Monday, January 30, 2012


Chris preached yesterday.  Go to and click on "Media Archives."  Then select his sermon.  It is titled Forgiveness and was recorded on January 29, 2012.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sewing Class

Emma and I joined a co-op this quarter and are having a good time.  Emma has always enjoyed sewing with her Grammy and is getting more practice in as she has made two things so far in her sewing class.

Emma made a wrist pin cushion and a sewing needle book.  I am proud of her hard work, determination and patience with the sewing machine.  Her next project will be a bag.  

Friday, January 27, 2012

An Awesome Thing

For AWANA (a Bible Club), Emma had to write a paper as if she was reporting news of an event in the Bible.  I thought I would type it out:

An Awesome Thing
Reporter:  Emma Lane

Emma Lane here in Rome were I just talked to a jailer who has an amazing story.  From Acts 16.  So sir what did you see?
Jailer:  I was sleeping and had a dream.  But it wasn't a dream it was real, in Acts 16:29-31 it reads:  The jailer called for light rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas then he brought them out and asked  "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved - you and your house hold."
  I then brought them to my house and wash their wounds and fed them.  I almost forgot to tell you, I almost killed myself because I had seen that all the prisoners were gone.  But Paul saved me and said, "Don't harm yourself we are all here."  I was so amazed I rejoiced and got saved that night.  Jesus loves you and wants you to know him, so I say to you, believe on the Lord and you will be saved.
Emma:  Wow!  That's an awesome story.  I'm Emma Lane, live in Rome.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Basement Before And After Pictures

Here are some basement pictures...

stairs before:
If you click on this picture you can see Madi's head peeking out of the space under the stairs which is now the closet in the office.

stairs after:

office before:

We knocked this wall out to extend the room and used the space under the stairs for the closet.

office after:

playroom before:

wall by the closet

playroom after:

guest bedroom before:

guest bedroom after:

bathroom before:

bathroom after:

family room before:

family room after:
The before picture of the family room is the wall/window to the left.  Also the door is just sitting next to the doorway as we have not put it on yet.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Up Close Basement Destruction

Before I show before/after pictures of our basement, I wanted to share a few pictures of up close destruction.  Not only did the renter rip out the electrical work downstairs, he went up inside the wall and cut the wires.  The upstairs cables and phone wires were also cut.  The bathroom was the only room they didn't rip out the electrical, but the toilet was taken out and there was no vanity.  Like the main floor, the flooring was ripped out except for the stairs.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Main Floor Before And After

I have had people ask for before/after pictures of our house.  I kept on wanting to wait until I have things where I want them, walls done and pictures/decoration hung.  I have done a few before/after pictures, but I haven't done many.  Well the house is never going to be exactly how I want, so here are some before (before we bought the house) and after (after we fixed the house up) pictures....

front walkway before:                                                                 
front walkway after:         

front room before:

front room after:

hallway before:                                                                
hallway after:

Madi's room before:

Madi's room after:

     main floor bathroom before:
This room was probably in the best shape of the whole house.  It was the only room that we kept the blinds, the rest were in rough shape.

main floor bathroom after:

Emma's room before:

Emma's room after:

current TV room before:                                               
current TV room after:

dining room before:                                                       
dining room after:

kitchen before:

kitchen after:

If you think these are great before and after pictures, just wait until I post the basement pictures.