This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I'm still here.....

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm still here! Life has been very busy lately and I just don't have time to blog anymore. I'm hoping I can pick it back up again, as it is a very fun hobby for me, but right now I just don't feel that I have time. Eric, the kids and my darling grandson are all doing great!  Our parents are all hanging in there right now too, which is so wonderful. God is so good and I feel so very blessed. I pray that the Lord will bless each and everyone of you today.

"I will praise the Lord who counsels me." Psalm 16:7a

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finishing the farm table....

Back in November I told you about the amazing farm table that my husband, Eric, made out of old floor boards from our barn (click here to read that story). He got the table made just in time for Thanksgiving, but he didn't have time to finish it. We decided to wait until after the holidays to finish up this project, and a few weeks ago we did just that!
We decided to pain the legs of the table and the benches, and finish the tops with clear varnish. It was my job to do the painting. The table weighs a ton, so there was no choice but to paint it inside the house. I laid down several drop cloths to protect the carpet.
Because it was cold outside, I decided to paint all the benches inside the house too. I made a fun day of it and I watched cute movies while I worked.
First I painted everything with a primer. Actually, we didn't have any primer, but we had a can of this old yellow paint with primer built in, so I used that. I actually kind of like this pale yellow on the table, but the plan is to paint it red.
 My handy assistant, McGyver, was camped out underneath the table!
Got the first coat done! It's looking good!
 The second coat looks wonderful and coordinates with the room perfectly!
After I was done painting, Eric started working on finishing the top. First he vacuumed all dust and dirt off of the table.
Then he applied this really cool stuff called Pour-On, which is a two-part epoxy. The label states that it preserves and beautifies wood and is equal to up to 50 coats of varnish! This is what restaurants and bars use for their table tops.
 Wow! So far it looks sooo pretty! I can't wait to see it when it's completed!
The next issue we had to tackle was filling these large gaps with a sealant. We want the table to be perfectly level and smooth with no gaps or dings.
 Eric did a little research and found this clear silicone caulking.
 He started slowly applying it to all of the gaps in the wood.
 We were a little startled by the fact that it came out pure white!
 Eric read the fine print and it said that it came out white, but dried crystal clear. Whew!
It took about two weeks to dry and while it is no longer pure white, unfortunately it dried more cloudy rather than crystal clear. We are bummed about it, but hoping it will continue to dry to a clear.
Eric went ahead and put another coat of the clear varnish on it to seal it and, boy, it turned out so pretty!
 We are so happy with the results!
 The varnish brought out all the wood's character and imperfections.
 The top is completely smooth, you could sit there and write a letter!
 It's so shiny, it's like a mirror; you can see the reflection of the things in the room.
 I love it!
 It's just how I imagined it!
I am so thankful for my husband's woodworking talents and willingness to do projects like this for our family. I know that we will have many, many wonderful family dinners here!

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." Psalm 23:5

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, February 28, 2014

She said yes!!!!

He asked and she said yes!!!!
Yep...Grayson and Rachelle are engaged! They have been talking about it for several months and he decided to go buy her ring and he asked her on Valentine's day!
 We had a family dinner to celebrate with champagne!
 Isn't her ring gorgeous!
 This is the first time we met Rachelle, she came over for a family dinner. They were so young! He was 17 and she was 15, he was a junior and she was a freshman.
 High school sweethearts!!!
 They both played basketball, so rode the buses together to the games and that's how they got to know each other. Here they are after a game. Grayson's hair was dyed black back then.
 Here they are again after a game and his hair is growing out!
 They were together for a long time.
 Here they are for Cinco de Mayo.
 He had this cute picture of her taped inside his truck.
 Fun time in the summer time!
 School started back up and Grayson was on the football team and she was at all of his games. He was a senior and she's now a sophomore.
She always painted a #14 on her cheek! sweet!
 She came along for the photo shoot for his senior pictures and I asked the photographer to take a few of them together. I sure am glad I did, because now they are getting married!
 What a beautiful couple they are!
 These photos look like they're from a catalog!
 They could be models!
Uh...what did I just say??? Models? haha
 Aren't they cute! They're all dressed up for homecoming week.
 He played He-Man volleyball and she played Powderpuff football! So cute!
 Last game of the season....
 ...such a sweet picture!
 Homecoming dance!
 Together at Mackenzie and Brittany's wedding!
 One of Grayson's birthday dinners!
 They shared a locker and Grayson made this sweet!
 A kiss for luck before he ran his race at the State prelim track meet!
 Her kiss worked! He made it to finals!
 Grayson was prom king and Rachelle was his queen!
 My husband and I were secretly invited, so we got to see him be crowned King and watch the royal courts first dance!
 What great memories!
 Graduation! That's Rachelle's beautiful mother behind them.
 This couple reminds me of my husband and I.
 They are fire and ice. They have great chemistry and play and flirt a lot, they are so in love, but they squabble a bit.
 Because they have been together so long though, they have learned to talk things out more and don't squabble as much.
 They've been together for 6 years now with a break-up in the middle about 2 years ago.
 It's neat that they have such a long history together!
 They are very compatible.
 They have many neat memories together.
 So many fun times!
 This was when Rachelle was a cheerleader for her Junior year and Grayson had graduated. She's so cute in her uniform!
 He decided to give her a promise ring!
 She was so excited to get it!
 Camping and riding the trails!
 It's so neat to see that they work together so great.
 They go to church together and are strong in the Lord.
They are so excited to start their life together! They are planning to get married summer of 2015!
We're so excited that they are taking the plunge!!!

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:25 

Hugs, Sharon
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