Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy 11th Birthday Drew

Dear Drew,
You are my sweet boy! I love to see you smile and laugh. I am so thankful for your amazing sense of humor and sweet temperament. You are my boy that loves sports. I am so proud of the good athlete you are. You are always up for a game of four square, basketball, football and anything else. Mom and dad call you "Our Gym Class All-Star"  You love gym so much! Baseball has started again and seeing you play is a joy. You truly have a great effort and have the best attitude. That is what matters to dad the most and you defiantly portray those qualities. You have great hands and can pitch and play second base, you are a fun kid to watch with great talent. I know with your health sometimes you get sick and don't feel great but I have not heard you ask God why?? You trust in Him and still have gratitude and know that He loves you even though you have had some hard times. A couple weeks ago you had some tests done, as we drove home I had tears of being humbled come down my face. I often wonder why my son...): and my faith seems so weak. It felt so evident at that moment that God was doing a work through you and trying to make us more like Him each day. It was a epiphany that through the storm I could see God and for a glimpse I felt grateful that he choose to humble us in not knowing the Why's but by trusting Him with His plans and purpose. It's never fun but through our trials God shows His love for us. His love felt so evident to me that day and I felt a sense of Love that He knows your future and each step. You are so brave Drew, I will never meet a boy as brave as you!! Never let someone tell you that you are not strong, you are tough as nails!! You are approaching some confusing years but I want you always remember that true friends will be there for you no matter what!! Doing things the right way is never the easy way but you will have the best results. You will have days where you feel down and you will have days where you feel unstoppable. I will promise you though if you stay true to who you are and who's you are that you will stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. So far in school you are showing that you are not afraid to do the right thing and work hard. I have been very proud of your school effort. You are a very smart boy!! Be confident and know that you are making a difference and your life is a testimony. I love you always, you are one of my biggest joys and I am so proud of you!!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Thirteen Years Old

Happy Birthday Jaden!!
Dear Jaden,
Today you are thirteen years old, a teenager!! I don't even have the right words to express how proud I am of you! This has been your year. You surprise me daily with your witty creative personality. You are quick to come up with very funny delivery with your humor. You are humble and not afraid to admit your shortcomings and laugh at yourself. You are very helpful to everyone you meet and you are a true team player. All the talks we have had about fitting in, being yourself, and being confident in who God made you are coming together. It's hard to share and talk about the cruelties and injustices of the world but I am proud that you understand way beyond your years and can share your own thoughts. Every time I talk to one of your teachers they tell me that they wish they could have a whole room full of Jaden's. At the end of last school year you were unsure if people liked you and you felt unsure at times because who likes to go through middle school, right?  We had some good heart to heart talks working through these delightful times. My advice was always the same that other kids feel unsure too, but they are watching you because you are doing the right thing. I promised you that peoples behaviors normally catch up to them good and bad.  A month later you were voted by your whole grade (which is huge) and won the biggest award of your school for being a all around great student, friend, and volunteer. It was amazing to hear your name and to see everyone clapping for you. I had tears coming down my face knowing what a great heart and how much you deserved this.  Jaden the day you won that award was my birthday, it will forever be one of the proudest moments of my life. You worked through the year with not all the easiest times and you came out stronger then ever. Watching you develop into a man has been a joy. You are so creative who knew, right? For years you would say you were not creative but you are!! Your latest passion is making videos to music and special effects. You also make Memes which keep me rolling with laughter. You are so funny and likable!! You are a hard worker Jaden I don't worry about your future for a bit. You are absolutely the most amazing young man ever, you are one of a kind!! I thank God for you daily. He knew that I needed that kind of special in my life, so proud!! 
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Monday, September 7, 2015

New Kitchen Table

I'm so excited to share this table. It's amazing and get this one only $60!! Some of my favorite furniture finds have been the best deals. You can't really rush the treasure hunt because when the perfect fit comes it's meant to be. Sometimes it takes a while and other times treasures just come to you. I know I am a little crazy about treasure hunting, antiquating and junking!! I have been looking for a new table for my kitchen because I have a window that is kind of like a bay so this area calls for a round table. I have had my favorite black farmhouse table forever and I have some sentimental attachment to it since we have had so many family memories around it. There are so many great places to find furniture some high some low but I really do love Craigslist. Now it can be a little weird but if you're cautious and go into neighborhoods that are close by it's normally no problem. This lady was moving out, this table belonged to her father. It's very old and missing the leaf but I do not need the leaf. It was a little bigger then what I wanted but it ended up fitting perfect. It's very heavy and I am thankful for my husband and his truck.
After some cleaning and sanding I am happy with my finished look. The original color was awesome but the base was a shade different then the top so it looked off. I wanted a similar color so I did some mixing of stains and paint and came up with the below look. For now I am happy with it after a while the kids might be a little rough and I will have to redo the top we will see. I mixed cream/white/ gray and stain to make a variation of a weathered wood.
 The chairs were from my original black table and what a pain they were to paint. I used White Dove paint color and made it into homemade chalk paint. I did a lot of sanding and 3 coats of paint. Painting chairs is not easy nor fun!!
 I love the base of this table, it's so chunky but not to formal or to plain. It's actually on castor's which make it the right height so I needed to put pads under.
 The top is stained in Weather Oak by Mini Wax. I love that color but it's not very deep so over time it may need to be re-stained. I used finishing wax over top so I could easily re-stain if needed.

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