Friday, November 14, 2008

Getting To Know You: A Journey With Purpose

About Me:
My name is Jacy, married for four and a half years to the bestest husband ever, Benji. We have two little boys, Noah (3) and Ryder (1) who bring so much joy to our lives.
God has brought a lot of things our way, including a job that keeps Benji away from home, four days out of the week, while I stay home with the boys teaching their little minds all God wants them to know, all while on a quest to build a home and call it our own, wherever that may be and only time will tell.
We are a family, passionately striving to follow Jesus Christ and his will for our lives. This journey will undoubtedly bring many obstacles before us, but it is our prayer that in Happy moments we will praise him, Difficult moments we will seek him, Quiet moments we will worship him, Painful moments we will trust him and Every moment we will THANK him.
Define Home:

I currently live in a home where I can not call my own.
We are, for the time being, staying with my in-laws until we are able to find a place to build.
So as you can imagine my longing for this word home, I am, in my own words, about to define.
HOME is a place your heart is, and longs for when you've been gone. It's a place to worship, a place to Love, a place to feel safe and secure, a place to feel comfort, a place where you raise your children in, then later in life hear them say, "this is my home." It's a place to go when your day has been more than stressful and your eyes cry as soon as you step foot in. It's a place where you can be happy, free, laugh uncontrollably and occasionally snort. It's a place where you can go from the shower through the kitchen, down the hall and to the bedroom with no worries. A place to be your self. A place to throw parties and dinners and holidays and feel cozy and inviting..
It's a place to be a family.

And since I don't have a home of my own to share with you here are a few snippets of what I would LOVE to have in the home we build...hopefully sometime next year.

Decorating Elements:
I love color, soft greens, earthy browns, robins egg blues, burnt oranges, accenting those colors with the basics, I love vintage, sheer white curtains, polka dots, chair rail, white crispy cabinets, black and white photos, I love a pretty dish set, sand dollars, pillows, peg boards covered with pictures and cards, a refrigerator covered in hand paintings and abc magnets, home made crafts, books galore, my willow tree collection, wrap around sectionals, wooden letter words old lanterns, grand pianos, flowers on my kitchen table, archways and oh my goodness...the list could go on when the holidays come around!!
I've always thought less is more. Simple and Clean is inviting and still warm and cozy feeling.
Favorite Creative Outlet:
writing, blogging, crafty things, magazines, color, fabrics, photography, scrap booking, sewing, my boys, cooking, baking, reading...I love all these things they would be considered my passion.
Where do you find Inspiration:
Every where! Including all the above!
Mostly blogging, BH&G, Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, magazines, reading, my boys, writing children stories oh the list could really go on and on and on....
Favorite Color:
The hardest thing to answer.
For my home I would love to use browns, burnt oranges, soft blues, light olive greens, with a dab of reds, maybe some lavender somewhere.
I wear a lot of rich green, red, orange, lavender and brown. I think those look best on me.
You'll never catch me in pink...ugh unless I have a summer tan it completely washes me out...same for yellow!
Book Recommendation:
I know this book would have nothing to do with this subject, but I'd have to say
Shepharding A Child's Heart by Ted Tripp.
I could read it a thousand times and learn something new each time.
I love it!
A Tried and True Recipe:
Spicey Sweet Chili

8 oz. boneless beef top sirloin or top round steak
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 tsp. bottled minced garlic
1 cup water
1 15 1/4-oz. can pineapple tidbits (juice pack), undrained
1 15- to 15 3/4-oz. can chili beans with chili gravy, undrained
1 14 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Dairy sour cream (optional)
1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 3/4-inch pieces. Lightly coat an unheated 4-quart Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add meat, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook and stir until meat is brown and onion is tender.
2. Carefully stir in the water, pineapple, chili beans with gravy, tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes or until meat is tender. If desired, serve with sour cream. Makes 5 or 6 servings.
Corners of My Home:
or rather corners of my room.
It's small but it's cozy and I have a lot to look forward to!

I will spare you any pictures of the boys room or their play room. It's a mess lol and I have a lot of clothes to put away!!
Favorite Household Tip:
My mother use to always tell me "smile when you clean, it will go by much faster."


Anonymous said...

The spaces you call your own are lovely Jacy! I'm glad you get to have some space to yourselves and I LOVED getting a glimpse of where you sit and look out the window while you blog ;)

The pictures of your 'dream home' are beautiful and I hope that one day you DO get a perfect mixture of all of them.

Aminta said...

Oh how darling. It says alot about you when you can live with another family and still have your own happiness.
So, I was going to mention that my hubby DOES build homes. And that he is QUITE good at it. AND that there is certainly space for you poky old IDAHO!!!! SO ould love to have you near!
I adore your inspirations. The kitchen with the "old" fridge is my fav.
Love you so Jacy!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

You obviously have a great eye - such creativity and beauty in your space as well as your dream home pictures! :)

So nice to get to know you a little better.

Chelle said...

Oh loved seeing more of the darling domestic side of you and reading a post about your hopes and dreams...loved your inspiration pictures,some of which are also in my file for future reference...

So thrilled for you to someday have that little house of dreams...and hoping to hear very soon that it is " in the works..."

Leslie said...

adored all your inspiration... love the pops of color.

so glad you shared... and love the qoute... I need to remember it some days!