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Well I am back. Bruised, broken, emotionally drained and mentally exhausted. I don’t quite have words to explain it all yet. Maybe I won’t ever have them. But, I do find hope and peace in these verses.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 42:2

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18

For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Nothing is impossible with Him. He loves us always and has got us in His hands, holding us when we can’t quite make it on our own. Thank you for your encouragement, your prayers, your love. They mean so much, God has blessed us with such loving family and friends.

This post is going to be a little strange. Even though its Mama Monday I wanted to throw in a little DIY. This has been done for quite a while but it made a big difference in how our windows looked, so I thought I would share.

We used scrap wood, and I had one meter of fabric that was on clearance. So the total project cost around $10. The size that you build it will depend on your own window. The only tip I have is to make sure you measure your front first, add a couple extra inches to ensure that ounce your fabric goes on that it will still fit across.

Hopefully that all makes sense, if you have questions just ask!

Cut your wood to the size you need. You will need a piece for the front and two smaller pieces for the sides. You can attach the sides to the front with two L-brackets. Like this.

We found this fabric on clearance, we were going to buy enough to make full-sized drapes. When we got to the cutting table the sales lady told us it was deeply discounted because the colors would run in the wash. So we bought one meter and were going to try to wash it at home with salt to see if we could lock in the colors. Well, Gray decided to surprise us two days later by his early arrival. Needless to say the fabric was just shoved in the basement. So I decided to use it for this!

I do not have photos of the next step, but it was super easy. All I did was wrap the fabric around the wood and stapled away! You can use batting before the fabric if you would like, but I just used fabric over the wood and I am very happy with how they turned out. Now we just need some blinds and these windows will be done!

And here is how the wall has changed since we have bought the house.



Hope you have a wonderful week and that you would feel God’s love everyday, no matter what you are going through.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever
lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16