Saturday, October 25, 2014

New.Old House

So, since no one looks at this blog anymore anyway, I figured it was a decent way to let y'all see pics of the house and i could explain it as we go :)

This is what you see as you come in the front door. 

If you look to the left there is this room (this will be a music room/office)
 This super cool fireplace is part of the original house and in the room. and yes, that's a cast iron front and some kind of funky green tile :)

This bathroom is in the same room. It's technically a half bath although in all fairness a cruise ship bathroom would seem like a master suite compared to this bathroom!  The guy who was with us yesterday looking at things for us said you could wash your hands while you went to the bathroom and that would save time :)

 This room is to the right when you walk in.
 There is another original fireplace behind that super huge tv. 

 kitchen (it's also on the left after the music room/office)
 This would be the dining room and is in the same space as the kitchen. You can see the corner of the kitchen counter in the corner of the picture.   The doors open to the back is a room where the ceiling fell (we think its from a swing ro something like that hanging) I want to make this room a mud/laundry room. There's a door to the outside in this room. 

Master Bedroom

Master bath. there's a tub/shower around that corner. and yes, it's orange!

The master is on the right across from the kitchen/dining area and if you keep going past all that you get to this room. It's a bar :)  It would for the short-term be our kids room.  

It has 2 rooms off of it one of which is this room and would be Cadence's space. The other room is just like this without a closet. It would probably be where we kept all the kids clothes until the upstairs was complete. 
 This is the bathroom in that big room.

 The stairs "L" up to the second floor and there is this landing at the top of the stairs. That door closes off the upstairs from the rest of the house. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms and a bathroom.

This is one of the bedrooms

 and this is the second bedroom. You can see that right now the rooms are "open" to each other :)
 This is a 3rd bedroom  It obviously needs more work :) They're a little concerned about the black on the floor because they think it might be mold and that has the potential to be expensive :(

This is the 4th bedroom and is as big as the 1st 2. It would probably be the 3 boys room. and those walls are actually complete. we'd just have to figure out what to do with them to make them not look like wood. So, any ideas are welcome!
 I didn't take a pic of the upstairs bathroom but it's a lot like the room with the mold on the floor (basically non-existent)

and then there's the outside. This is the porch on the front.

Side with the porch. 

Other side..
 This door is the one where the laundry/mud room would be off the kitchen.

This is the outbuilding that right now looks like a wood working shop right now.

and this is up the front walk to the front door. The white on the left bottom side of the door is we think where one of their dogs messed up the door. so that will need to be fixed too.

So, there it is!  There's much to be done (obviously) so we'll just have to see how the next month goes. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

and Just like that our holidays slowed down….

December 13, 2013: I thought that this was the day our Hootenanny Christmas Choir was performing in downtown Mooresville. And they did.  And did a great job. and I don't have a single picture of it because i was a little distracted. Because Caleb spent the day looking like this :

Poor guy, the victim of a mom who is too busy and a Dad who was working on church stuff. He was running a fever and I was feeling super torn about where to be - with my sick baby or the obligations I already had. We chose to load up the sick baby and take him TO the obligation - complete with blankets and space heater to keep him warm. 

After killing the power in downtown Mooresville with our space heater (true story) we finished our performances via iPhone lights, packed up and came home. Spent Saturday still having a sick little man, went to church on Sunday because Sissy was getting baptized, Daddy and I got sick on Monday, we were up all night long Monday night with 3 coughing boys and Tuesday finally decided to take Caleb to the Dr.    Stubborn much ?    
We often forget just how quickly a simply illness in Caleb can turn serious. 

At the Dr. we found out that he had strep. Not a big deal, right? a couple antibiotics and we get to go home. right? wrong :(  Caleb's oxygen levels had dropped into the 70's - which is a really big deal - and so our Dr. decided that we needed to go to the hospital for oxygen, fluid and antibiotics. Boo. 

I tried to explain to her that we are people who do ministry as a living and that the middle of December isn't really the best time for a hospital stay - even a short one. 

She didn't seem concerned about our schedule and told us to go to the hospital :)

So, we went to our local ER for O2 and fluid with the understanding that they would transport us to Charlotte to the children's hospital - he was so serious we needed a transport. Well, after assessing him at the ER those doctors decided that an ambulance wasn't quick enough so we got upgraded to a helicopter. Awesome. 

One bonus in all of it was that the other littles and some friends came by the hospital to bring me stuff for an overnight stay. So, they got to see the helicopter!!

and away we go!!

I realize that not everyone gets to see the Charlotte skyline from a rooftop on a clear night. And so, of course, it was picture worthy. We really do have  beautiful city!

sick much? At the hospital he was retested for the flu - which was negative - and also for RSV - which was positive :(  

So, strep and RSV combined makes you look like this and it is very sad :(

After several days in CVICU we were upgraded to a regular room. We were still quarantined because of the RSV and sometimes a hospital room gets REALLY small!  Thankfully we have awesome friends who came to see us and made us seem not so isolated from the world. 

And then this tree showed up. Probably my favorite "gift" of the season and the one that made me ugly cry in a hospital room. We will definitely make this kind of gift a thing we do for others.

I so desperately wanted to be home, if not in FL, for Christmas. 
Christmas in a hospital room just didn't seem ideal at all!  And yet, that is what we got. and ya know, it wasn't awful. It wasn't great but we were together and realized more than ever that Christmas really isn't about what is "ideal" at all but about what WAS necessary. It was necessary for Jesus to leave heaven and come to a place that was less than ideal, to people who were less than ideal, to live and die in a way that was less than ideal, and it was all because of us and the fact that He loved us and wanted to be with us - no matter what the cost. 

Christmas Day!!

Caleb's brothers made sure that his breathing equipment was working just how it was supposed to :)

 and finally 8 days later we were finally oxygen free!!!!

and the day after Christmas some football players showed up!! They were in town for the Belk Bowl and were visiting the hospital. Caleb was so excited!  

All in all, not what we planned for the week before Christmas, but such a great reminder of the fact that our little man (and all our children) is such a treasure and not one we should ever take for granted!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cadence's Baptism

In December as we were announcing that baptism was coming up and Chris was teaching the kids at church about baptism, Cadence came to us and expressed that she would like to be baptized. 
We were so glad to begin dialogue with her about it. 

In Kindergarten, under the instruction of Mrs. Behr on her videos for school, she had heard the salvation message and all by herself prayed to be forgiven of her sins and for Jesus to be the Lord of her life. She told us this the day she did it and we celebrated with her and praised God for her decision. However, we didn't push the baptism piece of it. Because we believe that baptism is the public symbol of what Jesus has done in your life, we wanted her to be able to decide when she wanted to go public with her decision. Now, if you asked her about it, she would have told you that she had Jesus in her heart - and we believe that she did - but still we wanted her to decide about baptism on her own. 

So, in december as her Daddy taught about it, she decided that she was ready to tell everyone that she was a follower of Jesus. and we gladly agreed with her! It has been an honor to watch her growth over the past couple of years as a "new believer" I love being able to watch her wrestle her flesh and know that she can overcome it because of Who is in her. I love watching her, over and over again, choose to honor the Lord with her actions, words, and decisions and I pray that this is something that will continue her entire life. 

So, baptism day came and she was so excited to have her Daddy baptize her!

I'm so glad that her Daddy is also her Pastor and that he's the kind of man who she can really look to as an example of who Jesus is and how He loves. 

Keep pushing, little girl, and keep fighting for what is right. 
Because in the end our prize is Jesus and He's totally worth it!!