20+ Budget-Friendly Drapes

Drapes and Curtains are instrumental in adding beauty and drama to a room.  Unfortunately, drapery often comes with a hefty price tag.  Over the years I have located a few stores that usually come through for providing quality drapes and curtains at reasonable prices.  These stores are Ikea, World Market, Target, and JC Penney.

Just so you know I don’t have any relationship with these stores nor am I being compensated in any way for mentioning them in this post.  I just love a good deal and these stores usually offer reasonable prices on curtains and drapes.  What do I consider a reasonable price for a curtain panel?  Personally, I’ve never spent more than $35 for one panel.  In fact I rarely spend more than $35 for a pair of panels.

 

20+ Budget Drapes

 

Below are 20+ Budget Friendly curtains and drapes for you to peruse.  Notice that some are sold as 1 panel (1 side) and some as a pair (2 sides).  Also be sure to take note of sizes once you click on the link.  I love Ikea panels because they always  come in super long sizes and usually are the best prices.  I have 3 pairs in my home and they are great quality.  Enjoy!:-)

 

Florals

 

Mudhut Suzanni Vine Panel- $23.99

Mudhut™ Suzani Vine Window Panel - Red (55x84")

Ikea Ingmarie Curtains 1 Pair-$39.99

Threshold™ Jacobean Floral Window Panel - Gray- $24.99-$34.99

Threshold™ Jacobean Floral Window Panel - Gray

Tamara Floral Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99  (This one not only looks good but has a great name too!):-)

Tamara Floral Curtain

Floral Fiesta Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

Floral Fiesta Curtain

 Floral Gabrielle Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

Floral Gabrielle Curtain

 

Jute Angeline Curtain Panel-$26.34-$35.24

 

Jute Angeline Curtain

 

Parrot Ornithology Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

This would look SO cute in a Girls’ Room

Parrot Ornithology Curtain

 

 

 

Geometrics

 

MarthaWindow™ Diamond Revel Rod-Pocket/Back-Tab Curtain Panel-$27.99

MarthaWindow™ Diamond Revel Rod-Pocket/Back-Tab Curtain Panel

(Also comes in blue, green, and tan)

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel- $19.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel

Mudhut™ Izula Window Panel – $27.99

Mudhut™ Izula Window Panel - Blue (55x84")

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel-$19.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel

Room 365™ Interlocking Geometric Window Panel-$22.39-$26.39

Marmoblad Curtains 1 Pair-$14.99

 

Solids

 

Ikea Aina Curtains 1 Pair-$49.99 (Also comes in Beige, White, and Light Gray)

 

 

Tadpoles Multi-Layer Tulle Curtain Single Panel-$29.99

Ikea Sanela Curtains 1 Pair- $49.99 (also comes in Brown, Purple, Gray, Red, and Light Turquoise)

Threshold™ Ribbed Light Block Textured Window Panel-$24.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Ribbed Light Block Textured Window Panel

Threshold™ Faux Silk Window Panel-$19.99-$24.99 (Also comes in Cream, Gray, Red, and Blue)

Threshold™ Faux Silk Window Panel

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel-$29.99-$39.99

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel

Did any catch your eye???  Have you found any other sources for good prices on curtains/drapes???


Love Your Kitchen Series- Adding Woodwork

If you are new to this Series,  we have been focusing on inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen from builder boring to high-end custom. When you read the words ‘adding woodwork’ I hope you didn’t turn and run the other way! If you are at all tempted to let me tell you something first!!!

I grew up in a family that did not even own a drill. Even to this day I have never seen either of my parents hold any kind of home improvement tool (besides a screwdriver and a hammer).  My husband has ZERO experience or interest in anything DIY.

Are you still there??? Good, don’t leave yet. Woodwork makes a HUGE difference in the visual appeal of a space and it is something you can easily learn if you don’t already have experience with it.  I never did until a few years ago!

So who taught me to wainscot and crown mold?  My friend, google search did!:-)  I’ve learned how to do so many things by typing phrases like “how to install crown molding” into google search and then devouring every bit of tutorial and youtube demonstration I can get my eyes on. Then I just go for it–it’s like a mini adventure! There are usually some twist and turns in the road but the end result has always been worth the sometimes bumpy ride!

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Here are some stylish wood detailing ideas for your kitchen that won’t break the bank and links to show you how to do them. Some only require wood glue so don’t worry if you are not up for learning carpentry just yet! I will start with the easiest and work up to what I would consider the hardest.

