Never Too Old

I’m going to take a little trip down memory lane in this post. Life is constantly changing and while I super excited and inspired by the changes currently taking place, I think it’s good to remember where you have been.

30 years ago my family and I moved to a small town in Iowa.  26 years ago we moved into this house.  This house is beautiful inside and out.  Though she needs a bit of work in this particular picture. IMG_6142 (1)

I “grew up” in this house.  I say that even though we moved there either my freshman or sophomore year of high school.  It went through my teenage years with me.  And those were some years.  As I walked through the house one last time I was flooded with memories.

IMG_6472  The attic.  It was much nicer back in the day when it was my room. If those walls could talk.

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I was blessed to have my best friend live next door to me for a while. I used to sit on this window seat and she’d sit on her couch by the window and we’d talk on the phone.
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Then there is this beautiful staircase where many a family picture was taken.  I remember putting my wedding dress on and walking down to show my family.  The archway that welcomed so many as they walked in our front door.  The room where I had my first kiss with the man I would end up marrying.IMG_6481

 

And the last picture I have for you.  The kitchen that Adam and I remolded a bit together.  Again, as in my other posts more Adam than me.  But I did chip off all of the plaster covering the brick wall.  I love exposed brick.

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Why am I sharing this walk down memory lane with you? Well about a 3 months ago my parents sold this house.  And it got me thinking about the past, the future, change and living your dreams.

They have always been adventurous, my parents.  My dad maybe more so then my mom.  Though,  in spite of dealing with anxiety/depression issues due to a genetic disorder she is a carrier of, she has always been up for whatever adventure he could dream up.  She may want to let her fear and anxiety keep her from these adventures but she doesn’t.  She puts her trust in God and goes.  My dad has always had a dream of living in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and so at 77 and 72 they are working at making this dream come true and that inspires me.

What dreams have you been putting on the back burner?  What have you wanted to do forever but have thought impossible?  What is holding you back from achieving your dreams?

My parents have taught me a lot over my 42 years but one of the best lessons is don’t let fear hold you back.  It can be crippling.  I’ve seen my mom work through it time and time again.  Be brave! Be bold! Have faith and go for it.  You are never too old to make your dreams come true!

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Table Building Amatures

7 or so years ago my husband was helping my dad clean a shed.  While doing this he discovered these. 3 – 12 foot 100 year old barn boards and he got a vision of what they could be someday.

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These barn boards sat around in my dad’s garage until about 6 months ago when they made the voyage from Iowa to Wisconsin.  Where they sat in our garage until March.  Over spring break we got ambitious and said let’s build a table.  Something we have never done before.  How hard can it be, right?

I must stop for a moment and say this, my use of we should really be limited to the planning, sanding and painting on of the protective coating.  The building of this table was all my husband.  Through YouTube, Google and his dad (thanks Glenn) he made the plans and executed.  So while I may use the term “we” throughout this post please know my husband deserves all the credit for the actual building of the table.

Now that we have that clear, on with the post.  We cut the boards down to 3-6 feet pieces and 2-4 feet pieces and my husband set to work putting it all together. IMG_6172  We had to take the boards to be planed (thank you Patrick) and jointed (thanks Tom)
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After they were planed and jointed it was time to start building.  I can’t give you all the details but there was lots of drilling of holes, dowels, and glue.  There was not one nail or screw used in the building of this table. A fact that I find extremely cool!  If you have questions or want specific plans leave a comment and I’ll get them to you.

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We chose to use cedar for the base.  Cedar is so beautiful and it really goes well with the table top even though we think that is white pine.  (If you can tell us if we are correct leave me a comment).
IMG_6400After he got all the parts assembled it was time to sand the whole thing.  I helped a little with that.  I wanted to say I helped “build” the table.  I am not really a details person.  Well, on somethings I am but on something like this it makes my head hurt.  My husband loves it and he is great at it though and he did an amazing job.IMG_6239

Anyway, after all the sanding was done we began to debate what we should use as a finish.  We knew we didn’t want to use a stain of any kind.  The wood was so beautiful as it is.  We considered tung oil or teak oil.  We spent a lot of time in the finishing isle at Menards.  We finally settled on a clear water based poly.  I can’t really tell you why we made that decision.  We just needed to make one and it seemed like a good choice.  I liked it because it didn’t have a strong smell and its really easy to apply.  It really made the table look even more beautiful.

The table is 7 feet long.  The top alone ways at least 250 pounds.  We built the base separately and brought that in the house first.  I was able to help with this and that’s it.

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I knew I could not help carry that table top from the garage to house.  My husband and his dad made that happen.  It is a beast.  A beautiful beast.

IMG_0632I have dreamed about having a farm house table for a really long time.  I have pictured sitting around sharing meals, but also living life around it.  My kid working on homework while I meal plan, having my quiet time with God, playing board games, maybe having a puzzle going during the winter, projects being done, laughing and playing cards with good friends, and holiday meals with family.  I love this table! If you couldn’t tell.  Thank you Adam for making my dreams come true!IMG_6549

I Can’t Keep a Secret!

Anyone who knows me really well knows I have a really hard time keeping secrets.  This is especially true with things I am super excited about.  Today I got a birthday present for my husband that I could not wait to give him.  Literally I could not wait until Monday to give it to him.  He got it today.

In my defense, it’s beautiful and really deserves to be viewed by everyone.  Including my husband.  I featured an artist in my A is for Art piece a few blog entries ago.  Her name is Nissa of NissaWickArt.  A while back I asked her to paint a picture of a place that is very special to us.  It’s the place I grew up. It is also a place where so much healing and growth took place in us individually and in our marriage.  It was time spent living close to family.  We learned new things like how to raise chickens, garden, can and remodel houses.  It’s the place where we learned to love each other again in a healthy way.  We met wonderful people and made amazing friends.

When I look at this painting I am transported back to Pomeroy, IA.  I am driving down the road to the farm that I have driven a thousand times.  I remember the hard times but am in tears realizing what amazing good things took place in the 5 years we lived there.

This painting will not bring you to tears or move you quite the way it did me but it is an amazing work of art and I am so glad we get to add this piece to our NissaWickArt wall!

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A special thank you to Nissa for putting up with my crazy requests!