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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Consider the lilies

I haven't been a much of a blogger this month, I'm afraid. My intent for this blog was for it to always be positive and welcoming; an easy place for you to pop into for a few minutes once or twice a week. But June hasn't been an easy month. Close friends and family are facing illness, and answers and treatments are slow in coming. Other most loved ones who claim big pieces of my heart and life have become unknowable, strangers even. Meanwhile, the demands of work and the routine tasks of daily living clamor like usual. And while I'm complaining, let me just add, the heat.

Still, I get up each morning and walk, and my friends let me talk. Or not. They slow down when I want to take pictures, and they don't say, you haven't posted anything in weeks. They get it.

Today, I saw some lilies. I've probably passed right by them for two weeks, but today I really saw them, and I took a picture with my phone in the soft morning light of 6:30. And, at least three times at work today, I scrolled to that picture and looked at those yellow flowers, kind of scraggly, but still blooming, pressed hard between the fence and the sidewalk, doing their best to keep the weeds at bay. Day lilies. New day, new bloom.

Consider the lilies. I remembered it, and I looked it up. Luke 12:27-28.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?
My physical wardrobe is of no concern; it is my soul that's been laid bare. Even so, by God's grace,
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
 And so, like the lilies, I'm doing my best to hold up in the heat.


  1. May your troubles be tempered by the strength you have and the beautiful flowers who speak to you.

  2. I am sorry you are going through hard times. In particular, I hope that those who have grown distant come back.

  3. My favorite words of encouragement "I will never leave you or forsake you" - in all things, He is there to wipe away our tears.

  4. You, my friend, are a lily among it all. Prayers for strength, grace, and resolve.

  5. It seems that many people are in the place you are in Paula. I will add you to my prayer list - the ones I quietly say before sleep.

  6. HANG IN THERE...................try to find the beauty in each day!YOU HAVE ALREADY done that with your DAY LILIES!
    You can always COMPLAIN TO US.........WE ARE HERE TO HELP!I mean that I REALLY DO!!


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