Category Archives: Our First Home

Before & After: Laundry Room Edition

Remember that one time !!I WON!! my very first blog giveaway from my friend Anne?

This wasn’t rigged because I invited like everyone I knew to enter because I believe in Anne’s work THAT much… But my room was THAT bad. Thank you, Vanessa for making me feel a little bit better.

Anyway, I was so pumped that I won. I think I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning.

So…here was the “Before Anne worked her magic” version of my laundry room. (And in my defense, never mind. It was really THAT bad.)

I mean…that’s just embarrassing.

And kudos to Anne who let her dear precious child be apart of the action. I mean the poor girl could have probably gotten tetanus from all that junk! She was adorable as she found “treasures” to play with. Her favorite was a frisbee Joel used as a paint holder and an electrical socket cover she used as a cell phone. Too cute.

Here’s the insanity once it all got moved to the kitchen. Which is the primary reason we ordered pizza for dinner when the boys got home from work!

8 trash bags later…here’s our clean canvas. Swept, mopped and Lysol-ed!

What was so funny was that all through our declutter/over-haul, Anne kept getting mystified about why we had so many random items. I had to keep reminding her that we run an entire campus ministry out of our laundry room!! :)

Although when she asked, “Is Joel like a cord collector?” I too was mystified. :)

So… here folks, is the AFTER!

I even got a laundry folding table out of the deal!!

All that’s “out” is our camping gear and 1 box of ministry stuff that I have vowed will be given away by May!

Praise the Lord for a whole new room in my house and THANK YOU, Anne!

And We Are Back…With a Winner!

Wow! Strep throat knocked me out and then I messed up my neck–thus no computer-time for me! Sorry for the delay on the giveaway!

Congrats to Britt for getting a court date, bringing her one step closer to bringing Gus & Lula home for good and congrats to the winner of her fantastic print.

Without any further adieu, the winner is…

Ashley will be receiving my FAVORITE print!

In other news, I’ve been taking it a bit slower because of feeling rough, but here are some of the highlights from the past 2 weeks of life…

  • Greek Impact-we had a really great turnout for “Throw Down for Your Hometown.” (Students were to dress up representing where they come from originally. It was really cute.) Hank Marshman, a former Pike president at Auburn, and now a staff guy at UT, spoke about God “breaking through” in your life and how you can know God personally. He did a very unique time of response and 25 students responded saying they placed their faith in Christ! We desperately need prayer for the follow-up of these precious folks!

  • New believers-not only have we seen student respond to the Gospel in a group context, but also, individually, Joel and I have been meeting with many students who have just begun to really move forward by grace through faith in Christ. My favorite quote from this past week was, “I have been reading devotional books, trying to pray and trying to be positive, I really want to have confidence that I know God, but how can I know for sure if I’m ‘doing it’ right?”  I was able to share with her that we don’t have to try to “do it right” because it’s been done perfectly for us!
  • The dag-gum bathroom-on the home-front there has been a halt in the progress of our bathroom…but we are no longer showering at friends or using the Publix restroom. SO I AM A HAPPY GIRL. We are waiting for the cabinetry and sink, some finishing touches and we will be finished with our LAST project on this house. Which of course makes me happy, but makes Joel want to move!

  • Lots of crafting-feeling like junk combined with the impending celebration of Valentine’s Day (one of my faves!) I have been on a crafting spree. The staff girls hosted a craft night (upon request) for my birthday…I made sugar scrubs and stationary. Then, last night we had another craft night with some students too! I’ll be doing another fun giveaway next week thanks to last night’s crafting spree!

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-and lastly, but def not leastly! I have REALLY been feeling my need for the Lord recently. His Word has been my daily bread and His presence my provision. I have fallen in love with the NIV/Message/Amplified rendition of 2 Corinthians 12:9…

Hope you have a grace-filled, Christ-strengthened weekend! xoxo