Just Floored

Or maybe the better title for this post would be “It is finished” (Ben friend with the puns going strong over here 😂)

Either way- I’m super thankful the past 2 weeks are behind us.

Ben’s new house is a small ranch style house from the 60s with lots of hardwood flooring and lots of oak trim. And while it has all stood the test of time, it became pretty obvious to us on the first trip thru that it needed a face lift.

The floors were dull and chipped and dirty.

I’d always heard that it was worth your money to hire a professional right out of the gate. (In fact the winning joke we heard when we asked a group of friends if they had experience refinishing flooring was “the most important thing I’ve found for using to refinish floors is the telephone”)

But Ben’s dad had a fair amount of experience with working on school floors, so we waded in.

We rented a sander from the hardware store for 24 hours and chased that thing relentlessly across the living room, down the hall, through the laundry room and 2 bedrooms… back and forth, over and over until dust practically settled on my brain and I lost track of which room I’d sanded last.

We took a hand sander to hit the spots that needed a bit more attention. And hoped we’d done enough.

And then Rohrer Floor and More took over.

Progress 🤞🏼🙏🏼

I’m overjoyed at the finished product. And I can’t believe that we were able to pull this one off ourselves with the help of family (bless y’all)

Somehow I don’t foresee us becoming the next Chip and Joanna but we are definitely 1-0 with a happy homeowner.

Blessings to you in your new home, Ben ❤️

Bonus Pics:

Our neighbors got in a 2 story modular recently and it was super neat to see how rapidly the house went together. It went from straight dirt to all the pieces into place in about 24 hours.

Grandfather has decided the twins are old enough to go with him everywhere. Usually they have to take turns. Julia commented that it’s like she’s back in her childhood whenever Father drops off a thirsty, hungry, exhausted boy and says “that took longer than I was expecting” 😂 ah, the good Ol days- been there,survived that. ❤️

Recently I travelled to PA with a group of ladies (and Sweet Baby A). We watched Esther at Sight and Sound. Such a powerful reminder that “everyone has a story” “perhaps you were born for such a time as this”. Definitely worthwhile time spent.

March Madness and the Winner of the Giveaway

To our friends scattered to and fro:

The last few weeks have gone past in a whirlwind. If there’s one pic that describes me while my mom was on vacation it’s this:

I love the chance to be Aunt Ken and babysit my little buddies.

In other news-my Ben friend save the day again.

I thought I could save money by varnishing the rough plywood in the upstairs at the cabin. Terrible idea. I worked and stressed and slaved and never felt like it was clean. So now we have laminate flooring and all is peace in the neighborhood.

The other huge deal from this past week involves my Ben friend again:

We have a new neighbor. It just so happens that it’s the poultry farm less than a mile from us 😉 I’m so excited for Ben and just so thankful for the ways that God has provided.

This opportunity has truly been the Hand of God. Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime. But for now-I’ll just testify that Gods timing is perfect. All praise to the One “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”.

I don’t know what door you find yourself waiting in front of, but I encourage you to take heart. God will provide in a beautiful way when the time is right.

Trust Him,


Bonus Pic:

The Giveaway was so much fun. I loved reading all your comments. Julie Horst is the winner and I’ll be sending a copy of “The Covid Cow” her way. Thank you all who entered.

Covid the Cow Goes West Giveaway

I don’t know if you remember the Covid Cow who popped up randomly on our western adventures last year.

But he’s back-with his own twist on all the fun.

Petrified Forest

I put together a short children’s story including a lot of random facts about the places we visited. Example: the steam from Old Faithful is as hot as your mom’s oven (350° F).

My goal was to gift the book to the children of the family we traveled with as a fun little memory. So I only printed a few.

But I have one extra that I’d love to giveaway.

So if you’re somewhere in the US- comment something about one of your favorite children’s books (past or present) on this post and I’ll announce a winner March 7. (Sorry but international shipping isn’t an option)

Sequoia National Park

Covid the Cow and I wish you luck 😘


P.S Naming our mascot Covid was not a solid plan. I’ll never forget walking through a crowded national park and suddenly realizing how we sounded: “Hey do you have Covid?”

“Yep, sure do”