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It’s 5 years old. 6 bedroom. 3 full bath. 1700 sq ft above grade. 1700 sq ft below grade. Basement is finished except it needs floor and trim. Central vac, septic tank just emptied this year. Heating and AC (as well as an ERV fresh air intake) by Peters and serviced last year. All is perfect. All maple flooring through entire house. Maple countertop. Custom kitchen cabinets and trim in whole house made by MCM woodworking in Iowa. Kitchen cupboards with soft closure, deep drawer bins, double cupboards open and pull out sided bins, maple shelving and maple countertop. BEAUTIFUL kitchen. Two car attached garage. 30×40 pole barn shop with over head door and walk in door and built in countertop and shelving. Sitting on 4 prime acres. Additional perks: RO drinking water faucet at kitchen sink, garbage disposal, we own the propane tank so you would too, whole house water filter, radon mitigation system, drain tile hooked up to sump pump. All electric except furnace. Needing 265k$. Look for the listing with Pat Pierce to follow.
See link for more photos and to ask more questions:

Radon test results can be viewed here: Safe levels are 4.0 and below.

It’s with much sadness and a bit of excitement that we tell each of you that we are heading north. We’ve started the process to move our sweet lil family to Oskaloosa. This won’t happen in a blink of an eye so don’t send us off just yet. We will miss living in Schuyler County. We have the sweetest memories here. Home for the last 10 years for me and always home for Eric. It will always be home too. We will be back OFTEN. Our hearts will always have a BIG place for our friends and family of Lancaster, MO. Your prayers are coveted as this is overwhelming and HARD. The men in my life built us a BEAUTIFUL home meant to be our forever home… It’s hard leaving it behind too and thinking someone else will live here. How strange. Even though we feel this is best, it is still a huge grieving process for us and we will be able to feel your prayers as we transition.
Liz wants a PINK room and an art studio shared with Daddy. Jace wants to bring the kitchen pantry cupboard with us. (He might be concerned about not having food. Lol typical boy!) Mama wants a beautiful kitchen a nice yard and sidewalks! Daddy wants to drive less and go on bike rides!

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gone. busy.

Posted: 10/13/2011 in life
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hey you all!!

i have been gone — doing what?


can’t believe it, i actually finished early, reading the ENTIRE Bible in 86 days, finishing on 10.4.11 at 10:14pm.

shwoo — what an experience!! (for another post when i have a full 2 hours to sit and type with a clear mind)

since completing the mighty task fore-mentioned, i have been knitting and crochetting my little heart out!
check my etsy out by clicking HERE

here’s some sneakpeek pictures! 😀


radical {chapter 1.5}

Posted: 07/11/2011 in life

wow this book blows my mind!!!

Christ followers in American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but that actually contradict the gospel we claim to believe.

this makes me speechless. this is why so many look into christianity and say “hypocrites” or that it is shallow…. because we ARE shallow. (no, not EVERY christian but we are talking about the majority here and yes, i am moving into a minority state)

…If Jesus is who he said he is, and if his promises are as rewarding as the Bible claims they are, then we may discover that satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important but in RADICAL ABANDONMENT TO JESUS.

(emphasis added)

what a huge moment for me as i’m reading this… my entire body screams there is something VERY wrong with the church today… what is it? THIS, this is what is wrong… all other problems will be addressed if this one core issue is addressed.

my next conviction is simply put: do i believe that Jesus is worthy of my death or my imprisonment? this is a real issue. we can distance ourselves, but then we are lying to ourselves… the only place this isn’t a big deal is in the united states where we have dumbed down the gospel and made it comfortable. morphed it into what makes US feel good (i’m including myself here! i am so guilty!!!)

…somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.

a relationship with Jesus requires total, superior, and exclusive devotion.

he must truly be the LORD of our lives….

now the application…

*deep breath*

step one: read the bible in 90 days! it’s not too late to join! (see more info on the left)

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.


this simply blows my mind. it takes what i did not question about my thinking and causes me to question… i hope it does you too!

…in the American dream. Where self reigns as king (or queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and our desires. As a result, we desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical. And in the process we need to examine whether we have misconstrued a proper response to the gospel and maybe even missed the primary reward of the gospel, which is God himself.

