Paint the *Kitchen* Red

We move in less than two weeks and we are definitely getting anxious!

One of the first projects I plan to tackle will be the kitchen

Currently the kitchen looks a bit like this (previous owner’s furniture and decorations):

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It is very yellow and I believe there are chickens and sunflowers everywhere…

There are good bones to work with. The cabinets are in pretty good shape and are white and the counter tops are in good shape.

We definitely plan to take down the wall paper and any decorations he leaves. There is currently no back splash so we will install a tile back splash (I hope I can try to do this on my own…but we will see…). I have yet to decide on a color (any ideas?)…

Maybe a grey square tile…

I think we will paint the walls a light grey and add some red accents. I have already collected many red kitchen items on accident and think it is a fun color to play with.

Here are a few pictures I have found for inspiration:

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I’m in love with these red stools from World Market and we are going to do a island/cart instead of a table to save on space (the dining room is right next to the kitchen and is a more informal space).

I also have thought about doing one of the walls in chalk board paint… I love the idea of putting shopping lists, menus, or cute messages on the wall.

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A great place to go for design inspiration and tips is Houzz.com or you can download their app for your phone or iPad! I have found so many great articles and images on their site, I would definitely recommend it! I love design and am so excited to get my hands on a paint roller and paint brush! It is exciting to finally to get to live somewhere we can call our own and do whatever we want to! 

Book Review of the Month: Author Kahled Hosseini

I’ve decided to start sharing a book review on my blog once a month. Here is a look at my journey and love affair with books…

Five years ago (when Daniel and I first started dating) my husband, Daniel, challenged me to read 12 books in one year. At that time I had probably read a total of 12 books in my life, so the challenge seemed daunting. If you don’t know Daniel, he is an avid reading and lover of books, a look in our apartment will prove my point quickly. I think he was bothered by the fact that his girlfriend and now wife didn’t share his passion in the slightest.

That first year I managed to achieve my goal of 12, and the years following I have increased the 12 to 15 or 16. I have grown to appreciate literature in a new way. I am so grateful for my husbands challenge as it has opened me up to a new love and passion.

I read just about any genre but my favorite is Historical Fiction novels. I love to learn about history while reading something that has a great story line. A few of my favorite Historical Fiction novels are The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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Both novels are set in Afghanistan and both tell the stories of the struggle and turmoil the characters face during war and unrest in the country. They give us a glimpse into what life is like for both men and women in a war torn country. At times the novels are grotesque in detail but they help you truly understand the situations these characters are in.

Hosseini shares a taste of Afghan history along side stories of friendship, family, and hardship. These novels will change the way you see the world and you can’t walk away without feeling something. The books aren’t for the light-hearted but I would recommend them to anyone up for a good read and open to a new perspective on the world…

“Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love, a stunning accomplishment.” – Goodreads.com

If you have read either or both books I would love to hear your thoughts on the books! Please comment below…

Putting Things Into Perspective

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“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 2:3-5 ESV

Last Sunday, Daniel and I, along with 200 other members from Epic church went into the tenderloin district of SF to help serve with a place called City Impact. There were two other church’s that joined us as well.

Daniel and I have both done mission trips and have both been serving in the church for years but this was the first time we would be able to do something together. We were excited but also nervous about what we would be doing.

The tenderloin is one of the poorest, if not the poorest, areas of SF. There are a lot of homeless people in that area as well as SROs and shelters. Driving into the area you see people lined up around the block for free meals and people sleeping on the sidewalk.

Daniel and I weren’t sure where we serving until we arrived. Our church leader, Lindsey, signed us up for evangelizing… If you know me at all you are probably laughing right now… I was terrified. I can talk to anyone and I was used to talking to the homeless from when I worked in San Rafael, but sharing my faith and telling people about the love of Christ was new to me.

Once people started filing into the street where we were set up, we were to start connecting with people. These people were in rough shape, a different caliber than Marin, but God helped me to relax and take it in strides. I started helping people find there way around and feel comfortable. I smiled and talked with them about what they were looking for. I got to meet a few people and learn things about their situations. God can use anyone to show his love on those who need it.

The day went great and it was amazing to see so many people leveraging the gifts and talents God has given them to serve The Lord. I walked away (almost unharmed…apart from a run in with a crazy lady who kissed me on the cheek…) with a new perspective and experience. God showed me what His love can do for others and that I need push myself/challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone because He will always be there to guide me.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”
Colossians 3:22 ESV

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