Fireplace Makeover Update: Rustic Mantel Beam

Rustic Mantel Beam | Fireplace | Cottage | Farmhouse

Our heart pine planks are fresher than ever... …they're a brand new mantel beam now! :-D I'm going to deepen the color of it with some tinted wax this week, and I know we've still got a ways to go, but I can hardly wait to decorate it! :-D I made sure it was 10" deep so that I'd have … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Hearth, Frame and Blue-Gray Boards

Fireplace Makeover | During | Cottage | Farmhouse | Planks

Okay- we're back at it in the living room this week! What once was half-sized: ...is now super-sized: What fun to see it coming to life! The new hearth topper (a 2" slab of limestone from Acme Brick) went down first, and then we started piecing the framework together. Next up, we'll … [Read More...]

Thought-Full Thursday (Faith)

Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck | Faith is the solvent that sets you free | Shannon L Alder | Quote

"Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free." -Shannon L. Alder Here's to letting go, and finding comfort in the Truth that some things have to be believed to be seen. XO … [Read More...]

Our Baby Boy!

Daddy and Baby | Haiti Adoption

“He looked at me, that first day, like he had just found something he’d lost a thousand years ago.” -Jennifer Elisabeth We're back home after a whirlwind trip to Haiti to visit our boy, and I can't tell you how good it was to see him! That smile….sigh…I've decided it's my most favorite … [Read More...]

Thought-Full Thursday (Movement)

Christopher Poindexter Quote | She Writes Things With Her Movement That I Could Never Write With A Pen

"She writes things with her movements that I could never write with a pen." -Christopher Poindexter Here's to moving in ways that are impossible to put into words. XO PS- Having a blast bonding with our babe...I'll post an update about our time together on Friday! … [Read More...]

We’re Off To The Angel House!

Three Angels Childrens Relief | Haiti

"God's not done with me yet. He's got plans to use this broken voice, and this broken vessel to talk about His goodness." -Peter DeSoto Okay! By the time this post is published, Kevin and I will be on our way to Atlanta, where we'll spend the night (Tuesday) and fly off to Haiti on Wednesday. … [Read More...]

Visiting Our Baby!

Bijou Beads | Bracelets | Three Angels Childrens Relief Haiti

“You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us. All around, hope is springing up from this old ground. Out of chaos, life is being found in You." -'Beautiful Things' by Gungor Wow! This month FLOWN! We fly out late Wednesday morning, and we'll have our little guy in our arms … [Read More...]

Galvanized Lights For The Dining Room (Barn Light Electric)

Fargo Sconce IG

“Inside a barn is a whole universe, with its own time zone and climate and ecosystem, a shadowy world of swirling dust illuminated in tiger stripes by light shining through the cracks between the boards. Old leather tack, lengths of chain, rope, and baling twine dangled from nails and rafters and … [Read More...]

Thought-Full Thursday (Magic)

W H Davies Quote | Awe Quote

"What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare." -W.H. Davies I found that quote and the following story on page 60 of the 1 Book today: "The Man In The Metro" It was all videotaped by a hidden camera. He was a young man in jeans, a t-shirt and a … [Read More...]

Big Dreams, Full Heart

Blog Threads Dot Com | The Lettered Cottage T-shirt | Big Dreams Full Heart

Okay- it’s Blog Threads day! 😀 The phrase on this month's t-shirt was drawn by my super-talented friend Rachel Odom, and was inspired by the end of Jess Wasserman's Instagram bio: (PS- If you haven't visited her site LynMariesCoffee.com or Instagram feed (@JessWasserman) you need to … [Read More...]

Baked Ziti Recipe (Southern Bite)

Southern Bite | Baked Ziti Recipe

"Feeding people makes me happy. It’s just about as plain and simple as that." -Stacey Little I invited a super-talented (local) fella over to guest post today, and I'm so excited for you to e-meet him if you haven't already! His name is Stacey Little and his first cook book The Southern Bite … [Read More...]

Fireplace Brick

Spanish Fort | Acme Brick

"The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace." ―Gaston Bachelard Brick it is! One called Spanish Fort to be exact: It isn't reclaimed, but I sure do love it! I think I'll "wash" a little extra grout on top of ours to really … [Read More...]

Thought-Full Thursday (Fear)

Rudyard Kipling | Of All The Liars In The World

It is curious how this feeling of courage and confidence seems to be seated, not in our brain, but in our middle. This is a good place to feel it- it adds strength to our backbone." -Dr. Claire Weekes A small book landed in my hands when Kevin and I went to Texas for two nights of worship, a … [Read More...]

Fireplace Facelift

Muskoka Living | River Rock | Fireplace

"I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it, and so, go out themselves to warm and cheer." -George Matthew Adams It might seem like a strange time to begin a fireplace facelift (Hello! It's 90 degrees outside!), … [Read More...]