We are excited to be so close to having home plans all done!  We have been working with the home builders and showing them our ideas and Pinterest Boards and we really think they have come up with something special.  It's been a process and I know it's just the beginning, but it's a HUGE step and all I can do is take one step at a time or I will explode! 

I was thinking that it would be very helpful to have the plans in 3D and see them like Joanna Gaines does on the show Fixer Upper.  Thinking about this and wondering if anyone else has done this?  Have you either had a mock-up of your plans in a foam 3D model or the computerized version?  Would love to hear any suggestions because I don't want to spend the money if it's not worth it, but willing to if it really is helpful.


At the same time, we are making things all pretty at our house now and then will be putting it on the market at the beginning of May.  If anyone knows of someone moving to our area or is wanting to move,  please pass this info along to them!  I'll try to post some photos of our home as we get closer.  Today we have about 5 different workers in our home painting, putting up subway tiles (why do we always wait to make it pretty when we sell our homes? lol) and fixing little things around the house.  

We still have a long ways to go before we are ready to move and LOTS to do, but this process has taken me back to my Interior Design days in college, and I LOVE this.  We are headed to Colorado soon to go through all the details like flooring, cabinets, fireplaces, lighting, audio, etc... So I thought I would share some more photos from our Pinterest Boards to see what you think.  You all have been so helpful with your emails, comments and messages on FB!  We would love some more input on things because we really DO want something different and unique, and I don't want to end up being afraid to make those decisions!

Looking into the kitchen area and what we would like, this is pretty much the only area Lance and I differ.  I really want LOTS of different materials (I'm the girl who says "I don't like MATCHY-MATCHY" about once a week and it's really getting to him) and he's kind of the matchy-matchy guy.  So I'm trying to convince him that it's ok if the island looks different than the cabinets.  Or the counter on the island is different than the counters on the cabinets.  And if we have different wall textures, (like brick AND subway tiles) it's going to be O.K.  So here's what I'm thinking...


The elements in this kitchen are very similar to what I love.  I would like the kitchen to have:

-White marble or quartz island countertop(not sure which one is better/easier to take care of)
-Wood island cabinetry (but darker than this one)
-Concrete or other material for countertops (Lance leans towards concrete)
-Rustic Metal hood (black or dark grey metal)
-Black or white cabinets (this is where we are not sure... would white cabinets tie in the island better??)
-Some wood or metal shelving above the cabinets (but there will be cabinets above also)
-Floors will be a dark, somewhat distressed wood.
-White subway tiles AND brick in some way (see photos below)

NOTE:  We have a little bit of a unique wall that you will walk through to get into the kitchen from the hallway and front of the house.  Because we have an open concept loft above the kitchen there will need to be a big post to hold that up.  We plan to build that out to look like a slightly arched walkway into the kitchen and that will most likely be brick that is aged or has the "German Shmear" on it. (can you hear Chip saying that? hahaha 


Here's some of the ideas for the kitchen we like:


We like the darker woods for the island cabinetry and the floors.


Love this old cabinet and we would love to find something like this to use for the island and then put a white countertop on it.


LOVE this waterfall island.  Really love this space as well... it's so peaceful.  But then it makes me rethink EVERYTHING and that's either a good thing or not, not sure yet. 


Love the dark subway tile. (do not like the countertops)  Contract is usually what I love, so why do I love the room above this one so much??


Like how this has subway tile AND brick, and it also has the white island countertop.


Ok, this brick has my heart!  It reminds us of Europe and we both LOVE it, but where do you find this kind of brick??


This is similar to what we will have as far as a "post" in the kitchen that needs to hold up the loft above it.  Instead of just a dumb post in the way, we have been trying to look for ideas to make it something unique.  I really like how they made this into a little cabinet.


Here's another idea where instead of a post, they made a cool little wine space out of it!

We will be SO glad when this planning stage is over and we can just give the reigns over to the homebuilders and wait for it to be done.  (yes, I know it's not THAT easy...)  It's so fun to look at all the photos on Pinterest and other places, but then when it's "go time" to actually MAKE the decisions that will be forever in your home... not so easy to nail down. 

