Sunday, November 23, 2008


A. was invited to a Sweet 16th party, Black & White was the theme, so everyone had to dress in black & white. So here she is with friend A. beforehand. Stunning...

Fireplace Photos

Here are some after photos of our fireplaces. For Mike. These were taken yesterday...

The first one is the upstairs fireplace. If you look at the racetrack ceiling, you can see that adding the stucco only made the wall come out maybe 1/8" to 1/4". Not sure how to express this right, but hopefully it is understandable.

This is the downstairs fireplace. The stucco came in this color. (I can take a closeup of the texture if you like!). We will be able to paint this again, any color, if we wish.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

About Fear

There's a theme for today. Faith & Fear.

I read this recently:
Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered, and no one was there.

Sometimes I am ruled by fear. It affects my life -- in a bad way. But faith overcomes fear.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fireplace more-for Mike

Here are some more before photos. See the mesh ones, which show the preparation for stucco-ing. Putting the mesh on squared off the angles and made everything so that after the stucco was applied, it was all flat etc. It ultimately only added a fraction of an inch to the surface.

Now I just need to take some more after photos!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Halloween was fun this year. The weather was nice, which is amazing! We do not take this for granted here in Minnesota.

Here are some pics. I did not get photos of daughter #1. She was dressed as a "superstar".