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Building a House into a Home

When Ian and I saw this house a few months ago, we could see the possibilities: the little girls could share this room, the boys that one; this could be the living room, that could be a guest room; if we build a wall here, we can finally have the chapel I have always wanted. The back yard was huge, and we could see our children playing and riding their bikes around the neighborhood.

Look at those bike paths!

Lots of room to play!

So we moved in and painted a few walls in anticipation of the floor that would be put in shortly, and we’d move beds into the proper rooms and everyone would know where everything was and everything would have its own place. We would postpone restarting school for a few days because of the temporary chaos of cramped quarters on the main floor. As soon as the basement was done, we’d set up our dining room table so the kids would have a place to do school and we’d be able to unpack all our books and put them into shelves for easy access.

Margaret among the boxes

School Among the Ruins

A month later….

We have started school, using various tables and sofas and chairs that are surrounded by boxes and dressers in what will one day be the dining room. We also eat meals here and pray our nightly rosary.

so much stuff!

Taking a Break from Unpacking and Painting

The kids are sleeping in sleeping bags in two bedrooms, and Ian & I are sleeping in a tiny room that may have been an office at one time. It has been one long camp out!

Robert camping out

Robert camping out

I have taken lots of pictures of the process of tearing down, rebuilding, tiling and painting, so I’ll highlight some of those projects in upcoming posts.

Tea for Today

Today: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Outside My Window: sunny!
Today’s Goal: Get everything packed into the van for our trip.
Today’s Plan: Pack the dry goods into the kids’ lunch boxes, make sandwich packs to put into the cooler in the morning, finish the last load of laundry, and clean up the kitchen.
Today’s Tea: 8 Treasures Green Tea.
Today’s Tidbits: We are in FlyLady’s Zone 2 (Kitchen). The kids are helping me by putting clean dishes away and sweeping while I finish up the dirty dishes, clear and wipe the counters, and mop the floor.

A Family in Need


There is a beautiful family here in Colorado Spring who have given much of their time, talents and treasure to helping men and women choose life. They are Mike and Michele Mason, and they were instrumental in bringing 40 Days for Life to our city time and time again.

A few days ago, they welcomed their 9th child from God! Unfortunately, Mike was recently laid off from his job and after the baby was born, Michelle suffered a stroke. Families in the Colorado Springs area have stepped up to the plate and are providing meals for the Masons in their time of need. There is also a web site set up for receiving monetary donations to help see them through. If you are interested in giving part of your tithe to this wonderful family, click here.