 

1.  Corbels

 

 

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via The Lettered Cottage

 

 

 

Corbels are most often placed under upper cabinets (like in the first two pictures) or under the island countertop (like in the last two pictures).  The larger ornate ones can run over $50 per corbel but the regular size that is pictured in all these photos above only costs $9 a piece.

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As you can see in the picture above it comes with anchors and screws.  You will drill a hole, lightly tap in an anchor (the red thing), screw the screws into the anchors and hang the corbel on the screws.  If you are needing to drill into tile you will need to use a diamond drill bit to make the hole.

 

2. Corner Legs

One of my favorite ways you can customize lower cabinets is to add decorative legs to the fronts and sides of your cabinets or under your island like the examples below.

 

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via This Old House


 Driggs Designs via Houzz


Decorative Leg

 

 

Did you know that stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry legs(sorry no prosthetics or leg lamps) and posts?  I discovered this one night as I enjoyed a quiet night out with myself at Home Depot.  As I perused the wood trim aisle the next aisle over had items like columns and railing replacements.  I combed through the different styles and noticed that one in particular was only half in diameter.  It looked as though it had been sliced right down the middle.

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Then the light bulb went on!  I had always loved the look of a decorative leg but thought it was something you could only get from a very expensive cabinetry remodel.  For only $14 a piece I took two of them home to experiment.  I held the post up to the cabinet and marked off where I would need to cut.  I used my miter saw (I have a $115 that has worked well for me so far but you could also use a jig saw for $40 or a miter box and hand saw for $8) to cut the top of the pillar off.

 

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Since my countertops don’t hang over the sides very much I had to cut at the flattest part of the decorative molding.  If you have more of a overhang to your countertops then I would make the cuts more like the ones below.

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After I cut it I painted it the same color as my cabinets and used wood glue and putty to adhere it to the side of my cabinets.  It’s not perfect but I love the custom look it gives to my kitchen and for $28, I’ll take it!:-)

Decorative Leg

 3. Cornice Over a Sliding Door

I have an eat-in kitchen and a lovely(insert sarcasm) sliding door in that eat-in kitchen.  Although I love the light that the sliding door lets in I don’t like the look of a sliding door being in a kitchen.  It reminds me of kids coming in and out with muddy boots and so I’d rather it be in a mudroom (not my kitchen).  To make the cookie cutter sliding door a little less abrasive I made a cornice to go over the sliding door and then added trim above that to fancy it up even more.

Here is my Kitchen and Sliding Door Before

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 and After with the Cornice (and lots of other DIYs)

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I used this tutorial from All Things Thrifty to make it.  It is a great step by step tutorial that I am confident even a novice DIY-er could do!

 

4.  Crown Molding

Crown molding on kitchen cabinets adds interest and distinction.

via Houzz

 

 

 

It is relatively inexpensive too if you do-it-yourself.  I added crown molding on my cabinets for around $40.  I’m not going to lie, it is a pain in the neck to do.  I learned through watching youtube videos and reading tutorials and by lots of trial and error.  Warning:  If you are a cusser then you may say some swear words as you are learning.  If you are not a cusser you may say some swear words as you are learning.;-)

Here are some good instructions for installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets, here and here.

As I’ve been writing this post I keep thinking up more and more ways woodwork could be used to update and customize a kitchen.  This truly could be the post that never ends.  But end it must, so hopefully you feel empowered to add woodwork to your kitchen!  The options are endless especially with a friend like, Google Search!;-)  What did we ever do with out him/her/it?:-)


DIY Butterfly Wall Art

My daughter’s room is decorated with all things whimsical and girly. I love to lay in her bed with her for a few minutes as she settles in to go to sleep. I feel like I’m lying in a lovely, little flower garden.

 

Her bedspread is quilted with hydrangeas

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Birds can be seen perched on branches of an ornate rubbed oil bronze candle holder.

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A cute little painted birdhouse sits as a welcoming home.

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Butterflies flutter at the window as they dance playfully in the drapes.

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Even a pink velvet bunny can be spotted taking in the view.

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So when I saw this Pottery Barn Kids wall art I could easily imagine it feeling right at home in my daughter’s room.

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As I studied the pictures closely I felt confident that this was a DIY project just waiting to happen.

 

Here is how it turned out!

