Now We’re Cooking! Kitchen COMPLETE! Kind of…

So for those who have been following our crazy journey or for those who have come here for the first time out of curiosity, Thank you!   So let's cut to the chase.  Do you remember THIS?  How about this? And This?Let us all grimace as we remember this HORROR!I may have even cried a … Continue reading Now We’re Cooking! Kitchen COMPLETE! Kind of…

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A YEAR!?!?! Already?!?!!

They say "time flies when you are having fun."  I guess we are having fun.  Because I can hardly believe it was last February that we closed on the Dirty Diamond.  I still feel like we have so much more to do. But Swiss Army Knife Jon aka-my husband (that is his Instagram Name--he always … Continue reading A YEAR!?!?! Already?!?!!

Dirty Diamond Gets Wet and We are Tested

I need time to process things, whether good or bad.  When it is good I relish in how God has brought us to this point and see how His providence has worked to get us to this place in our lives.  When it is bad...I have to really meditate and ponder why a certain event … Continue reading Dirty Diamond Gets Wet and We are Tested

Lake House Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 3

One of the perks of living in a fixer upper is all of the messy and fun things you can do inside your home before making it nice.  For instance, giving your son or husband a haircut in the living room.  Super convenient! Thankfully, we have had the sunroom and the bedrooms somewhat livable during … Continue reading Lake House Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 3

Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 1

As I begin typing this blog post and looking back through all of my picture files on my computer and cell phone, I can hardly believe what all we have done in the short amount of time we have lived in this Dirty Diamond.  At times, it feels like we have been here F.O.R.E.V.E.R!  But … Continue reading Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 1

Ugly Bathroom Transformation

In order to feel like we could move into this Dirty Diamond, Fixer Upper one of the MUSTS was to have a working bathroom.  And not just any working bathroom would do.  I didn't want to feel like we had just stepped into a bathroom that resembled a run down, yucky, foul smelling gas station … Continue reading Ugly Bathroom Transformation

Small Improvements

Here we are... already nearing the HOLIDAYS! And honestly, I'm not ready!  With every golden leaf that I see spiraling to the ground I take a deep sigh..seriously. Why do I do this when this is my favorite time of year? Well I think it's because I feel like time is getting away from me. … Continue reading Small Improvements

Almost Famous

The last couple of weeks have required our family to take a step back from home improvement responsibilities and focus on LIFE.  With a weekly Gospel meeting at our church, school getting ready to start back up, work, last minute summer outings, etc. We just couldn't invest much time with the hammer, paint, and floors. … Continue reading Almost Famous

Landscaping your Dirty Diamond with River Rock

Our projects in this dirty diamond are all over the place!  I've had some ask me why we don't just stay focused on one area before working on another?  Well, I have a few answers for that.   First of all this house needed to be GUTTED!! So all the rooms were attacked at once, … Continue reading Landscaping your Dirty Diamond with River Rock