Archives For January 2012

By Eric on January 31, 2012 3

Over our Christmas vacation we completed a lot of projects. The biggest task we started to tackle was cleaning out our basement, and in doing so we were energized to find uses for some of the old furniture we had sitting down there.

Most of the pieces aren’t made out of real wood, but rather were just veneer-coated and cheap-looking. We had a bookshelf, dresser and a bedside table that needed a makeover. We also picked up a wicker seat dining room chair off the side of the road about a year ago in hopes of fixing it up into something cool.

It was finally time to cross some projects off the list! Here’s what we started with. (The dresser is not shown, as it was a last minute addition to the project.)

Old furniture in need of a makeover

We decided we wanted to paint everything white just to keep it simple. I went to Lowe’s with a short list of things we needed:

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By Eric on January 30, 2012 13

1. We have a lot of fun when we eat at unfamiliar places like Red Rossa Pizza. Thanks, Pizza Ranch, for scaring us off with your long line.

Red Rossa Pizza

Red Rossa Chicken Alfredo Pizza

2. Baby showers allow for great father and son bonding time.

boys and their toys

3. Women at baby showers congregate into different social circles. When I got home they were organized by family, church friends, college friends, and life group friends. I suppose its natural.

4. House showings come at the worst possible times. After a month of none, someone really wanted to look at our house during our baby shower.

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By Eric on January 27, 2012 5

Original Sin And how it Affects Marriage

The men of our life group are reading the Bible together. We logically started in Genesis and are reading a chapter a day and sharing our thoughts via a private Facebook page. When I read through Genesis 3, I was drawn into the consequences of original sin. Not that I hadn’t heard this before, but have you ever read something and finally God just speaks directly to you through His Word? I had that kind of a moment…

Genesis 3:16-19

16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.

19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”

Consequences for Women

You have probably heard the first part of verse 16, but it was the second part that really struck me. Yes, I think of the pain that Kelsey is going through daily during her pregnancy, but the second part of the verse affects her entire life. God gave women the desire to control their husbands, but men are called to be the spiritual head of the household. Talk about confusing, right? If Kelsey and I don’t understand this, it can cause a lot of friction in our relationship and divide us rather than bring us together.

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By Kelsey on January 26, 2012 7

i’m thankful for our car, even though it breaks down from time to time.

i’m thankful for my husband, even though we don’t always speak the same language.

i’m thankful for my job, even though some days i’d rather not work. (but, really, our company is quite good to us.)

i’m thankful for our house, even though we desperately want to sell it.

i’m thankful for our budget, even though i don’t always have money to buy what i want.

i’m thankful that we have enough money to buy food, even though sometimes i dread going to the grocery store.

it’s all about perspective. what are you thankful for?