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Kitchen Paint Job

Before moving into our new house, we had two rooms we wanted to tackle painting. The paint job these two rooms had just weren’t our style… and we felt they made the room feel smaller. The before photos I took you actually cant really see the “texture” the wall had prior. The former home owners did some sort of artsy texture thing on the walls.. I am sure they spent a good amount of time doing it… but we each have our own styles and this wasn’t mine. So it had to go.

We used the Sherwin Williams paint color “Sedate Gray” in this room. It has a hue of green/blue in it, it compliments our living room curtains (that I will show once our living room is done). Our kitchen table has grey hues as well, so I thought it went really well with the kitchen.

I do hope to get a center island eventually as well for more work space. The kitchen is a great size and we have pretty good storage too. The one thing this kitchen does lack that our other kitchen had, is a bar (I will miss that!) and our huge walk in pantry. I knew going into this house hunting process, that to find a kitchen that matched our Atlanta home features, would be hard to find. So I wasn’t let down when it didn’t match up exactly. :)

I still cannot complain. Its a beautiful kitchen.

Enjoy the before/afters :)







The old wire phone is staying, Reed likes it :) – even tho it isn’t hooked up.



The last thing Id like to do to this kitchen is to paint the door leading out to the screen porch (its located to the right of our kitchen table) – also the door in the laundry hallway (you can’t see it here but its connected to the kitchen), Id love to paint those an accent color.

Something like this…

So eventually that’ll get done. :) I think it’ll be a nice pop for the room, since grey is kind of boring by itself.

I also would love a backsplash similar to this…

One thing at a time though, right?

Moved in

We are officially moved in! Yay! Finally :)

We moved our final bit of “stuff” (mostly beds, our kitchen table, computer, plates, etc) on Tuesday last week [Thank you for all those who helped! We could not have done it without you]. It has taken us the rest of the week to unpack all the boxes (we still have a few left)… get our wifi back up, pantry stocked, and so forth. We still have a good bit to do but right now the house is feeling more “like home.” It takes time any time you move for a place to begin to feel like home. Anyone who has moved more than a few times gets this…

While some of our moves have been easier to make than others, leaving Woodstock was very bittersweet. Our time there was unusual, special, different and so needed…We are forever thankful for the kindness and generosity of First Baptist Woodstock… who blessed us in ways we cannot even express fully.

I am thankful for where God has brought us and am excited about what is to come! I think the Lord has great plans for the church we are at… and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

Here are a few photos from church here btw. I know many have been curious what the church looks like, etc..etc.. so here is a small glimpse for those curious.





Taite in his SS Class :) [so serious]


Owen in his SS Class


Caleb in his – hes the only boy in his, I’m sure he welcomes that haha…



One thing I hope to always be throughout my years here as a Pastors wife, is to be genuine… I hope my little blog can be a small glimpse into that desire… without getting me into to much trouble… :-\

I never ever want to seem like the type to “have it all together” … or perfected my life. Far from it. I want people to feel the bumps and sense the struggles. No one wants to watch another person live not seeing struggle in their life. We each struggle at times and I think being honest (wisely) is always appreciated. At least I appreciate those who are that way. :) Maybe that is just me.

“stepping off soap box”

This week I have got to get our home school stuff situation.

I have our school room completely set up! Praise the Lord it all came together pretty easily… Now though I have to go through and make copies for our 1st few months of school. Most of our subjects I have workbooks already set for the boys.. but History and Science will require a bit more copy work and putting together of binders. Nothing to over whelming I hope… but I have enough to do that I think this week will be a little slack on the blog posting again.

With Wifi back up though I do hope to post some fun before/after photos.

We painted 2 rooms and they look great!

We still don’t have living room furniture. We have been shopping around some but have not decided on anything just yet. For now we are using a 2 seat recliner sofa from a sweet lady at church. We hope to incorporate it some how. For 6 people it has been a bit tight, haha! All four boys squeeze into those 2 seats though and with a few kitchen chairs thrown into the mix, we’ve been just fine without a full set. I do hope next week we can nail down and make a decision on something though. :)

I also need to get back into the routine of cooking more. With our temp stay at the farm I was a bit slack on meal making. It was hard to prep meals for a family of 6 in a smaller kitchen… I have no excuse now :) – our kitchen is a great size.

