Amy Scott's Thoughts

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45 Days & Counting? January 26, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:19 pm

Let’s jump right in with the house update. Our house has been completely sheet rocked and the process of taping and mudding has started. Technically, our heat isn’t on yet, so they weren’t supposed to start quite yet. Oops. I’m not going to be upset about getting ahead of schedule. We’ve been running the torpedo heaters to make up for the lack of heat. Now that the house is fully insulated and the sheet-rock is up, it’s amazing how it  actually holds heats.  I love seeing the walls closed in. It’s a dream come true. As with each step, once we conquer one thing, my heart moves on to dreaming about the next thing. My new dreams revolve around having heat and light. We often go up in the evening to visit so it’s very dark. We have to use work lights and flashlights. I would love to be able to turn the lights on. And I would love to walk into a warm house. A warm house seems so homey and less like a construction site.

On to the flooring fiasco.  The emotions that I have poured in our flooring situation are insane and unexpected. I seriously thought we were immune to situations like this. We picked our flooring choice in April and signed contract. Done. Until Shaw discontinued the floor we had chosen. We went up to the Adair showroom and picked a new flooring sample we liked. They had sent us a PDF with pictures of flooring we might like, but of course, we couldn’t pick our floor from a computer/phone screen. Too risky. Turns out all of the floor samples that Adair had in their showroom were going to be an upgrade and therefore a price increase. The one sample we decided we liked was going cost over $1000 out of pocket. The thing about the PDF they gave us was the choices in that file would be a straight price swap – no out of pocket for those. This sent us on a wild goose chase to find flooring samples we were told were so new that no one would have them. We got confused with how the PDF was set up and found one of the floors on the sheet in person and fell in love with a new option. We got all excited about the new option and the fact that it wouldn’t cost extra. Then we found out that the new floor we picked was also being discontinued. Bummer… After a great debate, we decided to go with the more expensive option because we could see it in person and we would know what it looked like compared to our choices. Spending the extra out of pocket was a hard decision for me. This led Jeremy to call Shaw directly to see if we could get a sample of their newest flooring. We didn’t want to delay our finish truck, but at the same time, we didn’t want to spend extra money without exhausting all our options first. The floor sample we were hoping for arrived on Wednesday. After a quick trip up to Adair to compare with our other colors, we settled on Quaint Hickory. Which will not cost us extra! Praise the Lord. I have now envisioned 4 different floors being THE floor and that is draining.  I’m glad to have that completed and finally 100% behind us! One of the best parts of this dramatic process was Thursday, my in-laws watched the boys so Jeremy and I could do flooring research. Date night! And then on Saturday, my parents took the boys to the train show in Puyallup, so we got another day to run around and look at flooring choices.  It’s always nice to get one-on-one time with my hubby. Especially when we’re trying to process a major element our house (and possibly major expense). Owen & Graham have the best grandparents!

Moving on to the last of the house updates. Our appliances were delivered to our storage unit yesterday. That is thrilling! Woo hoo! Our lender called to talk to us about the process of transitioning from a construction loan to a permanent mortgage.  He mentioned that this process starts when the house is about 45 days away from completion. That means we are a month and half away! Woo hoo! While I’m disappointed that our move date won’t be in February, I am happy to know that we are close and I continue to pray that things can move forward quickly. A lot still needs to happen and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold! I day dream of painting and flooring and cabinets and counter-tops, toilets (that flush) and of course, lights and heat . It will all come together with time and I’m really hoping the 45 day countdown is on.

