Hardwood Floor Sealer

Well, we’re finally finished refinishing the office floor.
Pretty amazing considering how loopy we both were by the time we got around to it sealing it.

Here’s a clip of me (in full-on loopy mode) attempting to explain our process…

(Click HERE to view on YouTube)

After I stumbled through the making of that video, we did a bunch of this…

…with the tack cloth….stuff.

Then I did a bunch of this…

…with the Varathane “no odor, satin, fastest drying, water-based, all that good stuff” floor finish people have recommended.
I snapped this shot after I got done applying coat number two…

I did four coats total, and I’d love to show ya a photo of the scrumpdillyicious, completely finished new floor, but the room is now filled with everything that was previously packed into what will become our kids room!

The Kids Room - Flooring
Edge Sander

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  1. Jackie says

    Hi Guys! First, Great job on the floor! Sorry to hear about the issue with the agencies. You both seem like you will be such wonderful parents. Any child would be very lucky to have you both as well. I pray that a wonderful child/children will come into your life very soon. I signed the petition with comment. Best wishes to the both of you :)

  2. says

    Love your floors!

    I am going to sign the petition right now. I will be praying that the reduction does not go through. I traveled to Africa in November and met our sponsored child. There are so many children that need hope, love, and a family!

  3. Sheila M. says

    My sister and brother in law have completed all the paperwork and were just waiting to be matched with a sibling set from Ethiopia. We are heartbroken, but trying to stay positive. I will certainly include you in our thoughts and prayers and hope that this situation resolves quickly.

  4. says

    It makes no sense; so many children needing a family and those families wanting and needing children. My prayers for your dreams to come true and that it will all resolve soon.

    And must say the floor looks beautiful. Great job you two!

  5. says

    So sorry to read about the adoption update – doesn’t make any sense! Praying your little blessing will arrive soon! I signed the petition!

  6. says

    Hey Layla, I love your blog, but admit it’s been awhile since I hopped over here. SO happy to hear your news of Ethiopian adoption…we brought our ethiopian daughter home June 1.

    I am SO SORRY for the hard news and rumors surrounding MOWA right now. two of my good friends are both waiting for babies from ethiopia…and it’s just SO hard. I’ll be praying for you as well as the many others affected by this.

  7. Kim says

    Kevin & Layla, When I saw this site, I thought about you! This couple is in Eithiopia right now adopting 2 precious little ones. They were there when the news from MOWA was announced. Here is the site:

    I hope you get this message! I will pray for your encouragement and strength, and for your little ones.

    Blessings in Christ,

  8. says

    Kevin and Layla, while I’m sorry for the discouragement the recent MOWA announcement is causing you and other waiting families. However, when a country identifies internal issues with their adoption system, it’s vital that those of us in the global adoption community respect their decisions and their attempts to rectify the situation. Pressuring a country to release its chilren is not the answer.

    While I don’t wish that any child would grow up in an orphanage, as an adoptee and an adoptive mother I also take ethics very seriously. I’m quite discouraged by the lack of concern adoptive and potential adoptive parents are showing, particularly within the Christian community, for the need for reform within the Ethiopian system to ensure adoptions are ethical. Fraud and misconduct within the adoption industry hurt the very children we seek to help. I’d like to offer a few links for readers to consider as the evaluate how to respond to the current situation in Ethiopia.

    Response from to JCICS “Emergency Campaign” from Ethica:

    From PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform):



  9. says

    I am7 so sorry to hear this news from Ethiopia. We had something similar happen a few years ago- we did all of our paperwork to adopt from Guatemala but we were in the middle of a huge house remodel and decided to wait for a few months. But then things went downhill and adoptions slowed down a ton and then eventually closed.

    We ended up adopting domestically.

    I knew our daughter was out there and I just had to find her- she just wasn’t in the place that I expected.

    Good luck- my thoughts are with you

  10. says

    I adopted from China in 2004 & have the most wonderful little girl!! It just breaks my heart to hear this news, WE are praying and the petition has been signed (& shared on facebook & twitter).
    I know God hears our cry’s for these children!!

  11. melissa adkins says

    I first found your blog by looking for mantle ideas, I loved your fireplace. It inspired me.
    I noticed you and your husband are working on adoption.
    I just want to encourage you, My husband and I adopted from China in 07.
    God put adoption on my heart before I was married.
    I can’t express enough how His hand was in it all.
    I know one day soon I will get on your blog and see the cutest room EVER!! and you sitting there in a cozy chair holding your your sweet child. God has a wonderful plan and you get to be a part of it. What an honor. I am not sad for you but very excited about your journey. Our family blog is adkinsadventure.blogspot.com Its encouraging to see what God has done for another knowing He will do it for you.

  12. says

    Hi Layla, Just checking in to see if there was an update on your blog about your future babies. Our Ruby is from Hannahs Hope. Good letter from agci on Friday about MoWa! Hoping big for you! I know the waiting to wait is super exhausting!