Monthly Archives: February 2012



Remember my sneak peek post here?  Well, I’m proud to announce my vanity is ALMOST completely finished!  Unfortunately the drawer pulls have an odd measurement so I had to order them online, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share these pictures with you!  Matt and I also picked up some fun finds at a local antique store today during our search for drawer pulls… a slight distraction but I’m thankful that he enjoys going to antique stores as much as I do.  Ok, I can’t stand the excitement any longer- let’s get to the pictures!

This is Matt’s desk before…

Here is my vanity after (so far)!

Working on this transformation was a learning process for me, but I’m very happy with the (somewhat) finished product.  The mirror was a Salvation Army find for less than $10- LOVE IT!

I continue to emphasize the vanity is not yet complete because it does not have hardware.  This is also why most of the drawers are slightly open in the above pictures.  Otherwise I may not be able to open them again!

Besides the lack of hardware, it’s done.  I even put in shelf paper and transferred all of my beauty supplies to my vanity so I can start using it right away!  A DIY shelf paper tip: use wrapping paper instead.  For some of the drawers, I used red and white wrapping paper and put
double-sided tape down to keep them secure.

I also purchased a roll of fabric shelf protector.  I love how cheery it is!

 I hope my drawer pulls get shipped soon so I can share the REALLY finished product with you.  Oh, and see that wooden chair?  Don’t think I do not have big plans for that too!

As for the antique store finds we brought home today, take a look!

It’s a chalkboard- how fun is that?!  We also picked up this item to store our keys…

Let me know what you think!  I love catching up with you!





Anxiety has been a part of my life for many years.  At some points it interferes with my life and prevents me from participating in activities that I enjoy.  If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, I pray you never will.  Cancelling plans, lying to those I care for- these are just a few of the deceptions that anxiety has brought to my life.  Experience has shown me this can then spiral into shame and secrets.  Now the enemy’s got me right where he wants me.  I can tell when my anxiety takes over because I withdraw from everyone- my husband, my co-workers,my friends, everyone.  As newlyweds, my husband is still adjusting to this struggle.  I know it’s difficult for him to see me treading in darkness.  Many years of therapy have given me tools to deal with my anxiety, but it still slithers into my life when I least expect it.  I think it will always be a struggle for me.  I thank God for my amazing friends and family who are constant in their love and support.

“Oh, how the enemy of our souls delights to walk us to that despairing place one step at a time” – well said, Beth Moore.  Well said.  Of course there is more to this struggle than I can explain in this blog.  A girl has to have some secrets.  Grin.

The reason I’m going into all of this is to preface the reveal of my new tattoo.  Yes, you read that correctly.  As all tattoos are, this was a very personal decision for me.  I contemplated this for many months and finally took the plunge.  So, without further ado, I give you my first tattoo:

Tattoos are not suitable for everyone, and yet a tattoo is for you and only you.  There is much symbolism in that for me because I care a great deal about what others think of my life- my decisions, my appearance, everything.  Too much.  I pray that you have peace and solace in your daily life, and that you cry out for help when you do not.

The following verses comfort me and redirect my focus to the Lord:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and  supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the  peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your  minds in Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 4:6-7

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help  comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth ~ Psalm 121:1-2

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,  and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is  light ~Matthew 11:28-30