Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Monday, April 21, 2014

Ducky Post!

I just believe there are times of weakness which become counterfeited strength.  That is my story and I am sticking with it, as my excuse for my moment of weakness, which resulted in two baby ducks coming to our house. 
My client had two baby ducklings in a box under a warming light when I arrived to work.  Their chirping drew me in with their sound and  "awe" came off my lips.  Benjamin and Joshua would so enjoy watching these little birds grow up, began my mental moment of lost sanity.
My weakness has become a strength.  I LOVE MAKING MEMORIES, and these little ducklings are making memories.  Even my adult children have joined in the fun.  I Instagram or send a picture text of our ducky adventures, and although I usually don't receive text messages back from my adult children, well the ducks invoke a reaction.

Recently our time has been making "Ducky" memories, as my hidden farm girl heart is revealed, or a desire for a simpler life.  My home school heart talks about the stories we have read, Ping and Make Way for Duckling.

Grand Mommy has ducks....temporary that is.

Grandson...all three, came to see the ducks!  Yes, I live in a subdivision, and yes, we will re-enter them back into a natural habitat.


Another adventure has been my decorating business.
My precious friend, Angela of Collected Yarn, rolled up her sleeves to join me in a wallpaper day, at my son's home.  I wished you could have seen some of the Lucy and Ethel moments.  Although the finish product wasn't exactly how all expected, we had a fun day of refreshing our wall papering skills.


Another client just needed some new touches on some warn dining room chairs.  Off came the cushions and on came new material.
Amazing how changing out the cushion seats can liven up a room.

My large decorating job is piling up.  Paint, Paint, Paint...can I say that one more time?  Paint can change everything.  Wednesday this week the re-upholstered furniture and drapes will be installed in three of the rooms.  I brought in a artist to paint a design on the ceiling of the dining room.  It is all coming along.  My son, who is the contractor, said the other day, "Mom, if you would stop picking things out, I could get finished."  That is the joy of re-doing your home...there is always something else that can be changed.

All the walls, crown and fireplace have been painted.  I love how the fireplace becomes the center piece.  Final pictures will be coming...these are just a few of my Instagram fast shots.

Kitchen updated - left black granite counter tops, painted cabinets in white with antique glaze,(honey oak begone), back splash added, and first new accent for kitchen...chicken that matchs the swirls of the back splash and kitchen valance.
More updated picture...before and after...to come.

Saturday before Easter became Grandsons day with Joshua and Maverick.  Uncle Ben and Joshua decorated cookies, and Maverick, ie handsome, enjoyed being with everyone and seeing Grand Mommy's ducks.

This is where I have been.  I am excited to roll out the decorating project after the big reveal this Wednesday...may my 53-year-old nerves come down!!
Where we are weak He is strong!  Yes, Jesus loves me!

13 Joining in with more words:

Pom Pom said...

Aw! The ducks are VERY cute! I can see why you brought them home!

podso said...

Wow, you have a lot going on! The decorating looks so promising and interesting, as well as your own kitchen. Cute ducks but even cuter grandchildren. You are blessed!

Marsha Young said...

If you are fortunate enough to have your ducks in a row, and a story to go with them - then I say hurray for you!! Happy Easter!

Lisa said...

Love all your beautiful decorating projects! I know your clients are thrilled with the new looks!
And what sweet ducklings! You are making some precious memories.;)

Sharon said...

The ducks are adorable! Can't wait to see the many ways they *quack* you up as they grow!

And more decorating reveals, please! You are so talented. It takes a special *eye* to see the potential in an outdated home. Bringing beauty out of something old is a gift you have.

Now I'm hoping the Lord can do the same for me as I turn 60 in the next few weeks - YIKES!

GOD BLESS!

Debbie Petras said...

I love how ducks enchant and excite you! Never lose that sense of wonder Janette. It keeps us young. I love the baby and child photos. Kids are so precious to me.

You are doing a fabulous job with your decorating business. I know what you mean about paint. That was about all we could afford when we moved into this older condo. But it does change things with a fresh coat of paint and it adding some color.

Hang in there friend. Our God is amazing. Jesus will give you His strength for each new day.

Love you,
Debbie

Rebecca said...

I enjoy reading about the variety and productivity in your life! (Makes up for a little of the "sitting" I've had to do lately....)

Sonja Goodson said...

Ducks, paint, wallpaper and grandkids! What a glorious mix, and I can't wait to see more pics of your design work.

Debbie said...

Wait. I want to make sure I read that correctly. You are going to give US a big old reveal tour on Wedneday? Oh, I hope so!! Everything looks so wonderful, and you are so talented. I love the kitchen the most, I think at this moment anyway.

I think it's all just DUCKY.

(And I have tried to email back and will. I have been so sad lately that I can't seem to say what I want to say easily. )

Kristin said...

Yay! I'm so glad you took the ducks--they look so happy with you guys!

They do have a strange power to paralyze the logic part of the brain. But, you're also so right-- they do have the power to bond. =) Last year we had a bunch of friends who'd followed my ducks' journey to adulthood get together for a duck releasing party at a nearby pond. Good times. Enjoy them!

Sandy said...

What a joy-filled post today! I love seeing your beautiful grandsons,the darling little ducks, and your wonderful decorating achievements! Life is rich and full!
Hugs!

Lea said...

Oh, those ducks are precious but....... Know the kids have really enjoyed them though.

Love your decorating! The kitchen would be my favorite, love the new look.

May you have all the strength you need for the journey! Hugs!

camp and cottage living said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the reveal of this project, Janette.

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