Let me brag a bit

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I just need to take a few moments to praise my husband.  He has been phenomenal lately.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s pretty much a stud, always.  But lately he has been a tireless supporter of making our house a home.  I cannot express just how thankful I am for his go get ‘em attitude.   Here is a list of things he’s accomplished lately:

  • Coordinated and completed the roof replacement, siding replacement and  house painting projects.
  • Completely cleaned out the office to make room for nursery plans.
  • Scoured Craigslist and found a great deal on several nursery items.
  • Scoured the sales items on various websites and found a great rocker for the nursery from Urban Outfitters.
  • Vacuumed and straightened up several rooms upstairs for the anticipated arrival of our house guests.
  • Reseeded some bare areas in our lawn and has faithfully watered the lawn morning and night.
  • Raked the lawn to keep the new grass from dying.
  • Is putting the final touches on our kitchen table project (it’s almost done!).
  • Mulched the news plants that Sally (my MIL) planted for us along the sides of the house.
  • Planted a boxwood in a planter.
  • Fully organized, de-cluttered and cleaned the garage.
  • Found a storage solution for our bikes in the garage.
  • Faithfully leads and shepherds the youth in our church.
  • Encourages me to be in the Word daily and to grow spiritually and challenges me with thought-provoking questions.
  • And the list goes on…

Thank you, Brian for being such a diligent husband and for not being lazy or complain-y.  You really are the team leader of our family and you make it easy for me to follow you wholeheartedly.  I know I’m not the easiest person to live with or to get motivated, so thank you for your patience.  Looking forward to this next stage of life with you and a little one!  You’re going to be an amazing dad!

Love,

Your Wife

Oh the places you’ll go…

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Proud of my husband, today!  He started his new job this morning.  And while he sure does miss the great folks he worked with at DENR he has uncomplainingly stepped into this new role.  We are sure it will probably mean more hours, longer work days, fewer vacation days and less flexibility.  But I am thankful he’s willing to make that sacrifice for our family.  It also means a more formal dress code, too!  Looks like a shopping spree might be on our horizon!

He’s got a nice view from his office, though, which is a nice upgrade to the cinder block walls and sparse windows of his old employment.

I know he already misses his old coworkers and job.  He made some good friends there and they were all sad to see him leave; evidenced by the kind words they wrote him at his going away lunch.  Brian, I just want you to know how thankful I am for the decisions you make for our family!  I’m excited to see what plans God has in store for you in this new place and how you are going to be used to be a light to a whole new group of people.  Thankful for you.  Love you!

Really? You wrote about this…?

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I really have the urge to write a new post.  But there isn’t really anything all that interesting going on at the moment.  I started a recipe post…but thought it might be weird to post about a recipe I made last night that was really really good, but not AHHHHMAZING, or anything.  I thought about writing about how busy work has gotten.  I even thought about lamenting the fact that something caused our overhead light and fan to stop working in the master bedroom.  But then realized, these are such mundane topics why would anyone care to read about them?

But that’s life at the moment.  So share away I will.  If only to satisfy my desire to write.

First, the recipe.  It’s called Spaghetti Rice and I found it on Plain Chicken‘s website.  I stumbled across her website on Pinterest yesterday while looking through a friend’s boards.  I liked several of her meal ideas and pinned a few to my Um, Yum board.  Looking forward to making two others this week.  I think what I like most about her recipes is that they’re fairly simple to prepare with everyday ingredients and typically have short prep and cooking times.  Perfect for a mid-week meal.  This is a direct correlation to the busyness of life/work.  Or is it indirect?–the busier I am the less time/effort I want my meal to take to make…I digress.  I made the recipe and it turned out great.  It was hearty, tasty, and fairly healthy (I used brown rice).  Brian even got three helpings of it so I know he enjoyed it.  It is definitely a re-do in the Lowther casa and will be added to this sweet write-in-your-own-recipes book my twin gave me when I got married.