So lots to do!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Below are a few more “instagram” photos from the last week or so. Be sure to follow our updates on instagram HERE.

This is the front yard, Caleb letting Reed watch the garbage truck. I am in love with the trees!

Color options in our future Home?

So! We close on our house in less than a week now. eek! We can’t wait.

I thought it be fun leading up to it, to get other peoples thoughts on a paint color. Obviously, we each have our different taste…and I may choose a color some hate :) – but I do love putting it out there and hearing what others think about this sort of thing.

Alright, so the kitchen is a very dark yellow right now. I cannot say its a pretty yellow. No offense to the home owner who used that color… but its just not my style. The counter tops are black quarts with a bit of sparkle (they are beautiful, although if I had built the house myself and had another color option, I would have gone with something besides black, still, they are nice, so ill work with it.). The cabinets a soft off white. The appliances are black.

The photo to the right I took last week after a visit to the house. The home owners aren’t quiet moved out, so that is why it is messy in the photo. They had a bit of everything all over the place. It’ll give you an idea of what colors I have to work with though.

The kitchen opens up beyond the “globe” (bottom left of photo) to 3 large windows and a door. So that area is where our kitchen table would be. So it all be in the same room.

Here is a reminder of what our kitchen table looks like, because it most def. comes into play with color choices…


So our kitchen table is rustic… has hues of gray in it… its probably my favorite piece of furniture we own… so whatever color we use in this kitchen, has to compliment it. :)

Here are some colors I was leaning towards….

I even thought about doing a back splash… but I’m not sure what color… maybe a gray-ish wall with a warm hue… of either blue or green…with a tile back splash that is blue?? So many choices!

Alright the other room we want to paint is the living room.

It is a great size with so much charm.

The other side of the room has ceiling to floor built ins that are white. With a french door in the middle that leads to the screen porch. Here is a photo of them, sorry its so dark… and again its messy because the home owners were still in the “packing” phase when I took these.

I already purchased curtains for the front two windows in this room from world market. They had them 50% off, plus I had a 10% off coupon.. so I saved 60% on them. I couldn’t pass that up. So I got curtains in a blue-ish hue. They are these… The picture doesn’t do them justice though. They have a beautiful texture to them… and the color is much warmer and softer than the photo appears. So I want to paint this room around those blue-ish curtains. Because there is a fire place with old fashion brick though, I can’t go to cold… I feel like a warm color is a must but I dont want it to dark.

Here is what I was thinking…

A warm gray?? So the kitchen I would do a blue-ish warm gray? and then the living space a richer less blue gray but still warm. Does that make any sense?! Is that to much gray? haha… our sofas are still up in the air. We don’t have the beige ones we had in Atlanta… we gave those to a friend.. so we have to buy a new sofa. I was thinking of a darker brown sofa tho (in hopes to hide boy dirt haha).

Not leather though. We have an indoor cat with claws… so leather is a no go for us.

and this is the color of the school room (which is also on the main floor).


While I don’t LOVE the colors in that room, they actually seem calming to me… perfect for schooling.. so I may leave that room as is.

For those curious details about this house.

It was built in the 90s. Its in a very wooded neighborhood. I adore woods!! (hmmm goes with our last name, haha). I just love trees… and shade… and the backyard here is just perfect for our boys. Enough grass to play in… but enough woods to explore as well. Lots and lots of shade for those hot summer days. There is also a fire pit area already set up… and you all know we love fire pit time in our family.

The house is located on a huge cul-de-sac, so perfect spot for kids to ride bikes. We’ve noticed BOTH neighbors near us have play sets and trampolines/tire swing, so we are hoping there are kids around for our boys to meet. :)

It is a four bedroom. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The 4th bedroom is actually considered a FROG room (finished room over garage). So the ceilings are slightly lower on the sides of the room. Which can possibly become problematic with bunks… So for now we plan to put Taite and Owen in that larger room. It will also be a playroom… so hopefully I can organize it well to keep their beds on one side, play area on another. The other bedrooms will be an office/guest room and Caleb/Reeds room. If we have any more kids (we sort of feel this will happen)… then the guestroom would then become a nursery. Sorry mom and dad. We are hoping though that if and when this happens, we can possibly organize the larger FROG room to second as a guestroom for needed. We will cross that bridge when it comes. :)

Any who, thats about it :) – I look forward to posting some wider angle images taken with my real camera once we get things set up.

