Finally – A Home to Call Our Own!

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I have dreamed of this day for years now. I’ve thought through how I would share this news with you. I’m just going to come out and say it.

We bought a house!

I can still hardly believe it!

If you are a long time reader, you know that we sold our house 4 years ago so Sean could go back to college and finish his graphic design degree. We moved into a small rental house, and even though we were maxed out moving in here, we had another baby at this house.

We have made businesses, homeschooling, and life with six children work in our small house (the main level is around 900 square feet, and the downstairs is for business). But it’s not been easy.

I’ll admit, I’ve been obsessed with looking on the realtor app. Every day. Every night. First thing in the morning. For several years now. We have driven by so many houses and never felt peace about any of them.

I had about given up hope, and then we found one in a part of town that we really were not looking in. The quiet neighborhood won us over though, and the large yard with over a half an acre.

But get this.

Our new house has 5100 square feet (including garages).

Seriously.

I never dreamed we would get a house this big! It’s all because we waited on God to send us the right house for our family.

So here are some more fun details. Because Sean doesn’t want me to share a picture of the front of the house for privacy reasons, you will have to use your imagination. 🙂 It’s a huge ranch home though. It’s an older house, from the 1970’s. We said we were not going to buy a fixer upper, because we didn’t have time to fix it up with running businesses. However we changed our minds. Ha!

We love watching the Fixer Upper show together on Amazon Prime, but after our offer was accepted the children and I started watching it every day at lunch time for new inspiration!

The house has 4 bedrooms on the main level, and get this, 3 bathrooms! After just writing the post on how we have survived with 1 bathroom for 4 years now, it’s going to be lovely to have 3 bathrooms. Sean and I are especially excited to have a master bathroom again!

It also has a large formal dining room, when you walk into the house. Sean is planning on building us a table, and we will buy chairs from IKEA to go with that. We will also split that room up and finally get my grand piano back from my mother in law’s house! So part of the room will be a music room, for piano, cello and violin practice each day!

The kitchen is huge! It felt like every house we looked at that was good size, had a tiny kitchen! I was giving up hope of getting the large kitchen that I dreamed of, until we saw this house. You can see pictures of my current small kitchen in this post.

The kitchen was a huge job to take down the wallpaper, but we are almost done!

I also have main floor laundry, right off the kitchen which is nice.

Plus, we have a large screened in porch off the living room that the children already love to play in!

Downstairs is huge and a little overwhelming as it needs work. We will have plenty of space for our businesses and much more!

We closed on the house this past Monday, but we will not be moving in until the end of July. We are currently taking off lots and lots of wallpaper, we have to paint the whole main level, and then pull up the carpet because we have unfinished hardwood floors under the whole main level!

I will be sharing lots and lots of before and after pictures inside the house, which will be so exciting! I’ve been getting paint samples and I can’t wait to narrow down my selection.

One other thing I have to tell you. This house backs up to some really good friends of ours, and some other really good friends live about 3 blocks away! You can’t get much better than that! Our children will grow up surrounded by their friends!

You know what is really exciting about all of this? We have you dear reader to thank. Every single Flexi Clip you have purchased, every person who has joined my Lilla Rose team, and every person who has been a loyal customer to Deborah & Co.

And it doesn’t stop there (because we are crazy enough to have more businesses!). Every family who has felt the desire to work on their children’s character, and purchased a Character Badges set.

Finally, all of you who have purchased our digital products, like our Well Ordered Kitchen planner, and our Homeschool Planner!

We just have to stop and say a huge Thank You for helping us grow our businesses to where we could finally purchase a home! When you support small businesses you really have no clue the blessing it is for that family!

To show our appreciation, we wanted to offer some great sales for you!

Save 20% off your purchase at Deborah & Co. through Friday, June 23 with the code: NEWHOME at the checkout!

Save 20% off any Character Badge order of Complete Sets through this Friday with the code: BLESSHOME at the checkout!

Finally, grab our amazing Premium version of The Well Ordered Kitchen planner for just $14.99 normally $29.99 through this Friday!

Again, I have to say thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to welcome you into my new home through pictures!

Praise God for His blessings!

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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We went away for the weekend to my Dad’s house, so we could spend Father’s Day there with him and my Step-Mom.

What.A.Weekend.

Little miss Sophia who is 2 decided to keep things interesting. My Dad and step-mom built a really nice house a few years ago, so everything is in nice condition. She had on a swim diaper and sat down on the cream colored stairs and slid all the way down, leaving a trail of poop behind on the carpet. I wanted to disappear when I saw that!

We no sooner got that all cleaned up, then I realized she had disappeared again and was sitting on a bed eating chocolate caramels, and of course getting chocolate all over the white bedspread. So once again, I go downstairs and tell my step-mom about this and we get the comforter going in the wash.

