{Bybel Abode: Progress}

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It’s been a whirlwind three weeks.  We bought a house that needed some work and we knew it.  What we didn’t expect was the break your back, on your hands-and-knees sanitation that needed to take place to even live comfortably.

This place is old and was vacant for almost 10 months, so needless to say there’s a lot of bugs, dust, grime, grit, grossness and general dirtiness.  Being comfortable in my new home requires a lot more work than touching up paint and hanging art.  And my favorite purchase thus far has been a pair of yellow rubber gloves and a package of work clothes from the Home Depot.

We’ve made a lot of progress in 22 days.  Some fun, some necessary and all without marital strife (although the comment, “We’re about to have some serious conflict…” has been tossed out in the world once).  Friends and family have continued to bless us with much needed assistance and celebrations of progress.  We’re super grateful and humbled and loving seeing our house become a home at the hands of those we love most.

And now that I’ve finished writing my mushy-gushy note, we’ll share some of the progress! Continue reading

{Paint Nite}

On the list of “100 Things Devin is Not” – artist is about #3.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of being an artist.  But getting the ideas into real life has been a risk not worth taking time-and-time again.

So when we got an awesome {Groupon} from my parents for our first anniversary, I was both totally pumped and secretly dreading my perfectionism rearing its ugly head in my pre-conceived art disaster.
Then I found out it was at a restaurant with margaritas and suddenly Perfectionism was wearing a sombrero and not giving a lick ’bout nothing. Continue reading