Category Archives: Life

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

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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!

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!

Not Interesting

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Been wishing that I had something interesting to share on the blog lately.  Alas, life has been pretty mundane as of late.  Been busy with work stuff but in general nothing fun or exciting to report.  We are going zip lining next Friday, though!  Looking forward to that and we’ll be sure to post pictures/video of the adventure.

We’re in the process of redoing a table that we got for free from one of Brian’s old coworkers.  It’s pretty sweet.  It’s a black Pottery Barn pedestal table with 6 black chairs with cushions.  The tabletop needed a little TLC and we’re in the homestretch of getting it finished up (fingers crossed it gets done this weekend!).

What I’ve liked so far about this table…it’s round–round tables seem to fit people around them better than rectangular (or oval) ones.  It will seat 6 even without the leaf (but the leaf makes it extra roomy).  It’s sturdy and well built.  The chairs are super comfortable.  It is black, so it ties in the black bookcase and media center already in our adjoining living room.  It doesn’t look country.

Oh, and I guess in other news…Brian got a new bike!  He has joined the Ellsworth club along with his wife :).  It’s a 29er and is super big.  But it doesn’t’ look disproportionate (like his old bike).  And the best part?  He really likes it!  We’ve taken it out on trails a couple times now and on the Tobacco Trail (greenway) and he’s thoroughly enjoyed every time.  Woohoo.  Who wants to go ride with us?

Ok, back to the mundane.  Sorry no pics to liven this post up.  If I think about it (aka-care about it) I will go back and post a pic or two of the bike and progress pics of the table project.  Y’all have a good week!

(I feel like I used a lot of parenthesis in this post….)

Old School

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Although the blog has been quiet for a few weeks, life sure hasn’t.  We’ve been back from Africa…and like with most things, even after amazing events, life happens and you get back to the routine pretty quickly.

Well, Brian and I got to do something last night that we haven’t done in a long time!

ROLLER SKATING!!  We got to go skating with Keirsten (my niece), her friend Lavinia, my sister Tracy and her hubby Rob.  It definitely took me a few laps to get comfortable in skates again because I think it has been at least 2 decades (whoa, that makes me feel old) since I’ve last roller skated!  Brian, an avid inline skater when he was young, picked it up quickly and was skating circles around me (literally).

It brought back memories of birthday parties and church outings growing up.  We were by far some of the oldest folks on the rink, but  I’m glad we got to spend some time with the family doing an activity we wouldn’t normally pick.

Here are some pics of the gang skating it up.  Picture quality is not great; it’s from the iPhone which doesn’t capture action shots very well.

Tracy & Rob

Keirsten & Lavinia

Me–taking a balance break

Brian–zoom

Africa Recap

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We’ve been back about a week now.  Time for a recap of our visit.  I am not going to share what country we were in or what cities we visited even though the country we visited is an “open” country.  Meaning you’re allowed to share your faith with adults, unlike a “closed” country where it is actually illegal to spread the gospel. We had a great trip and I believe I speak for both of us when I say, we can’t wait to go back!

This will mostly be photos with a bit of commentary.  I wrote a 3 page update that, if you’re interested in reading, I’d be happy to email to you.  Just shoot me a line at dslowther at gmail dot com.

The trip in numbers:

  • 7 days in country
  • 4 days in the capital city-due to some travel mishaps
  • 1.5 days in the villages we were planning to visit
  • 24 hours on planes
  • 20+ hours sitting at airports
  • 8 (or so) taxi rides
  • 50+ people heard the gospel
  • 4 people decided to follow Christ!

We got to know this airport intimately! But as you can see, there wasn’t much to it.

The large picture is the western most tip of Africa. The shots on the right are several from around the capital city.

Horse & Cart, still an acceptable mode of transportation. Actually, mostly used to…well…cart stuff.

Our team plus our translators.

Where we stayed. It was great!

A group of people we got to share the gospel with in one of the villages. This is where we saw 4 people choose to follow Christ!

Another village we visited. We did not get to share with as many people in this village, but we can see the Spirit working here. We are excited to continue visiting the people here. Please pray for these people that their hearts would open to the gospel.

Some of the children from the villages and more shots from the villages.

Several ladies that heard the gospel. The woman standing with me said she was my African mother because we shared the same [African] name. Brian, Jason & our translator in the back of the pick-up on the way to the village.

Brian and I got to sleep in our hammocks one night; it was great! And the pick-up that got us safely to each village.

Thanks for your support of our trip!  We are happy with what all God did while we were there.  We give Him all the praise, honor and glory for making His name great among these gracious, hospitable people.  We are pumped about this partnership!