Before and After Photos

Well, here we are on the last day of December 2012- happy New Year’s Eve!

We’ve made a few more updates in our sunroom (a.k.a- my office) over the past month, so I thought I’d share some more before-and-after photos here today. This first one isn’t really an “after” yet, but we’re having some friends over tonight, so I’m determined to get a bunch of our new (old) shutters up today:


The story behind them is a pretty neat one, and it started on Facebook, of all places.

Kev and I had been having a heck of a time trying to figure out how in the world we were going to cover all the windows in there with something other than temporary paper shades. We loved the shutters that Mary Kay Andrews used at Breeze Inn


…but we couldn’t find any that fit our (extra-tall) windows for less than a million dollars each. #Kidding #KindOf

One night, I decided to throw our dilemma out there on Facebook to see if anyone had any they were looking to get rid of. Why not, right? Here’s what I posted:


We were stoked to hear back from a whole bunch of folks, and in the end, a woman named Toney was the one who shipped us the shutters. She sent them (from South Carolina) for the price of shipping, which was so, so kind of her to do. (Thanks again, Toney! We are so grateful for what you did!)

We’ve got 12 sets total, so first we’re going to see what it looks like with shutters on both the bottom and top half of one of the windows (like Mary Kay did), and we’ll decide what we want to do from there. I do love the idea of using some cordless roman shades like these on the upper half of each window…


(Pottery Barn- Riviera Stripe Cordless Roman Shade)

…but those suckers are so pricey, and I can’t seem to find any that look (and function) exactly like them anywhere else on the web. #ToBeContinued

For Christmas, Kevin got me a big ol’ jute rug to use in there under our piano:


(Pottery Barn- Round Jute Rug)

He was able to take advantage of a 40% off sale when he bought it (yay!), and I love the contrast of color and texture it adds to the floor in there.

We also took advantage of a sale on my desk chair this month. It’s the Hayden dining chair (in Linen) from World Market:


Here’s a close up of the fabric:


Luh. Shuss. Ness!

If the chair had come with a spoon, I swear, I totally would’ve understood why. YUM.


When we have company, I’m going to slide my chair back into the corner, and close up my desk, like this:


I attached thick felt squares to the bottom of each leg, so it slides over there easy breezy, without scratching the floor.

Oh, and you can see in one of the other secretary photos above that I finally got around to painting the inside of it this month. I used Grain Sack-colored milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed, and lemme just tell ya- the winner of the Most Un-Fun Thing In The World To Paint With A Paint Brush is definitely the cubby and drawer section of a secretary. #WristWrecker

This is what it started out like…


…and here it is all coated in Grain Sack, with a new little drawer knob from Hobby Lobby:


I just took all our Christmas decor down, so it looks a little bare-ish inside the glass doors right now. I’m going to play around with some things in there today. I’m feeling most inspired by this little pot I got from my friend Shannan (Flowerpatch Farmgirl) a couple of weeks ago:


We were able to meet up with her (and her daughter Ruby) on the way back from Michigan, and our lunch together at Cracker Barrel was definitely a highlight of the trip!


(I’m such a Flowerhead- I get so excited when I see that’s she’s published a new post!)

My FAVORITE “before and after” photo of the year doesn’t have anything to do with our sunroom though…


2012 has been a truly Transformative year for me, and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share these kinds of “makeover” photos here with you, too! #ThankYouForBeingSuchBrightLightsInMyLife #Happy2013!


PS- The winner of the True Value gift card giveaway is:


Congrats, Anjanette! I’ll be in touch with you shortly!

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  1. Carol says

    Love the shutters. I am a fan of them on the bottom with the roman shade above for privacy at night, and open during the day. Congrats on your Baptism. I am like you, when I see you have a new post I get all excited.

    Ok, one more thing….who won the gift card to True Value?

    Love your blog.

  2. Joyce Smittkamp says

    I love everything you do, but I think the last before and after picture is my all time favorite! God Bless you and Kevin in the New Year!!!

  3. Kristi @ Creative Kristi says

    I think your favorite before & after DOES have to do with your blog!! It’s you ;) Congrats & I love the new rug under the piano!

  4. Sarah Rueber says

    There are no words for how excited and happy I was when I scrolled down and saw your baptism pictures!! YES!! YES! YESSSS!!! Congrats!!! :-D :-D

  5. Sabrina says

    Love the shutters and idea of the cordless roman shades above. That would look fabulous. Hope you find a less expensive solution on those shades. I looked them up and oh, my, those things are pricey!!

