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!

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Life....

 As I told you, my camera broke back in February, so I started taking photos on my phone. The problem was that my phone was not compatible with my Apple computer, so I had a very hard time getting the photos uploaded to the computer, which made me lose a desire to blog. I finally found a Youtube video that explained how to upload photos from my phone, which was great, but there was over 1,000 photos on there! I finally separated them all by month and event and decided to try and post them on my blog. These photos are some highlights of life here at Rose of Sharon in March. We had some gorgeous sunrises! I feel so blessed!
 Life was springing up with flowers everywhere.
 The first year of living at a new house is so much fun because you are surprised by all the new flowers that pop up!
 We had family dinners every Sunday night in March. Here's Grayson holding his nephew and my grandson, isn't he just so precious!
 I found this note by the coffee pot and was so touched that my 20 year old son wanted to have coffee and visit with me.
 My precious prince!
 Our annual St. Patty's day feast! I made Irish shepherds pie!
 The cutest little leprechaun I've ever seen!
 My daughter-in-law, Brittany, started helping my parents by going over there once a week to clean and cook them a meal. My parents loved it! They paid her a small salary, so it was a win/win for everybody. She also went over to my father-in-law's house to do the same for him.
 It was so neat for them to see Ridley every week and it was so neat for Ridley to see them! Unfortunately, with Ridley's schedule and starting to crawl, it got too hard, so Brittany had to stop, but it was a wonderful memory for all!
 Sadly, we experienced a great loss in March. My uncle Ernie passed away from heart trouble.
 He was the kindest man. He was a hard worker and had a great since of humor. He loved the Lord and read his Bible every day, so it is so comforting to know that he's in heaven now.
 I always was fond of my Uncle Ernie, here's an old picture of him with my Grandpa Harry.
 I spent the night with my folks and took them to the funeral.
My Daddy gave a beautiful tribute to his dear brother.
 Mackenzie and Brittany came to the funeral and brought Ridley. Family is so important and it's so wonderful to see this new little life at a time when you are mourning the loss of a loved one, it's the circle of life and life goes on. I think everyone there enjoyed see this darling little boy.
 My Aunt receiving the flag from a veteran.
 It was very touching and emotional when he saluted her and we heard the 21 gun salute.
 For one of our family dinners I made shish kabobs! Yum!
 Shopping day with my great friend, Mary, and her precious granddaughter!
 Some of my thrifting treasures......first, this amazing bowl! It's actually a crock-pot bowl and it was only marked $3.99, but was 50% off! It is a perfect fruit bowl!
 I found a new stitching for my kitchen.
 It's a cute cross-stitch of an old-fashioned kitchen with a wood stove the saying is, "No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best." I could not believe when I found this at a garage sale for only $1.00!!!
 Love this little steer salt shaker.
 This black country french canister is perfect for my kitchen!
Oh, and one last thing.....the turkeys are back! It's so fun to watch them out in the fields! We saw them every day when we first moved in until they disappeared the beginning of October. I'm so glad they're back!

Well, that's a little snippet of our life from March of 2014. Next time I'll have pictures from April.

Hope you have a great day!

"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustainsme; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn." Psalm 18:32-36

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
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