What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, October 17, 2011


Just some moments last week~

Matt and his Dad repaired part of the roof last week. The children took turns 'helping'. I love Corynn's expression.

~ Hopestead feels a bit like it sits on top of the world, a very good place to see Autumn colors emerge.

That, and watching tractors weave to and fro, children run and play and random things being thrown out windows are the only things that keep being locked up in a pack and play for HOURS bearable. This child is the most amazing kid (maa-a-aaa!) and just what I need, when there is a home with nitro pills, carpet tacks and all sorts of hazardous things to consume that needs cleaning out. I feel bad about the portapack, but very very very thankful too. I will make it up to him someday.

~ zucchini mozzerella bites~

~ Grams motto must have been "LAYER IT!" because there is not a place in the house that doesn't have at least four layers of flooring, wallpaper or contact paper on it. Tar paper. Laminate floor. Foam. Newspaper. Carpet. Carpet on top of carpet.

Made finding the real floor a sort of treasure hunt.

It is easy for one to get distracted from his work.

Especially when there are $1.50 tires on sale. We could use that sale right about now!

~ Matt putting up the library bookshelves to be used as homeschool bookshelves. I should be getting a whole new set of nice, real wood shelves made for me as soon as Matt is able....MEANING: I can get rid of those nasty, warped particle board bookcases from Walmart I loathe.

~ When one has girls that look just like each other and boys that look just like each other, all with the same distance between them, it is easy to feel as though you are being time warped at times. I remember this exact same moment a few years ago, with a Corynn and Andrew doing just that very thing and looking just that way.

~ I post this picture for the sole reason of admiring those adorable squinty eyes. A one-year-old with laugh wrinkles is too much for this mother to bear, especially if it is hers.


Bonnie said...

Gram did go through the Depression, did she not? That explains pretty much everything right there. Your JB needs to have a talk with my JB about the benefits of being confined to one place. Mine firmly believes that that is meant solely as cruel and unusual punishment and that he needs to make sure everyone within a 3 mile radius knows this. (plus we call him goat for a reason, and he'd just climb out)

...they call me mommy... said...

Awww...you guys are doing it!!! One layer of flooring at a time! ;) Thanks for the snapshots!!

I'm sure Judah will completely forgive you! ;)

Blessings and Happy Monday, Rebecca!

...they call me mommy... said...

PS - I also LOATHE those bookcases from WM...I call those kind "sticker wood bookcases"! :P

MameyJane said...

Oh my, it is SOO much fun to watch you guys work :). I scroll through my blogroll every morning and click on the "Renaissance" tab in hopes that you have had time to see us post. Thank you for opening the windows of your life and giving us a chance to peek in.


p.s. I read somewhere recently that if you are trying to remove contact/wallpaper, put some fabric softener in a spray bottle and spray the walls down and the paper will peel right off. Of course you're probably doing that already. But just in case.

Anonymous said...

Well done! Keep going!
Thanks for the update!

Jess said...

Hey Rebecca,
I am following your house progress. I am so excited to see how much the Lord has blessed you with this home. YOUR home..:)
My sister in law told me about this stuff years ago that they used to get their layers of wallpaper off their old house, it was like foam stuff that you leave on that helps dissolve the glue. I can try to find out the name from her if you think you want to try it, she said it did wonders for her when she was 8 months preggo and trying to get the layers off her walls in their old house. Blessings~

Victorianlady8 said...

What a Gorgeous view and Beautiful Fall Colors for your farm to have! I am "green" with envy ;) I love watching you and can't wait for your HOME to be ready and beautiful...and it will be beautiful whether it's all done or not when you get into it. We have been in our farmhouse for seven years and we still have heaps to do, but each time I step back and look, I am so thankful for everything that we have, and so thankful for all that we have done...okay some days I don't think that way...but most :) Many hugs, lots of prayers and a whole lot of excitement sent for and to the Newmans!

Mr. G's Mrs. G said...

What a blessing to see all that you and your lovely family has accomplished in such a short amount of time! Praise God! I too page down to see if you've added more pictures and stories of your finds and so forth. What an incredible amount of history as well as stories that have been shared in that home! Now it is yours to make new stories! What a blessing!

Thank you for sharing a tiny slice of your lives!

Amy said...

Rebecca, if you need some good priced tires, email Mom/comment on her blog. My dad works for Goodyear...he gets a pretty good friends and family discount. :)

I love the las tpictur eof Judah. So cute!!!