  6. Heather says

    Layla, congratulations on your baptism! That is great. I really enjoy reading your blog and how you always throw in your personal stories too. So great. Happy new year! :)

  7. says

    Your baptism photo has me all tearin’ up!!! Of course I also cry at every single baptism our church has though ;) The other week a father and infant son were baptized together and I was a WRECK.

  8. says

    Sweet, Sweet blessings come from above
    Made with the gifts of Mercy, Grace and Love

    The look on your face from the Baptism is precious and priceless.

    Loveing the looks of the secretary’s new makeover. Makes me want to paint mine!

  9. Robbie Zeller says

    So very happy that you let us all share in the joy of your baptism. Your face in those pictures is precious. I never grow tired of seeing such amazing after shots!

  10. says

    I LOVE your shutters. I would love to do something like that in our home. The jute rug is also on my list of things I NEED NOW. So perfect :)
    Thank you for sharing the pic of your baptism. Life is sweet!

  11. says

    Layla I’m super jealous of your extremely organized work space inside that beautiful secretary. And I too love the fabric on the desk chair but the leg stain color is driving me be-sonks! I’m thinking something dark blue or metallic? Perhaps it’s the contrast with the flooring which I’m guessing is not changing anytime soon. Thanks for sharing your progress, it’s a good shot in the arm to get my rear in gear.

  12. Georgi says

    Your posts always make me happy. They inspire me and make me smile. The pictures of your baptism made me cry. God bless you and Kevin. xoxo

  13. Netty says

    I have purchased cordless roman shades from They are almost always having a buy 3 get 1 free sale with free shipping and 30% off. You could always get plain white/cream and then paint the grain sack stripes on. It would certainly be nerve-wracking…but would be much cheaper. If you put some blinds in your “cart” and then save the cart…and then wait about a month….they send you a 35% off coupon code. Not that I just did that and ordered some…. :) Love the roman shades! :)

  14. Courtney says

    You made me cry. Something about Baptisms get me everytime. What that moment symbolizes is amazing and so filled with emotions! I am so grateful for the chance to be a new creation. Congrats on making that public declaration!! What a true before and after. Thank you for sharing! Your sunroom is great too!

  15. Denise says

    Thank you God for another Sister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, blessings, yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Donna Lohr says

    Yay that we are now sister’s in Christ! And I love your blog and the Flowerpatch blog…they both make me happy.

  17. says

    Love you and your soon to be three family! You’re so inspiring! You and Kevin have such a good eye for all things…not just decor. Thank you for an amazing year of inspiration. I can’t wait to see what else you guys come up with and share. XO from Kansas City!

  18. Kim says

    Happy New Year! Lovin’ all your pics & shutters & your scrumptious linen chair; but above all that your last pic is the best! A for-ever(eternity) move ahead!

    Blessings for the best above & beyond~

  19. Wendy M says

    Love the shutters along the bottom and shades on the top idea – there are tutorials on how to make roman shades on Pinterest, you are so handy it should be no problem. Love the jute rug that Kev got you too, but may I make a suggestion that you get coasters for under the casters on the piano so that the edge of the casters does not start to cut thru the jute of the rug. That piano is a heavy customer! Happy New Year!

  20. says

    I love those shutters! What a nice story of how you they were given to you as well. I’m having a similar dilema in trying to figure out what to do with our bay window. I love the open look of the windows 75% of the year, but the summers in Orlando are so hot and I have to keep the windows completely closed off to keep the house cool. Trying to find something that works for all seasons. I love the idea of the shutter/shade combo…hope you can get equally lucky on your shades to make the whole thing come together. Congratulations on the baptism…how wonderful!!! Happy New Year!

  21. brenda says

    Congratulations. You are my Sister, now.
    I really enjoy your blog. Everything is always so crisp and clean looking.
    God Bless you on your Christian journey.

  22. says

    Oh, how I love this post! I am so thrilled for you! Your last photo before and after brought tears to my eyes and REALLy is the best thing I have seen all day long. Blessings to you and your family in 2013.