Nevertheless, we are still just in awe of what is moving forward here.  There is so much "behind the scenes" that the Lord is working out and we daily trust that He will show us the timing of everything.  So much still needs to be worked out: We need to get a loan, we need Lance to start his new business in Colorado (and have an income again... pretty important I'd say, lol) and we need our house to sell here.  It's had me many times in tears (in a GOOD WAY) thinking about how we are totally depended on our Savior... AND, we want to be in that place! It's a hard place to let yourself rest in, (especially when there is SO. MUCH. TO. DO... ) but it is where we know He is taking us and where we desire to BE.  This could still end, or be postponed, at any moment if any one of those things I mentioned above doesn't happen.   Then we know we will need to wait, and we'd be ok with that too.  Totally opening yourselves up to God's plans for you is scary and exciting all at the same time.  I think those are the two emotions we feel most during this journey.

Last Sunday in church we were learning about another "I AM" statement that Jesus talks about in the book of John:  "I AM the Good Shepard" and again, we see the Lord's perfect timing in that.  We know He is shepherding us.  We know He is a Sovereign, Good Shepard and He has all authority over our lives.  It is unbelievably peaceful to know that He knows everything about us, yet still loves us!  Isn't that awesome!?!   He is like the shepard who leave the 99 and goes after that ONE lost sheep, pursuing him with His love until he comes back into His fold. 

We know that He has a GOOD path for us and we want to yield to that and trust IN that.  That if we veer off His path, He will bring us back and get us on the right path.  My son-in-law Dany Ferrara shared some insight into Proverbs 16:9 last week at his staff meeting, which Rebecca happened to be a part of.  She shared with me how impactful that was to her, and I want to share that real quickly here.

Proverbs 16:9 says: "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps."

I think most people think of this verse in some what of a negative way,  as in "well I shouldn't make my own plans, because God's plans are better and I'll wait for Him to show me..."  But what Dany felt the Lord sharing with him (when they were praying and considering leaving here to go to Austria) is that it is OK to make plans, that in fact God does want us to plan!  And that IN THAT process, the Lord will ESTABLISH these plans.  (I talked about this a while back in a post about our desires and how God gives us our desires for a REASON)  So if you feel lead to go somewhere, or do something or you feel that little "nudge"... start planning it.  Start praying about it, planning for it, researching it, talking about it, asking others about it.  That is where you will see the Lord ESTABLISHING it.  If it's not in the Lord's plan then He will shut the doors.  If it's what He is calling you to do, the doors will open and you will have peace stepping through that door. 

I love that, and I know it really touched Rebecca's heart as she shared it with me.   

I hope you know today that He is that Good Shepard in your life.  That He does want GOOD for you.(Jeremiah 29:11) But also know that there are many bad shepards out there who would like to influence your life and get you to go down the wrong path.  Who would like to use you for their purposes, who would like to confuse you about what is good and right. I think of the media and how they try to influence us, or how the world tries to shepard us in the direction they feel is right for the times.  For those of you who believe that God is real and good and true, don't let those things lead you away from Jesus Christ.  

Each day we have the choice to follow after the Good Shepard who loves us and wants to lead us down His path.  

I think of Psalm 23:

1   The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Rest in the joyful assurance that we have in Him.  

Sorry this got long and drawn out... I think only I can bring a blog post about moving and design plans around to the Lord... hahaha

I hope you don't think I'm always "preaching" to you, because in all truth I am preaching to myself most of all!  I fail to remember so much that comes out through these blog posts and I have so much to learn myself. So the Holy Spirit is definitely trying to get me to HEAR these words and let them sink in to my heart as well.  I hope you know that I never say what I say here to tell you what to do.  It's simply a space that I pray over and ask the Holy Spirit to bless and use, and hopefully that touches someone out there.

And if you're wondering... No, we do not have a house with a view of the Eiffel Tower! lol  The picture at the top of this post is simply a gorgeous view that we WILL get to enjoy when we bring 14 ladies to Paris this summer!   Through all this crazy planning for this move,  I've also been planning for our retreats this year.  We can't wait to have lots of FUN exploring Paris & Bruges, to create and talk about art, (this year will be a study on Rodin) and to share our deep love of Jesus!  July come quick...

Have a BEAUTIFUL Tuesday!