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a new house, a new home

Well, hello again. After a brief intermission (the year 2013), I am back on the blog!

I guess the reason is, I’ve been thinking a lot about stewardship again lately, and then I thought, “Hey, wait… I used to have a blog of loosely themed posts around that topic!”

So, where did I leave off?

–Moved to WA with hubby
–Bought a new house (and waited for it to be built)
–Lived with in-laws while house was built
–Learned how to (sort of) enjoy (or deal with) a real winter
–Enjoyed having a relationship with God no matter where we lived!

–The snow thawed, and we watched our house go up (going to check out the progress with flashlights every night!)
–We moved into our new house in March
–Have been enjoying getting settled, putting in a lawn, and making it a home!

It’s funny how we moved from a house built in 1960 to a brand new house, but it needs work and stewarding all the same. Especially because we opted to do a lot of things ourselves instead of paying more for upgrades.

So, in the weeks and months to come, I’ll be posting a lot about our house adventures!

How long have you lived in your abode? Are you still coming up with new projects? ๐Ÿ™‚

cleaning like a maid.

I found this post about how to clean like a maid, written by a former professional. I like some of the tips, so I thought I’d share. If only I could get really motivated to clean the whole house, and then not get distracted halfway though and stop to do something else. ๐Ÿ™‚

how to clean like a maid

Anybody have any good cleaning tips? I’m loving our DustBuster to pick up black doggy hair. And I recently put baking soda and vinegar down the kitchen drains and it seemed to make them fresher.


rooted_tail copy

Here it is, our handcrafted jewelry store! We officially launched Rooted (and by officially, I mean Facebook officially, just like when all relationships get serious) on Thursday night, and we got just under 100 likes to our Facebook page in the first 24 hours. It was exciting. We are really thankful for all our friends and family and their support.

Oh, right, the links! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s our website for our storeย of handcrafted jewelry.

And here’s our Facebook page.

Orders have started pouring in even faster than we anticipated. It’s all very exciting! Phil is so good at bending the wires (after 8 years of orthodontic lab work bending retainers and appliances he is extremely accurate!), and I am loving working on all the web-related stuff and packaging.


So far, we are really digging Storenvy, where we are selling our necklaces. It’s kind of like Etsy, but not exclusively handmade/vintage stuff, and instead of charging fees, they are free. We like free! And I just like their whole atmosphere and their support, etc. I think they are going to grow. So, it’s a nice place for us to start.

So, that’s what’s been keeping us busy lately, on top of everything else we do. But who doesn’t love to be busy doing something they enjoy?

happy thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to you all! We had a great time over at my parents’ this afternoon/evening. So much delicious food!

I really have so much to be thankful for. And I’m thankful I can give thanks to my Heavenly Father all the time!

enjoying the present, and the Bear

Phil worked really hard this weekend in the front yard spreading around all the dirt they drilled up from drilling the well and making the yard level again. I helped for about one wheelbarrow full :). Bear helped by digging in the dirt. He got some on his nose.20121119-171402.jpgI’ve been thinking today about making the most of what you’ve got. I looked out the window this morning at our back yard, which is fairly large (we have over .6 acres total), and about all the possibilities of what we could do with it. We have this land that we own, and we can use it–how fun!

We are planning to put in raised beds this winter for the coming spring, and we found some nice pre-cut 4-foot wood at Home Depot on Saturday. We’ll probably use something like that to make some 4×4 beds. I suppose I’ll try out this whole square foot gardening trend. I like the idea of less weeding.

Anyway, I got to thinking that I usually don’t fully utilize what I have already, whether it be our house, our food, the gift of holy spirit, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I think there’s a lot to be said about enjoying what you’ve got. We have already made lots of improvements to our house and our yard since we moved in this summer, and this weekend I looked around and was really blessed by our home. It is really becoming our home, and it is really looking a lot better than when we moved in (with the exception of our torn-up front yard currently from the well drilling.) I’m just really thankful for what we have and so blessed that Phil and I have our first home together and get to make it our own.

In other news, the pup is teething! His big boy teeth are coming in! It’s so cute because he kind of looks buck-toothed right now hehehe. Check it out:20121119-171502.jpgAnd below you can see his little bottom teeth coming in front of the baby teeth hehe. 20121119-171213.jpgSo I guess this has turned into a puppy post. In other Bear news, he got a new dog bed today at walmart that he is loving. (And I’m loving that I finally found one for no where near $100!)


i’m back!

Blog, I have neglected you the past few days.

Well, Phil and I went to Spokane for a very quick trip this past weekend and before and after that we were busy with trip-related things. We left Friday and got back Monday–a quick trip for a friend’s wedding, and it was really fun! It wouldn’t be such a quick trip if nearly 2 days of it weren’t spent traveling, but with Spokane that’s the way it goes. I wish they would offer a direct flight there, but it’s not a busy enough route, and it’s so far. Next time we visit we’ll just have to take a week or so :). Oh, but it snowed while we were there; it was so pretty on all the evergreens.

The well water is working great still. The only issue is that it is still pretty chlorine-y from when they shocked the well when they drilled it. But the smell is dwindling down, so that’s good. I’m still not going to drink it yet, but I don’t mind showering in it now. And oh boy, does a full shower feel great! The water pressure is higher now too!

I really should get some holiday shopping done… but I still haven’t gotten any presents yet! Oy! Next thing I know it will be December, and both of my parents’ birthdays are in December as well. We’ve just been so busy. But I’ll fit it in somewhere. At least I did make some bows to put on the windows of our house. Nothing elaborate but they were quick and easy. Such a cheap way to decorate a little too.