Showing posts with label Life is good. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life is good. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

One day at a time...

By: Kel Amstutz
March 13, 2017

One day at a time. 

When you stop and think about the statement "One day at a Time" what does that resonate within you?
  • What does that mean in respect to your life, your wants, needs, visions?  
  • What does that mean to you? 

This is a quote that I hear time and time again...especially when discussing Gray Gables.

Gray Gables: 
A project we started way back in 2013.

A year that, today, seems so far away, and yet, here I am, here we are, still working towards our common goal.  Still working towards a dream that at one point or another, on certain days, seems unattainable within our very lifetimes.

That might sounds harsh.  I mean, we took on this project, with a plan, a pretty solid one at that, and here I stand before you, with a house that is still unfinished, a dream still growing daily within my brain, and complete and utter exhaustion.

Beyond what is on the outside though, I promise that you can rest assured is pride.  I think that Hubby and I both feel this way.  Pride for what we have accomplished thus far, pride for what has taken fruition, pride for what we have.

Hard work, perseverance, blood, sweat and on occasion, there were some tears, but we built more than just a home.  We have built a life, and a great one at that.

Daily we make memories within our four walls.  We play, we seek, we find, we explore, that is the beauty of Gray Gables.

Yet, we still hear "One day at a time" and it does not go on silent ears.  We know where we are, we know where we want to be, we know that it is attainable, but maybe not today...maybe one time?

It's funny what you learn about yourself, your spouse, even your family when you tackle a huge project.  It got ugly with some.  Messy with others.  Guilt ridden and hurt feelings with some others.  Then, with some, you find a closeness, a common denominator, and, in our case, thank goodness, it was within one another.  We had visions of how we wanted our home and although we are still miles from completion, with this and that happening, and this crazy thing called LIFE, we have been honest and have not given up those visions of our dream.

It is so funny to look back, to the year 2015, in which I wrote:

I think that through this remodel, I have learned a thing or two about truly taking life One day at a time.
A year and a half ago my husband and I took on this huge project.  My Mom found a listing for a house that I had driven past most of my life, a house that seventeen years prior, my own Mom and Dad were going to buy.  I took Jason to see it and it literally spoke to me.  

It wasn't pretty either and my Husband was not impressed!!  

He is a great guy! He knew something was there and I am a pretty determined girl, so needless to say, here we are, the proud owners of Gray Gables! But the road to move in was nothing short of turmoil, drama and one obstacle after another.  

These trials have just taught me not to read to much into things and to take this good day and hopefully the next in stride!! 

I can't argue with my words above, as they were heart felt and honest.  I have learned a lot along this journey, another step in my life, that much I am certain.  It is amazing to know that since then, we have not lost sight, we have not let the harshness of the situation affect today, and we have put things into a rational perspective.

So, I think that we are taking life literally, One Day At A Time, and guess what, that is OK!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sometimes it's the simple things...

By: Kel Amstutz
November 10, 2013

This morning started out different.  One of those mornings that you can't quite put your finger on, but something...something is very different.

Ms Two on the couch
I am lucky.  I wake up to two little beauties.  Two brilliant, beautiful daughters that the lord was kind enough to bless me... little old me...with.   Today, they awoke, hair all a mess, cheeks rosy from the warmth of their beds... and all they wanted to do was .... play!  I mean, isn't that what we all want to do?  When we think about life, I think we all lack P L A Y .... #truestory

What is a Mom to do.... Well we got ready for our adventurous day ahead, brushed our hair (and teeth) got dressed and made waffles (with extra chocolate chips, of course!) for breakfast.

We made our way, eventually, to the living room... you know that one that currently has two (2) couches, even though it has been an official MONTH since we moved into Gray Gables (but who's counting) where we found our spots (respectively) and turned on the tube to Mickey Mouse to watch his club house antics.  My four (4) year old quickly disappeared into the playroom where she started serving her little sis and I a hearty breakfast pizza, with bananas, um, YUM?

All this while my always eager to play two year old decided to take it easy.  She snuggled under a warm blankie on one of the couches next to her Mama just to zone out to her Mick-ety Mouse.

This, my friends, is my life and all I have to say is...

Life is good!!

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