Friday, August 21, 2015

In the fullness of time

A frequent question I get: When will Nora get a sibling?

A. I'm trying.

Q. It's been over a year, how do you remain hopeful?

A. I'm trying.

Some days are better than others. Baby fever can be overwhelming. But I know our family isn't complete. One way or the other — though I have an overwhelming peace that this is God's plan and that Nora won't be our last biological child. Doubt sometimes creeps in and makes everything cloudy.

I have been trying to blog about this forever. I've always had a commitment to be honest on here and let God use it for His glory (hopefully). Every month though I'd postpone publishing this in hopes that I'd be able to post a pregnancy announcement instead. And that just hasn't been the case.

I know I'm not alone in this and that brings great comfort. I have so many friends who have gone and are going through this very struggle. Life in a fallen world. We must pray for and uplift one another in our trials.

I am making the most of my time with Nora and the extra time I have these days (as she becomes a little more independent) to study God's word and draw nearer to him. I am truly grateful for having one healthy, smart, beautiful little girl.

I can't help but remember and be comforted by the Biblical phrase "in the fullness of time." That's when Jesus entered the world to accomplish his perfect plan. That's when God's divine will for our lives is carried out. In the fullness of time.

Prayers are always appreciated, though!


The Melvilles

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bathroom Reveal

I was waiting and waiting to show off my new bathroom. I wanted to finish a few things, like painting the door and buying my statement pieces (new towels and hand towels). And since I'm a busy working mom and may never get around to those things, I figured I'd show you what I've got!


(Please notice the paint peeling off the walls from the lack of ventilation)

(This vanity was the perfect height...if you're Nora)

(Never quite figured out why there was a window in the shower...)


(Only the tub was salvageable! They took the room down to the studs)

From out-dated, deteriorating and tacky to...

(I love the little touches, like the eyebrow window and niche in the wall for our shower stuff)

(We had to splurge on a Pottery Barn light!)

We used Lichty Homes again and were very pleased. The project went a little longer than we'd hoped, but that's life, right? I did a lot of Pinterest research before we got started and I'm really glad we went with quartz on the countertop (Mega Granite), subway tile in the shower and honeycomb tiles on the floor (all tile was Traditions in Tile in Sharpsburg). Oh, and our awesome custom vanity was Strathmore in Atlanta.

Check out the before and afters of our mudroom floor!

and after!

Oh, we also got started on our upstairs bathroom, but we're not going to show that to you yet. I promise it will make for some dramatic before and afters! One day we hope it will serve as our master suite. It's definitely going to be more contemporary than the downstairs bathroom, too! Stay tuned...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cheap, cheap

Nora's been hanging out with some cool chicks lately!

Yes, our chickens are finally here. And in about 6 months this family will be enjoying fresh eggs!

Sorry the pictures aren't better. I imagined a photo shoot with Nora outside, but I forget these chickees don't quite stand a chance yet in the great outdoors. Don't worry, I'm sure this won't be the last you've seen of our newest little loves.