As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Ron returned to work yesterday and I was happy to see him go. 

Don't get me wrong. I was not tired of his company. I like having him around. Rather, I was happy to see him go back to work because it meant that "vacation" is over and I can rest

Honestly, my plain old Monday seemed easy-peasy after the days of last week! Laundry, homeschooling, tidying, cleaning out a cabinet, preparing dinner? No big deal

So, yes, we accomplished the goals of Plan E!

Goal #1: We finished painting Bekah's bedroom and she loves it! 

She was a bit reluctant to give up those pink walls after fourteen years, but now she's a convert and loves having the "blank canvas" of white on white. She has been trading out duvet covers and rearranging accessories by the hour. The photos I am sharing in this post simply show the room as I was photographing it. It could be totally different by now. :)

I am thrilled that she is enjoying her room, dabbling in decorating, and finding her style. Not only will she enjoy her space now, but it is practice in making a home. 

Goal #2: We painted the built-ins in the living room.

Yes, we are waiting for the paint to cure before we put the books and accessories back.

So, yes, the dining room still looks like a used book store and our TV is perched on a dining room chair.

But "vacation" is over! (Whew!)

Have you ever worn yourself to a frazzle on "vacation"? 


  1. Congratulations on completing those projects. And YES I HAVE worn myself off on vacation. Even when "leisurely" traveling, we allow ourselves a couple of days to recover at home before diving back in to real life.

  2. Sometimes we come back tired after vacation! I hear you when you say your glad its over so you can rest!

    Beech's room is so darling. I love the way it looks! If you don't mind, I'm going to send Amy the link for your post so she can see how her store inspired Bekah! She'll love it!


  3. The proverbial you need a vacation to recoup from a vacation. I imagine that Ron was equally happy to get back to work! Bekah is doing a beautiful job creating a room to enjoy. Glad that she likes the change. The bookcase looks great!

  4. Everything looks wonderful...nothing like fresh paint! I may be weird too but there is also something about the fresh paint smell that I like! I know what you mean about getting back to the normal routine...there is something so comforting about our routines, isn't there? Now I am reminded of how much painting I need to get done...among other things...makes me tired just thinking about it!

  5. Good Times! I LOVE Becka's room. Have been wanting to try white on white so fresh...and yes, I think it's great when they get in volved and want to express themselves and be creative...will show this to my youngest girls...their room at the moment is 4 different green blue yellow...It was cute but yes I agree with them they have outgrown it!! Now to agree on a colour...:)) joy joy...

  6. I know what you mean about the tiredness of big projects such as yours! It's the reason we haven't painted in some time. Bekah's room looks lovely--I particularly like the banner of hankies across her mirror--so charming. Rest up and enjoy your normal days! ♥

  7. I just told my friend Ellen, that she needs a vacation from her vacation, Now I think you might just need one too!~smile~ Everything looks wonderful Cheryl, and Miss Beka is finding her new style for sure, I bet you are enjoying watching her grow into this lovely young woman! Thanks for sharing looking forward to the finished project!

  8. Bekah's room is so sweet. Sounds like she's enjoying changing things around. Love her hankies on the mirror. Rest!

  9. We often find it necessary to recover from vacation. This time we have no big projects. Yay!
    Bekah's room looks so nice, as well as the freshly painted shelves. I am completely inept at painting and hubby dislikes it immensely so I can completely relate with the post-painting "Whew!"

  10. I love Bekah's room. I know what you mean about needing a vacay from your vacay when you have major projects on the go like these! You will have fun re-arranging your book case - it's beautiful!

  11. Laughed, but it's true. Sometimes vacation can be exhausting. I hope your photos inspire me to get some painting and redecorating done!

  12. Yes! Most of my vacations are stay-cations where I get involved in a ton of projects. Last week was such a one for me.

    I came back this week hoping to return to routine and rest ... but so far it hasn't happened!

  13. Oh had me cracking up with the first line of this post. What is it about us Americans that work on our vacations!? How fun to have a clean palette to work with. Love love love your built-ins!
    Have a wonderful week recuperating Cheryl!

  14. Ah, somehow the smell of fresh paint is wafting my way. Our bookshelves are not built-ins but the crossed my mind to paint them anyway. We'll see. I'll have to have a vacation to do them in. Your work looks fabulous.


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