 

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ADD some fresh flowers and a plate of robin eggs and now you have a Spring themed art masterpiece.

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This color combo especially exudes Spring!

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This was an easy, $5  and less than 2 hour project!

Here’s how I did:

 

The Supply List

(I already had everything on the supply list leftover from previous projects so I only had to buy the canvas)

 

-A 16x 20 canvas (I got mine as a 2pk at Hobby Lobby for $7.99)

-Acrylic paint in the color you want the background to be, mine was called ‘Princess Pink’- $1

-A small cup of water

-A piece of scrapbook paper in a color and design you want your butterfly to be

-2 foam brushes ( I usually buy a pack at the Dollar Tree)- $1

Modge Podge, a glue stick, or any other kind of adhesive that will glue down paper without leaving any bumps underneath

-Download of Butterfly #1 template- Click Here

Butterfly #1 Template

-And/ or Butterfly #2 template- Click Here

Butterfly #2 Template

( If you do the set of 4 butterfly photos notice there are 2 that have the same butterfly image & 2 that have a different one. That is why I have 2 butterfly image options you can download).

 

Steps:

 

1. Download and print out the butterfly you want to use (I used Butterfly #1)

Butterfly #1 Template

2. Cut along the butterflies border to create the butterfly template

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3. Trace the butterfly onto the piece of scrapbook paper.

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4. Cut out the shape of your butterfly on your scrapbook paper by cutting along the lines (more 1st grade cutting skills) (I did not cut antennas out).

5. Put aside.

6. Dab your foam brush into your background paint color and then a quick, tiny dab into your cup of water.

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7. Brush the paint onto the canvas in quick, short, counter-clockwise motions until you have filled the entire canvas. (I made reference to the Pottery Barn Kids inspiration picture often through this step).

8. If the canvas is a little wet let it dry.

9. Apply smooth adhesive to the back of your butterfly ( I used a foam brush to apply modge podge to the back).

10. Be sure to position the butterfly on a little bit of an angle and smooth the butterfly out with your hands so that it is completely adhered to the canvas, edges and all.

11. If it is not add more glue to the edges.

12.  I used the end of my foam brush to make the antennas.  If you have a craft marker that would also work well.

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You’re done!!! I only needed 1 but I think it would be so fun to do the whole set or even 2 would look good to plank a bed or add color to a blank wall.  Hope you have as much fun as I did with this project!!!   Let me know if you have any questions!  And feel free to post your final product in the comment section if you end up doing it!

 

Bunny looks a lot less lonely now.  Wouldn’t you agree?:-)

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You Know You’re a DIY-er IF…

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You Might Be A DIY-er If:


1.  You’ve ruined more clothes with paint splatters than you can count.

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2. The workers at your go-to hardware store know you by name.

 

3.  You’ve acquired an on project injury.

 


4. You ask for tools for Christmas or birthday presents.

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 5.  Your kids no longer bat an eye when they hear banging in the house.

 


 6.  The phrase  ”how to ………” typed Into google search has saved you more than once.

 

7.  You can see the possibilities in even the ugliest house or piece of furniture.

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8. You know the difference between caulk, spackle, and wood filler.

 


 9.  You aren’t afraid of hard work especially if it means saving a buck or two.

 

 
10.  You’ve had to call in a professional to finish a job (Hey, we are a pretty awesome bunch but even the best of us need a hand from time to time) :-)

Which ones could you relate to?  Can you think of anymore to add to the list???  I would love to hear them! :-)


My House Hunters Episode

This past week marks the two year anniversary of purchasing our home. It has caused me to ponder the circumstances at which we met, our long distance courtship, our quick engagement, the wedding day, our fights, and months and years of counseling. And I can honestly say that I am more in love now than ever. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m still talking about my relationship with my house. Isn’t that a normal thing to talk about?:-)

Our first marriage was in 2007 to a 13 year old townhouse-styled condo (13 years old, I know, sounds risky)!

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Our Condo when we put it on the market

 

At the time of purchase we only had a one child who was just shy of a year old. The condo was 1675 sqft, 10 minutes from my husband’s work, and close to lots of great shopping. It was a somewhat blissful marriage. Well, minus the next door neighbor’s super loud video game music blasting through our walls at wee hours of the night. He was a 40+ year old man, but hey I won’t judge! Oh, and the never ending cheap-o oak cabinetry. But that was eventually resolved with paint (paint is the ultimate home marriage counselor)!

