“Extra Time”

One of the benefits of having an empty nest is being able to enjoy hobbies and pursue creativity. I am now able to spread my supplies out without worrying that small hands are going to mess with them or move something. Even when I’m working on a project that will take several days, I’m free to leave it out. When I had a house full of kids, time did not allow me to work on as many crafts as I would have enjoyed and I didn’t have the space to leave things out until I could get back to them again. 

DIY Home Sweet Home Wall Decor

This past week, I was able to work on several home decor projects. The first two were DIY’s inspired by Krafts by Katelyn. She does alot of fun, easy and budget friendly DIY home decor, and I really enjoy her youtube channel. I’ll leave links to her channel below.

For the first project, I bought most of the supplies at Dollar Tree. I couldn’t find some of the supplies Katelyn used, so I had to improvise a bit. Since the wall decor was going in my sunroom, I decided to have some fun with it. I added the bees and butterflies  just to give a little whimsy. Then I added the jute string to finish it off. I love this! The paint and jute I had on hand and the other supplies cost about $6. I think it came out really cute!

Clearanace wall decor at Hobby Lobby

For the second DIY, I started with some wall decor I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3.99. It orginally had a white star on it, which I painted over with chalk paint and then distressed it.

Personalized wall decor

Next, I painted a black house and put a white heart in the center. Lastly, I personalized it. I used a Sharpie to write the “EST”, then painted numbers I had left over from another project and glued them on on. I love that I was able to make it my own by adding the year my husband and I were married. I’m so happy with the way this project came out!

Kirkland’s monogrammed tray – Trash to Treasure

The last project I did this week was a “Trash to Treasure”. This wooden tray still had the original sticker on it from Kirkland’s. I paid only $4.99 at Good Will. I simply gave it a good cleaning, painted it with chalk paint and then distressed it. I used Word on my computer and found a script I liked to make the letter “P” and enlarged it. Then I printed it out, traced it on my wood tray and painted it black. Finally, I sprayed a few coats of polyurethane on it to protect it. So cute!

Created in Canva

I miss my kids dearly, but I totally enjoy the time an empty nest affords me to just get lost in projects like these. Take a look at Katelyn’s channel for more detailed directions or feel free to ask me. I’d love to hear how you fill your “extra” time! Leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe!

Check out Krafts ByKatelyn’s channel:

https://youtu.be/9ug8fSonOgA

https://youtu.be/DgKkAhGrFbc

A Window into my Life

Last July, we moved all our earthly possessions down to Virginia. My husband was not able to find a job before we moved, so we unloaded the truck and the following day off he went back to New York to continue working. 

Fast forward to December …my husband was STILL looking for a job in Virginia while living in New York, and I am STILL living by myself in Virginia trying to unpack and set up our home. After his company would not allow him to take any vacation time for either Thanksgiving or Christmas (after 21 yrs on the job), we made the decision for him to retire and move down just before Christmas…with NO job!  Scary, right? Foolish, some would say.

End of January, he received an offer for a temporary job. Not exactly what we had hoped for, but at least it was a job, we were in the same state and moving forward! But, no, no, no… not so fast… 8 days later, my husband had a brain stem stroke. Wow, totally unexpected. Talk about scary…moving to Virginia with no job was nothing compared to this. Change in prospective – ABSOLUTELY!

As we step into this new normal, I’m constantly flooded with all kinds of emotions. Utter FEAR being the most common. But I continually battle to land on an attitude of gratefulness. Grateful that my husband survived the stroke and is making progress in his recovery. Grateful that he has a pension so we have some money coming in. Grateful for the love and support from our kids and family. Grateful for the doctors and therapists involved in my husband’s treatment.  And thankful that God never leaves me nor forsakes me and that His mercies are new every morning.

My dear hubby getting ready to mow our lawn. Me and my darling.

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Victors in the midst of strife – Henry Van Dyke

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Leaving New York, saying a final goodbye to a season of life and hello to a new adventure!

Saying goodbye to our family home and moving from New York to Virginia…not exactly something I thought about when I was up to my eyeballs in dirty diapers, laundry and toys spread across the floor. It was a season of life that seemed like it would last forever until one day you wake up and realize how quickly it’s coming to an end. For me, having raised 5 kids, it’s been very bittersweet.

Saying hello to new adventures…not my first choice. I love routine, it’s safe and comfortable. It’s very “me”. It’s my sweet spot. Somehow life has left me no choice but to figure out how to embrace this ever changing new adventure I have begun.

Life in an empty nest has been quite a roller coaster so far. When I think back though, I guess most of life is. I think maybe, when I was younger, I felt like I had more control. And as I get older, I know how little control I really have. In this new season, I’m hoping to learn to enjoy life more and continue to grow. I’m hoping to encourage, inspire and be a blessing to others. And I’m hoping to be better able to trust God who has never let me down.

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