Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a new member

A few weeks ago (3 to be exact) we invited a little girl to come and be a part of our family.
Her name is Lilly, and she's six years old.
She's got big brown eyes and 4 legs. :)

Isn't she cute?

Sorry for the blur, but it's too cute.

Miss Lilly is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
I've been smitten with corgi's ever since my
momma read me this book at the tender age of 5;
Little Dog Lost by Rene Guillot and illustrated by Wallace Tripp
I fell for them even more after I started reading
Alicia Paulson's blog and her chronicles of the life of Audrey
and then their new puppy, Clover Meadow.
I remember thinking, "Jesus, I really want one of those."
But after researching breeders I knew that it would
never happen.
But the urge for a doggy friend was still pretty strong
and we've been fighting it for about a year now,
seriously, it's very much like baby fever.
(try having baby fever and puppy fever at the same time!
Not pretty my friends, not pretty at all.)
I've been keeping an eye on Craigslist
for a few weeks and talked to quite a few people
but the only free dogs that were older than
2years old were labs or pit bulls.
We definitely weren't interested in pit bulls
and we've done the lab thing before
and we didn't think we wanted to do that again.
And then one day, out of the blue
there was an ad for a 6 year old female corgi.
With a sweet disposition, free to a good home,
and 6 hours of free training to boot if you wanted it.
I emailed right away and called the next morning.

3 weeks later, after several meetings
and lots of "talking it over"
Lilly came to stay permanently.
And our family is so happily in-love
with her foxy little face, bat radar ears and sweet smile.
I won't tell you all the nicknames she has
(Mike has some not so sweet ones for her)
but the most common is "Lilly girl"
Both of the girls call her that always.
And Olivia is her human
without a doubt
head over heels
make no mistake about it.
It was fast,
almost instantaneous.
It was beautiful to see.
And we are so happy to have a new member of our family.

Now we just need to work on the baby fever part. ;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Little corners

Several weeks ago our realtor suggested that we repaint our cozy colorful home in a neutral shade. Talk about a hard decision to make! I'm definitely a fan of color and I have enjoyed my Tiffany blue living room (and bedroom) and my lavender kitchen. But, after multiple comments from other realtors about our {my} paint choices, we decided to make a change and pray that it gets us out the door and further towards our dreams. My sweet parents decided to come and visit us for a few days and help us get the house repainted. The day before they came, I wandered around the downstairs and took pictures of the favorite spots where my eyes would land throughout my day, spots of color and life. I wanted a reminder, however small, of my home the way it was. I thought I would share with you as well.

hand-painted jade egg from my grandmother's
mission trip to China
and a vintage plate

birdie statues and a {very} small stack
of favorite children's books

an old vintage lawn chair and
pink painted sap bucket

an birthday gift from sweet friend,
filled with the dried birthday bouquet
from my sweet husband

the "welcome" sign on our guest powder room

thrifting treasures hung on the wall

I love the yellow and green against the blue

my grandmother's sugar bowl
and a vintage plate
and part of a vintage crystal creamer and sugar set
all set on a shelf in my dining area

more plates on the same shelf

a hand made glass friendship ball that hung from the shelf


Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not sitting around feeling sorry for myself in my big old neutral-colored cream painted house (well, maybe a smidgen, but that's all! I promise.) I'm having a little fun with it, trying some new patterns and mixing things up a bit (did you just hear my husband groan from the other room??) because I don't have to worry about something not working with the wall color, etc, etc. It's new and interesting and it presents a challenge to me, which I like.
Though I still miss those Tiffany blue walls...
Praying it's temporary and being positive and creative, that's my goal!

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