Archive for the ‘Our Roots’ Category

 

Our photography has kind of taken a back seat for a bit. I’m a doer, and its actually really hard for me to sit and edit a session. Coffee, a candle, and good music do help though! A few of our daughter’s 10 year old session pictures are below. She is growing up right before our eyes! She loves helping in the kitchen, just started playing the cello, and still loves to do farm life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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We were getting close to carpet installation. We just had to fix a few of our stairs. Some step heights were bigger than others.

 

 

We also had a section at the bottom that had hard raised glue from the tile that was placed there before. Tater used a concrete sander to remove it. It created a nice layer of dust all over the house, but we were thankful we wouldn’t feel any bumps under the new carpet.

 

New electrical plugs were switched out. Floor ready for carpet.

 

 

Carpet in!

 

 

Kids already enjoying it…

 

That night, it stormed creating a perfect reason for a family slumber party in the basement.

 

Shortly after the carpet was laid, one of the girls came up from the basement with wet socks. We had water coming from somewhere. After 3 events of finding water and trying to dry the carpet back out, we finally found that it was a leak coming from a cracked iron filter tank. Although it was a pain and something that was not ideal for new carpet, it could have been worse. However, I may have squeezed a stress ball a little too hard one day and this is what happened. Oops! Life is not perfect and over and over again we have said… this world is not our home.

 


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And the 2017 projects continue…

For 3 years of living here we have lived with seeing unfinished wood steps as you walk into our front door. We tried to make them pretty for the time being by painting them gray. This year… we decided to give this first room of our basement a little more attention. Our house has a lot of tile and wood floors. We wanted a place for the kids to wrestle, tickle, roll around, and play. So the long awaited plans for carpet began!

Some before pics. Wood steps. No railing.

 

Definitely not kid friendly.

 

Here is an unfinished bathroom right when you walk down the basement. We tore this down to studs and plan to leave it unfinished for now. That will be another project in years to come. Possibly when we add another bedroom in the future??

 

We had painted the walls and added baseboards in previous years, so this is what it looked like when we started this year.

 

We wanted to add some character in this room since we do not plan to put any furniture in it for now. Just a space for the kids to run around, be crazy, and play. So we decided to add a wood wall. Here we are letting the kids color and write on the wall that will be covered in wood.

 

 

Added trim and a door to our crawl space opening.

Fun place for the kids to play while we work on the wall.

 

Wood wall is up

 

Added bigger trim around the doors since we had it leftover from our upstairs. One of those things we didn’t want to do at the time, but we knew it would have never gotten done if we didn’t do it now. Love the bigger trim.

 

We had to come up with a railing that would help protect kids as they came down the stairs but also not block furniture from being moved up and down the stairs. Came up with this last minute. 

 

Filling nail holes, sanding, priming and painting.

 

 

Upstairs we decided to change out our railing before carpet came. This post was wobbly, and we wanted a more industrial look.

Before

After

 

This is what it looked like in the the process..

 

 

Rods and old white railing top inserted into wood posts.

 

Cleaning the pipes with steel wool. Making them nice and shiny!

 

4 rods down. 2 more to go.

 

At this point we were getting closer to the carpet install. More to come!


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Thank you to all who came to our Shopping Event! Soon after that, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the wonderful ladies of The H & H Hour. If you have never listened to their podcast, it’s a must listen to! VERY ENCOURAGING! I was honored when they asked me to be a guest and share my life stories. I share some joys and trials and look back on the goodness of God!

Guest Haley Kieser – Episode 35
Released Oct 17, 2017
Our long time friend, Haley Kieser is our guest on this 35th episode of The H & H Hour. We just loved our chat with her as she shared an incredible story of waiting and trusting God for the love of her life. Haley is so full of faith and we know you will be encouraged by her story.

If you want to listen in, you can check the podcast out HERE!

 

 

 


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We are to our 2017 projects! This year began by giving our counter and house some added reinforcements. We noticed that the lower portion of our cabinets were cracking, and I did not want to fret over the safety of the kids leaning on the counter. We added this post (an old post from my parents front porch). Tater and Landon also used some jacks gifted to us from Mom and Dad Kieser to support underneath the counter in the crawl space. Better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

Post added

 

Beefing up the floor.

 

When we added the post, it scratched the white painted floor.

 

So that was next on the list… getting ready to paint the post and floor.

 

Shiny and new (for now) 😉

 

The post has been a great addition and my peace of mind is all worth it. ☺️

 

 


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More trees coming down that were beginning to die or becoming a problem.

 

 

 

 

Instead of burning them this time, we created mulch to put around the base of our trees. Right now, between the fence and other areas around our house it is a 3 hr. weed whipping job. Hoping that this cuts down on that time and looks nicer.

 

 

We were doing this the same time we were painting the fence. In case any falling trees broke the fence boards, we could fix it before we painted.

 

 

Along with the trees, we also had a line of lilacs that continued to grow and get out of hand. It blocked our street view and was yet another thing to mow around.

 

Can’t see the house.

 

The big trees on the left are gone, and the fence has been painted. Getting started on the bushes.

 

Hello house. 

 

The aftermath.

 

 

We were left with these nasty stumps. Our wonderful neighbors asked if they could remove them for us. It was so sweet of them to take care of them for us!

 

 

Newly planted grass is now in this place.


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1/2 year project: Clearing out fence line, fixing fence boards, and painting the fence.

 

Our fence needed painting.

 

There was way too much brush, poison ivy and thorns to be able to get to the back of the fence to paint it the way it should be. We spent all last spring clearing out our back fence line. We all got pricks. Tater had a black locust thorn pierce him really bad and some poison ivy all over his body, but he didn’t complain and kept at it.

 

There were also areas where the fence needed fixing or new boards. Tater did that too. The kids and I tried to be his assistants. 

 

I spy Tater.

 

 

Adding to our burn pile.

 

Our horse loving girl keeping us company and hanging by our side.

 

Here is what it looked like before.

 

Here is what it looked like after we cleaned it up.

 

 

On to fixing boards and painting. Just like the house, this job was more fun because you saw immediate results. I wire brushed the entire fence line beforehand to remove flaking paint. Tater sprayed the fence with paint, and I went behind him with a paintbrush to get in the cracks and small areas. The fence seemed to go on and on. We worked on painting the fence for several months (Fall 2016).

 

Right side – done.

Left side – not done.

 

Making our way around.

 

Another trip to Lowes for more paint.

 

 

Loving the change!

 

Notice all the trees past our property line behind the fence.

 

Shortly after we cleared our several feet beyond our fence (as we were painting the outside of our fence) our neighbors cleared their land to use to farm. This was a surprise for us and definitely changed our view.

 

Checking out all the trees that were down behind us.

 

It opened everything up a lot more.

 

White fence, new extended view, and blue sky. We’ll take it!


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Whether it’s playing dress-up, jumping rope, or just living life in the everyday… she does it all with gusto. She’s 6 and living life to the fullest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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8 years old for this one! Still snuggly and caring as ever. Her 8 year old shoot and album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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So every year, each of the kids have their yearly photo shoot with us. We make an album for them and give it to them as a gift sometime throughout the year. Its tradition, and it is something they love. The kids enjoy looking back at their albums throughout the years. Here they are opening them at Christmas this year.

 

Elle’s was unique, and she is able to color in hers. Here is her album when it was given to her… before any coloring was done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She has been giving it color. It’s fun to see what she adds to it!

 


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