**If the house stuff is your only interest, keep scrolling down!**

This Part 2 of Tuesday Tidbits is to fill you in on some personal stuff as well as house stuff. We have some busy days surrounding us right now…exciting but busy.

Many of you have asked about the New York City Marathon that I am running for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. If you missed the initial blog post, it’s here:

A Little Too Personal

As far as an update goes, things are moving along. I have 1 more week of hard training and then I start tapering off my running in anticipation for the race (November 5th). I’m SO excited to run this race and to run it for something so personal to me. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am also equally nervous/afraid of race day. It’s such a huge thing and I just want to do my best.

In regards to my disease, it has been a rough summer. There have been far more doctor visits than I would like, too many test and colonoscopies (yes, plural) and just one too many IV’s. My latest scope showed some bigger problems than usual…which meant additional tests and poking around.

On a positive note, can we all agree and be thankful that the equipment has come a LONG way in the past 10-15 years?!

Most of my family and close friends ask the obvious question that you may be wondering yourself. Why in the world would you do something like a marathon when you are sick??? The answer is easy, friends. The disease is chronic and lifelong. If I were to wait until I’m healthy to do my bucket list of things, I would never get to do them.

So, in less than 4 weeks I will take my little entourage to New York City for a long weekend and run the most exhilarating 26.2 miles of my life! These miles will be for those of you that have supported me along the way and for those who cannot do this run. I am continuing to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and would welcome ANY support you can offer. No amount is too small or goes un-noticed! The link below will take you to the secure site for donations. Thank you in advance!


Just so you can have the view I do most mornings: this is my running path. It’s my home away from home during the spring/summer/fall months and I love it.

Enough about the personal stuff! It’s time to get back to the main event: the house!

Different angles in our house are starting to feel downright home-y and we are not complaining. In my dream world, I can see a beautiful buffet of fruits, vegetables, various cheese cubes and crackers displayed on our large island. In reality, it will be a couple of pizzas still in their delivery box. Either way I’m just thrilled it is getting close!

We removed the one original kitchen door to start creating the second one (in the bricked over area). Thankfully, all of the arched doors are different and this one just happens to be the most simple design! Whenever Trent and I catch a break like this, we are SO grateful! We try to remember it when we don’t catch a break on other things…but you know how that goes:)

A few days ago I hollered at Trent from the garage “honey, I need a hammer!” This is what he hands me. This is NOT a hammer. It’s some mutated form of a hammer…and it looks older than me. When I said this to Trent his response was, “True. But it will do the job you need it for.” Yes, he was right. It did do the job that I needed it for.

These securely wrapped up glass panels are for the 3 showers in our house. We bought the frameless glass for each shower door and this will be the final item to fully complete the bathrooms!

While we still don’t have all the original window trim put back together, we have a few more windows done. Naturally, they take a little finesse and nothing goes back exactly like it should…which requires even more finesse. Repeat after me: caulk is my best friend. 

The living room is going to be my very favorite place to just relax in the evenings.

You are now caught up with where things are at currently. Since we are working on the windows, we removed all the plastic that had been giving us a little privacy the past several months. If you happen to drive by and see us inside working, give a friendly honk!

As always thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!






  • October 11, 2017 Reply


    The house is so beautiful, and so nearly done I can just imagine it. Gorgeous.

  • October 11, 2017 Reply

    Michele MacNab

    I loved the hammer story. Trent sounds like my late husband, Craig. We have that hammer!
    I love everything you are putting in this home.

  • October 11, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I am hoping that you participation the the New York Marathon will go well and you are running for what you believe in and to help others. I have many of these hammers in your photo, ball peen they call them, and they are used more in mechanical areas of work. The rounded end is for “peening” such as rivets, I have sizes ranging from 40 oz. all the way down to my little 3 oz. “tinkers” hammer.

    • October 11, 2017 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      Thanks for the actual name of the hammer! Learning something new everyday.

  • October 11, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    I admire you so much.

  • October 12, 2017 Reply


    I obviously love and follow all the amazing house updates, but today I was deeply touched by the picture of your hand. Your lovely red nails. I hope you took time to have them done. If not I hope you enjoyed a few moments of personal pampering. I noticed your jeweled finger as well. It was a reminder of promises and love and commitment. I see it’s not on your left hand, or your ring finger, but the significance and beauty are still there held so prettily on your finger. The last thing I saw was the iv, And I felt a little stab of pain for you, and thought what a brave soul you are. Thank you, just….thank you for being you!

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