basement progress

Alternate post title: that time we finished the basement and then I forgot to blog about it. So yeah. The basement has been up and running for several months now, but in the general bustle of life, it keeps slipping my mind to do a blog update. In case you need a reminder, we started with this colorful crazytown: 035The hilarious thing is, I’m not even sure this picture does justice to the madness. It appears much cleaner in this picture than it actually was. No, seriously. There’s a reason that playmat was being stored on top of the chairs, people. You can see more before photos here and here. Now, after replacing the cabinets, ceiling, and lights, coming up with a new floorplan, adding a shower and washer/dryer, and having everything painted, we have this: 034014015019020023 024The kitchen cabinets are much nicer than any of the cabinets we’ve ever had. Divided compartments, lazy susan, spice rack, and hanging storage for utensils…seriously awesome. 025 027 029 026041 032As you might remember, our primary goal in getting the basement finished was so we would be able to rent it out for a while and generate some extra income. We were thrilled that the day we listed it on Craigslist, we were bombarded with a constant stream of phone calls and e-mails from prospective renters. The interest was incredible, and it allowed us to be pretty picky with who we decided to rent to. Our current renter has been in for a couple of months, and things are working out wonderfully. It’s such an awesome testimony to of the Lord’s provision that He led us to a house where we have been able to do this! Of course, we are excited about the idea of someday taking the basement back to use for our family. You know my husband is dreaming of a man cave, and thankfully I think I’ve landed on a plan that’ll make us both happy. What a fun place for us to share with family and friends someday down the road! For now, our little family of three has plenty of space upstairs, so we’re happy to give up the space for a while. We have had so much fun watching the basement come together! Now that it’s done, we’re enjoying working on a few upstairs projects that I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

my baby is one: hudson’s weekly photos

So, it happened. Hudson turned one a couple of weeks ago, and we celebrated on Saturday with the help of family and friends.


We had so much fun celebrating his first year of life! I’ll post more pictures of the party soon, but today I thought I’d share a little project we’ve been working on for the past year.

First of all, when I saw the awesome weekly photo project that John and Sherry of Young House Love whipped up for their daughter, Clara, I was totally smitten. I loved everything about their idea and would’ve totally implemented it for Hudson, except for the fact that a) I know nothing about Photoshop and b) I don’t have 52 fabrics.

So, I came up with a little alternative that we ended up loving. Every week for the past year, I’ve taken a picture of Hudson and come up with a caption to describe something unique about that week. The captions were meant to give a little snapshot into his first year of life- things we were doing as a family (like living in a hotel), things he was accomplishing (like standing), things that were going on in the world (like the presidential election), and other significant events (like Christmas).

Zach and I love how it turned out! It makes us happy to have a fun overview of the past 52 weeks, and a special keepsake for Hudson that, years down the road, will give him a glimpse into what life was like back in 2012/2013.

Side note: this was one of the things that I thought had been lost in the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2013, and by far the thing I was most upset about. So thankful that we were able to get it back!!

So, here are 52 pictures of my favorite little man (I’ll probably divide them into several posts to keep things from getting overloaded):

1 week home sweet holiday inn

2 weeks hanging out on the new carpet

3 weeks camping out in the basement4 weeks bundled up for movies by moonlight5 weeks first visit to exploris6 weeks moving in7 weeks new cloth diapers8 weeks first trip to the beach9 weeks enjoying the new hardwoods10 weeks first 4th of july11 weeks new countertops and handmade gifts from a sweet friend

hudson, a hedgehog, and a hard drive

So, for whatever reason, we seem to be in a season of things breaking around here. Our lawn mower and mixer both pooped out, we had a leaky pipe, and there is also sediment mysteriously getting into our bathtub water. All of these things were preceded by the crashing of our hard drive a few weeks ago.

Yes, the hard drive that had tons of pictures of Hudson’s first year on it. That were not backed up. On the same computer that had broken earlier in the year, which we were planning on buying an external hard drive for, but didn’t rush, because what are the chances of that happening again so soon?

I realize that in the grand scheme of things, they are just pictures, and I have it pretty good if that’s my biggest problem. But still. Pictures of my growing baby boy, that will never be a tiny baby again…you get the picture. Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The good news is, that in the midst of all of these issues, when my head is spilling and, to be honest, it feels like we’re bleeding money, we continue to learn about leaning on the Lord for provision, knowing that He is infinitely wise and good and always has our best in mind (even if it isn’t the sunshine and rainbows seamless route we were hoping for). So thankful that I can cling to that truth, and for seasons that remind me that I am not in control!

As a happy ending to this little saga, a good friend (the same one who fixed our computer the first time) was able to restore everything that was lost (even after the Dell people told us it would probably be impossible). So thankful for generous, compassionate, tech-savvy friends and the fact that we can still enjoy things like this:

Needless to say, I don’t think “pet hedgehog” will be on Hudson’s Christmas list anytime soon.