Christmas is Not About You

So, here I sit - the night before Christmas. I'm probably the only person blogging tonight, but I'm running out of things to do. Sha...

Labor of Love

I love Christmas music, don't you? It's so cheerful and fun - well, mostly. This year, I've been thinking a lot about Mary and ...

One Room is Done!

Well, we only have one room really done in our house right now. Pretty much everything else is "in progress." It's getting fru...

Meet Libby: Part 2

Well, Libby has been with Shawn and I for about 2 months now - since the day after we got back from our honeymoon. She's just so adorabl...

Hmmm...

I read this last night in preparation for Sunday School. I found it in Crazy Love (yes, I finally got back to reading it) and it's rea...

You Like?

So, after five years of waiting - I finally took the plunge. And did this... I finally cut my hair! I'd been growing it out for about...

"Fancy Cheese Fondue"

I haven't made too many meals so far. At least, not anything requiring a recipe. But, Shawn & I (ok, mostly I) have decided that Fri...

We're Baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!

Well, folks, the honeymoon was simply amazing . There will, of course, be pictures of both the honeymoon and the wedding eventually. Not y...

Regret

"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind." ...

"Love for a Lifetime: Building a Marriage That Will Go the Distance"

I (finally) finished Love for a Lifetime by Dr. James Dobson . What should have been an "easy" read, took me two months to finish...

The Past Few Days

I've kind of lost track of exactly how many days we've had the house. The following are just pictures from yesterday. I did some mor...

1 Refinished End Table

As I've said many times before, Shawn & I have been scouring yard sales almost every weekend to look for furniture and other items f...

Days 2, 3, 4, & 5

A lot has gotten done since our first day. Would you like to see some more? These are just from last week. This is what the color looks li...

Slow-Cooker Pizza

If you're going to be a Trautman - it's almost a requirement that you have to be able to cook in a Crock-Pot. I'm only half kidd...

1 Month to Go...

It finally sunk in the other night (while I was lying in bed) that I am getting married in 4 weeks! This past year flew by - really. I can...

Day 1 of Remodeling

Monday morning at 12 pm, Shawn and I officially became homeowners! It's a little scary, but right now - I am so excited. I think shawn e...

"A Proper Tea is Much Nicer Than a Very Nearly Tea, Which is One You Forget About Afterwards." ~ A. A. Milne

On Saturday, Miss Denise took Tiffany, Caitlin, Kimberly, Esther, and myself to Tea by Two in Bel Air. I had never been there and I was so...

My Best Yard Sale Purchase Yet!

Mom & I went yard saling (how do you even spell that?) this past Saturday and I found a lot of stuff - for under $20. That's a great...

"Lord, I Want to Yearn for You..."

Listen to this song! It's amazing and it could be my new favorite of the moment. It's a beautiful song sung to God. Full of pa...

Meet Libby...

... our new puppy! She's going to be so much fun. Ok, I know nothing about training a puppy, but I'll learn. I've never had ...