I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Yes, Virginia, There Is A House....

Ok friends, here we go with the house tour. If you don't understand the title to this post, that's ok, you don't have to. Just thought I'd try to be cute because it's so near Christmas. And those of you who did get it are probably now annoyed with the explanation so much so that it puts a damper on the whole post. Sorry!

I just have to tell you before we go on with the show, that I was given an amazing gift this morning. The Prince sent me to the coffee shop BY MYSELF to write email, blog, have breakfast, and what have you. I am in utter shock. I don't know what to do with myself! But I will tell you what- it's a good thing I'm alone, because it has taken forever to load up all these pictures! I hope it's worth it. If not, just keep it to yourself, ok? 'kay.

This is the first room you enter when you come in. It obviously is the kitchen. You come in through the door on the side, and see how beautiful the cabinets are, and the breakfast bar. It's nice, right?

And here when it's lived in. With appliances and stuff. Look! They use their dishes!! The white machine you see near the door is our Bosch front loader washer. I love it. When it's winter I will get a dryer too. But it's rained here so much lately I haven't been able to hang out the clothes. So I may get a dryer sooner than anticipated. It's really nice!
This next picture is the living room. It should have been after the dining room, but oh well. I'm too lazy to change them around. See, we have nice glass doors that open onto a small private patio. The metal you see in front of the doors is a gate that is steel, and locks into place. in order to open the glass doors, you have to open the gate first. Locks are big here.
And here is the living room decorated and populated. We use this room a lot, and had a good time picking out furniture. Cheap furniture. That is good quality. Just another room furnished by God. He's cool like that.
This is the dining room that should have been before the living room. The little doorway where the Prince is standing leads back into the kitchen. It has a nice sunny window in it with a view of the wall that surrounds our property.
And here it is furnished with a dining set that the Prince stained himself. He's good, huh? It took longer than we anticipated, but I am just glad it's done before we host Christmas this year. Whew! Now all I need to do is save up for stools for the breakfast bar. So nice!
This would be the two little girls' room. Looks nice and clean, right? Yeah, don't hold your breath.
This is how it looks now. Well, not right now like just this minute, because of course they cleaned it AFTER I took the picture. And the curtains? I promise they are temporary. The ones we bought are a titch too short, so I need to add material to them. But I don't have a sewing machine. I will get to it eventually. I promise.
The girls' bathroom. Looks the same now except for a pink rug in front of the tub. I am not posting another picture of the bathroom. Sorry to disappoint.
This is Sleeping Beauty's room. It is smaller than the other one, but fits her perfectly.
She has a double bed and a cute white desk. It really is cute. Sorry I didn't get a better picture of it, but such is life. This will double as our guest room (IF) when people come to visit. (Hint-hint) Sorry K-man. If you come in January, you will sleep on girly sheets.
This is the master bedroom. It's roomy and nice. What you can't see is that opposite the window (the same wall as the entrance to the bathroom) there is a little niche that is the perfect size for the Prince's desk and study area. We are still looking for a desk. We don't like any of them we've seen so far. We will someday.
And this is our room furnished. The beautiful black box you see in the bottom left corner in the last of the boxes we sent on the plane. It's a hold out because we are waiting for a desk, remember? So for now it is holding the printer, etc. But I promise it won't be there forever.
A better picture of our bedding. Now before you think we spent a fortune, let me tell you what God did. I had picked out a nice feminine quilt that had peach colors and browns in it. Surprise surprise, the Prince felt it was a little less than manly. So I took it back. Then in NYC visiting his parents the last time, we went to JC Penny. I saw this there, and fell in love with it. The price tag said $225.00 but it was on the 75% off rack. I grabbed it and took it to the counter. It cost us $49.99 and I would say it was the bargain of the century. I mean, look at it!
And this is our bathroom. There is a sink in the corner you can't see to the left. And behind the door is a glass corner shower that is really nice. We like it a bunch. The first time we've ever had a bathroom in our bedroom. It's pretty cool.
I will have to post pictures of the outside another time, because I forgot to take them this time. It's harder than you think to post pictures you haven't taken. You'll just have to trust me on that one.

