident that Brian was in on the interstate.
70. Brian’s meeting with the CEO was very positive.
71. There has been lots of good blog reading lately! You all are keeping me glued to my computer.
72. Brian forgave me for being stupid the other day. That’s one of my favorite things about him, he has a short memory when it comes to wrongs!
73. My blog was featured on Gina’s blog, have a heart!
74. I ordered Ann’s book, One Thousand Gifts. I CANNOT wait ’til it comes!
75. I have coffee to drink every morning. And creamer, because I can’t drink coffee without it.
76. When working at the church Thursday, I was able to get speedy assistance with printing the bulletins, and folding them too!
77. We hung out with friends Saturday night, and I really enjoyed talking a lot. I probably talked Honormommy‘s ears off. But I had fun!
78. Brian and I celebrated our Seventh Month Wedding Anniversary! We went to Garcia’s, a Mexican restaurant with really good food and portions large enough for two meals, literally, and we sat on the patio. It really was this dark, and red, because of the bright neon sign. Eventually, a waiter lit the out door fire place, and if it wasn’t for the very drunk couple sitting in front of us, it would have been very romantic. As it was, it was definitely very entertaining!
|Brian is SO photogenic|
79. I baked peanut butter cookies last night.
78. Even though they all burned, I think they still taste good!
It’s all a gift, from stressful weeks to burnt cookies. It’s life, and thats a precious gift.
Have you received any gifts lately that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
But what about Brian’s job situation? That’s a lot more complicated.
But it wasn’t that simple. For a couple years the idea of attending seminary has been tucked away in the back of Brian’s mind. This situation brought it out to the foreground, so not only were we considering engineering jobs, but also seminaries across the country.
|Rain Rain Rain by Quel Beast!|
After almost three weeks, guess how many we’ve applied to so far? One.
|Storm Clouds by JSmith Photo|
God’s ways are certainly not mine right now, but I can be certain of this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
If you think of it, please remember us in your prayers; even though life seems to be back to normal, we still need God’s direction. And, we’re a little worse for wear after all the stress of the last two and a half weeks. I need your prayer, so that I can be supportive of Brian and accept that this is where God has us right now.
I know this was a very long post, and it really didn’t resolve in a very uplifting way, but thanks for sticking with me to the end! I appreciate your kind words and thoughts so much!
Today’s links have a theme. Can you guess it?
- Why We Need Listen to the Inner Voices of Creativity, by Ann on A Holy Experience.
- Wake Up and Dream by Emily from Chatting at the Sky
- Three Things To Do When They Don’t Like Your Art, also from Emily at Chatting at the Sky
There are more in that series by Emily too! I encourage you to check them out when needing a little motivation.
A fun song for a Friday, “This is The Stuff” by Francesca Battistelli. Love, love, love this song! It’s so catchy, and I can totally relate to the first verse! It’s the perfect song if you’re having one of those days, those days when nothing goes as planned.
After a week of those days, I’m so glad the weekend is here!
If you haven’t entered the DaySpring giveaway yet, hurry! You’re almost out of time!
Also, the Answers post from Wednesday will be continued Monday. See you then!
I talked about listening for His voice during the Christmas season, after God chipped through my protective shell and broke my heart for the weak and needy of the world. I needed answers. I felt helpless in the face of such vast hopelessness. I knew God could use me, but how? When? Where? I feared I was wasting my life.
So I listened. I had two questions in mind: Does what I’m doing right now matter? And if not, what should I be doing differently or in addition?
Right about the same time God was working in my heart, Brian started doing some soul searching as well. Brian’s job was difficult (major understatement) as a result of the way the company is managed …mismanaged is more accurate. He wondered if he was really where he should be. Together, we began seeking God’s will in answers to those questions.
In my Bible reading, I came upon verses like 2 Timothy 1: 8, 9 and 4: 5:
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord of of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity…”
“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
But what is my calling, my ministry? Yes, to be a wife and helper for my husband. But what else? I knew there was more. What about the helpless and suffering people in the world?
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The verses kept coming in, phrases jumping out at me that I’d never noticed before.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Titus 2:11-15
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men…He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy…
This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.” Titus 3:1, 2, 5, 8
Then I started receiving comments in person and on my blog, people thanking me for a specific post, or mentioning how something I wrote touched them or made them think.
I believe God used your encouraging words and The Word to tell me that my blogging really can be, and is, a ministry. I might not be able to donate much money to causes, I might not be able to travel on mission trips, but through my blog, I can be a voice. A voice for the voiceless.
Consequently, I intend to bring causes and ministries to your attention on a regular basis, and to continue to donate my profits from my affiliate links. It seems like a small offering, just a few fish and loaves, but I believe God will take it and multiply it to feed thousands.
But what about Brian’s job situation? That answer wasn’t as straightforward.
To Be Continued.
I have three important things to tell you today:
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- Share seven statements about yourself.
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My Seven Things:
1. I’m a middle child.
2. My Christmas decorations are still up.
3. I don’t like answering the phone. Talking on the phone is fine, I just have to get over my dislike of answering it.
4. My favorite food is pancakes.
5. My favorite animal is a butterfly. Yep, it’s really an insect, but I can’t choose between mammals.
6. I don’t really have a favorite book, there are so many I love.
7. I can count the number of times I’ve been to a movie theater on one hand.
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