What causes followers of Christ around the world literally to risk their lives in order to know it?

this i am about to find out for myself from the Bible itself! i’m scared half to death but i KNOW nothing in this life is as important as this!

i’m posting this for my own records. my bookmarks are a disaster!
if this doesn’t interest you, please ignore 🙂


Posted: 04/26/2011 in learning, life, spiritual growth

in this season of my life i’m evaluating friends.

most of mine are over an hour away and we all keep touch on a daily basis through facebook and email. we do a lot of the same crafting and with our same ups and downs in life and like-mindedness either spiritually or family care, i could see us all spending so much more time together if we all lived closer to each other.

this causes me to mourn the depth these relationships could go to, but because we are long distance they just can’t go that deep. most days, i’m ok with this. and i realize these friends live in osky, dm, maine, ks, ottumwa, lancaster . . .  i can’t live every where, so i have to find peace and be thankful for what i do have!

with our closest local friends moving away in 3 weeks – this brings this issue up to the surface in a new light.

i once again find myself praying continuously through out the day for one more thing, dear friends that live HERE. i prayed this for 5 years, and got it for one year. i’m so very thankful! it’s worth the effort… i can not hide that it is discouraging to be alone again.

BUT i have realized one thing that i didn’t realize before when i was praying for this for 5 years. a lot of this has to do with me – more so than i realized. we have friends that we just click with on a spiritual level (similar minded spiritually and learn from the scripture the same way), we have friends that naturally take care of their family the same way, eat the same way, we have friends that we have known forever that have just always been there … each of these are priceless. then you have the friendship that just clicks, on a deeper level. you don’t know why or how. it just works. it’s effortless and it just is. this type of relationship is simply such a blessing. it’s emotionally freeing. you can just be with these people…

now this part i didn’t realize before. driving people away… sure, boundaries are good. we must keep negative people at arms length, etc. etc. that aside, if i sit here and i drive people away by not answering the phone when they seek me out, by not reaching out to them and helping them with what they are trying to do, by not taking the first step in helping them go through this crazy life, then why would anyone feel comfortable coming to me? they don’t. i don’t blame them. i can’t blame them.

my conclusion.

here we are. doing life together. the best way we know how. each of us needs cut a little slack…. i have made so many mistakes when it comes to relationships in the last 10 years, it’s horribly embarrassing. in the last 6 months this has been so present in my mind… changes have been made.  God has really been working on me especially in the area of compassion and pointing out my flaws.

as dear friends leave this area and turn into another long distant relationship, i look forward to making new friends and deepening the relationships i have ruined or kept at arms length. what a humbling place to be.

Proverbs 17:17
friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.


Posted: 04/22/2011 in life

excuse me…

i’m tuning out the world and dusting while listening to THIS and the rest of her albums

my husband said it best

it does what music is supposed to do


Posted: 03/17/2011 in life

i’ve been down with the nasty stuff since late sunday.

my camera also broke.

what is there to blog about with out my camera?!!!

canon repair center has notified me and said it is on it’s way back to me.


all relax in my blog world.

i will be back in full color soon!

also have some blog posts rolling around in my head that aren’t about my KIDS!

wooooooah! who would have thought 😉

all that to say… stay tuned….

in the mean time – enjoy the weather! WOW!

my skin is itching.
it’s time.
i can’t take it anymore….
i’ve reached a breaking point.
either explode or retract.
i want to run to what i know,
what feels most comfortable.
where i am wanted by ALL.
respected by all.
seen as a human,
with feelings.
and desires.
and not a young bimbo.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 timothy 4:12

tough stuff.
i’m reminded today…
it’s NOT about me,
it’s about HIM.
about bringing Him glory,
and praise.

and i am committed to
doing just that…
in all that i do.

am i the one that when the going gets tough,
i dart?
i don’t want to be that person.
but it seems hopeless.
what do you think of the man who stands there and takes a beating?
do you think,
defend yourself
stand firm
turn and run?

i’m not a turn and run kinda gal.
i’m a stick-it-out-to-the-death,
will sacrifice relationships,
kinda gal.
i think that’s wrong.
i ruin relationships and in turn cause others to stumble.
do i skip to turn and run then?
or maintain at the stand firm stage?
if it were up to me, i’d play dead (wait til they aren’t looking) and RUN!!!!!!

today i am letting the simplicity of psalm 55:22 to settle in my soul and bask in it’s security and hope.

Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

blizzard 2011

Posted: 02/03/2011 in life

sunday was the first time i heard we were going to get some snow…

monday i realized how much – they were saying 10-14 inches.

i didn’t believe them

i am so thankful…

our furnace has been keeping up and our electricity stayed on.

eric decided to come home from work early monday (and was able to)… i did not want to be snowed in with this by myself with him in osky – scary!

it was only 9 shingles that blew off and not more.

for neighbors who are generous and willing to use their tractor and blade our driveway.

for snowblowers.

we have a basement cove for lucy to sleep in (and that she’s comfortable down there and not barking at all! this is a miracle).

for disposable diapers – jace got a nasty diaper rash again when i tried cloth diapers for only 2 hours! ARG! (to which i tried everything for 2 days to get it to clear up and aloe vera worked within a couple hours. note: this was jace’s worse rash ever! i {heart} aloe vera!)

for dear friends and family.

for 4×4 trucks!!!!

it’s so weird to see all the pictures and how many states are affected by this blizzard. towns, gas stations, everything completely shut down yesterday. tuesday people were trying to get home from work early and there were so many accidents. it’s surreal how dangerous it is.

it’s been nice having eric home and getting a few projects done (like oiling the countertop! looks so much better! 🙂 ). i love how much jace LOVES his daddy! it’s very precious to see him hold his arms up for daddy to pick him up. with that said, i that jace thinks he doesn’t need to nap when daddy is home. this makes for a very long day and a very crabby jace (and mommy). but he didn’t miss anything daddy did!!! aaaah! i talked to jace about it and he did nap in bed yesterday! shwoo!

we are working very hard to keep this house baby-proofed but we are all still learning and recognizing our flaws…. jace is on the go! getting faster everyday (will post a video later today). he has been scooting for a couple weeks now. just this week has he really gotten fast and actually can chase lizzie around. he likes to crawl under the table, through toy tunnels, and loves playing in lizzie’s princess tent (we make with a comforter and chairs). you may find jace SCREAMING! with a nasty red line on his forehead from attempting to crawl under the couch. he will let you know LOUDLY that he thinks he gets to chew on electrical cords. he loves finding little crumbs and playing with them, yesterday he learned he could pick them up and put them in his mouth. ugh!!!! i didn’t realize how many tiny things we have that he can get into. princess shoes…. yarn scraps…. oh he did have a big-boy-bath in the big bath tub yesterday for the first time! 🙂

can i just say one more thing?



new levels of exhaustion these days keeping up with this dude. i know it sounds pathetic. but every time i try and start a project, he recognizes that i am busy and immediately crawls over to me and cries and whines at my feet while literally pulling at my pant leg. i’m learning new ways to engage him with every task of mine, but it honestly takes so much longer and sometimes makes me crazy that it takes me 20 minutes to do something that should only take me 5. but above all, i do remember that this stage in jace’s life goes by so quickly!!!! i just *blinked* and lizzie is THREE!!!!! it’s just nuts.

lizzie LOVES the snow! but it’s just too windy she says. 🙂 she did go outside and play/help daddy for a bit. brrrrr! lizzie loves netflix and prefers to sit with the remote and continually restart shows and would watch literally all-day. of course i’ve never let her do this. but the last two days i have been busy with my own projects, she has gotten away with this more and more…. i am prepared for a battle or two today because of it.

she loves strawberry shortcake, princesses, princes, her doll house, stamping, coloring, beads, bubber, and jace loves stealing all of these things to get a reaction out of her! i’m learning to reward her, entice her with big girl things and keeping jace busy with his things so everything isn’t dumbed down to a 7 month old…. she loves her ‘school work’ (my baby can read and some timberdoodle preschool curriculum). we already butt heads and grow frustrated with each other over school work. 😦 this i am not looking forward to.

i pray you all have stayed safe and warm this blizzard in 2011! here’s to not having another one for 20 more years!

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