So, praise the Lord with us that He has provided us with such wonderful housing. Everyone feels at home here, and the girls are loving their rooms. Cinderella is sleeping in her bed now every night without complaining, and that is HUGE. You have no idea.

Oh, I forgot to mention that there are vaulted ceilings in the kitchen, dining room, living room, hallway, and my bedroom. What does that mean? It means the ceilings are thirteen feet high, that's what. So it gives the house an open and airy feeling. I love it.

And if you happened to notice the lack of wall decoration, it's because we're moving in 6 months because the house is for sale. We thought it would be better to wait until we were in a more permanent place before knocking nail holes in the walls. But I will decorate the next place more. I promise. And you can count on a play-by-play then too.


  • Megan (FriedOkra)

    It's really nice, isn't it? So bright and open and clean and spacious! Tell us about daily life now. I'm dying to know what everyone does each day.

  • WendyMom

    Oh my word-- it's SO BEAUTIFUL!! I am now lusting over that bedspread you bought-- it is totally more gorgeous out of the packaging!

    I will admit I "cried a little cry" when I saw the pictures- imagining you living there was somehow easier to accept then actually seeing you settled in, UM, like you're actually STAYING there?!?!? Stop it-- I WAS holding out hope you were coming home any day-- AH, such is denial!!

    So glad to see you settled and the girls room is back to normal.

    Missing you- check your email for a prayer request from us- Love, Me


  • Missy

    WOW...it is beautiful!  It is such a blessing to see how God is in control and taking care of all your needs.  Just wanted to say hi and let you know you are still in our prayers. When things settled down  (Have big news about a move) I will send off an email to catch you up.  :o)

  • Victoria

    Simply lovely! So glad you have a wonderful place to live. LOVE your bedroom - $50? AWESOME! And vaulted ceilings - the best thing about those is they're so high you can't even see the dust webs! Not that you would have any - I would!

  • Kevin P

    hi Julie - just tried to send Jimmie an email and it got bounced back - what address you guys using now? My email is kpestke@gmail.com - please pass my greetings to Jimmie and have him write me if he has some time.
    Lord bless


  • impromptu-mom

    It looks lovely!

    I'm so glad you are feeling more settled. Just in time for the holidays!

  • impromptu-mom

    Your new home looks lovely!

    I'm so glad you are feeling more settled. Just in time for the holidays.

  • Anonymous

    I'm so thrilled for you. Remember that Psalms says that the Lord establishes the lonely in families - and maybe that applies to missionaries into houses that are comfortable! So glad that he's planted you - even if only for 6 months - into a place you can nest and call home. God bless your home.
    Andrea Pitcher

  • Anonymous

    Hello Julie and family! Wow God has truly blessed you with a nice home to live in and the furnitures and everything! Saif and I miss you and Jimmy and your kids so much and we will never forget how much we enjoyed being with your family every Sundays after churches. We still cant believe that all of you are actually in South Africa right now. I hope to see some stories about the deaf ministry on your blog when you have time! hehe. Praying for you and your family's protection there.
    Hugs from Carissa

  • Aunt Bossy

    It looks awesome, Julie! I'm so pleased you are all settled in. I miss you and the girls a bunch--PLEASE give all the princesses a hug from Aunt Sonja and a big smooch. I cannot pass princess-themed gifts without thinking of them. Merry Christmas to you if I don't get a chance to e-mail you before the big day. Love you, love you, love you!

  • Mr. Young

    Hi Julie,
    Your place looks great! I looks like you guys are settling in nice. I’m sure your missing all the shoveling, and the icy driving, but from what I hear about driving in foreign countries…I’ll take the ice. Have you run into any strange foods yet? Anyways, I just wanted to say Hi. We’re praying for you guys.

  • *Liv*

    WOW! Your house looks absolutely picture-perfect for your family! I miss you guys so much, but am so thankful for how God has blessed you all and kept you safe! Looking forward to more posts from you! <3 you all!

  • Michelle

    I remember the bars and walls.
    Well, I just love the way the girls rooms just fit!

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