The week has ended

We all made it through the week without any HUGE disasters at the home front. Thank you for all your prayers. They helped….I know!

On Tuesday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by making green blueberry muffins. I saw the yummy fresh blueberries at the store and decided I should make these muffins. I used a recipe off the Internet with Bisquick as an ingredient. They were a success by the kids but needed a little more sugar for me. 🙂

Don’t know if it was the luckiest day for me, though. My computer “crashed.” I worked all day long trying to get the stupid thing to boot up long enough for me to troubleshoot the problem. Fortunately, we have a very good friend who works on computers as a hobby. He figured out the problem and I got it back today…HOORAY!!! Thank you again, Scott. You are a lifesaver! I use my computer so much. I listen to it for music through Rhapsody, I blog, e-mail, shop, etc. I am so glad to have it back.

So we witnessed this week the installation of our granite counter tops in the bathrooms, tile on the bathroom floors & master shower and the building of hubby’s garage “workshop.” Just today we popped in to find our bricklayer laying the stone on our fireplace & finishing the brick work around the kitchen. (See slide show below) Our sub contractors did not take a Spring Break. We are very grateful.
Happy Sunday,
Shan

House Update

I just pulled my SD card out of the camera thinking I would share some updated photos of the house with you. Well, I don’t have many. I realized I haven’t been taking as many pictures as I used to…hmmmm. It could be for several reasons. 1) I have a pattern of NOT taking pictures when I am not feeling good. (I also don’t journal much during these times too – can’t you tell?) The stress lately has been overwhelming. 2) There hasn’t been a lot of activity or noticeable change. (thus the stress) 3) When I’m at the house I forget to take pictures because I am intently observing or thinking about what needs to be done…distracted.

They have painted 99% of the inside of the house now. It looks good, do I have pictures to show, no…sorry! I will do better next time and take a few. They installed one wall of the kitchen today. I totally intended on taking pictures of it, with camera in tow…Oh well!
The dreaded question that people are asking, “When will you move in?” I know people mean well, it’s just that I unfortunately don’t have an answer. I really have no idea. I talked with a friend on the phone yesterday who is also building right now. I told her I feel as if we are never going to move in. This feeling is horrible…like we are spinning our wheels for nothing. The original plan was the house would begin being built a year ago this month. Instead, it began in June. We thought we would be able to move-in in January, then it moved up to the middle of Feb. and well, here we are…no idea! Every time we try to put a date to “it” (meaning the move-in date) well, it seems something else happens.
Sorry to complain…I shouldn’t. God has blessed us and I am grateful for his blessings.
Shan
P.S.: The photo above is of the master bath.

New House Pictures!

Sheet rock is going up! Here is a picture of our kitchen.

I was there just in time to take pictures of them putting the sheet rock on the living room ceiling!


Thought I would share.
Happy Day,
Shan

Sound and Windows!





Today I met the builder at our new home to discuss more items on our agenda. It was a great day…they were wiring my house for sound! It will be a dream come true to have speakers in all the rooms I frequent in throughout the day (not every room in the house..too much money). Music motivates me like nothing else and I just know doing laundry while listening to my favorite music just might make me ENJOY the chore! 🙂

Then to my surprise I saw them installing our windows! It was a good thing I was there because they switched some windows. I quickly got them right on track before it was too permanent to move them. There were many crews there today actually. The electrical crew, sound crew, window crew and soffet crew were all there this morning. It was like they were ants all with their little jobs to do…sawdust everywhere. For a future home owner this is like heroine. You want to see all this work happening. It means that you are that much closer to the house being done. It is really happening! Half the time I am giddy like a little kid and the other half of the time I feel like it is surreal…a dream.

I took the hubby there today to show him all the progress and pointed out everything. He said, “you know every little detail of what is going on, don’t you?” I immediately replied “Of course!” He doesn’t realize all the work I do while he is at work. Overall he is very supportive and we haven’t fought much at all. Fortunately we have the same taste…hmmm…maybe I should say to a point, we do, I am the one that brings us back to earth sometimes.

I really hope this does not come across as bragging in any way. I know most of my readers are my friends & family and will understand the excitement, and be happy for us. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to build a home. On purpose, I have tried not to talk incessantly about this huge undertaking. I thoroughly understand that it is a blessing to have a home period. I know that not everybody has an opportunity to even own a home. With this knowledge brings humility in a way that I feel somewhat guilt. Then as I kneel to pray and thank my loving Heavenly Father for making this all possible, a still small voice whispers “accept my blessing, my child.”

I hope you too, will accept the blessings our Father in Heaven has for you today…whatever they may be, big or small, spiritual or temporal, He showers them on us each and every day. I find that when I recognize His hand in all things and thank Him…the guilt melts away. God loves us so much…He really does.

I never know where my thoughts will lead to as I sit down at the computer. Anyway, thanks for reading and I have included above some pictures of our living room ceiling before they put the roof on. It is cool to see the sky above. Now the house is completely roofed in and shingles have been laid.

Shalom,
Shan

38 is GREAT!

Today is my birthday and I want to thank everyone who called me to wish me a happy day. It is special that you remembered. It has been a good day. I started out by running 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I placed my little card on the scanner like I do every time I enter the gym and the computer all of a sudden said “Happy Birthday!” It totally shocked me! Then everyone in the office said Happy Birthday to me. That was pretty cool!

I then decided I would go see the progress of the house. There was only one framer there. It is very cloudy today with a high chance of rain. He informed me that one of the framers fell off a rafter yesterday working. I was very surprised to find out they worked yesterday. I did not expect that, being Labor Day, & then to find out someone who has been instrumental in building our miracle was hurt doing so. I was sad to hear the news. I think he has shoulder and ribs injured. The one man who was there asked me why I was coming & taking pictures of the house. I was thinking in my mind, “why would I NOT take pictures…it is my dream home you are building.” Anyhow, he continued talking and said out of all the 12 houses he has help build in the last 3 years that only one other owner came to take pictures. I was a little surprised myself and then told him it might be due to people working full time. I think maybe they just came and took pictures at night when they were not there anymore. This was a very nice man and I began to explain to him that I am very grateful for their work. “I want to take pictures and capture this process…it is a miracle to me. I like to see how it has grown. Honestly, I am in awe.” He looked at me and said, “you are the first person to say that, usually everyone takes us for granted.” I can not begin to tell you how humbling it was to hear him say this to me. He continued talking, sharing stories of how rude owners were to them, treating them like second class citizens. My sympathy overflowed as I listened to him. I am very grateful for these men, the framers of our new house. They have a special talent…it really is amazing to watch them work and see their progress.

At the last minute, a friend invited me to lunch and we visited a quaint little “Tea Room” in our small little town. Then before we knew it, it was time to pick up the kids from school. Hubby just got home with a cake for dessert…isn’t that so sweet! He also gave me Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host! Something to look forward to reading. Although, I really can’t imagine it being any better than Twilight. So we are off to have dinner at my favorite Italian Restaurant as a family. I made a birthday mix today and found a song I have been looking for for years: Something Good by Utah Saints. It is such a fun song to dance to!

I hope this finds all of you, my family & friends having a good day too! I am so blessed to have you all in my life. And even though I have wrinkles, grey hair and a slower metabolism I am grateful to be here this day…it is a gift itself!

Adios, Shan