Monday, December 8, 2014


It's not much, but we've got wreaths upstairs and on the door!

Everything else is a mess: painters have been scraping and sanding and painting and extra wood flooring is inside for the floor man to use for repairs when he comes to start, hopefully, on Wednesday!

Scott's wonderful mother came to visit last week and while she was around everything was spick 'n span.  
Thanks for all your help, Nonnie!!

The kitchen countertops are done and the cabinet doors are on.

I decided to seal/stain the counters with Dark Tung Oil so that it will be food safe and not shiny.  I like the softer, matte look.

The carpenter we hired did an ah-mazing job on the ceiling beams.  The skinny ones are original.  The thick one running perpendicular is new.  It's covering up the beam we used to replace the interior wall between two old rooms.  

Same story here in the dining room:
 A finished bedroom!

And the bathrooms are coming along.  The plumber will come back to finish things up once the floors are finished.

Our trusty pellet stove is keeping us toasty while we work....

....and by God's grace we passed our HVAC inspection.  It has been a long saga with that part of the project and we are SO thankful for God's gracious hand in allowing the inspector to smile on us!

We've also passed electrical and propane.  Only plumbing & building inspections left!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quick Trip

The kids have been sick, but fevers broke overnight, and today everyone was in good spirits.  Because we're good citizens, we follow the "24-hour fever free" rule, so church this morning was out.  We decided on a "quick" trip to a park along the Bay on the Eastern Shore side.  

Unfortunately, I didn't do much research and the park was absolutely devoid of we took a lovely 1 mile hike in the wrong direction before turning around and hiking another mile back. 

 But we finally did find the beach!  
And it was lovely.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Before & After

OK, so this post is mainly for our benefit and encouragement, but some of you might find it interesting too.  I've tried to put together some before and after photos of the house through all its many stages.  
These are all from the 1st floor.

July 2012:


Living Room 

 Entry Hall

Fall 2012


 Living Room

Entry Hall 

Fall 2013 
(I know this is a HUGE time jump, but there was tons of stuff to do behind the walls and under the house before we could rebuild)


Living Room 

 Entry Hall

March 2014


Entry Hall
 September 2014


Living Room

with bonus: new stove-just had to throw that one in there:)

Entry Hall


I can't say it's been fun, but at least the two of us are still in love!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Catch of the Summer

Just in time for school to start, the boys caught a record breaker:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Waiting for the Dark

Today was a banner day at the house. For the first time in more than a year and a half ... we have lights! We have been painting and re-wiring them for weeks, but the electricians put in the switches TODAY! So, we spent the afternoon adding light bulbs and anxiously awaiting the dark. These pictures don't do them justice, so you'll have to stop by sometime! Between the fixtures, Edison bulbs and dimmers ... it's really quite a sight!