Monday, January 26, 2015


I shared in my last post that uncomfortable is my word for 2015.

I have already had many opportunities that have stretched me far beyond my "normal" or comfort zone.

I have read both of these books the past few weeks and I get it.

I went to church Sunday morning and the message to the end of the current series was the identical message in Unstoppable! 

Then they had a slide show of some of the WOTY while the closing song was played. Mine flashed twice. The second time it stayed up on the screen for.e.v.e.r while the song came to a close.

I really get it God.

But before the books, and the message on Sunday, there was  THIS post. 

The first time I read it I was stopped dead in my tracks. It was as if everything God had slowly been speaking to my heart over years had been written in a letter to me! I could almost see my name {Talia} in the place of The North American Church. 

I can't even begin to know how many times I have read it. In fact it is saved to the main screen of my phone. When I am feeling confused, selfish, or weak I read it. It reminds me of everything I know to be true in that moment. Perspective.

"You are hungry for the uncomfortable."

"You're famished for More, for hard and holy things, for some real meat for your starved soul, some real dirt under your fingernail, some real sacrifice in your veins - some real Jesus in your blood and in your hands and in your feet."

"What if caring for the poor was more than just caring about easing our consciences? What if caring for the poor meant feeling sacrifice for the poor. What if we weren't really feeling care for the poor - until we were really feeling sacrifice for them?"

"It's not just the rich who get to give - it's all those who give who get to be rich."

"You don't wait until you have more before you give to God - you give now so you get to become more in God."


"We are all done with no-risk, no-sacrifice, no-point lives." 

"It is time: We are all done with the drug of comfortable and dare to live the dream of uncomfortable."

"It is time: We're all hungry for uncomfortable because we're hungry for God - and He is outside our comfort zones."

And so we God sold our house. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Palace Gates

Read THIS post. 

My word for 2015 is uncomfortable.

God wants me to pursue a life outside my comfort zone.

In: Relationships. Ministry. Life. Dreams.

"You are where you are for such a time as this - not to gain anything - but to risk everything."

"You are where you are for such a time as this - not to make an impression- but to make a difference."

"The reason you are inside the gate for such a time as this - is to risk your life for those outside the gate. If I perish, I perish."

How could Esther not come?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

home is wherever i'm with you

We sold our house!!

I wrote this big long post explaining why, and what is next for us...

But it was long. Really long. So I decided not to post it.

My emotions have definitely been a roller coaster. Days where I am a mess of tears, and days where I am SO excited for what is next!

We went through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class at the end of last year and now we are on track to start building a legacy. That is exciting!! I hIgHly recommend that class! You can even purchase a home study kit and do the class at home.

We have spent the last year and a half making this house our home! We have updated almost everything in the entire house. 

It is fun to see how different everything looks from the day we purchased it.

In preparation to sell it, we did even more work! Weeks and weeks of painting! I can officially say painting/taping baseboards and trim takes a lifetime! I painted a fresh coat of white over all of the trim while Kyle took down and painted all 19 interior doors! But I can't even begin to explain what a difference it made! If you are selling a house, do this!! Heck, just do it for yourself to enjoy. It is times like this though, that I would happily live in a 500sqft cottage! So much freaking sqft of baseboards!

Our house was on the market for less than 24 hours and we had two offers over our asking price, with a third at asking price! WOW!! Even with a "non-staged"-empty house! I was so worried this would hinder the price or sale. Not at all. :) We had 16 showing requests scheduled. God is beyond good.

We chose an offer with a 3 week close. Everything was fast, fast, FAST!

Here are the pictures I took for our real estate listing, as well as what everything looked like when we bought the house. The original pictures are from our appraisal, so the quality isn't the best.

 We had a new roof put on. The original roof was black which shows everything! So we went with a brown roof. I also refinished the light fixtures. They were a rust color, I spray painted them black and added edison bulbs. Also notice the icky brown blinds in the window from the original pic? I painted those white. They brightened up and instantly updated the office which faces our street. 

 Loved my front porch!! I would sip my coffee out here every summer morning. I painted our front door a deep navy. It was an unfinished looking oak before.

Lets go inside now!

Entry Way
 I loved the big open area to greet guests! I also loved the angled door. The office sits straight ahead and the dining room to the left. To the right of the banister is the garage door and laundry room.

I painted the office a dark brown. Almost milk chocolate. I took down the original curtains/rod. They had black black-out curtains in here that were the wrong size. They chopped the wall and big windows. I put in floor to ceiling drapes that were super heavy weight and very textured. They almost felt like burlap.  We painted the french doors and trim as well as put in new dark door hardware.

Dining room

I recovered the light shades (can't tell in pics) and painted the walls a dramatic deep blue. 
Stormy Sky by Benjamin Moore.