  23. faith uphoff says

    Layla, in response to your roman shade dilemma. My aunt is an incredible seamstress. She made me roman shades last year for my home. I got to pick the fabric, and she lined them and everything. Now if you ar intersted I can give you her email or facebook page. She also sells purses and bags on ETSY. But she would probably be able to give you a quote on them if you are interested. Have a Happy New Year. Faith Uphoff

  24. Gina says

    I love the shutters you decided on. Lucky you…meeting Flowerpatch Farmgirl. ;) My favorite picture though was the last…made me tear up!! :) I have seen a transformation in your blog this year!! :) May God continue to bless in 2013. :)

  25. Shelley Martin says

    Rejoicing with you both in the only Before and After transformation that truly matters! I have loved your blog all the more as you have started sharing your faith and love for Christ. Best end of 2012 post ever!

  26. Kim Henning says

    Always love your pics & blog…. blessings on your baptism. My daughter & son-in-law actually celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary this year by being re-baptized together….

  27. says

    I so enjoy seeing the changes you are making in your new home. And I just love that you ended this post with pics of your baptism. Awesome! Sending my love y’all’s way for a blessed new year in 2013!

  28. Denise says

    Like the makeovers. I am thinking about painting the secretary bookcase but I am currently using it as china buffet. Thank you for inspiration.

  29. jolieanne says

    That was an amazing photo at the end of the post-you saved the best for last. I love the colors you are using in the sun room!
    Love the blue secretary and the chair is a dream!
    And I am such a lover of shutters, not the plantation kind-but the vintage looking ones. My neighbor is a decorator and she put those same shutters in her living room-white, top and bottom.
    She opens the top even at night since her house is higher than the street. You have to go up 4 steps to her front porch. They left all the natural trees and foilage in their front yard-looks amazing! Like Florida scrub.

  30. says

    Congrats on your baptism- they always make me tear up, apparently even when I’m not actually there! :) Love the shutters- I brought some used ones home, but couldn’t make them work, ended up re-donating them. What a blessing that you found the right size!

  31. says

    Love seeing all of your progress. The shutters are going to look so good! I was thinking you might be able to knock off those shades. I’ll have to look at the skematics of the real deals on PB but first thought was affixing a fabric panel to the front of those cheap roll down shades. If you attached it across the shade every 12 inches or so when it was fully extended then you could close the shade and the parts that aren’t attached (I was thinking sewn on) would fold and layer up…..possibly…it works in my head but might not be as awesome as I’m picturing in real life!

  32. jolieanne says

    I realize now that your secretary is *shutter gray* and I said it was blue. On my computer is looks pale blue!

  33. Sharon Hermens says

    I love what you are doing with your darling house. I’m stoked about your baptism! PTL!!

  34. says

    Congrats on putting on the uniform! (baptism). Over the past year, I’ve noticed your be more open (and always winsome) about your faith. It’s as beautiful as you are.

    My daughter and I were rooting for the corbell-supported desk, though we knew whatever you chose it would be delightful and just right.

    Happy new year :)

  35. Geri says

    My wish for you Layla and Kevin is a year filled with joy, love, laughter, great health and for God to keep you safe in his arms at all times.
    I know you will be the best mommy and pop ever when the time comes,( maybe with spring flowers). You show and share your alive spirit and your gentle soul with us all. One lucky little person will be part of all the warmth and caring and love you have to offer.
    Cheers! Geri.

  36. CC says

    Ok, I never leave comments. But your last pic gave me gooseumps and brought tears to my eyes. Such an unexpected surprise! AWESOME! Welcome to the family, girl. You are well loved! Thanks for the encouragement and beauty of that moment. You go girl. God bless!

  37. Patty says

    Your baptism pics made me tear up too…love it!! I was baptized along with my 3 children, so I have happy baptism memories too….we were sprinkled and not dunked, but it’s all the same in the eyes of God. Love ya!

  38. Le says

    Dear Layla,
    I could tell in so many of your posts this year the Jesus has been doing an amazing work in you life. I am thrilled for you and love seeing how God changes us from the inside out. Both you and Kevin do amazing work transforming these lovely little cottages you get your hands on. I am reminded of this verse…Isaiah 64:8 Yet, Oh Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand. I am so excited to see what God has in store for you this year..praying that He brings you a precious little one to love!

  39. says

    That picture of your pretty wet head made me CRY! Wish I could have been there.

    I’m LOVING your secretary. Love. Ing. The display on top is perfection and that light on the wall???! HELLO.

    ps – Total Letterhead right here. :)

  40. Suzanne says

    Congratulations on your baptism Layla! May God Bless you and Kevin and the big plans he has for you in 2013!

