April Showers…

It has been raining so much here in St. Louis! I can’t believe what a slow, wet spring we’ve had. I’m sure this is much more “normal” but compared to last year I feel soaked and cold! (Last year, it was consistently 80 degrees here.)  But all this rain has me thinking…man, am I ever grateful:

#1) for a new roof! Our roof was leaking so much that we actually had water stains on the dry wall on the ceilings last year. We had to have the entire thing AND the decking replaced. I’m still grateful for tornadoes though too…that’s pretty much how the majority of the roof was paid for..yay insurance!

#2) I am grateful for dry basements! We also had a leak in our basement wall that would never have been able to handle the huge amounts of water this spring has brought to us. I am so grateful we were able to get it fixed when we did. I used to get so nervous when it rained. But now my response is gratefulness!

#3) Droughts. Yup, I am grateful for that drought last year. I’m sure it harmed many others (in fact I know it did). But for us, it was a blessing. Who’d have thought a drought could be a blessing? Well, it came at just the right time for us. We needed a dry year so that we could get by with all those problems.

#4) My hubby’s job. I am so incredibly grateful for my husband’s company and for his place there. He loves working there, he is challenged every day and stretched in so many ways. I know that he is being poured into as he pours out the work he does each day. He’s had opportunities to work his way up to a management spot and I am SO PROUD of the strong and capable man he is!

#5) That I get to stay home with my kids. Let’s be honest, I WANT to stay home with my kiddos. But a lot of Mom’s want that and can’t have it. I am grateful we are able to make it work because this morning I got to hear the funniest thing from my son. Cooper said as he looked out the window at the pouring rain, “Raise your hand if this weather makes you want to stay home from school today” and then he raised his hand. It was so cute. He is so happy every.single.morning. And he is immediately awake as soon as  his head lifts from the pillow. He is just like his Daddy and his baby sister. I was also able to watch Cecelia and Cooper play together this morning. He didn’t know that she is starting to try to walk. But this morning as he was playing with her he witnessed her new skills. He was so proud of her and surprised that he cheered and screamed “MOOOOMMM! HURRY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS!” Such a sweet boy.


Design Help

See, I get all serious and then I want to go light again. Here’s something that’s been bugging me that is not offensive…to anyone. 😉

I have this spot in my kitchen, well, it’s actually an entire wall, and it drives me crazy. There is nothing on it. I’ve thought of all sorts of things we could do with it, but there is an air return in the wall, so it gets tricky. Also, we eat dinner at the island the wall is on, so if anything sticks out too far, my husband could bump his head! (All the rest of us are too short for it to be an issue.)

I keep thinking I’d really like a fun chalk board or something on the wall. Or maybe a horizontal mirror that is pretty long. Thoughts?



Then there is the built-in book case in my den. Oh my….it’s full of stuff. Heaping in fact. I plan to just take everything off and reorganize it. Wipe it clean if you will. But I’ll still take suggestions for it too. I keep thinking I’m ready to paint the whole darn thing white….save for the crown molding at the top. (It would tie in the oak touches in the rest of the room) Thoughts?

Boring Built Ins
Boring Built Ins