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When It Rains

…it just freaking POURS, doesn’t it?!  My goodness – lately I feel like I’m being reminded of me how true that saying really is. The short version:

  • My dog has pulled a double Sam Bradford and torn BOTH of his ACL, as well as both of his meniscus (did you even know dog’s had knee caps? cause I sure didn’t before this).
  • Sister is in the hospital after rushing to the ER, and now they are inducing her a week earlier than planned. Everyone is doing fine thus far and he should be here ANY minute now, but the tickets I bought to be there next week couldn’t be moved up… so I’m not there for it happening, which sucks. But I’m glad I’ll get to be there at all – I wouldn’t be able to go if we hadn’t already bought the tickets before the dog got hurt.
  • Cousin had an emergency c-section just less than 48 hours ago and had her baby early, too. Everyone is fine but what a crazy week!
  • We are having some random issue with our fire alarm system at home, which is obviously not fun. We need them working properly, but can’t figure out what’s randomly setting them off!
  • We are really struggling financially. Just a few days ago, we were starting to make plans for furniture and paint, etc… but now with this over $7k vet bill, we are barely able to even pay for the surgeries that the pup needs.
  • Still struggling to find my place at work. I’m still so happy we moved here, but it’s not quite been what I expected in that regard.
  • Still adjusting to my SIL living with us. It’s been a weird transition and more difficult for me than I initially anticipated or prepared myself for.

So yeah… it’s been a rough few weeks. Frankly, I’m having a rough go lately with my emotions, too. I’m not like breaking out into tears randomly or anything (thankfully), but I’m just feeling gummy and not as happy as I usually am. I know all of this is temporary, and I have NO doubt that God will provide and we’ll be okay financially, but it’d be a lie to say that I’m not going through a little bit of a rough patch lately.

 

Prayers and well wishes would be awesome and much appreciated.  I’ll do my best to catch you up on everything in more detail, but this might be all I have in me for the moment.  Who knows… maybe I’m just overdue for a good cry.

Oh yeah – and all of this lately is reminding me that I’ve never really explained the name of the blog… especially since it’s got so many meanings. Ah well. Maybe I can distract myself some this weekend with that.

 

Much love!
~Hope

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Snapadoodledoo

I’ve always had an appreciation for Photography.  It’s been on my long list of aspiring talents for quite some time, but never ranked high enough to truly be given any attention.  But then…

An acquaintance of mine posted on Facespace that they were going to be moving cross-country (I guess it’s a big year for that in our circles?) and needed many many much moola. She was offloading quite a few things that she a) didn’t use very much, b) wouldn’t need post move, and/or c) had to get rid of to reduce distractions as she went back to school. Lucky for me, this included a nice, beginner level DSLR for only $300… AND she was throwing in a telephoto lens to go with it, as well as several beginner photography DVDs and two carrying cases. It was really a hard deal to pass up.

So I didn’t!

I bought the thing, and now just need to get the hang of it. I no longer have a ton of boxes to unpack, and since I have a working tv again, I don’t have a whole lot of excuses for not popping in those DVDs and exercising my shutter finger.

Since I’m ready to start planning things out for decorating around this plizace, it’s time to start snapping some pictures to share with you all as well. Hopefully then the context will help it all make sense, since Lord knows my brain never seems to.

I’m not looking to become a professional photographer, or anything, but I’d like to keep from sharing posts with blurry, oddly-lit pics. Also, I’d like to be able to frame and hang photos that I’ve taken myself, without it being so obvious.

So that’s that. Anyone have any tips or suggested tools to get the hang of this thing quickly? What’s the best way to learn to take crisp photos? Any experienced photographers out there that may have some pointers for me?

Shoot!    (heh… sorry. I’m a sucker for a good pun)
~ Hope

Get It Together

Ugh.

Here I am… 20 days after telling you that I’d post more and nothin’ but crickets.  Sorry, friends!  Truth is, I’m a wreck.  And not in an emotional way, but more like in a “my brain is fried and it really shouldn’t be” kind of way.  *sigh

We’ve been unpacking with most of our time over the past 3 weeks.  Boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff that I see and think “why did I even have them pack this?”  But then I remember they just pack EVERYthing they see (including dirty rags… *gag) and it’s not my fault.  *Whew… that was a close one.  😛

My brain is still recovering from the state of craziness that it resided in for like 2.5 months.  I’m slowly getting better, but I still swear that I’m missing something super important.  I’m pretty sure that everything is covered, by now, but there was just SO much to keep track of that my brain hasn’t gotten used to “life as usual” again.  An I am solo ready for that, because I’m tired of seeming flaky and ditzy… especially since I can’t blame it on the move, anymore.  *womp womp  Someday I’ll feel smart again and won’t appear like an idiot to my new co-workers and boss. haha

But really, though… Let’s talk about the important part – I’m down to only boxes filled with decor, now.  WOOOOOT!!  Well, and one random box that says “bath supplies” that I’m frankly a little nervous to open (because what does that even mean?), but I’ll get to it soon.  And I still need to have the movers come pick up all of the boxes so that we can actually use the 2nd car portion of our two-car garage, but…. meh… I’ll get to it someday.  Priorities, right?

Which brings me to the point of this post (although catching everyone up was definitely on the list)… decorating!!  Since we’re done with the big stuff, that means that it’s time for my favorite part of moving:  making this new house feel more like our home.

Yes it’s true – we bought a custom-built home, BUT…. it’s someone else’s custom.  The reason we still did it was because the house is still very beautiful and it’s laid out pretty nicely, along with having a great property size.  But we also knew that we could easily live with much of it while we took our time to fix it up and make it our own.  And that’s SO important – making a house your own.  It’s what brings you comfort.  What makes it feel like your fortress.  What makes you happy to have people ever and proud to call it yours.

So this means that it’s time to start planning things out.  And I LOVE this part!!  Well, it’s hard to say that, because I really love ALL of the parts of this process… planning things out, finding the pieces that fit the plan, cutting corners on spending where you can, and allowing yourself to splurge on the pieces that are important to you, and pulling it all together in the end.  My favorite part?  That it never really ends.  You get to a point with decorating where it’s come together nicely, everything works, and you can sit back and enjoy it… but then you’re always tweaking it juuust a little.  And though that may sound awful to some, it’s what I love about decorating.  There’s always room for improvement, even if it’s just because your tastes have changed.

hope to start creating some version of a mood board for our rooms, soon, and planning out the color palette throughout the home.  I don’t like to have everything the same color for a home that I’m actually living in, but I like for a house to feel connected and cohesive.  It’s got to flow, people.  Flo Fo Sho… Then Flo some Mo.  Ok… I’ll stop.

That’s where we are for now.  This week, Hope is trying to day dream, plan it out, and get it all together.

What have you guys been up to?
~ Hope

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