Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter and an Update!

He is Risen Printable via French Press Mornings

[Photo via French Press Mornings]

Oh, friends! So much has happened within this last week and I wish we could drink coffee together and talk about it all. For now, though, I'll try to give you the short version. If you haven't read about my sudden move, though, read that first.

Last week, I was super discouraged because we still hadn't found a new rental home to move to, and we had less than 20 days to find a place. To say I was stressed is an understatement. Early Monday morning, my roommate (Crystal) got a call that her grandma passed away. Understandably, she was really upset and went to be with her family. That morning I laid in bed and selfishly asked God what in the worlddddd He was doing. It seemed like Crystal and I couldn't get a break!

We are doing your work, Lord! We're both in the ministry!
Why haven't you blessed us with a house?
Why did you take Crystal's grandma now, Lord?

Eventually I got my pitiful self out of bed and Crystal came back to the house. And then we got a call that we'd been waiting for. 

The week before, we met with a property management company and the manager said that there were 2 houses available in our price range, but there were 2 people that were ahead of us in line. He said he would let us know if either of them changed their mind. He told us where the houses were and I pretty much stalked drove by them all week, but we never heard from him. And then, in God's perfect timing, we got the call on that very sad Monday -- one of the houses had become available!

While the call didn't change Crystal's mourning for her grandma, it did give us hope. It reminded us that God didn't leave us. He was right there with us. He was waiting for the perfect moment to bless us, because He knew we would need it that day. And since then, everything has fallen into place for the new house. 

I didn't get a great picture of the outside of the house, but I will share a full tour once we move in at the end of the month. I shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram a picture of the "new" kitchen... it's nice, but super outdated. Feel free to share your advice on how to fix it up without painting the cabinets. This house is really just an excuse for more blog posts!

So, now that I've rambled about everything going on, I just want to say that I'm so thankful. Thankful that the Lord has perfect timing, that He never leaves us, He always loves us (even when I'm constantly complaining), and He has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Reflecting on what this day means (Good Friday) and Easter this Sunday, there is even more to be thankful for. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on the cross

for us

for me

for you

and then 3 days later, He rose from the dead! I am so thankful, friends!

To end this extremely wordy post, I want to leave you guys with a powerful video that I was introduced to a few weeks ago. Love you all!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

Before I get to today's post, will you guys join me in prayer for my friend/roomie Crystal? Her grandma passed away today, and her family needs prayer!


As I shared in the Before and After: The Vintage French Style Desk and Before and After: The Shabby Chic Hexagon Side Table posts, my mom and I got to experiment with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the last time she came to visit. I love the shabby look that the paint gives each piece and these painted stools are no exception!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture of the stools, but just know that they were plain, wooden stools. They needed a lot of work because they were so wobbly! I had to wood glue pretty much all of their pieces back together. Once that step was over though, my mom painted them. She painted one with Antoinette. Then, she painted a beautiful crown graphic on top with the word "Princess."

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

For the other stool, she painted it Duck Egg Blue and then finished it with the dark wax. I love the way the wax makes all of the imperfections come out. It's so lovely!

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

Before and After: The Painted Stools!

Can I just say that my Mom is incredibly talented? I mean, she hand painted the crown and "princess" text. Insane!

What do you think?

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