No more peeping toms when trying to go to the bathroom. Our knobs are installed, and we can actually lock the doors. It’s the little things that get us all excited, but I have to admit… I did love seeing those little eyes and smiles peek through. ūüėČ






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Hallway BEFORE (during first day demo actually).








The hallway has 2 round skylights. We love the natural light we get coming through those openings. they had a simple bulb with a frosted round bowl. We removed the bowl when renovating and later decided to add hanging lights to add some interest.



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  1. rejoin computer to domain wrote: just one surprise after another. luv it!!!! (02/27/15, 9:23 am)

  2. wrote: Love the lights, so unique and COOL!!!! (02/27/15, 12:17 pm)

  3. English to Greek wrote: LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! (02/27/15, 2:10 pm)

  4. Echexlibepa wrote: SO Pretty and Sparkly!!! (02/27/15, 5:05 pm)

  5. wrote: Awesome!! Where r the door handles from? And I love the floor. What is the name of it and where did u get it? (02/27/15, 11:23 pm)


Our 3 girls share a bedroom. They did at our other house, and we knew they would here. The only difference was they were getting out of the baby stage and getting bigger.

Before, the 2 older girls had shared a bed and the other was in a crib with no rail (aka: our version of a toddler bed). We knew the crib had to go, but we were not sure how we were going to make their new space work.

Thankfully, we were given bunk beds at just the right time. We painted the one for the girls’ room white.


This is what their bedroom looked like on closing day.









We had fun with this room. We used a lot of things we already had and changed them up a bit.

The dresser was once black. We used it our other house to hold frames and props in our studio. We painted that white as well and sprayed the knobs gold. We also sprayed an old frame that we had and turned it into a mirror.

We didn’t know what to do for a light in that room. I had thought of¬†using this chandelier that we used for photo shoots. It seemed to drown in the space and didn’t seem quite big enough. is¬†when we thought of adding this medallion at the top. Yep, we sprayed that metallic gold too.

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This was a fun idea that we got from Tater’s sister to hang more of the girls’ things.¬†Hobby Lobby antlers painted all girly.



We randomly spaced wall decal dots from Land of Nod (They are easily removable – love them).



Tater made another mirror smaller in size for the girls room. Wood used from my parents home. I love how I think of them every time I look at it.

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We decided no doors for the closet. They came into the room too much making it feel smaller. We plan to add curtains or something to frame that space better and have the option to close it off.



It is cozy, but the girls don’t seem to mind. The beds pull out so the bedroom can sleep 5. Slumber party, anyone?



Goals for this room:

  • Finish window casing and add window sill.
  • Add curtains and rod¬†to frame¬†closet space.

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  1. g-ma d. wrote: Your talents are overwhelming!!!! Love it all!!! (02/19/15, 8:11 am)

  2. Tammy wrote: you guys are truly amazing! Such a wonderful loving family! (02/19/15, 5:18 pm)

  3. rejoin computer to domain wrote: I love the decal dots!! So pretty! (02/19/15, 6:33 pm)

  4. wrote: Love this too!!! My daughter would love this room. Same question about the and where from? (02/27/15, 11:28 pm)


Because sometimes you just got to include your little sister that is sitting on the sidelines and wants her picture taken too…

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Mismatched socks and all…

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The image cropped in shows their personalities.

1. One is sweet and affectionate.

2. The other is crazy and fun.

Can you tell which one is which? ūüėČ





Happy Valentine’s Day!


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  1. Nana & Papa wrote: Those two dolls are so cute. Waste no time getting them to Fort Myers (02/14/15, 8:11 am)

  2. Grandma d wrote: Love them dearly!!! So sweet. Time passes so swiftly. Enjoy them to the utmost!!! (02/14/15, 9:54 am)


We had ordered some wire from Vintage Wire and Supply for our light project. The company sent some fun extra wire for us to enjoy. Our son was excited to use the wire, and the guys used it to create a vintage hanging light together. They ended up writing out the steps to use for his 4-H presentation.

