Escape to New York

Escape to New York

 

Hello dearies!!

So happy to be back here talking to you all,  I took a little weekend trip across the country over to New York and I just barely got home!

I didn’t bring my laptop or my fancy camera, just my phone, a pocket sized camera and a carry on bag! It was good to be (mostly) unplugged for several days! I enjoyed every single minute of my trip.

Want to see what I was up to?

 

Escape to New York

I lingered in cafes sipping cappuccinos.

 

Escape to New York

 

 

Escape to New York

I enjoyed meals at restaurants.

Escape to New York

Escape to New York

 

Escape to New York

Window shopped in boutiques in SoHo.

Escape to New York

Wandered through charming streets and gazed at old architecture.

Escape to New York

Escape to New York

 

Saw bits of history in the city.

Escape to New York

 

Took in the sea air.

Escape to New York

Got to spend most of the weekend celebrating (my daughter’s college graduation & mothers’ day!) with my oldest daughter, my mom and my sister who took this picture…

Oh, and hung out with a girl named Kate and a guy named Nate. OH MY! But more on that later. Right now, I need to hang out with my hubby and son.

Stay tuned for more on my big NY adventure and a $250 gift card giveaway!

So happy to be home again!

 

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

We are launching a new, concert house / coffee shop style modern church
called Voyage in Bremerton, WA. Here is an update on our progress!
Find out more on our website or facebook page!The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

These might be the ugliest photos I’ve ever posted on my blog, but they are also some of the most beautiful to me. Let me explain.

Sometimes as a blogger you find yourself a little distracted from the usual blogging activities and topics. You know, the normal blogger posts about your amazing transformation of an ugly vase to a spray painted master piece, life changing stuff like what is on your bakers rack this month or the ever favorite furniture makeovers and weekend garage sale finds. I mean, that is what house bloggers DO on a regular basis. They transform things around the house. I love that sort of stuff.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

But at my house, house projects often come to an abrupt standstill. I try to start them, but then the reality of life sets in and fun projects have to be put on hold for awhile. In a nutshell, I have drums in my living room.

In case you are new here, let me give you a little background info. While I play a house blogger on the internet, in the other half of my life, I somehow turned into a willing but unlikely pastor’s wife. Two years ago we made a gigantic life changing move to a new state, Washington, to lay the groundwork to start a church called Voyage. From scratch. By ourselves. As in, it was just my husband and son and I in a new-to-us area where we didn’t know a soul, trying to find people who wanted to join us.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

We left our dream house. We left our friends. We left our family. Our son changed schools. Our house in Portland took 9 months to sell. My girls changed colleges and moved closer to help us. They have given up their entire weekend every single weekend for a year and a half (and take an hour long ferry to get here!) to help out in every possible way, from setting up and tearing down the church each week at a school, working with children to music to organization, to helping me with my blog to doing our grocery shopping and more. My oldest graduated from college two weeks ago and I couldn’t be more proud of my amazing kids and their selfless hearts. But that is another post in itself!

The past two years have been emotional, physically exhausting, financially difficult and exhilarating for our family.  In good ways. So, yeah, I’ll admit we live on the edge of what would drive most people a little crazy. I guess you have to be a little crazy to do be a church starter. And a full time blogger.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

I could go on but my intention is not to puff myself up here or to complain or dramatize all my adventures in life, but to just to explain a little bit more about my life behind the blog — why I feel a little scattered sometimes. Well, a lot of the time. Maybe you can relate in your own way. It helps me to be authentic and real here, us bloggers are real people with real lives too.

I wouldn’t have my life any other way, it is an honor to serve in ways that are bigger and more important than my own little world. I do like to contribute to and make a difference in people’s lives and this experience has been amazing! Goodness knows I could be obsessed enough over my own house if I was allowed to be 100% focused on it. This journey I’m on just ensures that I get to love what I do in my home and blog, but it forces me in a good way to give lots of time to something outside of myself as well. Both are important.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

Four more bathrooms to update! I should be done redoing bathrooms by the time I’m 94 years old!

But every now and then, my creative worlds collide and that is always a treat for me. Being able to serve others in an area you enjoy doesn’t always happen but when it does, it is FUN! After a year and a half of a start up phase in a school, we are relaunching our young church into its own (leased) building. And that means our little church has a place to call “home.” The opportunities we now have to reach out to the community have expanded in many many ways, and that is why we are embarking on this new adventure!

So in addition to figuring out how to finish my bathroom at home, my new challenge is wondering how in the world am I going to  fix up a 7500 square foot building with no money? Oh dear.

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

The nursery. Before.

Particularly this week, how am I going to fix up a 300 square foot nursery?

We want to make this nursery available with safe and affordable child care for the large population of military families in our area who faithfully serve our country so they can enjoy date nights and moms’ mornings out. I want it to be fabulous for these families, as well as the young moms in our church (who are often left behind with the children while their husbands are off on submarines for months at a time).

>I’m on the hunt right now for a donation of flooring so we can replace the disgusting carpet with something fresh, clean and easy to care for! So if anyone out there is connected to a flooring company and would like my undying affection and shameless plugs to contribute some flooring or other needs to this worthy cause, we’d be grateful.

So far,  our wonderful people at the church have painted the walls of the nursery a fresh modern neutral and are going to infuse the space with pops of bright color and fun patterns and art to give it a clean, modern and youthful feel. Definitely more modern nursery than traditional church nursery.

We are going for a vintage modern coffee shop vibe in our church. Fortunately I have an interior design student as a daughter, a hardworking now college graduate as another daughter, a great 10 year old son and self sacrificing people at our church who are willing to put in the time and creativity to make this a reality on a shoe string budget (if that, lol).

We hope to create a place where a young community will comfortable just hanging out with us on a Friday night (and hopefully they’ll stick around for the message too). Yeah. It is good to have distractions like this in life sometimes. My bathroom might not be getting done and I might not be sleeping much but it is all for a good cause.

So, I bet you have things that are good but exhausting distractions in your life too! What is going on in your world that keeps you in the tug of war trying to balance YOUR life? I’d love to here from you all in the comments!

PS. Tomorrow I’m kicking off a mini-series featuring a fun in progress home office makeover! I can’t wait for this myself!

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.

Here is an update on our progress!
Find out more on our website or facebook page!

The Reason for My Distraction: Getting Real.
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