 

Condo Kitchen Before

Condo Kitchen Before

 

 

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Condo After DIY Counseling- www.providenthomedesign.com

 

But about 3 1/2 to 4 years into it I started thinking about moving (house divorce).  My oldest was 5 years old at the time and was in kindergarten. He was of age to ride a bike but there were no sidewalks in the condo community and our backyard consisted of a “green space” that we shared with 12 other neighbors. One particular neighbor that lived directly behind us (his back patio faced our deck)  spent every nice weather day outside on his back patio sun-tanning in only a pair of black skimpy shorts. Lets just say it was always a little awkward when we were out there at the same time which seemed to be often as the boys got older and wanted to be outside playing.

 

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Five years had always been our financial plan to stay in the condo so when I got the almost 4 year itch I decided to just start looking in order to get a sense of what was out there, nothing serious. I just wanted to study the market so I would be ready for when the time came.;-)

 

Unfortunately, after a month or so of looking around I found one that really captured my interest. It was double the space we already had (I was pregnant with my 3rd at the time so space really sounded good) and was on the end of a cul-de-sac with a half an acre ( good for the kids to be able to run around). It was just as close to my husbands work and lots of shopping and in an even better school system. And the big kicker was that it was in our price range and a great deal at only $77 a square feet.

Sure, it wasn’t the prettiest home but I knew I could improve it with some TLC (aka DIY). But, aaaagghhh, the timing was terrible! There were 2 major factors that made this new relationship impossible. 1. Financially we needed to secure an end of the year bonus for a sound deposit and 2. I was uncomfortably pregnant (REALLY not in any shape to get the condo on the market)!

 

Oh, just look at the tired eyes!

Oh, just look at those tired eyes!

So what did I do? I stalked it. That’s what any infatuated person does, right? I checked on it regularly hoping somehow it would stay on the market for a year. The market is slow, people won’t notice it’s hidden potential and the great deal it is, I tried to convince myself. Well, it did stay on market for a few months and after about 4 months I began to think it was destiny after all. I decided it was time to meet my future house “in person” so I called the realtor who listed the house and asked for a showing. She kindly told me that the house was in contract and was expected to close in just a few weeks.

 

I got off the phone in dismay. I had kept my eyes open and no other house had the square footage we desired in our price range! This was the only one! So on the way home from a friend’s house I drove by the house to say my goodbyes. As I drove back home I said a prayer in my heart that went something like this–Heavenly Father, I know that you are all knowing, and I know that you know what is best for me and my family. I really wanted that house to be ours someday and I listed to Him the reasons why. I ended with the statement if its your will please let it be. I immediately felt a weight taken off my shoulder and moved on.

 

So fast forward 4 months. I had had my baby and had survived her first 3 months of borderline colicky newborn behavior as well as the transition to 3 children.

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After that I felt like I could do anything!  So, I began looking for a new home again. As I began looking through the singles ads (aka listings). Almost right away I spotted another great catch! A builder was looking for a buyer to build a specific 3200 sqft floor plan for again only $77 a sqft. It was in our desired area so I quickly called to get more info. Surprisingly, it was for real but the builder’s rep hesitantly invited me to drive by the lot. Hmmm, something must be fishy about this lot I thought.

 

Sure enough as I turned the corner to get to the lot I saw it–the most humongous power tower that I have ever seen.

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So of course that’s why it was such a good deal! Well, I wasn’t immediately detoured. I really wanted that square footage and I wasn’t finding it in our price range elsewhere. So I did some research on power towers and my findings were that there was no concrete evidence that having a power tower close to your home would pose health problems. Although there were some antedontal stories I decided to visit the lot again and to actually go outside on the property and to hear the sizzling of the electric power lines and too see how close the property line was to it. While I was there I noticed the lot next to it was for sale by a different builder. It was one lot further away from the tower which I definitely preferred!

I went home and got online to see what floor plans this builder offered. I immediately fell in love with this home and floor plan. I called the builder right away to see what it’s price was. The starting price (without upgrades) was at the very top of our budget price range. But the home was even more sqft than we had hoped for and was a great deal too, at $85 a sqft. We are a prayerful family. We had started praying long ago that we would find a good home for our family when the 5 year term was up.