This¬†is what he put together… just in case you’re interested in making your own fabulous vintage hanging light. ūüôā























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  1. g-ma d. wrote: Great job Landon!!! You should get a blue ribbon !!! (02/10/15, 10:23 pm)

  2. Duane Schieler wrote: What a valuable lesson for him to learn!! At such a young age, wow !! (02/11/15, 5:11 am)

  3. Nana wrote: Good job Landon!! I see a blue ribbon coming your way! (02/11/15, 7:10 am)

  4. Marla H. wrote: I love this! What a great little reading light for him! Amazing job Landon!! (02/11/15, 1:56 pm)

  5. Tammy wrote: Nice job! (02/11/15, 2:02 pm)

  6. Lynn wrote: Great job! Teach them when they are proud of him! (02/11/15, 4:28 pm)




Last night she lost her first tooth. She had been working on wiggling that thing out for about a month now, and it was finally hanging by a thread. I told her to get a kleenex, and I would check it.

I pulled it out without her knowing and told her to go check it out in the mirror to see how loose it was.

She hopped onto the bathroom stool all ready to see her tooth hanging there. Her face was priceless. It went from -let me see- smiles to complete shock as her jaw dropped and her eyes opened very wide. Where did it go!?!

She had no idea that I had pulled it out. We all had a good laugh. Oh, to remember these special everyday moments. I hope they last.


It has been the talk of today as she playfully pushes her tongue through the space where her tooth once was.

“Look at me smile, Mom.”

“Do I look different?”

“Don’t I look soooo old with my tooth gone?”

“Do I talk different, Mom?”

Yes… my love. You are growing up before my very eyes. I am thankful that we capture these images of you to hold onto and remember you as you are today.


Our big 6 year old:




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She has a love for cute and cuddly things. Wouldn’t you all agree?






She is supposed to pick her favorite 5 to leave on her bed, and the rest go in the toy chest beside her. Somehow more appear on her bed everyday. can she pick only 5 when she has a heart for them all!?! She is beginning to run out of room to sleep.

I spy her. Can you? ūüėČ




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It’s only appropriate since we started with a crazy face, to end with a variety of them.




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  1. Gma D.. wrote: Priceless!!!!! (02/07/15, 11:32 am)

  2. Jill Tucci wrote: An absolute beauty just like her mama! (02/10/15, 11:38 am)


Things are coming together. Working on electrical. Actually I should say Tater is. I’m just nearby holding a flashlight asking…

“Are you sure that wire is¬†not hot?”

“Ya sure?”

“I just want you safe, Honey.”

“It’s not hot, right?

…I’m not sure how much of an assistant I really am.¬†ūüėČ

Our large living room only had one ceiling light. At night it got dark, so we knew we wanted to add additional light at some point. Tater has been thinking up these chandeliers for some time now, and I am beyond thrilled with how they turned out. He came up with this idea one day when he found these cages in a barn. By adding a few other things, we now have 3 chandeliers going down the middle of our living room.





Ready to start the project.



Wire was carried throughout the length of the room.




Before hanging the lights, the girls enjoyed using the shades as pretend animal cages.




Deciding on the bulbs was a family vote. We originally had put in vintage light bulbs. We loved the look, but the light it put forth was too orange. The round bulbs won.



Tater put them on a remote controlled dimmer. He has completely spoiled me.

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We have SO much more light now. It is so bright. Love it.



At the beginning of the month, we put in our backsplash. This was our first tile laying and grouting experience.

And yes, I’m loving the oven we waited 8 months for. We had to sand the concrete countertop a bit and cut into our cabinets to get it to fit, but we are thankful for the bigger oven and a microwave that works!

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Just for fun. A reminder of what backsplash was here before. Super cute animals I do have to say. The ironic thing is that this was getting torn out exactly a year ago!!









