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I love my family!

I am a wife, mother of three beautiful boys, and a middle school administrator. At times, I have mistakenly tried to achieve perfection in each role. These attempts always fail miserably because there is no such thing as a perfect wife, a perfect mom or a perfect worker! I decided to relinquished my pursuit of perfection…I can say without guilt that my shortcomings are vast and my mistakes many. Embracing my imperfections and turning my life over to God has been freeing and led to a sweeter life. I found that when I quit trying so hard, that SOMETIMES things magically fall into place and for brief moments I am “Supermom.”

Our "super" new old house

 My husband and I temporarily lost our minds last year and bought a 1960's Ranch style house that needed a total renovation.  We fell in love with the place because it had great bones and the nearly 2 acre lot had 70 plus trees and lots of space for our growing boys to roam.  "We can do this!" we said, despite having no real handyman/handywoman skills and barely any budget.  However, we took the leap of faith and did it.  Everything had to be renovated from the stick down tile floors to the popcorn glitter ceiling!  So, off went this pregnant woman, two little boys and a very tired dad to make the house a home.  We spent the first 2 weeks in the house with no kitchen and no flooring except in the bedrooms.   It was crazy!!!  Now, we have 60 percent of the house done.  It has been exhausing and awesome all at once.  To see our little boys riding their bikes down the long, winding driveway and climbing trees has made it all worth it!  Here are some before and after pictures of our handiwork. 

The kitchen...yikes it was really bad!
Forest green laminate countertops...wowzers! Those were ripped out and replaced with IKEA butcherblock.  Weird...there was a hole in the wall behind the microwave to the laundry room.  We patched that and built in new cabinents on that side of the kitchen.  We kept the existing cabinents on the other side and removed the doors for a more open/country kitchen look. 

Alien spacecraft light fixture...darn, it is still there...but soon a nice, shiny chandelier will be in its place. 

Count 'em one, two, three, four, five light fixtures all in one kitchen.  We are going to remove the fan and the weird three globe fixtures will all eventually be replaced with pocket lights. 
The after pictures are coming soon.  I love the after!  The kitchen is open to the living room. 

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