Our library/office. I am thankful for a fully functional
fireplace, as well as for the opportunity Daniel has to
work from home 4 days every week. And yes, that is
a classic Wolverine poster on the mantle :)
I am thankful for my rocking chair, given to me by my
father in law. He received it as payment for allowing
a local Amish woodworker to use some of the wood on
his land. My rocker is made of hickory straight from
his backyard, and it is my favorite piece of furniture!
I am thankful for bright windows, my afghan that my
Grandma Heotzler made, and for an old brown couch that
has been in the family for generations.
I am thankful for those who gave us furniture - we
have truly been blessed with generous friends!
Thankful for a kitchen with beautiful wood cupboards,
a stove that heats evenly and the luxury of a dishwasher!
Please note the chic plywood countertops as well :)
Thankful for a refrigerator that doesn't make awful
noises in the middle of the night!
Thankful for a soft mattress, warm blankets and
blackout curtains in our bedroom.
Thankful for the curtains on the doorways as well
as my mother in law's hard work trying to get the old doors
stripped and sanded. It's going to take a while, but they
will be beautiful!
I am thankful that we had an extra bed and mattress
(given to us!) so that my parents could sleep on
something better than an air mattress when they came
I am thankful for a huge bathroom and a shower that
drains properly. Compared to our apartment bathroom,
this is a suite!
Thankful for my finally unpacked books (the rest
are in the library). Apologies to everyone who had
to carry those boxes.
Thankful for a wonderful view every morning!
We've also been able to get a few "house-ish" things done as well. No big projects, but we're making some progress.
I stained and sealed the porches on an
unusually warm November day. It came out
more blue than it should have, but at least they
are sealed against the winter weather.
I'll be repainting these a darker shade of grey once
spring rolls around.
Doors! We had to buy some new doors for the house -
not all of the old ones were usable. These two, once the
stain and polyurethane dry, will go on Dan's office. Mom
in law has been working on these, and they look great!
Despite the chaos of moving and unpacking, we have managed to have some fun. Every November we celebrate the birthdays of our "November Boys" - Daniel and two of his friends, Bryan and Aaron. We dubbed the big celebration Operation Trifecta. Tradition dictates that presents must be wrapped in girly wrapping paper, birthday cards must be silly and fun must abound. For the first time, we had a party in our home!
We truly have been blessed - a new house, working from home, furniture, a fuzzy kitten, a real backyard, wonderful neighbors... the list could go on for pages and pages. Thank you to all of you who have helped us with the move and with fixing the house. We are forever in your debt!
Though the big projects are done for this year, we'll be working on the inside of the house during the winter. We have trim to put up, baseboards to cut, windows to frame in and doors to finish. We will be sure to post more once we start!
Happiest of Thanksgivings to all of you! May your turkey be moist and your pies sweet :)