Huge day over here! Not only is my fever down and I’m finally out of bed, but the boys and I got seriously serious about cleaning out and organizing this house! I had a long list, and honestly, I still do. I didn’t come close to tackling it all today and that is totally cool with me. One thing at a time for this girl. I feel proud and motivated and free of kitchen clutter and crumbs!
The boys each checked one thing off their lists too! E cleaned out his desk and V tackled his nightstand (woah, gross). Let’s just say we haven’t had a fish in this house for over 2 years so there’s no excuse for his drawer to be littered with fish food flakes. Yuck!
So…what’s on your list today?
I don’t know about y’all, but I can be a bit of a dish and glass breaker. I’m one martini glass down after the holidays and a few of my dinner plates have cracks and chips. This is a great time to order a few replacements and replenish supplies. I also cleaned out the spice rack and…yikes…most of them were expired. Heading over to spiceology.com to fill ‘er up.
It’s a wrap, y’all. Some small details left like a touch up here, a shelf there, chalk paint a mirror in the office, find a rug for the bedroom and for sure my office built ins still need some styling, but those things will eventually find themselves done. For now, I’m basking in the doneness and all the shiny details. Enjoy the pics.
Really sorry for all the crying and blubbering but y’all, this one has got me all in tears. Tonight, 8 months after the flood, she sleeps back home.
None of this would have been possible without all the amazing and generous donations of time, money, sweat, and free labor from friends AND strangers. University Baptist Church and it’s members not only served for days mucking her out and sorting through her things, doing her laundry, ripping out flooring and drywall, but they also donated over $8,000 to pay for her appliances! My parents, without hesitation, let this kind stranger and her dog live in their condo while she waited for her FEMA housing. My landscaper, Lorenzo Carbajal donated his time and labor to give her a new flower garden in the front and the back even in the midst of doing his own flood repairs. heavydutypocketdoorframes.com donated a pocket door frame, including shipping and a flight down from Phoenix for the installation. Forgital USA donated funds for her garden. Mindy Thompson spent hours listening, elbow deep in moldy muck, carrying, packing, folding, hauling, and listening some more. I could NEVER have managed those first few weeks without her. My girlfriends and my mom gave up afternoons to help clean out her garage. Y’all revived and refreshed me and your support was so encouraging. My husband let me borrow the work truck half a dozen times and did a TON of dirty, heavy lifting. Thanks, babe. Last but not least, there’s Pastor Steve. It was your kind heart that saw a need and jumped in head first to meet it. Thank you for dragging me along with you into this life changing adventure and for being there with wisdom and encouragement every step of the way. You are an inspiration and I’m following where you’re leading. Stuck with me, I guess.
Nita…that’s a long list of love. I hope you feel it and are surrounded by it every day. Welcome home, sweet friend.
Below is how I found her condo on the day I met her, September 2, 2017.
This is some footage of her complex from the week we met. Her things are piled out there with the rest of the hurricane victims’.
Y’all, it’s been crazy busy in Friendswood this month! We’ve been hustling to get our dear friend, Nita back home! We’re getting closer everyday. Watch below if you’d like to see the progress unfold.
Y’all, this family is so close to getting back into their home after Hurricane Harvey flooded them out. We’ve worked hard and fast to get them ready to move back in. I can’t wait to button this one up. The finishes are FINE! Looking forward to showing you soon!
Today is the day that the art teacher sends an entire year’s worth of art home! Not gonna lie, it’s my favorite day of the school year! In order to make room for all the gorgeous new treasures, I have to take down and put away the old ones. Here’s a photo of the incredible gallery I’ve been enjoying this year.
I’m going to miss it. Priceless works of art, if you ask me. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect to receive a place of honor in this casual kitchen. It just has to be theirs.