Second, busyness.  Wow, life is about to jump into light-speed and not slow down for ohhhh about 2 months.  It happens to be annual meeting season in the HOA industry.  That means on top of my regularly scheduled Board meetings I get to add on neighborhood-wide meetings!  Joy!  Out of the 23 working days in October I get exactly 7 days without some kind of meeting, be it morning, noon or evening.  In November, out of the 20 work days (Thankful for Thanksgiving!) so far I have 7 scheduled meetings (6 of them annual meetings).  This is where I tell Brian, good luck making dinner for yourself.  Ha!  No, seriously, he’s actually pretty creative and has no lack of ingenuity in the kitchen.  I’m already looking forward to December when things will hopefully settle down for a month before picking back up again in January.  Breathe, just breathe!

Finally, the house renovation.  It’s coming along.  I’ll be sure to post a couple of pictures of the two-tone color scheme we’ve got going on at the moment before we move on to paint.  It’s really eye-opening how much damage we had that needed replacement when you see half the side of the house covered in yellow hardi-plank where blue siding used to reside!  I’m just thankful we’re getting it taken care of.  Unfortunately, when we got home from work yesterday our master bedroom light and fan wouldn’t work.  We’re not sure why it’s not working but can only assume it has something to do with the siding that was replaced on the front of the house right where our bedroom is.  We notified the contractor and he assured us we’d get it figured out.  I think Brian’s dad is going to help us troubleshoot the cause of the malfunction and hopefully it ends up being an easy fix.  I guess like with all things, they rarely go as smoothly as planned.

Speaking of smooth plans…Africa Team 3 is preparing to head out in about 2 weeks!  Wow!  It sure has come up quickly.  Thankful for the four that are headed out and the work they will get to do while visiting our adopted people group.  Excited about what God is going to do among the people and through our team.  Be praying for them and all the logistical and ministry details they’ll be dealing with!

This was quite a wordy post.  Thanks for getting through my scatterbrained comments!

Roof, Siding, Paint….Oh My!

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It’s coming along folks!  The roof has been replaced, we already like it so much better.  We were super impressed when the workers got started right at 8am and when Brian met the siding guy at 2pm later that day they were done!  Wow!  A whole roof in 6 hours.  He texted me a picture:

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The siding is in the process of being replaced.  They’re removing the rotted/water damaged fiberboard siding that was on there and replacing it with Hardi-plank.  Expensive, but worth it.

That should take a few more days and then they’ll prepare the house for painting.  After that they’ll get the new gutters up and we should be good to go!

We had quite the rain this weekend and the roof showed no sign of leaking.  The only casualty so far was my poor Japanese maple :(.  The top of the tree got taken off, so we’ll need to have it replaced.  Am I the only one that gets sentimental over plants you’ve planted yourself and watched grow for a year or two?  Other than that it’s been smooth sailing.  Now if this wet weather would clear out so they can finish up the siding!

We’re hoping this project will be done before October 14th when we have some friends coming to stay with us for a few weeks!  Otherwise, I think it will be chaos around the Lowther casa.  I apologize for the infrequent updating.  Life’s been busy.

Biting the Bullet!

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Well, Brian and I are biting the bullet and are preparing to move forward with painting our house and replacing our roof!  Being in the HOA management field, it is pretty much required that I properly follow all our HOA rules and go through the proper channels to get our house painting and roof replacement projects approved.  Therefore, we are preparing to submit our architectural appliation for review and we are pumped!

You may remember that waaaaay back in May we published this post about potential house colors.  That was really just our first attempt at throwing out paint colors and mulling them over.  Well, now that it’s been about 3 months we have had time to narrow down our pallette and we think we are pretty set on what we’ve chosen.  We’re set enough to go through the ARC process with the colors, so here’s hoping it turns out as well as we’re envisioning!

So, using the same program we used previously, we slapped on the new colors to visualize what our house might look like.  Here is the before and after, for your viewing pleasure. 

This is what our house looks like right now. We’re excited about changing it up!

Dovetail Siding with Tricorn Black Shutters, Extra White Trim and Plum Brown Door. The roof will be replaced with Charcoal architectural shingles (not what is pictured)

So, what do you think?  After we get it approved by the ARC we hope to move forward with our contractor.  If all goes well we may have a “new” home by the end of September!