We close the 14th at 9am! Hope to paint before we move in (or have someone paint it for us)… and then move things in slowly. What is awesome about this particular move is we still have a place to lay our head in the process… so we may stay at our temp home a while longer in order to make the transition a little less crazy.

and to end… to those who think the posting of these photos is to ever brag. It is not. We are very blessed and I am so thankful for the ability to even buy a home. We know that many have so much less… and each time I think about how much we do have, I am humbled.. and thankful. I hope our home can be a place where we welcome families in… and a home to raise these boys up in. I just love to share our world with those who read the blog.. and with my family/friends around the globe. So my posting photos is for those purposes only. To share.

Don’t forget to follow our daily adventures on Instagram @dreawood

Inside our home

Well we had photos taken by the photographer our agent provided. He came today around 10:30am. He had a nice 10mm wide angle lens, which will give the buyer a much wider view of our rooms. My lens is only a 28mm. So its not as wide a view. I did however take photos of our entire house, for my own keeping. I probably wont link to the “actual” listing of our home here… just for privacy reasons… For those who did want to see photos though. I thought this was the next best thing. This is the cleanest our home will probably ever be, haha…. well worth capturing ;-)

The kids have done really well helping us this week to keep things clean. We had to sit them down and tell them the importance of them doing their part… that Travis and I cant keep up the picking up behind them constantly. That the house needs to be very well kept for at least a week, while people view it. We think they got the picture and so far have done very well (except Reed, oh the joy of age 2).

ED9A8990So welcome to our home, at least our home for the next few weeks. Its been full of great memories and will be a place we will forever cherish.

Before I get started, let me just clear the air here. I am not posting these photos to make anyone feel like they have less than us. I am not posting this to brag… I do not want anyone to ever think that. One thing I have realized is that we are blessed with much… Every home we have lived in has been a blessing (reminder to those unfamiliar with our journey, this is our 9th move!). Each home had things we loved. Each home had things we didn’t love. While this home has very few things I dislike :) – I will say I feel completely loved and cherished to live in such a beautiful house. When we went looking for a home (this was our first home purchase). I doubted we’d ever have something like this. In fact I expected little. It really is a lack on my faith honestly… I was so use to being without.. that I didn’t ever expect to be blessed so graciously in this dept. I almost came to grips that having a really beautiful house, such as the one we are in, wasn’t something “I needed.” It wasn’t something I felt God wanted to give me… and I was ok with that. I think the Lord just swooped me up though during our 8th moved and hugged me a little tighter… knowing that we had been through such a difficult transition with Travis’ loosing his job in NC… to becoming a cop… my having to go through an extremely hard pregnancy with Reed… on bed rest… into the hospital twice a week for high level ultrasounds, all the while my husband was going through Mandate… then on the roads wearing a bullet proof vest. Working nights… it was very difficult for me… and while I saw the Lords hand in all of it… and those times grew me.. I think the Lord knew my heart… and He knew no matter what home I got, it was okay with me… but I think He also wanted me to have that joy too… and I can write this post in tears knowing I am so loved by Christ… and while I dont expect to have a perfect house, I know I am cherished by a Father who wants us to ask. Through my doubt He grew me, even when I didn’t think I needed growing in this area.

So to my house that I will love and miss, I know the Lord is good… and He has blessed us greatly. With or without.

I hope you enjoy your tour around our Georgia home :) – I hope whoever buys it, loves it as much as I do.

The front porch wraps around part of the left side of the house, I love it!


When you enter the home, you are faced with a hall way straight and then a den to the right.

The school room to the left. A stair case in the center.

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The school room and den are almost identical in size. Both a great size!


Our kitchen table for those curious came from World Market. We love it! Its about 5 years old now.

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The stairs go up to the bedrooms (4 upstairs), then as you enter down that first hall is a half bath.


Straight down that hallway you will then enter our kitchen/family room area. Its all one huge room.


I didn’t get a photo of our pantry… but it is enormous! Its so big a child could sleep in it haha.