Then I had a huge battle with her over eating chocolate cake in her high chair. I finally won, but oh not fun!

Did I mention that we forgot her pack n play? Oh yes, we really did. She sleeps good, but she is very particular about sleeping in her pack n play since she is used to it. She slept with me the last night, and Sean slept downstairs in the basement. LOL She rolled off the bed in the middle of the night and woke up screaming, which woke me up in a panic.

Whew. It was a weekend I won’t forget. Otherwise we had a great time, we visited Daniel Boone’s home which was a lot of fun for my 11 year old son who adores Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket!

I just got this striped maxi skirt from the Swap website. It’s a Gap brand skirt, and I love how comfortable it is! The only striped skirt that Gap has on their website right now is this wrap Midi skirt and I’m not sure how that would be. You could always check in the Swap website though, they sell gently used clothing and I’ve been super happy with the clothes I’ve gotten! Plus you get 20% off if you are a new customer using this link!

I’ll tell you a tip. I took a course on clothing and fashion and they said if you wanted your stomach to look smaller, don’t wear a white shirt. I really do think it’s true. A solid blue shirt would look more flattering with this. Does any other mom get tired of trying to disguise a tummy who struggles with Diastasis Recti, and not wanting to look pregnant? *Sigh* The struggle is real you all! So I put pictures up to be honest, and to let you know that you are not alone!

Moving on…here are my favorite lace up sandals. I can’t find a link for something just like these. Here are some similar sandals, but they are not exact.  Sean found these sandals for me at Marshalls in the Spring!

Finally, an XS Flexi Clip to hold my hair back.

What I Wore

Skirt – Gap Brand found on Swap website

Shirt – Liz Clairborne Shirt (lots more colors available, highly recommend it!)

Sandals – Similar ones

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.

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Establing 4th Of July Traditions

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Do you want to create memorable 4th of July traditions that your children will never forget? Then read on, for I’m here to tell you what we have done for the past 13 years. Our children enjoy the 4th of July almost if not as much as they enjoy Christmas!

I will warn you, creating traditions sometimes requires hard work and time. This is one of those times. But the lessons your children will learn and the memories they will keep from this are timeless.

13 years ago we called together a small group of friends and invited them to my in-law’s house for a 4th of July gathering. My husband and brother in law are very patriotic and love history, and they thought it would be nice to actually remember our forefathers and the history of our nation on the 4th, instead of it just being a day for a cookout and fireworks.

Never fear. We do the cookout and fireworks, we just add a lot more to it!

We started small that first year, but now we have grown to around 100 people that come each year, friends invite friends, and it’s a super fun day!

Here is the outline of the day, in detail of what we do.

Opening Ceremony

We normally open the day with a flag raising ceremony. My Mother in law has a flag pole that we all gather around, and it’s pretty official looking. Two young men open the flag up, trying to follow proper protocol, and raise the flag. One year we had a mom play taps on her trumpet, other times a patriotic song is being sung.

Then we have the cannons shooting off. Yes, we have a real live cannon that a dad made and brings each year! Don’t worry if you don’t have a cannon. We started small without visions of cannons and flag raisings. 🙂

Historical Skit 

After that everyone takes their seat and it’s time for the skit that has been prepared! Some years there is a lot of preparation and practice that goes into the skit, other years it’s thrown together last minute but still always turns out!

My mother in law is amazing at putting costumes together from thrift store finds, and she has dressed solders, presidents, reporters…the list goes on!

Little Israel years ago! I have this outfit saved for him, he wore it constantly!

Landmark Lecture 

Then we listen to a man that has been carefully selected to give a speech, called The Landmark Lecture. This is a very important part of the day. It’s where we remember our past, and where we came from. We honor the brave men and women who endured so much for our freedom.

The lecture is focused around the topic that has been picked for that year.

Some of our themes have been:

“Who Will Follow Washington?” Taken from a speech by Jonathon Trumbull, we asked the question as to whether or not we were the sort of Americans who would have fought alongside George Washington and whether or not that same spirit burned within us today.

“The Last Full Measure” where we remembered the turning point of the Civil War in the battle of Gettysburg and used this famous line from President Lincoln’s speech to consider our devotion to the cause of freedom.

“Building the Constitution” where we reflected on some of the most prominent figures responsible for crafting this most amazing of documents.

“Awake!” where we remembered the famous ride of Paul Revere and asked if we had eyes to see and ears to hear the many signs of opposition facing our country today.

Sean normally makes some pretty awesome signs for the event!

These lectures are amazing but we have found it’s best to keep them shorter. It’s easy for the guys to talk for quite awhile because the history is just so amazing, but the children get restless, especially if it’s hot. 20-30 minutes has been pretty succesful for us.

Music 

After the lecture we have music! It might be singing, or instrumental (we have several young people that play violin and cello, as well as adults), and we all sing patriotic hymns together as a group as well. I love this part of the day!

