Halloween Hay Bales

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We’re on our way to Kev’s audition this morning, but I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Halloween and share these photos we took while we were out and about yesterday afternoon. I had no idea hay bale decorating was such a big deal around here- but I definitely want in on […]

Puppy Love

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We’re surrounded by some really sweet neighbors here in the new ‘hood. Looks like Max has already found his favorite. Note: I feel like I should probably mention that Abbie belongs to our next door neighbors, Scott and Tammy. We asked for their permission before we brought her inside (via text message), and Max was […]

More Than Our Casserole

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My friend Shannan recently wrote, “I believe that God puts people in all our lives that He wants us to be in relationships with. He wants more than our casserole and our free babysitting. He wants us to fall in love with them.” She writes so much joy into the world on that blog of […]

Our Front Porch

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I walked out the front door yesterday and it hit me. I haven’t blogged about one of my favorite parts of this house yet- the front porch! From it, we can see the lake at the end of our street, and I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of looking in that direction. We only […]

Front Porch Decorating

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There’s this tree at the end of our street that looks like it was just made for Halloween… …which is pretty cool, because apparently Halloween is a pretty big deal around here. I’ve never really done a whole lot of exterior Fall decorating, but man has this place got me in the spirit! So many […]

Searching For Purpose

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Thanks to all the folks that weighed in on yesterday’s blog post. We’ve decided what we’re going to with that little corner in the sunroom and I can’t wait to surprise you with pictures of it when we’re done! And speaking of work spaces in the works- Kev’s office is already coming together, little by little, […]

Our First Room Redo

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We’ve decided to tackle the sunroom first. The makeover will include primer, paint, light fixtures, plants, wall art, a work station, and window treatments. Lots and lots of window treatments. There are 1728 square feet in this house right now, and we’d like to make the most of as many of them as possible. Because […]

House Colors – Part Two

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We ventured out just after sun-up on Saturday, as the fog was lifting off the lake. It was the perfect morning to ride bike, and check out some of our new surroundings and colors. Blues and greens ranged from dark & dusty to bright & brilliant… I’ve always favored blue and green… …especially when there’s a […]

House Colors

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Upon first glance, Kev and I both felt like one of the things we’d (eventually) like to change about our new house are the exterior paint colors. Or should I say- color. Right now, the whole thing is pretty much completely covered in one single shade of tan. The body, the trim, the underskirt, the railings, the doors…heck, […]

Our New House – Second Floor

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The staircase that leads upstairs is on the other side of the wall that has the stove and microwave on it… Here’s a view from the first landing, down to the first floor… Kit-Cat loves being upstairs… …and I’ve gotta say, I’m really enjoying the whole two-story thing too. I grew up in a two-story farmhouse in […]

Our New House – First Floor

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My favorite space in our new house is the sunroom. It’s straight ahead when you walk through the front door, and our back door leads outside on the left side of it. On the right side of the room, there’s a large storage closet and a half bath. Here’s a shot of the bathroom: Can’t wait […]

Our New House

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We’re in our new house, and now that the internet service is finally turned on, The Lettered Cottage is back in business! Which reminds me- a few folks have asked if we’re changing the name of our blog. We’ll still be ‘writing about life in our cottage’, so the name will stay same. Our new […]

My Family’s Favorite Spaghetti Recipe

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I will forever cherish the time I’ve been able to spend with my mom and dad this month. This isn’t the house I grew up in, but wherever they are will always feel like home to me. We’ve referred to our family kitchen as “Katie’s Kitchen” since I was a little kid, and my family’s favorite spaghetti recipe has […]

Moving and Adoption

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Well, it looks like we may actually be able to move into our new place this weekend- yahoo! The bank agreed to fix the water and electrical issues that popped up in our inspection, and they *should* all be taken care of in the next few days, so our closing is still set for Friday […]

Cranberry Salad

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Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a creamy cranberry salad recipe we had fun making in Katie’s kitchen. It’s super simple and oh-so-delicious! First, chop up 3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries, and 1 medium-sized apple… Put them in a large bowl and then add 20 ounces of crushed pineapple (drained) and […]