We got the backsplash tile from my brother-in-law at Hartter Interiors.¬†We also have been getting a lot of questions about our “wood” tile that you see in the above living room picture. That was also from Hartter Interiors. It has taken quite a beating with Christmas decorations, projects, kids, and moving furniture. haven’t worried about it for a bit. The fake wood flooring has been one of our most favorite investments!

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We are plugging away with our trim. The baseboard on the main level is now complete along with the upstairs room. We have enough to upgrade our basement trim down the road, so we are excited about that. plan to now add casing and sills to a lot of our windows.


December was¬†a great time to get kicked out of our bed while we finished our bedroom and closet trim. Who wouldn’t want to relax and sleep by a glowing Christmas tree and a wood burning fire?


Here are some more before and after pictures of where we were a year ago and where we are now:


Bathroom by kitchen BEFORE:

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Goal for this year:

  • Finishing casing and sill around window.
  • Make a light above the sink.
  • Add a door knob (I’m sure all of our guests will appreciate this one. So far we have been dealing with peepers or stuffing wash clothes into the door knob opening.)


Laundry Room BEFORE:












Goals for this year:

  • Add casing and sill to window.
  • Finish¬†off¬†ceiling can lights
  • Add doors and barn door track system to be able to close this area off


Under Stairs BEFORE







Bathroom by bedrooms BEFORE

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DURING – We closed off the extra door and got rid of the closet opening up into the hallway. This allowed us to have a double vanity.








Goals for this year:

  • Make a light for above sinks
  • Fix vent area above shower
  • Add door hardware for this bathroom too!

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  1. g-ma d. wrote: Love it!!! You are both so talented and blessed!! (01/03/15, 7:04 am)

  2. Mindy A wrote: Oh, how I remember all that awful wall paper in those areas! And what fun it was to rip it off! haha! I love how it all turned out! (01/03/15, 9:47 am)

  3. Jill Tucci wrote: Everything looks beautiful! You have done such an amazing job with your new home! (01/13/15, 8:15 am)


It didn’t happen. No Christmas cards this year. It is something we love to do, and we love letting you know we are thinking of you during the Christmas season. Not to mention… we love getting them to0. Seeing the faces of our family and friends brings us so much joy!


So please don’t think we forgot you, AND keep us on your list!


We needed a change of pace since we had such an unexpected crazy and busy 2014 year. May you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas remembering our Savior’s birth!


Merry Christmas 2014 from Roots


Thank you to all of our wonderful clients this year!

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We closed on our home a year ago today.


I still remember the nerves. The excitement. The unknowns. It was a new chapter in our lives. We were out of the baby stage. Our kids were growing up, and we were ready for this new change. A place where our kids could run, have animals, and make memories.


I remember entering this place we were now to call home. After the closing, we walked into our new home when excitement quickly turned to sadness after we found a black moldy wall staring at us when taking down the previous owners curtains. Bummed that it was not found during inspections, we knew God was faithful.


I’m not going to lie. This past year was a hard year.


I look back at our lowest point when we both were sitting in the hallway on the floor exhausted during the midst of it all and looking at each other…

One said…“Let’s sell the place.” The other said, “Oh really, I was thinking of burning it down.” Neither statement is what we really wanted to happen, but it shows us at our weakest point.


Through this past year, I remember the tears. The fears. The mess. The exhaustion.


I also remember the family memories that we have built, praying together through it all, watching the many talents of my hubby, and how this entire experience has made us stronger. Closer.


The mold in the walls was only the beginning. There were other issues as you know from our previous posts, but it helped us move forward with the renovation of this house as otherwise we were not planning on doing so quickly.


