Thursday, July 27, 2006

C'mon in!

Welcome to my home. Shall we start at the front door? The very "door hanger" that you see on the door knob is the same one that greeted me when I returned from my trip to Alabama. It was made by my five-year-old out of my raffia and some black ribbon.
She also made the object hanging in the window. (See close-up.) Our front door says everything there is to know about the people who live behind it: 1) we're nothing fancy, 2) we love Jesus, and 3) KIDS LIVE HERE!

This next picture is my kitchen. My favorite part is the refrigerator - covered with photos of friends and family as well as the kids' art work. This is how I LIKE my kitchen to look, but that doesn't mean it always looks this good. (Yes, this is good, to me.) If you want to see it "in action," click here. The table in this picture is a blessing. It was free. And it was given to us right around the time that we really needed a bigger table, but couldn't really afford one.

The next photo is of our AWFUL kitchen floor. Way back when, we installed new cabinets and painted the kitchen. The floor was next on the list of things to be replaced.
(Which is why I didn't care about spilling all that yellow paint on it.) But, God had some other plans for us. Her name is Bethany. And, when we decided to adopt her, any money we would have spent on the floor went toward the adoption expenses. But, as I have told many people before, I honestly don't wish for a new floor anymore. Why? Because it is my daily reminder that people are more important than stuff - and that following God makes for blessings far beyond anything I could plan for myself.

This is where I do my blogging. I usually have my feet up on the couch that you can see just to the left in the photo. (No wonder my back hurts...) Also on the left, hanging on the wall, you can just barely see another bit of my daughter's art work. (Yes, it's everywhere.)

As for the cleanliness of the desk, I will admit to throwing away my McFlurry cup before I took this. But, really, this is one of those spots that I don't even want to think about cleaning up. See that stack of papers on the top, left side of the desk? It includes our taxes, and all of Bethany's official adoption papers. Yeah, this isn't the kind of mess I can just drop into the trash with one sweep of my arm.... though I would if I could.

Here is our living room. Nothing too exciting here. We don't have a playroom, so this is where most of the toys are stored, as you can see. Regarding the entertainment center, I think that spot for the TV is hilarious. People come over and say, "you really need a bigger TV." And I think, "we really need a smaller entertainment center!"

And, one thing I thought you might like to see - my PEZ collection.

What, you thought I was kidding?

If you want to see some other photos from my house, check out this post in which I chronicle some of my housekeeping exploits. Before and after photos abound.

Thanks for stopping by. Y'all come back now, ya hear?



Blogger Tess said...

*ringing doorbell* Hi, I'm Tess, and I loved your tour!

I must admit that I did click the "in action" link and loved how you were real with your sink and laundry issues.

Fri Jul 28, 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Is anyone else cracking up about how we're all showing up as reflections in the glass on our front doors? If I'd thought about that, I would have gotten DRESSED!

I love your home. And I love your family in the photos. And I really really love your Pez collection!

Fri Jul 28, 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger BooMama said...

You know that I LOOOOVE that you included a picture of your floor. And that door hanger is about the sweetest thing I've ever seen....


I've missed you!

Fri Jul 28, 01:01:00 AM  
Blogger Addie said...

I love the family room picture too! It's nice with all 4 of them in there! I'm so glad you showed off the floor too! That is probably the best picture to show what makes your house a home!

And thanks for showing us the Pez collection! That big clown is kinda scary. ;-)

Fri Jul 28, 01:10:00 AM  
Blogger Trisha said...

I love the shot with all the kids- your home just looks like a wondeful place to be!

Fri Jul 28, 07:11:00 AM  
Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

You are R.E.A.L. - I love R.E.A.L. people. I love that you keep the floor as a reminder of what's really important - people. My favorite part is that your husband didn't even look up when you shot the photo; he obviously is used to you taking shots for your posts. Thanks for letting us see your family and where you all hang out.

Fri Jul 28, 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

This is great!!! Thanks for sharing real pictures, beautiful home and I love the blue door!

Fri Jul 28, 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Deana said...

That Pez collection is the bomb!

Your home seems to be filled with so much love....beautiful.

Fri Jul 28, 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

What a cute home!

Fri Jul 28, 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing and I love the way you view your kitchen floor paint spills n' all. People are more important than houses. Love your home. Blessings.

Fri Jul 28, 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle- This One's For The Girls said...

I teared up when you talked about your kitchen floor. I believe that so much, but it's nice to see someone one so cognizant of it.

Thanks--I snitched a little piece of pie while I was here. :)

Fri Jul 28, 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger sarahgrace said...

Lovely, I'm going to have to get dressed and take some shots of my house and get them up...

Fri Jul 28, 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kim from Hiraeth said...

I must show my son your pez collection--he is a collector, too!

Fri Jul 28, 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

Awwww, what a wonderful attitude! Love the Pez!

Fri Jul 28, 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love your attitude, too. I am bookmarking sites that I want to come and look around a bit more when I have time, and you're one of them!

Fri Jul 28, 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Autumn said...

Loved all the kids use to have those

Fri Jul 28, 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Just stopped by on the HOME tour! Loved the story about the floor and GOD having other plans (Bethany). AWESOME! ~ jb///

Fri Jul 28, 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Thanks so much for the have a lovely home and it's very welcoming:-) Love your PEZ collection...I used to have so many of them as a little girl but I think my mom threw them all away...GASP!!!

Fri Jul 28, 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

you have a great home! i love your story about the floor - so inspiring!

i just went and read you "in action" post - so great of you to share so hosnetly. I was blessed by you.

