I told family for a long time that I would have pictures of our house for them once we got settled in. This seemed like the easiest way to share those :)
Taking pictures of my house with my iphone camera sure makes me appreciate those professional realtor pictures! ha!! Anyway, I certainly didn't clean up everything for these pictures...I mean, I am definitely not trying to sell this thing anytime soon. We LOVE living here!!!
First up, our school room -
We don't currently use our school drawers, so they are pushed into a corner for now.
The white boards were a Valentine's gift...no, seriously.
I actually texted Derek and said, "You know what you can get me for V-Day? White boards."
Living room -
Seriously, how do they get their pictures so bright?!!!!
I can see from my kitchen into the Living Room, and I LOVE that!
The kids never, ever eat at the bar....I mean, it's over the carpet for crying out loud...but I do love how it looks and functions :)
This particular area was so odd, but I quickly decided it would be the kids' craft area, which has worked out wonderfully. We also have my Grandma's old table, and that comes in handy often for extra seating (we entertain countless kids at the Frye house...very rarely do we entertain adults.) God knew how much this little area would bless our family and neighbors and friends!!!
And this is our actual eating area...with the table we all fit around (well, actually we don't all fit around it...but Naomi is in the booster seat in a chair away from the table currently.)
I. love. this. kitchen.
Another sweet blessing? If you recall, we redid our kitchen at our old house...it was for our own enjoyment, but also because we knew it would help us sell the house when that time came. That time came quickly, and I was so sad about leaving a kitchen I loved. This kitchen is way higher up on the totem pole in my heart now!!!
Front entryway -
No, I didn't set those laser tag guns like that just for this picture...the boys actually store them like that. Hilarious!!!
This is our Dining Room -
Again, my kids don't eat on carpet, so this is a playroom for us.
I didn't even bother cleaning this up for a picture. The boys are prepping for a garage sale, and it is all being collected here. Plus, like I said, it's a playroom.
Playroom = lots of stuff
(just added this picture below for context of where the stairs are...
walk in the front door, dining room is on the right; straight ahead is kitchen on your right then Living room...also past the stairs and to the left is the downstairs full bathroom, laundry room, and school room. Clear as mud?)
At the top of the stairs is our playroom. It's giant. It's awesome. It even has a basketball goal. If my kids are inside and not doing schoolwork, this is where you will find them. Playing basketball...which is very loud when you are in the Living room right underneath!)
Justus and Josiah share a room -
Titus and Eli share a room next door to that -
One kids' bathroom upstairs -
But she does get her own room :)
Our room -
Our bathroom -
(I didn't even bother cleaning this up either)
And the best and messiest part of our house,
Our closet -
a.k.a. the Lego room
This closet is gigantic!
I would go so far to use my own made up word...
It is gargantuan.
Like, when we looked at this house with our realtor, Derek and I walked in here and said, "Naomi's room!!!!"
Everyone walks in here when we give them a tour of our house and either drops their jaw or laughs hysterically. There is no other proper response to the size of this thing.
We knew we would never come close to filling this monster with clothes, so we did the only logical thing we could think of - we filled it with tiny land mines that we have to step on every time we need to get dressed. The legos are supposed to be secluded into the corner to the right as you walk in the closet, but they are undergoing a giant organization campaign at the moment. Once that is complete, there will be ample space for our clothes, the legos, and whatever else we can think of for this spot in our house.
That's our house!! We have a good-sized backyard and a garage, and it's on a cul-de-sac. We have a TON of neighborhood kids who are here on a daily basis. We are so happy and thankful that God placed this house in our laps. I knew while we were looking at houses (and even moved into our old, little rental house for a short stay) that God was probably preparing a place for us right around the neighborhoods we were looking. I made the comment a few times during our search: "Here we are, driving around and looking at all of these houses, and the Lord probably has one picked out right in the middle of all of these. We are probably driving right past the house He has for us...we just have to wait!" I'm so glad we didn't settle for a house that didn't have the things we wanted and felt like we "needed." I don't know if we will move mountains for God's kingdom here in this neighborhood or anything like that, but we have been so blessed already by our neighbors. The kids who come here, the homeschooling mom I walk with, the park down the street...I could go on and on.
In our house, there are a lot of words. Spoken words are plentiful, so I have taken it upon myself to make sure there are also plenty of written words.
Truth. Encouragement. Reminders. Promises.
Spoken words can often be said in moments of anger, frustration, excitement, or stress (ahem.)
By taking the time to sit with God's Word and write out Scriptural truths and promises from the Lord, I have been able to fill our home with "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right...excellent or praiseworthy!" (Phil. 4:8) We are filling our minds with the things we are commanded to "think about." Throughout the day, when spoken words come FROM me and AT me in constant conversation with my children, may we all brush those off and PUT ON these truths!!
Some of these words were given to us. Gifts of encouragement that also help to decorate many rooms in our home.
Others were made by my kids...
decorated by my kids...
or made by me.
Some are written on sticky notes, at a moment's notice, when I realize a lesson needs to be taught!!
And sometimes, I write my own reminders that I like to refer to as "shots in the arm" on those hard days (any day, really!) This one is in my planner, that I look at constantly.
Having verses written throughout the house is a great way for all of us to memorize God's Word and "REMEMBER" the things we are learning...
I have even re-worded some truths I know in my head but need to get into my heart!!
Between the written words throughout the house, the truth sung through Spotify on my phone, and the times God graciously reminds me to speak His Word throughout the day (or perhaps graciously speaks those words through my kids), we are being fed! Praise the Lord!!
"Oh, how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day long!!"
Fill our minds, Lord, with Your thoughts, our mouths with Your words, and our hearts with Your desires!
1. They really should make coffeemakers dummy-proof. Everyone who uses a coffeemaker is essentially sleep-deprived, correct? How do they expect us to remember to put water in the thing EVERY TIME?!!! AND we have to remember the coffee grounds? Too much for this tired mom, apparently.
2. Leather can be made from any animal, including dogs and cats in China. Sometimes, I rely on Professor Google when my kids ask me questions.
3. Although my face has been breaking out like a teenager, I must accept the fact that I have adult skin and need to treat it as such. Also, honest people who share their struggles and things they have learned are such a blessing. I think I'm on the path to conquering this beast of acne.
4. A 17-month-old saying "Thank you!" is the most precious thing I've ever heard.
5. Putting a fleece blanket over a window helps my 8 and 6 year olds sleep late in the morning. Who else wants a blanket??
6. Having a toenail removed is not for sissies. Also not for those who don't follow directions well. Apparently, I kept my recovering toe too moist and have prolonged my recovery. Oh well, Dr. Google is also my friend. (as is my actual foot doctor...well, Derek's friend...and we have actually texted him pictures of my toe to ask, "Is this normal?!" I'm sure he loves those pictures.)
7. Nine, eight, and six year olds can seriously clean house well. Also, Flylady is the bomb...especially when there are three extra "flybabies" in the house helping me stay on top of everything.
8. My kids have allergies. Serious allergies.
9. Vitamin C apparently helps me kick my allergies to the curb. Now if I can just get the rest of my family to take it.
10. Being off of Facebook has helped me build (and re-build) closer relationships. And get back to blogging ;)
I am blessed to be the mom and wife in this family of seven :) I am so thankful that this is where God has me right now. I am not perfect (I am NOT supermom!), but I pray that I represent Christ well and glorify His name in all things!!