 I painted all of the main walls Riviera Beach by Behr. I tried to find a neutral color with no yellow or pink undertones. I also needed a color that wasn't too light since we have such tall ceilings and tons of natural light.  I refinished the previous oak banister with Behr's French Roast.
 The arched cutout is the office color: Mocha Latte by Behr.

 I will m.i.s.s my wall of windows!! loved the view of the sunsets, colors of spring and summer, the changing leaves in fall and of course the falling snow in winter. Ok, I can feel the tears coming... moving on!!
For the love of yellow! There IS such a thing as the wrong shade of any color. Our entire house was really bad shades of yellow! Add the afternoon sun/light and my head wanted to explode! That big brown thing was a piece of wood covered in carpet. I don't know either??!

 The kitchen got: white painted cabinets (Powdered Snow by Behr), pendant lights, under cabinet lighting, beadboard backsplash and island, tall faucet,  and new door and cabinet hardware. 

Breakfast nook
The kitchen and nook are painted Muslin by Benjamin Moore. I also painted this color in our guest bath and basement. I really love this color!! It is thee perfect light-neutral backdrop. 
Powder room

Guest bath got new faucet, light fixture, hardware, and paint. The walls are Muslin and Shaker Beige by BM.
Ava's Room

Ava's room got new paint and hardware! Also spray painted her light oil-rubbed bronze.
Quinn's Room
 I painted the bedrooms the same color as the main walls just to keep an even, clean flow to the house. I painted these right before we listed for sale. I had left them in their original state because I wanted to put wood flooring in the bedrooms and was waiting to do that to makeover each room. I love how they turned out after I painted them though! So fresh.

Caleb's Room

Master bedroom

Master bath

 One of my favorite updates in the house! The original master bath was super dingy and dark. It had nasty old carpet. Blech! Kyle put in gorgeous hand-scraped wood flooring, new faucets, lights, mirrors, and hardware. I refinished the cabinets in the same color as the banister and painted the walls Carrington Beige by BM. I reused the old kitchen's hardware in here. I also trashed the black window valance. Please never ever have black drapery! Ever!! 

Best $680 I have ever spent!

Kids Bath
 The kids bath turned out really pretty too! Everything clashed before and made it look much older than it really is. I painted it the same color as the main walls and painted the cabinets French Roast. I again used our leftover hardware from the original kitchen in here. Kyle put in a new light fixture, door hardware, and faucets.

 The basement ceiling originally was drop-down tiles. Kyle tore those down and had it dry-walled and added 15 can lights! So much needed light! We painted the walls and ceiling Muslin and changed out the door hardware. 

And there you have it! My first home tour on my blog. Sadly it isn't our home anymore. But I can't wait until we buy another house and get to do it all over again. :) I am slightly addicted to before and after pictures. It is fun to see hard work and love turn into beautiful transformation! I can't imagine "home" being anything other. 

We are on to the next adventure...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Randoms

We have had THEE best fall! It has definitely been the warmest (and longest) fall we have experienced since moving to CO 6 years ago. One of the kids favorite things to do is go play at the skate park after school. With homeschooling we are able to go early in the day before any other kids are out of school. They basically have the entire park to themselves most days! Some days we bring bikes, other days we bring scooters.

 I love our views of the Rocky Mountains! Never gets old to me.

With our fall extending temperatures in the high 70's into November we kinda slacked on getting ready for winter! We woke up to snow and single digit temps the other morning. Typically this is not really a problem with homeschooling because we can cozy up under blankets and do our work. Well, we put Ava back into public school in September, so she had to go out in the frigid cold. I didn't even have a snow coat for her as she grew out of her last one. Our only option was my clothes! 

She was super excited to get to wear my coat! I kinda teared up a little. Can it be that she is already shopping in my closet??! It was a tad big, but did the job of keeping her "warm". Needless to say last night we went out in the 2* cold to buy her a new winter coat. :)

It's funny to me that I still have this jacket. I am not really one to hang on to much. If we don't need it or use it, I get rid of it. I bought this Roxy jacket when I was in high school! How it has survived 13 years of moving from state to state and house to house is a mystery to me!

She is too stinking cute! Love this spunky, happy girl!!

Lastly look at our Rvca Duke boy! He is getting soooo big! He is 8 months now and is such a sweet dog. We have continued to train him and it is really paying off. 

He is a good subject to practice photography on because he doesn't stay still for too long and is super curious about my camera, trying to sniff and check it out constantly. 

 This is his "mean" face below. Or maybe it is just his modeling face?!? I get stopped almost every time we are out and asked if he is part pitbull. Sometimes he really does look like he has some of their features. 3 or 4 people have told me they had a lab/pitbull mix and their dog looked like his twin. 

I never thought I would be a dog person {or animal person in general} but this boy has stolen my heart! He is such a great addition to our family. His puppy antics and quirky personality keep us laughing daily! 
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