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March 26, 2010

Here We Go!

It has begun.

The tide has turned.

God has gone before us.

As of today, the sellers signed the contract offer and as soon as the bank approves, we will be under contract for this house.

I just sighed with the goodness of God.  Did you?

It is no way near over and the bumpy ride to a closing table is just beginning but I am so excited! I am so grateful for all of your emails, comments, and sweet reminders of the goodness of God.  I can't wait to show you around my house and share with you  the plans we have to make it our home.

Just wanted to check in with you all on the house news.  There are other things a brewing in my crazy life but I will hold off to share those.  Let's deal with what's on the plate in front of me, shall we?

My hope is to be back to writing my normal posts and random musing on life as I know it.  This has been a whirlwind ride but you all have hung in there with me.

In the meantime, I want to say goodbye to my current house.  By no means is it this magazine level house but it is our home with precious memories attached. We started our family here and I want to share with you the various rooms in my house that have meant so much to me.

I have planned on doing this for awhile and then my sweet friend Libbie, over at The Middlest Sister, did a post on her daughter's room that is so gorgeous, so full of charm, and personal touches that I decided to start with Ella's room. Libbie, you inspired me girl!

I just love peeking into other people's homes. Not like an internet peeping tom or anything. Can you say ewww? Just a love of decor and style. Does anyone else see a photo on someone's blog and start looking at the background checking out kitchen cabinets, flooring, and decor?  Or is that just me?   All I'm saying is I love to see how people live and since I don't have cable, I don't have all those shows to check other homes out.  And I looooove to be inspired.

So come inside Ella's room with me. 

This room has seen many transitions.  It used to be my home office for my business, then we made it this cozy little guest room/office.  We had painted it a terra cotta color for my office and then lavender for the guest room. But when I became pregnant with Ella, we made it into this cute little nursery that looks like Pottery Barn Kids exploded in here. The lavender does not match but we kept it because it was girly.  I love it.

The room is apparently an add on to the house so there is no closet.  There is also the back door leading to the patio in here so storage and room are a precious commodity. I had to get creative.  The previous owner put in this built in bookshelf where the window used to be. It is an odd size and shape.  I painted the back of each shelf a different pattern that matches the Penelope Bedding from PBK to coordinate.

All the baskets are labeled and held stuff like diapers, bibs, little bloomers for all her dresses, toys, sheets, etc.  It worked out great.  I also made all those whimsical flowers to put my own mark on the room. That little yellow Llama was in my nursery as a baby too.  Awwww. 

This cute little box on her dresser holds her take home outfit from the hospital, her ID bracelet, and other precious mementos from my pregnancy and her birth.

This fun mobile over her crib is one of my favorite things about the room. It still hangs there and it gives the illusion these birds are really flying.  And the ceiling is one of my favorite things to decorate.  You must always find a way to hang something from the ceiling.  You just have to.

Another side of that awesome shelf.  Oh, I will always remember how much fun it was to prepare this room for Ella.  Just like God say He goes to prepare a place for us. There is so much love and anticipation attached to it.

And of course we can not forget the owner of this room.  My precious Ella. Who was just put down for her nap in this picture.  Don't you just want to reach in this picture and give her a big hug and kiss?  How I love that baby.

Did you like it?  That was kind of fun!  I think I will do Cati's room next. 

Love and hugs to all of you!


  1. yay!!!!There are big smiles on this side of the screen~God is good and wise..always. Celebrating and still praying...

  2. That is so great about the house! Oh and I always look in the background of people's pictures to see how they live, I don't have cable either!

  3. Wonderful news about the house!! I enjoyed browsing through your blog and came upon your prayer garden. What a great idea! I will be borrowing this idea from you!

    Newest follower from the Friday Follow!

    ~ Jennifer

  4. Before you even started the show and tell of Ella's so sweet room, I thought, "I bet she will do amazing things redoing/decorating this new house." I envy your craftiness :) Love, love, love that lavendar room. I adore my little boy, but I was terribly, horribly, sad not to have the ultra girly explosion of pink that my husband would even love (although still never admit.) I hope the rest of the closing goes smoothly!

  5. Oh, how I love a happy ending - and wonderful new beginnings! I'm so excited for you and look forward to playdates at your house and hanging in the back yard on nice days! Hugs. Kelly

  6. Yes. Yes I do that, too and I thought I was the only one who did. Everyday when I walk past my neighbor's house I have to resist the very strong urge to peek in their window and see how they decorated their house. It's why I started doing a tour of my house on my blog. And then, you know, stopped...

  7. So very happy for you Jessica. It is finally coming together. And so starts a new journey for you into turning this new house into your home. I loved seeing pics of Ella's room. I should definitely document all of our rooms here before we have to move this summer. :)

  8. What a sweet will have so much fun making it your own. I love moving into a new home ...just think of the possibilities. I am so happy for you. Ella's room looks simply adorble in everyway...yes you will miss it but you can do it again. Hugs for a great weekend. xoxoxo

  9. You are such a great mommy and so unbelievably talented. You inspire me!

  10. YES!!!!! I can't wait to hear about the new home and see the rest of your current home, love the new photos up top and the new blog. I best hop over to shabby blogs and see the new stuff!

  11. so excited about your new house! and ella's room is precious! maybe since you love to decorate so much you could send a little creativity to those of us who don't quite have as much! i had an idea that maybe people could send you a picture of a room in their house they want to spruce up in a few simple ways or are having trouble organizing and you could send over some tips to help them out! (hint, hint, my dorm room needs a lot of help and unfortunately i don't have any inexpensive ideas!)

  12. I love the new house and can't wait for it to be yours! I think James and Ella have the same furniture in thier room but James' is a light pecan color. We purchsed it at Baby Village in Tampa.

    Stacy (from GKGW)

  13. I am hopping over from Just Thinkin...
    wanting to see the room pictures... and I can't see them!! ah! sniff... I will seek my help desk assistant when he gets home from work and see if my computer is the problem...
    but anyway... you have a lovely faith filled blog and I look forward to following! =)


  14. Jenn, apparently something hokey is happening with blogger (I think) because I can't view the photos either. I attempted to see some other blogs and they were not showing up either. Hope this gets fixed soon! Praying it is not on my end because I have no idea how to fix it!

  15. very cute home and yes God is good all the time!!! we too are praying for a house and cannot wait for that day to come! 4 of us in a two bedroom is getting really tight!!! I'll be excited to finally be able to decorate our kids rooms! very cute decoration by the way! God bless u and your beautiful family!!!


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