Saturday, November 21, 2009


The room is done! There is even some furniture moved in already. It came out great, a little bit smaller than we had hoped for, but GREAT none the less. The whole experience was great! The contractor was super GREAT! The workers were great! The project came in $600 under the proposal so we had some additional work done. Our contractor went out of his way to get us deals. He went two counties away to get us bamboo floors that were sitting in a barn ~ the leftovers of a business that had gone under. We got them for $1 a linear foot ... they retailed for over $5 a linear foot. They are perfect!! He also looked our house over and found a few things that were in desperate need of repair and fixed them for almost no cost. Let's put it this way ... part of our home had to be jacked up because of a failing support beam. He did the job for $76 ~ the cost of the beam and a little extra to pay for his helper. The mess was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be .... So, you all want me to stop carrying on about how great it was and let you see the results for yourselves!?!?

Yay! Well, this is all you are getting right now.  The big reveal will be just after Christmas.  This year we are giving no toys (except stocking stuffers) so that we can decorate the children's bedrooms. I'll show you all the rooms once we have curtains up and such.

In the meantime we will be painting the rest of this room. We decided to paint the floor instead of refinishing the wood because it is so costly if you have a professional do it. My dh has refinished two floors in our home, but it was a really grueling project, and they have not held up as well as we would have expected. So for now we will paint this floor instead. We will need to do all of the trim work and no furniture can go on it for a week. 

That is all for now!  

Blessings, Dawn


  1. I really love the green color. How fun and what a blessing!

  2. Congrats on getting that all done. I can't wait to see the after-Christmas pictures!

  3. I think that is a wonderful gift to give.... I am sure they will like the new rooms! Can't wait to see the rest! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Mica

  4. How wonderful!! I've been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing with all the ongoing construction. I can't wait to see the rooms unveiled!!

    Congrats on reading!! How wonderful!! Its so much fun to see that little lightbulb finally go on. I can't believe so many parents miss that by sending their child to public school!! Check out for some great little stories to read. My girls love it.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



  5. I'm so glad y'all had such a great experience! What a blessing to have such a great contractor! Enjoy your new space. Looking forward to the reveal!



  6. You comment about living in an old house "most of the time" cracked me up! We lived in an old house once that was SO beautiful, but A LOT of work. Call me lazy, but I wasn't willing to keep up with the work. LOL

    The painting jobs look great. Way to be productive! :o)

  7. These rooms are going to be beautiful, and I'm sure it's a joy to see them in their completion. You're telling me to keep it simple, but you yourself are the busy one! You're right, though, about the times being more enjoyable as we slim down the time. Over the holiday, the focus for us is pure reading, so we can read the Iliad and be right in line. I simply wanted to ask the oldest's permission because me reading to them in this way would be out of the norm, and also, I'm trying to honor her budding independence and present options rather than mandates. I'm sure with your oldest semi-out of the nest, you already know the shifting needs of a teenageer.

    I loved your take on charity. I, too, want our children to embrace Jesus' model of servant-leadership. My MIL and I were just discussing that most Christians in modern times are not taught servanthood; there's far too much pride in the church for that. And as you stated (and I did, too, in my recent Sunday school update post), our kids have so much and truly don't always realize how very blessed they are. May we learn to prioritize the things in them that God will prioritize.

    Always a blessing and a true joy to visit you.


  8. That sounds nice; can't wait to see the finished products!

    I'm terrible with decorating, so maybe I'll get some ideas lol...

  9. www.thepiratemom.comNovember 30, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    What a tease! = ) Can't wait to see it!


  10. This is sooooooooooooooooo exciting and what a great present ! I remember when my dad redid my room one year for a birthday present and I LOVED it. It got to pick out enough wall paper for one wall and matching paint for the other walls.

    I have been wanting to get over here and say HI and see what you are up to. You all are baking up a storm and it looks soooooooo yummy. [0= We will be start baking soon.

    Sending you a HUGE ((HUG)) my SSiC

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