So here is a look back. Some before and ‘1 year later’ pictures of us turning this house into our home.¬†‚ô•



Outside of House ~ 


Nov. 1st 2013



1 Year Later…



Outside goals for the next year:

  • Fix all leak problems. Tarp on chimney gone.
  • Some new flowers and bushes
  • Remove tree stumps
  • House siding, shutters, and fence painted or repaired
  • Build chicken coop



Living Room ~


Moldy wall – before and after


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1 Year Later – Fireplace raised. Conversation pit gone.



More before and ‘where we are now’ pics

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Other side of living room – Before






Goals for the next year:

  • Finish trim/door knobs
  • Make 3 hanging chandeliers
  • Add rugs


Kitchen ~








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Goals for next year:

  • Oven
  • Backsplash
  • Make light above dining table and fix outlets
  • Finish painting and trim



Old Beverage Center ~


Before with wallpaper already ripped off









Well there you have our main living areas. We will be posting the before and after ¬†‘1¬†year later’ pictures of other areas through these next few weeks. Thank you to all of you who supported us last year whether you¬†ripped off¬†sticky wallpaper, tore down walls, brought food, helped tear down fireplace, help rebuild fireplace, helped get water pumping back into our home … the list goes on. We are so thankful and love you much.


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  1. Carolyn wrote: Looks absolutely refreshing! All that dark is now so full of light and life! Love it! (11/01/14, 12:06 pm)

  2. Marilyn wrote: Love all the improvements!! Makes a vast difference to lighten everything!! All the hard work looks like it was worth it!! (11/01/14, 6:26 pm)



Life is not picture perfect as you can tell from our last post… ¬† ¬†And neither are our family sessions…


Do you remember 2 years ago when we did our last extended family session?  We battled a storm and other mishaps. This time it was sickness. We already rescheduled once due to a 105 heat index. So now we had the date set aside for our special family day: photo shoot, church, food, playing outside, and horse cart rides.


The night before, I noticed our little girl seemed a little warm. Bummer… She had a fever. I called everyone to let them know. Do you guys care? Should we move forward with our plans? After talking it out, we decided we will continue as planned.


The next morning came. It was a Sunday morning. We all had found substitutes for our church responsibilities. My dad had a message prepared. My mom had a vehicle loaded with food for the day. We were all looking forward to being together!! I was getting our little girl ready – curling her hair – when all of a sudden she complained of her tummy hurting and then – yes… threw up. By now it was 9:30. Everyone was arriving by 10:00!


I called my mom to ask her what to do!?! We both couldn’t decide. The mommy part of me wanted to stay with my little girl all morning near the bathroom and tend to her every sick need. The other side of me saw all the work that my family had gone to in preparing for this day… and not to mention, they were on their way!! After many back and forth conversations, they all came. We pulled the sick child in for a few shots and went forth with the rest of our day. Looking back, I’m glad we continued as we made some great memories that day.


My parents and all the grandkids.





An updated family pic… sick kid and all




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Our Sunday morning service. Singing songs together and listening to a message. We even sat around the piano and my mom played Рjust like old times. ♥




Great lesson on being kind to one another…

Key verse:¬†Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”



After lunch, we enjoyed the outdoors.



Another example that life is not picture perfect. Selfishness plays a part… Sometimes you just have to wait your turn. ūüėČ



Cart rides




I love these 2. So thankful for the love they show and for all they do.





We finished the day playing some baseball and relaxing.



A pretty amazing non-perfect day!







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  1. Gerry Kruse wrote: Oh my how we treasure these pictures and memories! Thank you! xox (10/23/14, 10:56 am)

  2. Marcia Rinkenberger wrote: Can't wait to put your published beautiful book,on my coffee table!! X&Hugs! (10/23/14, 11:16 am)

  3. g-ma d. wrote: what great memories you will have !!! (10/23/14, 3:02 pm)

  4. Tami Paige wrote: Haley...It's so fun to see the family growing!! It looks like it was such a fun day!!! (10/27/14, 7:16 pm)

  5. Jill Tucci wrote: So beautiful!!! Love C's apple in the group photo! (10/28/14, 11:20 am)

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