It is through the door beside the oak table in our breakfast nook area.


Looking outward from the kitchen this is what you see.




The living room leads out onto our back deck too. There is no exit off this deck.

That use to bother me but I actually really like that about it now. Much safer for kids.


Then of course you will look out across our beautiful back yard. I fell in love with it at first sight.


and here is a view from the back yard looking back.



The Creek that you often see on the blog, is behind the trampoline.

Now when you walk back up from the backyard, you can enter the house from the basement garage…


It is a 2 car garage (although we never park in it). It also has a connecting workshop.

When you enter the house, this is the room you come to. Its the study.


To go upstairs you’d go right, but if you went through the study, you’d then enter our guestroom.


That guestroom also seconded as a toy room at one time.


It had lots of great shelving for those purposes. :)

The guestroom also had access to a full bath and another lower level deck.

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Ok now lets zoom all the way upstairs. On the 3rd story that is where 4 other bedrooms are.

yes this is a 3 story home. So lots of great leg workout here. :D

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The boys have a full bath, beside their rooms.


Taite and Owen share this room together.


Caleb is in the neighboring room.



Reed is in the smallest room in the house. It works though.

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Once we move we will take Reeds crib away. Hes ready. I just keep postponing it :)


and this is our bedroom.

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Thats it! :) Oh! and totally forgot the laundry room too. Its on the main level, right beside the kitchen. Its a good size too.

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner

What I am about to show you on this post is kinda embarrassing. I neglected our shower. A LOT the last month… and, with 4 little dudes who for some reason like our shower better, plus Travis and I. It didn’t take long before that shower began to look gross. Thankfully I have the best Tub and Shower Cleaner to handle the job and you wont believe how easy and cheap it is to make. I have been using this same recipe for about 3 years now. It works so good! I figured while my shower looked gross, I’d take advantage of that and snag some before/after photos for you. Don’t worry, if you ever visit with us, our guest bath is almost always clean. ;-)

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner that will put any bottle of bleach to shame.When I was pregnant with Reed and put on bed rest around 32 weeks. Our shower at our other home, got so disturbingly gross (due to my inability to clean and Travis’ busy mandate schedule). We ended up hiring a house cleaner and she told me she couldn’t get the shower clean that it was so bad (yup that bad). I told her to try my cleaner and handed her a bottle I already had made up. She let it soak (I told her it needed to soak for at least 30 min – 1 hour). After she finished cleaning our home she then asked me for the recipe. She said she has tried many bleach and chemical filled cleaners but none cleaned tile and grout as good as the bottle I gave her. (note: no hate on those who use chemicals or bleach. There is a time and place for them. We do own bleach too.)

She was impressed :)

I hated she had to clean up our gross shower… it was a hard season for me. Unable to do what needed to be done… It is life though… and I will be the first to show my life is not perfected.  My shower gets gross during busy months home schooling. We get behind on laundry… and our floor can go a mouth without being mopped… but for the most part, our home is clean enough to enjoy and that’s all that really matters. Travis always tells me, when I complain about messes…. that our home is not “a mess” – its “lived in.” Perfection never last.

SO here is the recipe. I promise, you’ll love it.


2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner


  • 1 part White Vinegar
  • 1 part DAWN blue soap (use dawn, other brands don't work as well, trust me)
  • 1 Empty Squirt bottle (Dollar Tree has them)


  1. I use the large dollar tree squirt bottle. I believe its a 16 ounce bottle. I then fill it with half white vinegar and half dawn soap.
  2. Mix it together by shaking it with the top on...
  3. Spray it onto the surface you want cleaned (don't be shy either, spray it well). Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  4. Once it sits, get a sponge or brush and scrub away the grossness. I have found for grout using a tooth brush after this application helps. Rinse it with warm water and you're done!

Boy Room Redo

Boy Room Redo

This weekend we decided to finally put forth a little effort in re-doing the boys bedrooms a bit.

We didn’t have much money to invest… but I knew I needed to do something.

I very much disliked their bedrooms the way we had them. I don’t have recent photos of how Taite’s room eventually became… but at one point he had his bed on the floor. Just a mattress… no frame, nothing… and it just looked terrible. The dressers we had were overly big… old. Had a lot of flaws and needed a lot of TLC… while they would have made great re-purposed pieces, I knew I didn’t have time for that. So I listed those to sell on facebook and sold both… along with the boys cheaper particle board desk.