Other then keeping close tabs on the house, we’ve been up to the usual. MOPS, play dates, book parties, reading, playing… I’ve finished two books in January. The first was Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown and the second was Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.  Braving the Wilderness was about true belonging. I love that Brene Brown is a social researcher so she mixes both facts and relationships to share her findings. I had read her book Daring Greatly and I know a bunch of my favorite authors like her so I had high hopes for this book. It was a good book, but truthfully, it had a bit too much swearing it in for me. I don’t mind an occasional swear word in a book, but this one has more than I expected and it caught me off guard. The information and message she shared was good and I admire her work, I’m just not super into swearing. I purchased Chasing Slow with a birthday gift card from a dear friend. We watched a video by Erin at MOPS and I was intrigued by her. I love the tension she faces in this book of always chasing minimalism and letting go of excess and yet it seems to find her again and again. I can related to this flow of letting things go and wanting life to be simple and then the pace picks up or the stuff accumulates and you think “Didn’t I say I was going to stop doing this?”. We all have seasons where we have to re-prioritize and make sure we are living our lives in line with what we believe. Erin is a blogger and an interior designer so I loved her perspective on creativity. I am no interior designer, but our building process has given me a chance to wear that hat and ponder what kind of space I want to create for my family. It was a good read and left me thinking all sorts of things about prioritizes, seasons and design.

That’s all I have time for right now. I look forward to sharing more updates soon and hopefully heap loads of progress as our house becomes a home.

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I call this my weird wall. I’m thinking of putting a bookshelf here with DVD storage… Hmm… 

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Owen picked a whale theme for the boys’ bathroom. I’ve had fun pulling a few elements together. 

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Graham learned what happens when you turn the mixer up too high after adding flour. 

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Kid containment 

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Graham & his buddies!

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The final choices all together. 

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A very zoomed in look of the flooring with the white trim and gray paint. 

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Books of 2018 – I’m doing Jesus Calling as my devotional. It’s been a good read, but a little different then I expected. It is thought provoking and I appreciate that.

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Shadows

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Sitting on the floor pondering furniture placement in the living room. 

 

A Little Bit of Everything! January 18, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:45 pm

So much has happened between now and the last time I blogged. I want to share all the details and yet I don’t want to overwhelm you with a lengthy post. I’ll try to stick to the highlights!

Let’s start with the house! Since my last post, Jeremy and I purchased a new couch for our living room. We just barely got it to fit in a borrowed 15 passenger van. I’m very excited to see how the living room ties together because we’ve purchased so many new things for that space. I’m daily arranging furniture in my head and making mental priority lists of what pieces I might want to add over time. We’ve been working on tying together a whale theme for the boys’ bathroom and I’m loving how a few cute items can create such a fun space. I can’t wait to see it all come to life. We now have a garage door and that really completes the look of the exterior of the home. Inside we’ve seen the house insulated and sheet-rockers are hard at work right now. I’m hoping to check in on the house today or tomorrow and fingers crossed that I won’t be able to see through my walls anymore. The flooring we chose for the house main living area has been discontinued (because we chose it eons ago), so now we have head back to the design center and find a new flooring that doesn’t clash with all the other elements that we’ve selected and are locked into our contract. Wish us luck! Adair is busy working on ordering our finishes and we should know within the week, maybe even tomorrow, what our projected end date might be. It would be nice to begin a countdown and start planning for our moving weekend. I’m just a little excited.

On to Owen. I know that I’ve mentioned that my boys’ fight quite a bit when they are together. Being two years apart and both boys means that my kids have very similar interests. They always want what the other boy has and they have learned how to push each others’ buttons and then there is retaliation. Last week was particularly rough. I couldn’t turn around after breaking up a fight before a new argument broke out. I was at the end of myself. I’m, of course, very concerned about the condition of their hearts and the root of why they are acting this way. Last week I literally had a cry out to God moment where I had to hand them and their behavior over to the Lord and say I don’t know what to do. I can’t make them behave. Please, Jesus, show up and help them. I’m at a total loss.  It’s amazing to me how when you hit the brick wall, God shows up on the other side and something awesome can happen. On Wednesday night at church, Owen told Jeremy and I that he prayed during class and asked Jesus to come into his life and help him be good. I’ve often pondered Owen’s salvation and wondered when he might make a decision to follow Jesus. I didn’t want to push him and so while we’ve talked about it at home, I’ve never forced it. Jeremy and I asked a couple different questions to make sure he understood what that meant and it seemed he did, so we celebrated with a happy meal from McDonalds. I didn’t except Owen to wake up a saint the next day, but I figure anytime you invite God into your life and ask him to help you out, it’s a step in the right direction. Things have improved around the house. The kids still fight, but I feel like the level of crazy has gone down a notch and I am beyond thrilled to know that my little boy loves Jesus and wants to live for him.