  41. Barbara F says

    I was enjoying your room photos with your beautiful secretary, gorgeous new rug and lovely chair. Then, came the pictures of your baptism – wonderful beyond compare. I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes.
    Thanks so much for sharing that incredible moment with us.
    God Bless!

  42. says

    I have an idea for your Roman shades. I did a project not too long ago using fabric medium. It turned out exactly how I had imagined it and have since used it for many more projects. Here’s the link.

    You could use an inexpensive Roman shade like this one from Ikea
    and just paint the stripes on it. That way you could even get the exact color you want by mixing your own paint.

    Just an idea…

  43. says

    Congratulations on your baptism!! God bless you!
    The whole post is just wonderful to read. Thanks for sharing…
    Oh and can I tell you… I just fell in love with that light blue secretary. How gorgeous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Have a wonderful, new, exciting and sparkling 2013!
    Inge x

  44. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Oh Crimany!
    I am reading along….seeing all the lovely sunroom pictures…..doing just fine…..smiling…happy, happy, happy.
    Then, out of the blue, I see your baptism picture. Oh honey, I lost it again. What an absolute blessing to see our Kev at your side. Sniff. I am so proud of you! Congratulations!

    Oh yes, I love your new chair and shutters. Way cool. The baptism photo wins, hands down tho!

  45. says

    I love your blog and am happy when you AND Flowerpatch Farmgirl have new posts. Love the sunroom, secretary and shutters but I really love your baptism photos. If you hadn’t accomplished anything but this all this past year, it still would have been the best. Many many blessings to you. But, I have a question about shutters. I too wanted to put some on all the windows on the upper floor of this old house, (got 5 sets brand new plantation shutters for my living room for $45!!!!) and so some kind person sold me many many sets on Craigslist for very cheap- and now I find they are an inch!! too narrow. Any bright ideas on how I can still put them in window?? I thought of nailing extra narrow strip of wood on either side of window frame and then attaching them to that?? Any ideas?

    • Layla says

      Ours are 1″ too narrow, too! :-D We’re still thinking about what we’re going to do about it- but I’ll be sure to blog about our solution when we come up with one! :-D

  46. Vickie says

    Of all the things you’ve shared on your blog, your baptism is the most exciting! Welcome to the family!

  47. says

    Love you new updates and the fabric on that chair is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your baptism photos – an unexpected happy to the end of a makeover post : )

  48. Dawn Beaver says

    Beautiful photos of your baptism. Thank you for sharing…you have such a beautiful spirit….His :-)

  49. says

    Layla, everything in this post is so beautiful. I love the secretary. I think the shutters are the perfect window covering (I’m not a fan of drapes… love me some woodwork). But that last photo has me choking back tears! I am overjoyed to greet you as my sister in Christ! :) :) :) :) :)

  50. says

    All your hard work at home looks great! But what a Special blessing to be baptized – and begin the best kind of hard work as God changes you and challenges you through His sanctifying grace.

    Grace and Peace!

  51. Beckie says

    Oh my! Precious photo of your baptism! I love the look on Kevin’s face and how he puts his hand on your arm. Sweet! God blessings on you.

  52. Linda says

    Love, love, love the shutters…they are timeless !! Great before & after pic… Happy Baptism

  53. Kathy says

    Hi Layla! I have a question about your cat and the jute rug and linen chair. We have a wonderful 1 year old at, Kitty Purry, but she picks at everything! I have a linen headboard that I am constantly pulling her off of, and I’m afraid she’d destroy a jute rug – do you have to deal with that with your cat, and if so, what do you do?? Thanks!

  54. Megan says

    I for years have loved your blog and inspiration. But, SO much more than that love seeing the JOY written all over your face in the last picture. Baptisms get me every time- such a beautiful sight!

  55. Pam says

    So excited for you and I’m not talking about your painted furniture! :-) You and Kev transform room/homes. GOD transforms lives! So inspired by your sharing Jesus through your baptism picture. CANNOT wait to see what great plan He has for your life! Love, love, just LOVE THIS TESTIMONY! :-)

  56. says

    OMG, I love the shot of you guys getting baptised. I can’t wait for you to experience all that God has for you and growing your family, i love that your hearts are so open to His plan. I got baptised as an adult with my husband and that is truly the best transformation of all. I hope you have an amazing 2013, and thank you in advance for sharing your heart and home with us!

  57. Lisa W. says

    Your desk looks lovely!!!!!!!!!!! You have such a nice “flare” for decor Layla…looks just awesome!!! Happy New Year!

