Sunday, November 27, 2011

Daydream Believer

This holiday weekend seemed a bit more like a work week. 
Our back yard went from this...

To this with the help of our Dad's and all six of his brothers... more pictures of that coming soon.
Tom is finally getting his garage. Which means more than I can explain.

More time together, more work done faster, more dreams that can be realized on the back of this one.

Every time we pass a milestone like this I think back to that cold day in the winter of 2006 just months before our wedding when we stood with our realtor in this snow covered yard and talked about maybe's and some day's. We couldn't see the ground then for all the snow. We were guessing as to what might be there just as we were guessing about what our future together might hold.

Sometimes your future is choice and sometimes it's chance.

We are still guessing, seven years and four babies later.
For example this was our smiling brood on Thanksgiving morning...

And by the time we got home the three oldest had spiked fevers and Daniel was barking like a seal.
We have the croup.

We had planned to relax a bit in between projects... 
but we got a lot more couch time than we had planned

Just when I thought we were soon to be leaving the ocean of tissues and humidifiers the littlest one had to go and start barking at us tonight... poor baby. 

(as a side note she has started with this strange squinty smile lately... 
I think she knows it will get a laugh.)

So we made the best of it and started our Christmas decorating and crafting a bit early.
No money to waste right now on decoration's so I used up some Christmas scrapbook paper I have had for awhile.

(That would be Daniel's with the scribbles... please note mine and Bella's are super symmetrical :)

I love this season so why not drag it out a bit?
This is out Christmas count down with a Bible verse about the celebration on each link.
You can go here to make one.

And last but not least I saw this on Pintrest (I am addicted like the rest of the world) and I couldn't believe how simple it was to make. Then I couldn't believe how HUGE it was... 
not sure where to put it just yet.

Getting back to standing in the yard with the realtor dreaming of what might be.
There were worries, uncertainties, fears,
and when the house was finally to be ours there was signing our life away....

But a few months later we would see that under all that snow in this modest little yard where you would least expect it were some beautiful gardens. Somebody's dreams left behind for us to watch bloom in some new and surprising way each month of that first summer and every one since. I am by no means a gardener, but I have come to love seeing the tulips in the spring, the roses in the summer, the clematis and tiger lily right around my birthday... 
and those big blue ones whose names I don't know!

Sometimes the unknown can lead to heartache and trouble,
but sometimes... usually if you can push through the hard times just long enough...
it can lead to a lovely surprise.... 

In our case this weekend a busy Sunday turned into a quiet day at home.
Not without stress and frustration... 
but we added a little glitter and glue, 
some coffee and much needed facetime.. and made it beautiful.

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