This last weekend was my birthday weekend. I like to spread the birthday celebrating out over days so we took off on Friday for an overnight getaway to Portland. We did some shopping. We had dinner with Jeremy’s family at Red Robin and then part of the crew came back to go swimming in the hotel pool with us. On Saturday, we went to the zoo and did a little more shopping. Owen loved the hotel experience and wanted to move in. Graham has never been as good at overnight trips as Owen, but overall, the boys did great and they really enjoyed the mini adventure. I found it refreshing and fun because my shopping was yet again focused on finding little things for the house at the best price and using as many gift cards as possible. I love a good challenge like that! My birthday was on Sunday which meant the morning started early, but the boys got ready for church like little angels (this was my birthday prayer/wish – I wanted to the boys ready and loaded for church without the usual World War 3 experience we often have). I got my free drink from Starbucks. Jeremy got cupcakes to share with the kids at church. I watched TV in bed during nap time. I had a yummy birthday dinner with my family at my parent’s house. I ended the day snuggled in bed watching the season premiere of Victoria on PBS. I don’t think days get much better than that! What a blessing. So far 32 has treated me well!

I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ll fill in the rest of the blanks with pictures below!

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Couch shopping!

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A garage door is a lovely sight!

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The happy meal toy that Owen got on the night he asked Jesus into life. Look at that smile!

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Play date at Burger King

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Shopping with my boys!

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Our hotel room had a view of the MAX trains. So, of course, it was the best room ever.

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Birthday dinner at Red Robin

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Oregon Zoo

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Free Birthday Starbucks!

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Celebrating the sheet rock! :)

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And I chopped my hair off again. I love how easy it is when it’s short!

 

2017 Reflections January 2, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 1:55 pm

When I published my last post, I hadn’t taken the time yet to ponder 2017. Usually I reflect on each closing year and try to summarize it as a whole. I went back and refreshed my memory on the closing of 2015 & 2016. One of the best parts of writing a blog is I can go back in time and re-read where I’ve been and how I felt about things. I’ve noticed that I feel very differently about the close of 2017 then I did about the close of 2015 & 2016. I remember 2015 & 2016 as being hard years. Years that I said I didn’t want to repeat. However, I also feel like I grew a lot in those years as I pushed through challenges and unexpected ups and downs of life. I feel like I ended those years with strength and resolve. I had learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. I felt confident in who God was growing me to be. While not fun, I clearly saw the results of hard work and determination.

2017 ends with very different emotions for me. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” This verse came to mind as I was reflecting on the close of 2017. This last year has been one of waiting. We started the year off still waiting for our house to sell. Once it sold it in March, the waiting period for our new house to be built began. It’s been a whole year of waiting. Hoping for a home that is yet to be. I don’t diminish the progress that has been made, but I am feeling the toll on my heart from a year of deep longing. This year doesn’t feel as easy to button up as years past. I’m still waiting. And while I am waiting for something very worthwhile, I think this year has been characterized by sadness. I’ve been heart sick. No one wants to hang out with person who is constantly sad so I’ve tried to stay positive in most of my conversations while still being honest about where I am at. It’s a hard line.  I want to be truthful with how I feel, but I also don’t want to dwell on the sadness and let it take me to a dark place. This is the tension that I’ve faced this last year. 2017 has been a year of hope deferred. And it does make you heart sick. Not much I can do to change that, but I can keep hoping and believing that this season of waiting will come to end. 

While 2017 hasn’t been a cheery year, there are some highlights that I wanted to mentioned. The first would be starting my business with Usborne Books & More. It has been fun to work for a company that I love. My kids have benefited from their home library growing and I have enjoyed making some extra income. I’m not making millions, but I’m making enough to make it worth it. Some of the ladies I work with use this business to support their families and it’s a great opportunity for that. I have been honest from the beginning that I’m saving for things like throw pillows and decorating my new house. I don’t know how long I’ll work this business, but it’s been a Godsend. It’s given me something to do. It’s filled days of waiting with purpose and direction. I’m so grateful for my UBAM business. I’m not sure what I would have done without it this year. I started it at just the right time even though I was unsure. God knew what I needed.