  58. missy says

    I had never seen Flowerpatch Farmgirl. I just spent the last two hours reading her blog……Wow.

  59. Penny says

    AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing the baptism pics, that is a makeover that will last forever!! So excited for you!

  60. Lisa says

    So happy for you both! My favorite pic you have ever posted is this “after” one. The heavens were smiling as I can imagine God saying, “That’s my girl Layla!” :)

  61. Pamela says

    Could I please ask where you noticed the 40% off from pottery barn (for the rug) at your time of purchase. Was it a rug sale, or special promo coupon? Thank you. Happy New Year!

  62. Shana says

    I think the roman shades on top are a wonderful idea. Have you thought about making them yourself? I made some for my house and they were not that difficult to make. Good luck!

  63. says

    You made me cry with that last photo! :-D Nothing more beautiful than someone being baptized in Jesus’ name!
    Love you sweet lady :)

  64. says

    I have that 8′ round jute rug from Pottery Barn, Found it at the outlet for $75. Score! I get compliments on it all the time. Thanks for all you do. Such a great inspiration for the home and the heart. Happy New Year.

  65. Rachel says

    I’ve never seen a photo that instantly brought tears until just now. That just happened when I saw, not only you getting baptized, but Kevin standing beside you in the water. True love, a real marriage, commitment and GOD’s hand on a FAMILY. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us! It inspires me every day!

  66. deborah says

    about the roman shades, why don’t you make your own? I bet you could find an easy pattern idea online. Then you could find the perfect material for them and voila new curtains…

    Happy New Year…

  67. says

    Love the shutters! I have them on the bottom in my, (tiny,) sunroom – with pleated cellular shades on top; I am a light seeker so love the fact that the cellular shades can basically disappear to allow more sunshine in, yet insulate me on a cold day. Still thinking about adding a valance that just skims the top of the window.

    I am a ‘flowerhead’ too and can hardly go to sleep if there isn’t a new post each night – cute pic of you three!

    Thanks for all the inspiration you bring. God bless you & Kev in 2013.

  68. says

    Hi there. I just landed on your blog a couple of weeks ago and now I’m hooked. I even added you to my Blog Loves. I love the shutter look in rooms with lots of tall windows the ones in your room ~ so you get my thumbs up on that. And congratulations on your spiritual progression. I’m sure those in heaven are smiling on you.

  69. says

    RE the roman $hade challenge$… my mother-in-law made her own using a kit from Joanns or Michaels. Great way to do it inexpensively if you can find the material you like.

  70. Julie says

    How sweet are you?! Loved sharing in the JOY you found in the experience of being Baptised! Congrats on your Baptism!

  71. says

    Hi Layla! I wanted those same Pottery Barn cordless roman shades for forever (even on sale they were a budget-breaker for me). I settled for cordless bamboo shades from improvementscatalog dot com that I got for about $20 each. They don’t have the same style anymore– but I am sure you could do something awesome with their plain cotton ones. The look isn’t as clean as PB (Why are there practically NO flat front options and all seem to have the valance?!) but, they are much more budget friendly. JCP also has lovely cordless roman shades– just also rather pricey.

  72. says

    I so love your blog, and you and Kevin. Great ideas, great inspiration, and I love how your faith shines through your post. Thank you for sharing the most precious time of professing your faith in baptism. May God continue to bless you and Kevin, and your little one when he/she gets here! I am praying for all to go smoothly and quickly, as the Lord wills.
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

  73. Tina K says

    Best makeover was the last picture. The rest don’t even matter compared to that! CONGRATS!

  74. says

    Beautiful makeover and congratulations on your baptism…..may God bless you in a new and mighty way this year!

    Also…..I did want to ask you where you got that swing lamp alongside the desk? I could use one just like that alongside my desk in my kitchen!!!

  75. says

    Love this post!! I get giddy when I see you have a new one up :)

    Love the baptism pic too.. such an awesome feeling isn’t it?!

    I am in need of tall and weird sized shutters for our sunroom too… if you hear of any, let me know… haha! I should probably measure the window first to know what I need. And my vote is the roman shade at the top!

  76. Janny A. says

    Nothing you do in this life is worth comparing to the wonderful news of salvation! Congratulations your baptism!!

  77. Patty Martin says


    Loved your post showing your baptism! It’s wonderful to see God working in the lives of young couples!

    I make custom window treatments and I’m sure you could make some stationary Roman shades. It would take some time for all those windows for but would save you tons of money..

