Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party >> April!

  Before we get to the link-up, we wanted to share what each of the hostesses have been up to over the past month. Sarah shared her spring home tour and added some pops of pink to her existing blue and green decor! Click here to see her full spring tour!

Spring Home Tour - Life On Virginia Street
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

At Julie's house, she welcomed spring in her Piano Room with some new clearance finds and some stand-by florals. Click here to see more!

Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Heather at Southern State of Mind revealed her year-in-the-making finished Preppy Eclectic Big Boy Room. A lot of love went into making this room, and her little guy LOVES it. And you know what they say "Happy Boy, Happy Boy-Mom!"

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

Brett at Being Bianca shared several DIYs this month. One that just about anyone can use is this wine bottle recycled into a decorative kitchen essential for olive oil. Check out the easy DIY steps and the finished product on her blog.

  bottle 1

Brett @ Being Bianca

Amy at 11 Magnolia Lane revealed some updates to her gorgeous home office. How could you NOT want to work in this gorgeous space? Click here to check it out!


Amy and Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

Now it's your turn!  Feel free to link up any preppy projects from this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all five blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.

- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 

- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  Use the button below, or a text link.  

– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty and Preppy projects:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meanwhile, Back at the Rancher

I guess you've noticed everything in our lives (and on the blog) has been kinda put on hold for these past few months as we've been experiencing all God had planned for us.  All the DIY-ing and creative outlets faded to the background for a while so we could deal with bigger things.  I'll be trying to find my way back into all these things in the coming days, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you here!

One of the biggest projects that's been lingering on is Brittany's Rancher Reno I first told you about here.  Although priorities prolonged the process, my brother really out-did himself once again and the house looks amazing.  I haven't had time to do a full photo shoot of the finished product, but I have a few sneak peek shots to share with you today and give you a little taste of what's to come.

It's come a looonnng way from the before...

And I'm really excited for you all to see the full after.  Here are a few hints for now...

Thank you, again, for all your prayers and messages for my family.  I hope I have been able to respond personally to each of you, but if I missed someone, please be assured that I acknowledge and appreciate you taking the time to contact me.   

Be sure to stop by on Thursday to join the Pretty Preppy Party!  See you there!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Peace and Quiet

My house is quiet.  After nearly 3 months of everything being different and hard and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, it's quiet again.  Painfully quiet.  I'm still living on the verge of tears, depending on the strength of my God as I put my house back in order and move back into our master bedroom.  And today, this room looks almost as if nothing big happened here.  

It's pretty much like it was when I first re-decorated it and showed you all about it here.  Back when I thought I was doing all that for Dave and I.  It was before I fully realized how our homes and rooms can sometimes turn out to be sacred places where holy things happen.  

My family, along with numerous other people, have spent hours in this room over the past few months-- praying, laughing, crying, rejoicing.  And now, the hospital bed and all the medical equipment is cleared out, and I'm sitting in the quiet, thanking God that he let me and my husband and my mom and my brother and sister and my children be the ones to hold my dad close in his last days here.  It was extremely difficult to watch him digress, painful to see my mom lose the dearest person on earth to her.  But, I thank God he let us be the ones to care for him.  There are countless people who love my dad dearly and would have gladly accepted the chance to have him in their own homes in his last days, but we got to be the ones.  We had the privilege of calling him "Dad" our whole lives.  And that is a big deal to me.

There is so much I have learned and witnessed in these weeks.  In fact, I could write a book about it.  I will be sharing some of these things in the future.    If you follow my Facebook page, you saw my posts that my dad left this earth last Saturday.  I will never be able to thank some of you enough for how you've prayed for and encouraged me during this time.  My dad was one of this blog's biggest fans.  He read every post and told me often that he was proud of me.  That will always mean more to me than any number of subscribers or followers on Facebook.  Dad and I discussed the fact that I would be sharing the steps of the end of his journey here on this platform and he was very grateful to all of you for your kind words and prayers for him.  I want as many people as possible to be able to benefit from his influence as I have been privileged to do, so I will write more about his life and death and how it has changed me in the days to come.

As for the peace, we have it.  My mom has told me she has an overwhelming peace and comfort in the midst of her grief, and I feel it as well.  The Holy Spirit has done just what He said.  He is with us, comforting us and surrounding us, and there is no way to adequately describe it because it really is beyond our reason and understanding, just as the bible promises it will be.  That is one of the blessings we all have when we truly accept Christ into our hearts and lives.

I am posting the video of my dad's memorial service, which was the sweetest and most appropriate funeral service I have ever attended.  If you have time to watch this, it will give you a small glimpse of who my father was while he was here on earth.   Every person who spoke was exactly on target, and my brother's words were especially meaningful to me.  In the service, they told of his life and of what happened in his last breaths as we gathered around him.  You'll also hear the voice of my dad himself in the middle of one of the songs, which is so unbelievably fitting and appropriate.

I thank you again for stopping here to read my life and the life of my family.  If you found me while looking for a paint color or party idea, you should know it was not an accident.  I want to tell you about someone that can change your life.  His name is Jesus.  My dad devoted his life to leading people to Him, and I want to, too.

Memorial Service for Pastor David E. Cross from Faith Baptist Church on Vimeo.