Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bon Appetit




Welcome to the Dining room! I do wish you could sit down

and visit awhile, for that is my favorite thing to do in this room.


However, this 11’ x 11’ space serves many purposes.


The  6’ wide and almost 7’ tall reproduction Welsh cupboard,

a local find makes a nice focal point. Being a collector of stuff,

it’s been a great place to display my treasures. Not to mention

all the everyday storage it provides. Once stained and now

painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint this piece takes up a lot

of wall space without taking up the much needed floor space.




The 54” glass top sits on a 29” antique table. The transparency

of the glass creates an illusion of space, yet seats 6 comfortably.

If you’re an Ikea fan, you may have recognized the Ektop

dining chairs and slip covers! Though available in several

colors, I chose white and embellished with pom pom fringe

salvaged from a vintage chenille bedspread (actually I used

Fabri- Tac glue…works great :).







Besides functioning as our only dining space, this table also

serves as a computer desk, mail sorting, craft creating, gift

wrapping table. Another cupboard tucked away in the

corner doubles as storage and provides/hides a small TV.  









Another thing worth mentioning about this small space

is the use of color. Notice the walls, ceiling, furniture and

upholstered chairs are all white. The presence of black is

also note worthy. In fact, in every room in our house black

and white will make a playful appearance. More noticeable

in some rooms, than others but definitely there. I’m always

amazed at how light, airy and spacious this room looks

even though its full of furniture.







I’ve also discovered that whenever you fill a room with

white, objects of color grab the eye and become a focal

point. In this particular case, all of the color in the dining

room is gathered onto the shelves of the Welsh cupboard.

Creating a lot of interest and therefore preventing an all

white room from being boring.


Botanical prints, in shades of white and framed in black,

flank the cupboard and complete the wall without feeling

too cluttered. Last but by no means least, is the cone shaped

chandelier that hangs above the table, in the center of the

room. This little jewel is available at Lowes and though

it looks similar to ones sold at Pottery Barn, it is a fraction

of the cost!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Better Than Ever!



Slowly but surely, things are coming

together around here!


After moving back into Camp Contentment

last October (for the second time in a year

due to a house fire), we celebrated Thanks-

giving, a dream football season ( played in

AT&T Stadium-for the State Championship),

a fun Christmas vacation!



Back home with the decorations all packed

away, I sat down, put my feet up and

reflected on all the good things God is

doing in our lives.


Over the next two weeks,

finished or not, I’ll show you the entire

house and share plans of future ideas….


Happy Birthday!

January is a big birthday month in our family!

First up, is Vida Mae, is my sweet momma!

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Next, … Clint Michael! Relaxing here

with his first born, Jade Linh.

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Then, it’s little Miss Emerson

Kate! Who turned 5 this year.



Followed by my favorite coach,

Mike Spradlin, who turned the

BIG 60 this year!



Then it’s, Jenny’s birthday!




and to finish up the month:

Kimberly Brooke!

kim and MT


….and Bethany Ann! Both born

on the same day, 2 years apart!

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Then a week later in February, the fun

continues with:  Kim’s baby, Michael Thomas,

who celebrated his first birthday!


And her husband and MT’s daddy,

Bryan Wolfe!

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Needless to say….we are so grateful

for the gift of family! We love them

so much and truly consider each of

them a blessing and friend.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Thank you L’ord, for the never ending power of your word!

Your word is the Truth! We praise you with gratitude for

hearing and answering our prayers. For sending your perfect

love out to our children, through our imperfect hearts!  In spite

of our flaws, ‘we know that in all things God works for the good

of those who love Him, who have been called according to

His purpose.’  Romans 8:28

Lord, your goodness and faithfulness takes our breath away!

If there is anything better than watching our family grow to

believe, hope, trust, love and serve you. It will be, kneeling together,

before you and praising you for all of eternity. I thank you, with all

my heart, soul and mind. The best is yet to come!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy to be Home!

Just a quick update! We are back home!!! It's wonderful, to say the least! Things were unpacked and almost settled when the babies arrived! Clint and Jenny, had a beautiful girl, they named Jade! And Beth and Nate, had a little boy! They named him Cash! Oh! and Kim and Bryan's, little man, Michael Thomas, is 9 months old! Last February, we had 2 grandchildren....and now we have 5!!! (and one more on the way.... :)
We are so grateful for the new additions to our family! I will post pics soon! We've almost had the most exciting football season! Our favorite team, the Temple Wildcats has one the 17-5A District Championship! With 64 other Texas High Schools, we head into the Playoffs, this Friday night at Texas State University! Wow! What an exciting time of life!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Welcome Back Home! Camp Contentment Part 2

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Zippity Doo Dah!!!…and Hip Hip Hooray!!!


Last week, Coach and I finally moved back home. It took 5 long months to rebuild our home. Which I fondly call Camp Contentment. Though we had only lived here 3 1/2 months, when it caught on fire, on May 2nd, it’s a bit surreal moving into the same house twice in an 8 months.  Our much improved home has been reroofed (from the rafters up), rewired, remodeled, repainted and wood floors refinished. Thanks to our insurance State Auto and Specialty Restoration Services (Waco, Texas), our house has never been better. We’ve still got a lot of boxes to unpack and a few kinks to work out but one thing is for sure..


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There is no place like home!