Fri Jul 28, 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

You have a great home, and I also clicked the Action link. I was so impressed with the stuff you tackled, especially the bathroom tub....reminds me I really need to go clean mine LOL

Fri Jul 28, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

I love the story about Bethany and your floor--how neat to see a tangible reminder of God's amazing plan for our lives! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Fri Jul 28, 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

Great PEZ collection. Glad to know there are others who still collect toys! ;-)

I love that your kitchen floor reminds you of the precious precious gift of your daughter.

Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home!

Fri Jul 28, 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Hi, Lori, I've seen your comments on BooMama's blog. Nice to meet you, and thanks for having us over. I read your "in action" post, too, and I can SO relate. I have a few things I still need to tackle, but I am slowly making headway with mine. Your place looks great, and my kitchen floor is 26 years old, and in no better shape than yours.

Thanks for letting us visit. :-)

Fri Jul 28, 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Beckie said...

What a cute and cozy home!
Thanks for the invite!!
It's been fun seeing your house in action.

Blessings! :o)

Sat Jul 29, 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Beautiful home, I love your paint/floor story too. Thank you so much for your tour.

Sat Jul 29, 01:24:00 AM  
Blogger theresa said...

Hi L, thanks for the photo of the floor. That was one of the most memorable comments/story you shared with us on our trip. My friend I stayed w/ when I got back to Dallas is struggling with having children. She wants to adopt but says, "it's too expensive". I was SO glad to share your story with her and I think it may have helped her. Thanks for being such a great Godly example to others!

Oh, and loved the kids artwork in all the rooms, how fun is that! :)

Sat Jul 29, 04:23:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I have only lived in one house that had a special kid play areaw hen I was about seven. I love my friends homes that have the bonus room, but there is a lot to be said about learning to negotiate that shared living space.

I enjoyed the tour! Thanks.

Sat Jul 29, 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger Big Mama said...

I love the paint on the floor. We all need reminders about what's important. Thanks so much sharing your home and your story!

Sat Jul 29, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Paulette said...

I loved visiting your lovely home. I come by here all the time so it is so good to know where you live. Y love your blog, you are an awesome mother and keeper of the home. Ill be back.
OH I am making a homemade peach pie today as well.

Sat Jul 29, 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love your home. The picture of your kids and Paul cracks me up. It makes me feel as if I'm really there. :)

Sat Jul 29, 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

My DD (Thing 2) Would like to come over and make a Jesus gives me life thing-y with your kids. "When can we go mama?" LOL!!! Thanks for the tour!

Sat Jul 29, 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger ~Jennifer said...

Loved your home, especially the pez collection!

Sat Jul 29, 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Cool Pez collection! My kitchen is yellow too, I think it is so cheerful, and we were give our table too! :) Thanks so much for the tour!!

Sat Jul 29, 08:50:00 PM  
Blogger Katherine@Raising Five said...

You've got your priorities right. What a great story about the floor - I think about that when I see a place where my toddler used non-washable marker on the carpet - would I rather have new carpet or my sweet girl? It's all just "stuff."

Yours is a beautiful home, through and through.

Sat Jul 29, 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

First of all, I can't believe I haven't commented yet--esp since I have see your tour already! So sorry. Ok, I loved seeing the floor and knowing how precious it is makes me smile. Thank God for you for the sacrifice you made for that sweet little girl. She is blessed. So are your others of course!!! Love ya,

Sat Jul 29, 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Congratulations! You don't just have a house dear. You have a home, a beautiful, warm, loving home. You are the best!

Sun Jul 30, 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Making my rounds have a nice home!

Sun Jul 30, 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger Free In Christ said...

Thanks for the tour. I will read the "chaos" post in full later. It is late I must get to bed. I will return to your blog. Love the floor. Great reminder, I'd imagine.

Sun Jul 30, 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Okay, I'm glad to see Robin's comment because I did the same thing. I stopped in but left no comment the first time
(I'm a bloglines reader) but after the pressure from your current post on blogging personality I figured I better engage by leaving a comment.

I love the touches to the home that your children made and you leave them there. I leave my kids artwork up. In fact, I have a cross made from straws tapped to my entry right now. But I love it because it's proof that my kids belong to this home. I liked to see another mom who buys into my philosophy. (My sister leaves no opportunity for her children to do this and it bugs me greatly) Yea for you!
Also, I love the magnets and such on your fridge, my looks the same way!
Finally - I love the living room pic with the family actually living in it.
You are awesome!

Mon Jul 31, 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Chappyswife said...

Good job! Enjoy your daughter! Thanks for letting me tour your home. It was fun.

Mon Jul 31, 01:40:00 AM  
Blogger Eagles Wings said...

Thanks for inviting us into your home. Thanks for being real! And love the PEZ, I have a few of them from when I was a kid also (not too many) I started collecting key chains :-)

Mon Jul 31, 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger MommaB said...

What a cool PEZ collection! Thanks for letting us stop by for a visit.

Mon Jul 31, 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Loved the real you I got to know on the tour. I'll be back. I read your house cleaning post and was cracking up. My dryer is a bad, bad hotspot. There is barely space to put down a quarter that I find in the washer!
Thanks for sharing.

Tue Aug 01, 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Thanks for stopping by over the weekend. I, too, enjoyed the story of your floor. What a great reminder that we all need! Your home looks a home. That's what I love!

Wed Aug 02, 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

Thanks so much for the tour! I'll be back to visit your blog when I'm finished with the rest of the tour----which is taking FOREVER!

Thu Aug 03, 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Love the Pez!

Thu Aug 03, 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I like your "daily reminder" that is great! Thanks for the tour!

Fri Aug 04, 05:35:00 PM  

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