Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Friday, July 26, 2013


I wanted to share a picture of my soon to be new kitchen!  I am looking forward to dressing it up and making lots of yummy delicious food here :0).  Traveling makes you appreciate your kitchen more!  We put in four failed contracts before sealing the deal on house #5.  My husband actually called the builder while we were viewing this house and negotiated the necessary compromises to make this a successful deal.  We are even going to be allowed early occupancy, so we are off to visit family for a week or so then will move in with just our suitcases for now...but that won't last long!  Between the two of us, we have purchased 7 homes, so this adventure just baffled us! At the end of the day after MANY twists, turns and changes over the last several months,  I am SO excited to finally be in a new home that is going to be perfect for my family at this time and season in our lives. These are my first ever granite counter tops--yeah!  There is a large bonus room upstairs with great light that will be home to my new studio too.  There has still been no time for me to bust open my art supplies, but I did get to go to Hobby Lobby today....and purchases some yummy paint colors to play with :-D.  Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to posting more art sooner or later!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Moving day

The last of our household goods all crated up to be put on the slow boat to Tennessee!  I will not see it again until September.  There has been so much to do, but also so much limbo that I can honestly say I am relieved to see it go.  After these guys left, we went to the post library to print and scan yet another offer for a home (I am optimistic that this is THE one)!  For one reason or another we have had 3 unsuccessful contracts and several inquiries that have went bust.  We then  packed our tiny Ford Focus to the brim with the 3 of us, the dog and all our baggage (to include her kennel).  We had quite the drama trying to find a hotel for our last days on island that would accept our dog, but thought we had that all taken care of.  Instead, we pulled into a section of Waikiki that I have never seen before (for a reason) and my heart sank and my stomach started turning.  The lobby didn't yield much better and by the time we went up to our room I was in full dread mode.  I tried to rally and find something positive to say about the room and reassure myself that it would be fine...meanwhile we could hear a very loud ruckus going on outside the window because a man was getting arrested and was protesting profusely in very colorful language.  My wonderful husband marched us back down to the lobby and we were able to get a full refund and start over.  This is peak season and most hotels are full to the brim, but we were able to find accommodations in a MUCH, MUCH nicer hotel and even ended up with a 3 bedroom suite for our first couple of nights.  This place is huge and the check in clerk was wonderful.  A long day ended on a great note and I am very very thankful to God for His unfailing love, kindness and mercy.  It is not our competence or planning but His grace that ALWAYS sustains us.  I have my craft suitcase and I am going to bust it out tomorrow and will share what comes of it.  Thanks for letting me share a bit of my life with just a sojourner here anxiously awaiting my final home!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Butterfly Canvases with friends

My last project before leaving the happy to have had the opportunity to share with my church gals before saying goodbye!  There were another two ladies present, but they left before I had the chance to photograph their projects. It was a lot of fun to see how differently each one turned out and I hope to be able to do more group projects once I am settled into a new home.

For now, my craft room is all pre-packed and ready for the movers.  I did send a large foot locker ahead with some paint, paper and goodies in it and also have a small suitcase just for "emergency crafting" during my transition!

I did not make those provisions when I moved here and went several months without crafting, and did not want to do that again. I really do enjoy the creative process too much to just put it completely on the back burner for long periods of time.  I will share my traveling kit and some journal projects from that soon.