In that same thread, I am thankful for the opportunity to lead our MOPS & MOMSnext group this year. I never wanted to lead this group. It was not my intention to become the coordinator. I figured someday it would happen, but I didn’t seek it out. It came to me and I said yes because I knew the group would most likely end if I didn’t. I was reluctant and scared. I knew it was going to be work. This was no easy task to say yes to, but I felt like God was telling me to try. I’m so glad that I did. Again, MOPS & MOMSnext has given me purpose and direction. I am blessed by the team that has come together and serving alongside them as been an honor. It’s been a joy to serve the moms of our community. I love that our group is one of encouragement and support. It’s been a big thing to step up and lead this group, but I am so glad that I said yes. God is good!

2017 was year of transition for our family schedule. Owen started preschool in the fall. I am glad we decided to put him in this year even if that does mean he’ll have two years of preschool before kindergarten. He is doing well at school. He is a social kid and he enjoys playing with his friends. He also really enjoys crafts so all the hands-on learning is good for him. I was worried about sending him away and missing him. It was the beginning of the “school years” and I wasn’t sure I was ready for him to be there quite yet. But the mornings he is at school are quiet for Graham and I. There is no fighting and that is good for all of our sanity. Owen & Graham love the same things and Graham, of course, wants to do everything his brother does. This leads to constant battles when they are together and it can almost break me sometimes. I hate being a referee in endless fights. The space that preschool provides is good for all of us and it’s wonderful to see Owen growing, learning, and enjoying it as well.

While the season of waiting has been hard, much has happened over the course of the year. I am grateful for the progress and each step along the way, even if it has gone slowly. 2017 started with snowy days and me getting to spend my birthday in Canada. In March, we sold our house and that was a huge blessing and a weight off of our shoulders.  At the end of April, I started my UBAM business. We spent the spring and early summer getting our home site ready before officially passing things off to Adair at the end of July. We took a family vacation to Bend, OR in August with the Scott clan. In September, Owen started school. MOPS & MOMSnext kicked off with all of our planning and praying coming to life.  October was birthday month for the boys and the house really started pick up speed. November was the start of my great eye illness battle. And December was festive with holiday celebrations and a whole lot of work on the house – in the form of painting the exterior and the drying out process. Jeremy’s vacation days were mostly spent working on our home. We missed doing family things together, but we are grateful for the time to focus on the house and move things forward.

And now we are here at 2018. The second half of Proverbs 13:12 says “a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” and I’m looking forward to living that part of the verse in 2018. To take the tree metaphor, we’ve been watching the tree grow – from a seed to a sapling to hopefully a full grown tree soon. Trees provide shelter. They bear fruit. A tree of life sounds like a great blessing. This is how I see our house, not only for my own family, but the people I look forward to welcoming into our home.  I’m praying we see our hopes and dreams become a reality this year. After a year like 2017, I am positive that 2018 will be a different story and I am ready to tell a different story. Seasons of waiting aren’t glamorous, but I do believe the rewards of waiting are worth it.

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Owen discovered he likes Pez during our time hanging out with Grandpa & Grandma. 

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Spent a lot of time taking over TC’s domain while we watched our house and moved the heaters around during the dry out process. 

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Thankful for heaters like this to help dry our house out!

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My top liked Instagram posts of 2017. 5/9 are about the house. 

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New Year’s Eve fireworks

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This is what happens when my mom doesn’t have candles for the birthday couple. 

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We might have watched 4 different countdowns to the New Year at 7:30pm. 

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My love! Grateful for every year I get to start with him! 

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The birthday girl! She’s now joined me in our thirties! 

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The New Year’s Eve crew – or as Owen called it “Auntie’s birthday party”