Sunday, September 13, 2015

When life is unsettled...just dance

I was reading a missionary friend's blog today and she talked about the struggles of life in another culture, speaking another language, far from friends and loved ones.  Another talked of loss and grief and yet another, of transition. 

The Crosby family is now heading into month two of officially being "normal people" and 15 months of life on US soil.  Even so, we are not settled and in a way, I can't remember ever feeling "settled" in my adult life.  Changing dorms, changing roommates, jobs, ministries, majors and finally getting married only to realize that the life we had chosen was one of constant transition and change. 

Leaving missions behind hasn't changed that.  I crave being "settled" more now but know that until we make it to our final destination with Jesus, we won't feel totally "settled".  So today I prayed for our friends overseas and friends here (who I realize often feel just as unsettled as I did while in other countries and cultures).  In doing so I realized that part of embracing the life God has called us to is embracing the messy unsettled-ness of it all. 

I chose the above picture because it represented the sweet, crazy chaos of life right now.  We are about to find out if we are buying a house this week, or starting over again in the hunt.  Part-time work starts again for me, but there are fires raging nearby (literally).  All the while there are so many things going on...happy things like new babies, sad things like broken families and just plain hard things that make up everyday life.

Living a life of faith today amidst chaos means casting aside the uncertainty of tomorrow while trusting in the "lifter of heads" to give us the joy to dance again today. For today, I will.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Lamp Re-do and Chair Upholstery Fabric

This is the giant cement lamp that you never thought you'd own. And friends, this piece of work is SO heavy that it took me two tries with some major "from the quads" lifting to get this thing in the back of dad's truck. It is heavy. And UGLY. Or it was.

Here she is after a coat of paint (primer & poly too)...give a new lease on life. The part I finished today was doing something with the stained lampshade. Buying a new one defeated the purpose of getting a free lamp. But I got the crazy idea to cover the shade with "Make it Stone" textured paint in a cream color and it turned out!
It looks a little weird in this picture (below) but I think it looks cooler in person.
Here is on of the chalky painted chairs (one of the four matching). I bought the fabric to cover the seats of the other two chairs that have removable seats.  What do you think?  It has some of the red and green tones of the couch that will be in the adjoining room. 
That's my progress...what are you working on?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Table Re-do (free!) Part ONE

Because I have nothing better to do (insert light sarcasm here), I thought I would re-do some furniture this summer for our new house. Okay, maybe rather because I want a cute house, but am cheap (er... thrifty?) and have a rather frugal budget to work with:). I am learning as I go, making copious mistakes and leaning heavily on the wisdom gleaned from cher Google and my parents. So far, it has been more fun than I thought, and some things have turned out rather nicely to boot!

Here is the dining room table we picked up off Craigslist for free. After lots of sanding, varnish and poly, we are looking more and more like an "after". I still have a run to Hobby Lobby (not my favorite place) to make to get more chalk paint for the chairs, and then we'll be in business. In the mean time, here is the progress:

One sander later (sorry dad!), I have a lovely, smooth-ish table top.
Here are the legs, well half of them.  This is before the sanding and varnish
Legs, after varnish...lookin' hot ladies!
Freshly varnished and poly-ed table top, waiting to meet its long lost legs

Creamy-colored chalky painted chair.  Still needs a wax coat and I need to pick out fabric to re-do the seat.  I have two of these chairs and four totally different ones that match each other. 

So there you have progress toward a cute, rustic table for almost free (I paid $5 for the two matching chairs and another $20 in supplies so far).

Thursday, July 16, 2015

We're from the country...and we like it that way!

The kids were invited to "help" with the wheat harvest in Waterville.  They had a blast riding the combine and running through the fields. 
It's beautiful country up those blue skies and rolling fields. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cute clothes from G & G Crosby!

 Grandma Karen made these adorable summer dresses for the girls and they fit perfectly!  Louis got a cool t-shirt from one of their biking trips. 
Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Crosby!  We love you!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Garden firstfruits and freezer cleanout challenge

Louis is holding our real first fruits from our garden (besides the random leaf of lettuce and sweet pea here and there).  We "think" the white thing is a spagetti squash and of course the green is zucchini.  Our zucchini isn't doing very well...this may well be our only zucchini!  The spagetti squash is a volunteer plant...we had a ton take over our garden.  This has been a learning year for year I'll have my own garden and I'll get to make even more mistakes!

Since we may very well be moving into our own place in 2 months or so (depending on how things go with the short sale offer) we are working on using up our freezer.  This was also motivated by seeing that I over half of Daniel's monthly paycheck at Costco last month...yikes!  Something obviously needs to change long term in my grocery spending, but for now I'm doing a no-spend challenge for the month of July!  That means using up the contents of the freezers and cupboards and buying nothing but the absolute minimum including Dairy, eggs, and produce.  Hopefully our garden will produce a little more so the produce bill won't be huge!  We'll be doing some U-picking too, which will go into the freezer so it will be nice to have the space! 

Anyone else clearing out the freezer this summer?  

Monday, June 1, 2015

We got to "touch a truck!"

Daniel took the kids to the "Touch a Truck" event in Wenatchee a few weeks ago. They had so much fun. It was a bit of "sensory overload" with all the horns honking etc. for one of the kiddos, but overall, it was a hit. There were tons of different types of vehicles to see, touch and get into.

Cameo in the background by our neighbor, Al.
We got scooped!  Help us!

We had fun! (Thanks to their awesome daddy for taking them!)