 Our Builder Home

 

 

We prayed about this bigger, newer, but more expensive builder home and both got the feeling that we should move forward with it. The builders were willing to do a contract contingent on the sale of our condo. We could end the contract at anytime if the condo did not sell but if the condo sold then we would be legally binded to build. With a lot of work on my part we got the condo ready to put on the market within a week or so. The builders wanted us to have everything picked out for our new home within the month even though we only had a contingent contract. They wanted to be ready to get a permit right after we sold (closed on)the condo.

 

Making selections for our new build was both fun and stressful. The fun part was creating spaces that I could envision my family living in for years to come. The stressful part was realizing that with each upgrade (like a fireplace being an upgrade, shouldn’t that be a standard feature to a home?) we were getting closer and closer to having a home we couldn’t afford.

As expected with the market being so bad at the time our condo didn’t sell right away. In fact it took four months until we had a buyer. We were hoping that we would close 30 days from the contract origination but our buyer desired to use a certain type of loan that required an extensive (it ended up being 4 months!) waiting period. We decided to go ahead and sign the contract with our buyer since we weren’t sure when another buyer would come along.  The builder was willing to wait since they were hurting for buyers at the time too.

About a month after we got our buyer my husband received the end of the year bonus that we had been waiting on. It had been the same every year for the past 5 years so we were expecting it to be the same. We were alarmed when it was half the amount as normal (not due to his performance).  We continued to pray for direction. As time went on I began to start feeling uneasy about the financial stretch we would be putting ourselves in with building the home that I loved. Sure we could probably do it but it would be tight and most likely stressful.

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One day as I was feeling distressed about what we should do I thought why not go ahead and look to see what existing homes are on the market. As I was scrolling through the homes in the area we had pinpointed and in price range we were comfortable I came across a home I had seen before. It was the home I had seen and sadly said goodbye to 11 months previous! Why in the world was it on the market again. I quickly called my realtor and asked to her if we could have a showing and if she would find out for me why the seller’s were moving so soon after they bought it (I was afraid there might be something wrong with the house). My realtor got back to me saying that the owner had gotten a job offer in another state that was too good to turn down.

 

Could this be our answer to our prayers and ultimately the quiet pleading for God to intercede if it was His will? I knew the answer. It was.

If our buyer would have had a normal loan we would have already closed on our condo and had already been building the new home. The timing of our buyer’s loan application (4 months!) allowed the time needed for the home to come back on the market, for us to be able to leave our contract with the builder, and to move into a home once our condo closed. Unbeknownst to me the timing was being perfectly orchestrated.

Now I have to be very honest despite that it will shine a very unfavorable light on me. Even though I knew in my heart that this was an answer to our prayers and that He had blessed me with my desire it was SO very hard to let go of the beautiful builder home I had created in the selections contract. It had hardwood floors, corian countertops, white kitchen cabinets, and a walk-in pantry. A gorgeous 2 story great room, a mudroom, 4 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage. I had spent the past 7 months planning what I was going to do (decorating wise) with each room and had pictured my family living there for a very long time.

So when we came to the showing and saw this I was SO disappointed!

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Living Room

I have to say for a good week that I mourned the loss of my “dream home”. I know it sounds so superficial of me but hey I’m human. And to be even more transparent I’ll tell you that throughout the first year of living in our new home I yearned to have the builder home we almost had. And I know this was SO ungrateful of me but sometimes I even felt bitter about being where I was and all the work I “had” to do to make my house how I wanted.

But you know what they say about the first year of marriage–it is always the hardest!:-) And yes my first year in our new house was the hardest and the second year has been SO much better!  Why?   Mostly because through DIY projects GALORE I have gotten our home to where it feels like, well, our home.

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 (to view more Before & After Photos of our house, Click Here)

Is this where God wants me to be right now? Yes. Is this a home we can afford and not have to stress about paying for? Yes. Is there anything of more worth or value than the peace that comes from knowing you are following God’s will and from living within your financial means? A resounding no!

Now, I realize that there will be some who will think this story has nothing to do with the love or hand of God and that’s okay, we can still be friends.:-) But I can’t help but celebrate my home’s two year anniversary without thanking my Father in Heaven for His love, His foresight, His patience, and His hand in blessing me with this home, imperfections and all!  Thank you for reading our story!  I love happy endings and this is one of them!:-)

 

Family Photo taken in our Backyard 2012

(4th child not pictured because he wasn’t conceived yet)

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