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    "One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see." John 9:1-41
We're officially one of those families. The type with an extremely loud child that has to sit at the back of the church and go for frequent laps just to burn off energy. Remy's cute bird noises have turned into ear piercing screams. Like SCREAMING for joy at the top of her lungs. It's cute when we're at home, but not so much during a long and serious Catholic service. Then when I try to cover her mouth with my hand she licks me. Honestly, Geoff and I can't complain. We actually have to stifle our laughs. We were truly blessed with such an amazing girl. I prayed for her for such a long time, and my prayers were answered. And then some. 
Also, it is the anniversary weekend of her and her cousin's baptism (@abighousefull). What a special time of year. Always ready to help unload the dishwasher, clean dishes or not. More importantly, it's Friday!
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stairway to heaven, or something like that

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The day is getting closer for when we’ll be able to move into The Little Barn. I would say in two weeks, to be exact. This also means that the decisions are becoming finer in their details and much more rushed at that. Our contractors are scrambling to finish last minute projects, both little and big, and we are calling them almost on a daily basis asking when it is that we’ll be able to bring our belongings over. The only other time that I’ve felt this nervous during our house building was in the beginning, when we were waiting to hear back from the bank regarding our mortgage. It’s torturous!

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post. What is the point is that we were asked to pick out a railing for our staircase. Actually, I was texted that question. My first response was that I didn’t bloody know. My contractor then told me that I had to pick something. Obviously, but what a vague question. Who thinks about railings? Didn’t they just appear when the staircase was installed? What are the different kinds of materials that can be used? How would I know what would look good and what wouldn’t?

In a desperate attempt, I had asked my husband to pick out a railing. He was about as shocked and overwhelmed as I was, and asked me what look we were going for. 

“I don’t know,” I said. “Just type in rustic staircase.” 

So he did. What we came up with was a reclaimed wood railing.

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What would you have chosen for your own house?



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  1. Beautiful photos

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  2. Lovely idea, can’t wait to see photos of the real thing :)

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  3. west517

     /  12/08/2014

    Love the 1st– the clean, but very rustic look- lovely! and best wishes!

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  4. Passing thru and spotted your post…..How wonderful…You will be in your new home to bring in the New Year!! I love them all but, I couldn’t do the ladder, I’d fall every time. The first and third photo!! Which ever you pick will be “just right”. Congratulations to you!

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    • Your comment almost made me spit out my coffee with laughter!

      Yes, ladder are very dangerous. We had one in our previous house that led to our loft bedroom. Because I often get up in the middle of the night, in my sleepiness, I would almost fall down the ladder every time. I literally lost track of how many near-death experiences that I had on that thing.

      While it may look nice, it’s not practical!

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  5. My husband wants to replace our wooden staircase with wrought iron! Nooooo! And for some reason he assumed I would be okay with that!? I feel like wood is much more welcoming and warm. And can be both modern and classic. Would love rustic, but for sure that’s not happening.

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    • Normally, husbands do not have the same “acquired” tastes or visions that their wives do. However, there are some exceptions to the rule.

      In this case, I had made well over 90% of the decisions regarding our new home. I was in the midst of managing my new store, and choosing other important details for our house, and just couldn’t take making another decision on my own.

      I’m glad that I passed off this task to my husband, because I probably wouldn’t have thought of a reclaimed wood railing on my own!

      Thanks for the comment!! <3<3

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