See that dirt under your fingernails? My friend, that is beautiful. That is remarkable. That is significant. You could have let go. But you didn’t. You could have given up. But you didn’t. You hung on. And hung on. And here’s what I believe: I believe 2014 was not your worst year, but possibly your greatest.
Your Year of Greatest Strength
Your Year of Greatest Faith
Your Year of Greatest Hope
Your Year of Greatest Patience
Your Year of Greatest Risk
Your Year of Greatest Determination
Your Year of Greatest Courage
Just look at that dirt beneath your fingernails. That is what you are made of. Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it remarkable? Isn’t it significant? It was your Year of Greatest Survival and you lived to tell about it. Thank you for holding on. Let us celebrate. The light overcame the darkness!
-Rachel Macy Stafford
Have you read Hands-Free Mama? That quote came from the author’s blog. Such a powerful message, isn’t it? I definitely wouldn’t consider 2014 as my “worst year”, but it sure has required a lot of strength, Faith, hope, patience, risk, determination, and courage. What a TRIP this adoption adventure has been!
Hey, speaking of that- we heard some GREAT adoption-related news yesterday! Two of the other (five) Three Angels families (who have been waiting for the same invitation we are) received their invitations! They are tentatively planning to travel to bond with their kiddos in mid-January, and we’re so excited for them! There is still a chance we could join them on that same trip, but until our Sweet P’s paperwork moves through all the same channels theirs did, we will just keep doing our best to be patient.
Exciting news on the home front this week too- Kevin accepted a job as worship leader at our church’s Old Cloverdale site! We’re both so grateful for the opportunity, and we’re so excited to forge new friendships there in the years to come. I hope you’ll come join us if you’re ever in the area Sunday morning at 9:15, too. 😀
It’s been bare since the day we moved in, and now that the entry area is coming together, I feel like it’s time to hang something up there, too.
This next photo shows the area to the right of the sofa. Don’t mind the outlets that I still haven’t swapped out for white ones, or the curtains I still haven’t lengthened. Oh, and ignore the tripod lamp that barely fits on top of that side table. I just can’t seem to get motivated when it comes to that kind of nesting. 😉
Ooh! And while we’re over here on this side of the room- let me just tell ya about what I’ve been dreaming up for the fireplace. You remember our fireplace, right? The one that looked like this when we moved in a couple of years ago:
The one I played around with in Photoshop earlier this year, so it could see what it would look like if we took it all the way up to the ceiling:
Well, I think 2015 has “fireplace makeover” written all over it, so I started sketching out some ideas in Photoshop today. Keep in mind, these drawings are super rough, and not to scale at all. I threw them together really quick, just to see what a couple of things would (sort of) look like. The picture on the left (below) shows the built-in cabinetry on one side of the fireplace, a stone hearth and surround, and white-painted wood above a rustic wood mantel beam. (Kind of like the one in the photo above.)
The picture on the right (above) shows mostly the same, but there’s an angled, rustic wood area above the mantel beam. Sort of like this:
I’m imagining the stone part (below the mantel beam and on the hearth) looking like this:
I’ve had that inspiration photo saved forever, and my friend Ashley recently put me in touch with someone who can help us find/install that kind of stone whenever we get to that point. I also like the black hearth top in this next photo:
Do you reckon it’s soapstone? I really like the contrast. I’ll have to think more about that.
And what do you think? White planks or rustic wood above?
It may be awhile before we get to that stage, but I’d love to make a decision about it so that I can start thinking about where I could round up the materials.
Ooh! And one more inspiration photo! Check this out:
That is almost exactly how our first floor is laid out, and boy does that picture get me thinkin’ about more rustic wood in the kitchen… 😉