Life lately: Home project

Josh and I built our home 6 years ago this November. It’s our first home purchase and we built on a strict budget as our main focus was having land (which meant less money spent on the actual home.)

We knew there would be changes made in the future, so as our budget allowed we would make changes.

We started a project in July to turn our laundry room and office into one big mudroom and hang a barn door to close it off when needed.

1.) We never really used the office. I tried. Several times. But with it being where it’s located (by the garage and laundry room…) I just never wanted to go sit on that side of the house alone.

2.) We have a German Shepherd dog and he sheds…a lot. Some days I just want him put away and my house to stay clean more than 1 hour. I knew a mudroom would be perfect for that!

3.) From the day I saw those cute mudroom benches I wanted one but we never had the space to put one. Now we will!

Before pictures:


It’s a slow going process but we’ve been able to:
– knock out the walls
– re-wire all of the electrical
– work on the trim
– get the door/tracks built and stain the door

I asked Josh if we could finish the door as one of the first things so that when the project gets too messy we can just close the door and not look at it.

Josh built the door from scratch. Mostly because we refuse to pay the amount it would cost to buy one with the dimensions we needed. Since we opened up the doorway quite a bit, we needed a BIG door.

It’s the first change we have made to our house since it’s been built so it’s a little different but it’s fun making changes as we want.


Slow down | Watch the sunsets

In July, something personal happened in our family. Nothing terrible, just something that caused us to pause and ask ourselves if we are truly cherishing our time with each other as a family. Are we soaking things in or are we looking at our phones? Are we catching up with each other or are we catching up with other peoples lives in our newsfeed?

Last night, Melody and I were driving home and we both recognized the beautiful sunset. It’s a perk to living in the Texas Panhandle I suppose. As someone once said “you can see your dog run away for 20 miles…” ha!
So instead of just turning on our street to come home I decided to pull over. We live outside of town so the land is open and wide.
I told Melody to get out of the car and hop up on the hood.
“Really mom? I can!?” she said with wide-eyes and a big grin on her face.
I helped her up there and we just sat and stared at the sunset. It started a conversation about our Creator and how majestic He really is and that the very one that made the sun and moon and stars, created us. We talked about God’s faithfulness and how even the sun obeys God’s Words that were spoken from the very beginning.

I wrote in a post a while back called Morning Chats with Melody. It was a post on how we get precious moments like this in life and I’ve found that these moments come when you put the phone down. I’m not saying phones are bad – I am all about capturing the moment and I’m a regular story posting kind of person….but times come when you just take a picture of the moment and set the phone aside and soak it in.


So Melody,
Today I say: soak in every moment of life.
Don’t get so busy that you forget to admire life.
Soak in the sunsets.
Embrace the warm sun on your face.
Enjoy snuggling with mom and dad.

Time is so precious – spend it wisely.