"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

14 December 2009

Before-and-After Pictures, As Promised


These are BEFORE pictures of the office. The walls were lime green and squares, as you can see, with lavender molding all over the room. Obviously, not very manly for a room of Nich's own. :~) So we whipped out the primer and paint and what we now have is below:


The wallpaper(s) in the bedroom was the worst in the entire house, although what's in the bathroom and kitchen could probably have given it a run for its money. Huge floral bouquets tumbled down from the ceiling with flowing ribbons ... it was awful. And the bottom looked like stereotypical old man pajamas. One night, Nich was reading in bed, and I had just finished my book and didn't want to bother getting another one. So I told Nich that I could entertain myself by staring at the wallpaper. That was the night I noticed that the bouquets were actually upside-down on the wall! At any rate, our bedroom was not a calm oasis by any stretch of the imagination. Thus, we turned it into this:

We haven't done much around the rest of the house other than cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and putting up curtains and such, but it's home, and we are thankful for it. Please come and visit! We have lots of room!


  1. Your house painting job looks amazing! Good job!!! It's fun to see where you live.

  2. Hey Hannah - the rooms are beautiful. I really like your bed with the scroll work. Wow, your bedroom looks like a completely different room.