Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part Two

***This post was written a couple months ago, and was intended to come out soon after the release of Our Home’s Grand Revival: Part One.  However, my world was turned upside down on June 3rd, and things are just beginning to feel somewhat right-side up again. On that fateful day back in June, my younger brother was in a near-fatal head on collision.  He survived the crash, but has needed 10 surgeries, and had his right foot amputated as a result of the accident.  We are all so grateful that he is still with us, that he did not suffer any brain damage, and that he will eventually walk again.  This experience resonates deeply with our family, as we already lost a sibling/ daughter/ aunt just a few years ago in a weather-related car accident.  It has felt like being struck by lightning twice. Once again, I am amazed by the fragility of our existence.  Our lives here on this beautiful rock are so fleeting.  By the same token, I am in awe of human courage and resilience, and our ability to find light amid the darkness.  My brother has been an inspiration to all that know him; he remains positive, full of humour and grace, and is determined to walk again.  This post is dedicated to him…he helped a lot with many of the renovations done to our old house, including adding the runner to our stairs.  I am super excited for the day when he will walk through the front door of our new place.  Love you brother!***

Hello again.  I’d like to share these pics of the work we did and improvements we made to our upstairs.  Now that we are just days away from moving to our new house, I’m feeling awfully sentimental looking at the images of the kid’s former bedrooms.  We moved here when Lily was only 5 years old, and Liam was barely a year old.  In the 9 years living here, so much has transpired.  Our kiddies have grown into mature, responsible, kind of annoying, yet amazing people.  I can hardly believe it is time to say good-bye.  In the time we have lived here, I believe we have accomplished my original goal for our gothic revival cottage home: revival.  I feel as though we have managed to breathe a little more life into its old bones — take a look, and let me know if you agree!

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“Check” Me Out!!!


Check me out.

I’m, like, doing stuff…

you know — stuff



making a list.

Yep, I made a list.

But wait, it’s more exciting than that.  Not only have I made a list, I’ve actually checked a few items off said list.  Pretty cool, right?

Do I sense some virtual high fives coming my way?

Whoa, all this attention is kinda giving me a big head — I don’t want to get too cocky.   I mean, I haven’t even started putting paint on the walls quite yet.

Though, I’ve got to say — Liam’s room is looking like it is ready for something magical to happen.

Check it out: Remember this???

Well, feast your eyes on this…

and this…

and this…

I smell magic in the air, and a hint of fairy dust.

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Collection Chaos

So, do you remember me mentioning my daughter Lily’s ever-expanding collection of stuffed animals last week?

Well, being a boy of many interests, my 7-year-old son, unlike his sister, has trouble collecting just one type of object.  Over the years, Liam has built up collections of rocks, sticks, shells, pine cones, you name it…he even collected chicken bones from our dinners (he’s really big into archaeology) for a short time.  As you can see from the picture below, Liam’s collections have become slightly problematic.

I suppose it’s not his collections that are the issue, it’s the lack of proper display areas for them (though, there’s a limit to how many pine cones and chicken bones one tiny room can handle, lol).  I love that Liam is so interested in nature, but figuring out how to display his collections — in a way that promises to keep neat and tidy — now there is a problem that needs to be solved!

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