I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Thursday, December 3, 2009


Since moving into Dogwood we've done practically nothing to the house. The first weekend the guys power-washed the outside and did some serious shrubbery trimming. We removed probably two dozen garden gnomes from around the property, and recently started removing some unwanted house guests. We've done some organizing and rearranging. But nothing to really make the house ours. This is partly because we wanted to enjoy Christmas without being knee-deep in house projects. And it was partly because our other house hadn't gone to settlement - we weren't sure how many months we'd need to pay for two mortgages. After all, nothing's final till it's final. We wanted money in the bank in case the family buying Melbourne decided to walk. (Praise God - as of last evening we are the proud owners of only one house! And we didn't have even ONE month of paying two mortgages!)

But every now and then something comes up that asks for immediate attention. Probably two weeks ago we were in the guest room making the bed, and the light began to smell hot - really hot. It isn't any wonder - 'cause you can see for yourself what a fabulous job was done putting it in. Are those wires peeking out the top? Why, YES they are!

Isn't it a beautiful light that the previous owners put in? It reminds me of .... a UFO! I should have taken a picture of it when the light was turned on - there were little blue lights the whole way around it. Yikes! I think sleeping under that would cause some really weird dreams ("beam me up, Scottie"). Well, the hideous light (there's lots of hideous lights in this house - like the one over the dining room table) mixed with it smelling so hot - that absolutely demanded that we change it. We don't want a fire just because a silly guest thought they could actually use the light in their room. So, while Field was here, he and Aaron tackled the light and the weird (sometimes worked, sometimes didn't) push-button light switch.

There were some left-over lights in the basement (which must have originally hung there) that we thought we could use temporarily. But once they got the fan down and looked at the type of connection (or something), it was decided that Field and I should make a Home Depot run right before they closed (I think that was trip #17 since we moved in). I still don't know what style lights I want for the house (we want them all to be similar in style), so Field found a pack of two lights for only 16 bucks! I think it does a great job pinch-hitting, eh?

So, thank you, you hunk-a-hunk-a manly men for stopping a fire before it even started! You did a great job with all that tricky electrical work! Thanks to you, the UFO has gone back to the mother-ship!

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

Nice light. It's the same as the one we placed in our hallway last year. I'm all for nice looking functional that doesn't "lite up" the piggy bank too awful much. This February my father-in-law is redoing our main bathroom! I'm looking forward/scared to death of the whole process!! Thanks for the encouragement on the family pics. It's 12:30 and no one has been injured yet! 2.5 hours to go!!