Sunday, December 30, 2012

Warmth From The Fire.. Hope for Tomorrow..

   Just as the whirlwind it is, it came and went with hardly enough time to enjoy. Christmas this year was a blur and I think I enjoyed it, not sure.
   We have been remodeling a room in our house for months. Converting the shop (my business) which was once a two car garage into a family room with a wood burning stove. I must say that it is beautiful despite the fact that there is still some small details to finish, chair rail and crown molding. BUT we moved in three days before Christmas and just in time for the bitter cold weather and the beautiful snow on Christmas day.
   How many of you know that when you disrupt one room to move it to another it involves much more than the two room.. It involved my kitchen in the process.
  BUT except for some trim work we are enjoying the room and the warmth of the stove...

The wood burning stove! My sweet husband did a wonderful job! We still need to put trim around the tiles and put up the mantel. He did all the tile work himself and installed the stove himself. I guess the most tense time was when he was cutting a hole in the roof............... BUT he did good and we love it!

You can see where we still need to put up the chair rail and then trim around the tiles on the floor, but we decide due to the cold weather that has moved it we might as well be enjoying the warmth. We will work on it most of the winter.

 My son Chris... He bought me a bottle of Channel # 5 for Christmas. I don't know about you but it don't get no better!

MY SILLY BROTHER.......... He looks just like our Mom......... We laughed and laughed.

A gift just in time......... An ash vacuum for the fire place. Sure beats cleaning out by hand. A great gift and my husband, being the designated ash cleaner-outter was thrilled!

And last but not least, the cutest little mouse couch sitter I have ever seen. It was on the back of the couch at my cousins house Christmas Eve. I snapped a picture... I am going to make one! 

Got to get up and get busy, I am taking down the Christmas lights from the fence. Time to put them up for another year...

The hope of Spring.

Happy New Year to each one of you and I pray that your New Year is filled with Jesus.



  1. Merry Christmas and much love to you and your family!!! Thank you for the beautiful card and all the friendship......wishing you lots of love and light for the mouse, what a sweet surprise for you to should make one for sure!!!
    I am so happy that you are doing well and I thank Him for our friendship!

  2. Happy New Year, Denise!!!! Hope for tomorrow --- what a beautiful picture that is to represent hope. And your stove?????? I'm sooooo envious. I just love it! It's so good to see you here again. YOu've been as quiet as that little mouse and I want to hear more peeps out of you. I, too, thank Him for YOU!

  3. Hppy New Year to you and your family, Denise! Blessings!


  4. Thanks for the sweet post and pretty pictures. Your husband is so smart!I'm glad you are enjoying the fireplace. :) I miss using mine. Not long ago I had a man tell me the chimney was not big enough, and I haven't had it cleaned. Thinking I may just try a firelog. But I have to be careful with allergies and asthma. Wishing you and yours a blessed New Year.

  5. Hello Denise
    I just happened to come by the blog. Thank you for your heart felt thoughts and prayers. Things a good here. My husband had a surgery on dec 14, a hernia. He is going to work day after tomorrow. He had a two week home recovery. He is good. The kids are doing very well.
    My life is good. I see each day a gift of wonder at the mercy and favor I am shown. My short term memory is getting faulty mixed up words other than what I am trying to speak often now, but I can most often hear them come out of my mouth. Managing pain with tramadol and muscle relaxers at bed time.
    It is late now, the girls are asleep. I have a sleep over again tonight as we have had almost every night. One friend of each back and forth. Lots of meals, snacks and noise. It is cool to have a safe house for the kids and their friends.
    I should sign out Steve just called me to bed. it is 2am
    Big hug

  6. Denise,

    Happy New Year to you. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and that stove is awesome. Wish I could have a fireplace or wood burning stove but am so glad you are enjoying yours. Yes, I've been trying to blog more often as well. Time to reconnect to all my wonderful blogging friends.


  7. Denise, so many fun pictures of the holidays! It did go by way too fast...but it looks like you did enjoy it a lot. Happy New Year, hope yours is filled with plenty of new adventures, and a little "down" time to reflect on them and rest up for the next one. xo Lidy


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