Saturday, March 30, 2013

660 Rounsaville Rd.

I must be a glutton for punishment, or multi-tasking. When I was finishing my Masters, I was also looking for a place to live, trying to find a job, planning my wedding, and then moving. Hmmm... I really like to throw all my life changes into one bundle. Maybe it's just easier to handle them that way. 
Now, Matthew and I should be announcing the newest member of our family any day, plus we closed on our first home this week and both have taken on new careers in the past few months (mine involves raising my own child instead of others').

We are so thankful to have found the little gem, even if it does need a lot of work.
Right off of Crabapple in sweet Roswell, it's a great neighborhood and kind of surreal that we own this little ranch!
I kind of hated it when I first saw it. I mean it's flesh-colored with green shutters and church like windows. But the potential is crazy. Stay-tuned for the "after" photos.
We will be able to work on the house over the next couple months before moving in. I think even I would go insane trying to become a mommy and renovate a home all at the same time.
Matthew contemplating all the joyous days of one acre lawn mowing in his future. (Don't you just love our green deck?)
Nine months pregnant and ready to meet our little one. We can't wait to bring him or her into our first house.
As stressful as it could be to tackle all these "firsts" at once, God's peace and perspective will keep us focused on what really matters. Remember His sacrafice this time of year and nothing else really seems to matter. We are truly blessed!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Transition Time

Once upon a time there was a little girl with naivete and purity of spirit. She dreamed of making the world a better place. Her dreams included as few changes as possible; she wanted to live simply as a wife and mother, and she hoped she could make as many people smile along the way as possible. She soon discovered that the world held harsh realities, dystopian complexes, and curve balls should couldn't avoid. She also learned that the changes and trials in life were actually blessings disguised. This truth aided in her ability to view the world through lavender lenses instead of rose-rimmed ones.

Soon, she would face the impurities of her own nature: she cared more about the opinions of others than she ever wanted to admit. She believed the cultural lies she was daily fed, and her sense of purpose teetered on uncertainty.  Before she knew it, she was caught up in the temporal temptations and earthly extras that hoard so many homes. Thanks be to her Lord, she was never more than a stones-throw away from being pulled back to the core of truth. Thus, she began to rest easy, peaceful in her identity in Him. She welcomed her new lot and sought to let go of her own plans each day.

This same girl, now a wife and mother, embraced her new job of parenting and prepared for the exciting new doors that were sure to open for ministry, work, and life.

With a baby arriving any time, my last day of full-time teaching this week, and closing on our first house this week, I could easily freak out as I may have many years ago. Yet, I am resting easy, excited about the new adventures God has planned. He has protected my planning heart from over-thinking, and I feel so humbled by such blessings this year. As I prepare for the amazing Easter season, I am thankful I have a God who bears all my burdens and takes me through all of life's new challenges. "We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us."  Philippians 4:13


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Smith Nursery

Many people have asked what colors I'm using in the nursery since we don't know the gender of our little one. I always say, "The sames ones I'd use if I did know the gender."  Personally I'm not really into the color pink or blue, so I'm excited to have things I can use either way. It's hard to get a good feel from these pics, but it's the little details that make if feel special.

We received some beautiful furniture from my in-laws. Of course I loved the "espresso" color. Who doesn't love espresso-anything right? (my child is going to be a coffee addict early on) We just have to get our changing pad to put on top of the dresser and the room will be complete. The pictures in the background were painted by one of my former students. She did a fantastic job- 1-to-2-to-3 sparrows. Precious.

The bumpers will have to go for the first few months, but I wanted to get a good feel for how they'd look. There are little trees on the inside and a design with giraffes and other little do-dads on the outside. The crib is 4-in-1 with a bottom drawer. It's amazing! Matthew put it all together himself. Such a great dad already!
Until we move into our house, oh... did I mention we bought a house? :)  It's been a whirlwind, but more about that later...we will just have our guest bed in the nursery. The owl pillow really ties it all together.
I love this mobile from Etsy with different owls and a moon and star; it really added the finishing touch to the room.
No our baby hasn't been born yet, but I know it will be even cuter than this little bundle.
These lamps were the perfect color for the room. Thank you Target. My girls gave this great little frame last week too. Can't wait to put our Baby's announcement in it.
How great is this basket with the monogrammed handle?!? So versatile. I love it. Thanks Su and Laura!
This was my first nesting project- giving baby a shelf. I think he/she will have plenty to snuggle up to.
After I pack our bags this week, we'll be ready to roll out. Can't wait to meet you Baby Smith!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Final Stretch

I had a blast with my some of my best girlfriends this weekend. It was my last shower (probably ever... I'm now married with a baby due in a few weeks!) Sniff... sniff.... I'm so old... well, I am excited to shower all these other girls. I love an excuse for all of us to get back together!

These sweet friends, Marg, Brit, Linds, and Anna, and one missing, my old-roomie Kace, threw a wonderful shower that was perfect for me. It was at LOTH- one of my favorite coffee shops. I mean how much better could it get for the Cubbuster?

There were several other mommies in the room with their precious girls too. Caitlyn's first little girl Evie was a great baby.

I loved seeing Katherine! It's been too long girl. She thinks we're having a girl too!
Laur, T, Chris, and Ky all came. It was a college dorm reunion! Love it!

My precious new friends, Lindsay, Chrissi, and Jill have showered me with love and prayers this past year. I am so grateful for them!

I have no clue why I'm making this face, but I loved all the new books for baby Smith! As the English teacher, I hope our baby can read early! :) We'll practice every night.... Matthew will probably practicing with an abacus. We'll have our little dork one way or another.

It's always strange to have people watch me open gifts. It's just humbling to have so much love! Can't wait to use our high chair in the years to come! Thanks girls!

Everyone tried to guess how "big" my bump was (in other words, how fat I've become in the last eight months.) A few think I'm bigger than I look, but thankfully a few think I'm smaller! :) It's all worth it.

Lots of baby girls were around me this weekend. Is that saying something? Well they almost got me to share the names! I'll do anything if you call it a "game." Almost 35 weeks... just a couple weeks before I'm full term. Crazy. Can't wait to meet you Baby Smith

Thank you to all who showered us with love and gifts these past few months. We are beyond blessed. To Him be the glory!

~Blessed Buster