Time To Eat! 

By now everyone is hungry and ready to eat! We have tables and tables of food that everyone brings. The guys will BBQ hotdogs and hamburgers, and the ladies bring side dishes of baked beans, corn casserole, salads, fruit, chips, and so many yummy desserts.

Time To Play!

We bring volleyball nets for the adults and teenagers to play (I’m scared to death of balls so I never play), and those who don’t want to play sit under the shade trees and visit. The children play on bunker hill (just a small mound of dirt that they have called bunker hill for years now) and you wouldn’t believe the collection of toy guns and swords that they have! Last year a train was made for the event! Yes, you read that right! The same man that made the cannons welded together a train that fits on a riding mower. Oh the younger children had SO much fun with that!

Some years we have water balloon fights and more organized activities.

Fireworks!

We never do fireworks at the event, normally people start to pack up and leave around 5:00 and go to a local event that puts on a great display.

Our children look forward to this day all year long! This year we are doing a World War 1 theme, and it’s been fun finding music to fit that theme! We are all humming Over There, Over There and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary over here these days. 🙂 I’m trying to forget hearing the song Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. Oh my!

What to Wear to the 4th of July gathering?

Of course I’m going to mention clothing. 🙂 I love seeing all the red, white, and blue that everyone shows up in! Many years I’ll wear my Rainbow Denim Skirt and a red or blue top.

Last year I found some of the shirts on ThredUP, and my mother in law always helps put outfits together as well.

I’ve seen some cute patriotic shirts out in the stores right now! Here are a few resources.

For Men

City Streets Short Sleeve Graphic Tee – I bought my husband the red shirt to wear this year! You can’t beat the price.

Comfort Stretch Poplin Shirt – If your guy wants to be a little more dressed up, there is a red plaid option!

St. John’s Bay Americana Short Sleeve Tee – Some more options for patriotic tees!

For Women

Stars Shirt – This looks like a cute shirt!

St. John’s Bay V-Neck Shirts – Red Stripes, Starts, and more!

If you want to be fancy on the 4th, this Navy maxi dress with white polka dots is super cute!

Here is a nice flag shirt for Junior sizes.

For Children

Okie Dokie Boys Shirt – I like the stars shirt!

Americana Peplum Tank Top – I just saw these last night in the store and loved them! If I didn’t already have a shirt for Carrianna I would have gotten her this, and she could have worn a short sleeve Halftee under it!

Americana Raglan Tee– Another good option for size 7-16!

And of course I always wear a patriotic flexi clip in my hair!

This was a hairstyle I did a few years ago, using one of my favorite patriotic clips that have been released so far.

But I have exciting news! 

Lilla Rose is releasing the July Flexi of the Month clip today, so you have time to get it for your own 4th of July gathering. And they are offering some great sales to go along with the release! All the previous patriotic styles have been brought back, so you have a large selection to choose from!

 

I hope this inspired you with some new ideas for how to celebrate the 4th of July! I’d love to hear what traditions you have already established for this day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Solid Color Shirts For Women

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There are certain days you want a casual, relaxed outfit. Solid color shirts can go with anything and everything!

Surprisingly, finding solid color shirts that hold up and are not super thin can be difficult to find. I have four different shirts from four different brands to share with you today. None of these shirts are very expensive and are all comfortable!

All these shirts ran true to size. I’m currently a size medium in a t-shirt, and except for the Mossimo they all are a medium.

Solid Color Shirt #1


Mosimmo Brand – These shirts from Target are soft, fit well, and surprisingly hold up very well for the affordable price tag. They have several different colors as well as stripes.

If you don’t shop at Target right now, keep reading….I have more options!

Solid Color Shirt #2

Gap Vintage Wash Crewneck Shirt – I’ve gone back and forth on my opinion of this shirt. It’s the priciest of all the shirts on this post, and it is one of the thinner ones. However it has a really tight weave, I don’t think it will pill at all and has held up very nicely so far. I don’t have to wear a cami under it, and I would love to get some other colors.

I purchased it during a half off special, and right now they still have sales running on all the different colors.

Solid Color Shirt #3

Liz Claiborne White T-Shirt – It’s terribly difficult to find a white t-shirt that is thick enough to wear without a cami under it. I was hopeful that I had found it with this one, but I feel better wearing a cami under it.

This is a soft shirt and it looks nice with the French White lace cami from Deborah & Co.

And sometimes I have to just break out into a fun pose. 🙂 

Solid Color Shirt #4

A.N.A Boyfriend Tee – I love the sleeves on this shirt! It makes a basic shirt look a little different. It comes in a huge variety of colors. I think it’s one of my favorites, just because it has a slightly different look.

So there you go, four perfectly good options for solid colored shirts!

 

 

 

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