We then decided to move Caleb into Taite/Owens old room… and to move Taite/Owen into Calebs old room.

So a task :) but one that I think went very well.

So here are some photos to show what was done :)

I will show before photos below as well. So to compare.

Caleb’s old room prior to the re-do


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After the re-do – Now Taite & Owens Room


The dressers we got at IKEA. Lightweight and solid pine. Great price too.



Taite & Owens room before the re-do

– Their room was SO messy – always. The closets. The dresser. Always a mess. Because the drawers on their dresser were so heavy (since the dressers were old)… they had a terrible habit of leaving them open. This room also is very narrow… so it made putting two beds side by side impossible. A bunk works too and we have had bunks in this room before… Even when we had a bunk in the room, it just never looked the best. With the room re-do we are establishing much stricter chore rules… and these dudes are going to chip in their piece to keep their rooms nice and well taken care of. I am partly to blame for not enforcing this more. I think a huge part of my lack in motivation in this area, was the fact their rooms were always so “bleh” to me… I didn’t much care what they looked like because they functioned so poorly.



After the re-do – Now Calebs room




You can’t see inside the closets in either room… but we completely gutted them. Took everything out… organized their clothes on hangers… and took out ALL the toys. In Owen and Taites room we do have a small book shelf with a few toy buckets and things they enjoy. Besides that, there are no toys in their room. I did find them some cute lamps at Target. For $12.99. The lamp has two charging outlets on the base, which we love! It makes it so much easier for them to plug up their kindles and charge them.

Here is a close up:


So, that is it! I haven’t tackled Reeds room yet… but his room was never really an issue. Although his is kind of plain, it was never overly trashed. :)

The only thing we purchased for the room make over were the two dressers in the younger boys room… the lamps and thats it! My mom and dad brought the cute SOLID wood desk for Taites room this weekend. So that desk replaced the cheaper one we had. It has lots of great storage too.

We got rid of TWO TRASH BAGS FULL of boy clothes. We had so many boy clothing shoved into their drawers… it was a bit ridiculous how many clothes they had to choose room. Children do not need that much! Esp. children home schooled haha… I mean the pressure of “certain clothing items” is not heavy on my kids… and so having drawers full of so much really was causing more trouble. Making it hard for them to see what they had… and hard for them to put clothes away.

The boys so far have done a great job keeping up their rooms. We are really pushing them to put their clothes away as soon as they take them off… to get better about putting their clothes in the hamper… and hanging things up right away. We even got Taite a little stool (it use to be in our kitchen). This way he can hang up clothes easier in the closet. That stool btw comes from IKEA. Its solid pine and only cost $15! We ended up buying an additional one to replace the one in the kitchen. Great function-able stool…. that last. (the blue one is 5 years old)

While these rooms may seem simple :) – Im proud of them… and thankful for the means to make them a little bit better…

Making it our own

Making it our own

Atlanta Artist Melissa Payne BakerI posted last week a piece of art work that my friend Lindsey gave me [the winner for that was chosen btw, thank you for all those who entered]. My love for art is nothing new but I will admit. I feel spoiled knowing such awesome artist personally.

I thought id share another piece in our home.

This one is by Melissa Payne Baker. She was named Atlantas top artist a few years in a row recently by a very popular magazine. She is very talented. I met her our 1st year here after she hired me to photograph her maternity portraits/birth of her son/newborn portraits and since then birthday parties and so forth. I feel honored to be her photographer and you cant help but fall in love with her family.

She painted this particular piece from inspiration of our journey over the years and my childhood memories of a creek growing up.

Her work is abstract and so beautiful. Her use of colors is perfect. I have 3 of her pieces now and love every single one. Each one special in its own way.

So thank you Melissa for this beautiful piece. I LOVE IT.

I do hope when we move and really settle in some place, that I can display it even better.


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and for those curious how we are liking our Casper Bed. WE LOVE IT still! I look forward to sharing my thoughts more on this great bed soon. I wanted to give it a few weeks before doing my complete write up. If you missed our unboxing video you can see that HERE. :)