  78. Sarah M. says

    I don’t know how much you want to spend on roman shades, but…the shade store does different kinds of roman shades. You could try there just to price them out. And they send free samples! I love samples!

  79. says

    So wonderfully fresh, Layla! I see loads of inspiration happening in that there office. :)
    And I TOTALLY agree about painting the cubbies in a secretary!! Just did mine last summer and what a CHORE. Good thing we’re results-oriented, right? ;-)
    Blessings! xo Heidi

  80. says

    My favorite before and after is your baptism picture! I am excited to see what The Lord does in your lives this year and just love your blog. What an awesome platform to share your testimony and great design tips:-) God bless you!

  81. Katy Contreras says

    I feel so “in”. I have plantation shutters in all my bedrooms & roman shades. Put them up 15 years ago. Love them it’s so easy to keep up & I like the look. Love the FB idea also, just 10 minutes ago I took down the DR drapes, we’re having new windows put in & told my hub. Love to get shutters in here but so expensive. Now I’m going to measure and see what I can do;) Thanks for the inspiration !

  82. says

    Beautiful office, can’t wait to see it when you’re done! And you have gotten the best “makeover” you will ever get. :) Congratulations, new sister in Christ! I am excited for your journey learning what an amazing savior he is!

  83. Debbie says

    Loved the last makeover the best, your last day as a lost soul and the first day as a worker for the Lord. Praying for you to have a wonderful New Year and the best of luck with your adoption.

  84. Dana Foster says

    When I saw the picture of the baptism–before and after–I got chills and tears in my eyes. Congratulations on the most important choice of your life! Welcome!

  85. says

    I was channeling my inner Layla the last two days as I tackled painting our secretary desk. I was remembering what you wrote about painting the cubby section. I was super excited to find four little screws that I could remove to take the entire section out as one unit, making it easier to paint. I painted the desk black, then sanded and stained it. The cubby part, which also has two little drawers, I painted bayleaf green and stained it with espresso stain. Looks so good together. However, our office chair looks out of place with it. So, I’m back at your blog, seeing what the name is of the chair you bought. lol

  86. Barbara Gerland says

    You are the sweetest thing! I have been reading blogs for several years, including yours. I don’t blog myself but I am a diehard decorator (only for myself and helping my daughter) so I love seeing and reading blogs of people who love their homes. Your blog says so much about you without that being your intension. I just saw your baptism picture and it made me so happy to see your big smile! It made me even happier about the fact that you will bring a child into a Christian home. God bless you and Kevin. So looking forward to seeing the 3 of you.

  87. Jen G says

    I have enjoyed your blog for some time, you are truly a woman of good taste, and this post has inspired me to comment for the first time. I love the sun room, especially the desk. But seeing your courage and honesty, and your joy and faith in God is what is really beautiful! Even though I am not Christian , I love the picture just the same. Good luck to you and Kevin on your journey to parenthood!

  88. says

    I love the last before and after – our family followed the Lord’s leading and were baptized in the Baptist church we are now members of! Our 12 year old son wanted to be baptized for the first time and since we had all been baptized in different churches, we were re-confirming our faith in the saving power of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and identifying with our local church body as a family – it was amazing!

    Those roman shades are too pricey – especially when you have 6 windows. My neighbour bought a cheap cordless roman shade at lowe for $18 for her window and I re-made it using the fabric she bought at Hobby Lobby – it took about an hour to do it! Also Country Curtains has a cute banded cordless roman shade that might work for $80. You really scored on the shutters, so perhaps you can splurge a bit on the shades?

  89. Kary Ross says

    So proud for your makeover’s! Especially your baptism! Praising your decision & God & his angels are singing!! May you have a blessed year in 2013!

    PS: if you have any suggestions for pine shutters for a log home such as where to shop etc, anything would be appreciated. We are covering bedroom & living area. They are NOT very affordable are they? Love your’s!.

  90. Marissa says

    Thank you for sharing your baptism photo! :) It made my eyes all misty. Enjoy your journey closer to God. :)

  91. ashlee c says

    that shade of blue/grey on the walls is beautiful! my living room furniture has the same fabric as your desk chair, and i’ve often wondered what the heck we can do with the room that will pair nicely with that ‘rustic’ material…it reminds me of rustic for some reason! the blue walls really soften up the look of it, as do the plates and your feminine desk. lovely!

  92. Anna says

    I love the baptism photo! Thank you for sharing that awesome moment! God’s richest blessings be upon you both!

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