Best thing I’ve done in a while!


Since we are moving in a month I decided it was time to clean our couch before we leave. This was the best decision I have made in a while…

Here is a picture of our sad, sad couch before:


I was nervous about washing the cushion and pillow covers because they were custom made and had no tags with descriptions. I looked online and found lots of information.

So I took all the covers off and stacked the pillows all up on the chair:



I took them down to the washer set it at cold and used our regular detergent.

While waiting for the cycle I vacuumed the inside of the couch and the mattress:


After the wash cycle I put them in the dryer on a delicate cycle for 20 minutes.

It was fun trying to stuff the cushions back into the covers but so worth it. It gave our sad little couch a new life. I had been thinking I was going to hide it in Daniel’s new office because it looked so sloppy but it looks great now!

So I encourage you to try it too! It only took me a few hours and I looks so much better!


Passion for Fashion??

The other day I decided to brave the mall while Daniel was in class to pass the time.

I have not been shopping in a very long time!

For those who don’t know I attended The Art Institute of Vancouver for Fashion Marketing and Management. While in school I was always up on the trends and knew what was in for the moment but pass shortly. I was at the mall every weekend and if we wore an old t-shirt and ripped jeans to class we would be be-headed. You always looked your best!

While walking through the stores the other day I was overwhelmed by the amount of clothes and new styles. It wasn’t even enjoyable anymore. I take it more as  a good thing I guess. Instead of spending tons of money on clothes like I used to, we now have money for other things, but it used to be  a passion of mine and I am sad to see it isn’t there anymore.

Don’t get me wrong…I still like to wear nice things, find clothes I like, and dress up every once and while, but it isn’t like it used to be. I wonder why it has changed? It is something you grow out of? I guess I have just filled my life with other passions and desires…

I will show you a few of the things I really liked though:

There is a new “exotic boho” trend going on… I think it looks more tribal and native american than exotic boho but none-the-less it really caught my eye. This sweater from H&M really tempted me but it was about $40 and I wasn’t willing to spend that much…

I love the colored pant trend that has been around for the last little while but couldn’t find the right pair. The other day I found a great pair of fitted khakis at Gap I finally liked and love them!

Lastly, I love maxi dresses! Last year I bought two and loved them! They are great for the hot days when you don’t want to fuss with wearing shorts, they are easy to wear and very comfortable. I found the perfect simple one at Khol’s (it is more flattering on a human being) and it was inexpensive…

We Got It!

We officially have a binding contract and a closing date! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed for us along the way! This has been quite a saga!

We aren’t completely out of the woods yet, as we need to get an inspection, but we are excited!

Our home is located south west of Atlanta in a area called Hampton.

Our favorite part of the house is the yard. It is really big and full of mature trees.

The pictures are taken when they aren’t full and green but Daniel plans to take lots of nature walks in backyard…

We are really excited to move and get settled in. I can’t wait to decorate, paint, shop, and make this place feel like home!

43 days and counting!

We will be sad to leave all the great friends God has placed in our lives here in California but we know he created friendships that will last beyond these past 3 years and the borders of California. 

Pray that everything goes as planned in the next month and we can move easily into our new home!

House Hunting isn’t for the Weak…

An update on our housing situation…

Buying a home has definetly been a lot more difficult, overwhelming, and emotional than we had expected. W e started looking Fall 2012 when we figured out that we would be moving to the Atlanta area for a job once my husband (Daniel) graduated seminary May 2013. We live in California so looking long distance was the first struggle we had. We would look at homes online and try to figure out what we could get for the amount we wanted to spend. This is our first home. We currently live in a very small one bedroom apartment on campus.

We began to learn that Daniel and I have very different preferences and desires in a home. My list included an updated kitchen, open concept, and at least two bathrooms. Daniel’s list included a large office space (he currently has a corner in our bedroom), a private yard, and a bath tub (no comment). We definetly have clashed along the way but it has helped us understand each other and learn how to communicate better.

We didn’t have it easy. We fell in love with about 4 different homes only to find out minutes after viewing the home or the next day that the home was no longer available or not willing to negotiate. It was a rollercoaster to say the least. We wanted to give up many times. February 1, 2013 we put an offer in on a home we never even saw. Our realestate agent took a video of the home. My husbands family did a tour and we decided we liked the home. The home was a short sale and we offered a bit lower than the asking price. We were warned before the process that a short sale is by no mean “short”. We spent two months waiting, hearing nearly nothing about the home, only to find out this past week that the bank decided the home was worth $16,000 more than even the asking price.

We were devestated. We had picked out floor samples, the back splash, appliances, and even wall colors, only to find out the home was not even possible. The home needed $20,000 worth of renovations before we even had the inspection. We know God is protecting us from a home of headache and money.

We could have called it quits, decided to rent, and called it a day. After many tears we pulled ourselves together and have started the search again. No fixer-uppers and no short sales or foreclosures this time.

We pack up and move on May 25th. Pray that we have a home to move into once we drive across the Georgia border.