Thursday, October 8, 2015

Forever Caleb's Grandma



Caleb Daniel was born on September 14, 2015, and we loved him.
A little less than 10 hours later, he went away.





The Friday after our precious baby left this earth we had a memorial service, our pastor asked what music my daughter and son in law would like; The numbness did not allow us to choose, so we left it up to him. 
He chose one song to sing.
It Is Well With My Soul
My daughter said to me, "That is my favorite hymn."
Jake did not know that, but God did.

We were unable to sing the words, in fact I may never be able to sing them again, but I know those words to be true.






Caleb was loved from the moment he was conceived, this is what a friend said to me. She was right. We all knew from the first ultrasound that something was wrong, that there would be challenges. It became a roller coaster of misdiagnosis, partial diagnosis, and best and hopeful prognosis.  Soon we knew Skeletal Dysplasia was our reality. We learned that this broad term referred to Dwarfism and that it entailed over 300 disorders associated with it. It became apparent Caleb was going to be on the very rare side.
 Our family was not angry, we were sad. We did not know what the future would hold but we went on... Waiting and hoping to meet him.
Looking back, every sign was there that sweet Caleb would probably not stay here long, but it didn't matter, it did not consume us.
It was well with our soul.

When he came we knew immediately things were not going to go as we had hoped.
It was a beautiful day, and the saddest day of our existence.

Caleb was surrounded by those who loved him when he finally came into the room. Knowing his time was short, I watched my daughter hold her first born child until he passed away.
My heart ached to a depth unknown.
One can cry so deeply that it feels as though every ounce of your energy has left your body.
 A tired I have never experienced set in; That same tiredness comes still, even with only a few tears.

Those tears come from a deep, deep well.

And yet, it is well with my soul.

Your heart can bleed and ache
. Your eyes can swell.
 Your body can hurt.
Your mind can question and you may want to scream and smash away every emotion.
You can know today we should be tired from a fussy baby, and we should be fighting with a stroller that won't fold up and go into the car!
You can gasp and loose your breathe when you find the bibs and bumbo you tucked away.
You can cry and cry and cry when you know there is a closed door to a beautiful nursery with an empty crib and a Pooh bear in a rocker.
You can die inside......
And it can still be well with your soul.
 Because not for a moment did God not KNOW that Caleb would touch our lives so deeply. That he would be missed so much and that He would take him home so soon.
God knew that he would be our rock.
God knew that he would provide a peace that cannot be understood.
God knew that we would mourn and tire so deeply. He knew we would be here for each other, that he had surrounded us with friends that loved us.
He knew that Caleb would be free from physical burdens and whole in his arms.

But first he let us love him. He let us feel the depth of pain he felt when his son died on the cross.
He let us know that all life is precious, that all life is fleeting, that we should love, and hug one another and be there for each other.
He let us know that life is so very hard and in that storm, in that despair, in the deepest place of loss, it can be well with our soul.

Forever Caleb's grandma



October is Infant Loss Awareness and Dwarfism Awareness month.









  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.
    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.



                                Horatio G. Spafford, 1873














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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flashback Guest Room




 Our guest room has been in constant transformation since we became empty nesters. It had been done in lovely white- but was soon taken over with wedding materials and crafts for my daughters wedding. Soon after that I began Junkflirt, my business of repurposing and vintage selling. Needless to say, the poor room slowly and then completely lost all identity. To say it was a hoarder's paradise would not be a stretch. At times I had to remove something just to take a step inside!

Occasionally it was filled with pretty finished things, along with mountains of junk, and projects, at times it was a sensory overload and I had to shut the door out of fright! We would load the trailer for a show, making a dent only to begin to fill it up again...and again....and again.

In a few days we will have company from Mississippi, and a couple weeks from now we will have our first grandbaby! This meant...it was time to get a handle on this room and this business. After hours and hours of finishing, sorting, chucking and complaining, the room is now a guest room again! I have to say I am both relieved and sad that my constant supply of stuff to do on hand is gone.


As a junker/collector/seller, you get to pick and keep your favorite pieces!
Like the beautiful dresser we found on Facebook for ....$20.  or this gorgeous bed frame that used to be in the Gardner Hotel in downtown Fargo, found at a garage sale, hiding in the corner with matching mirror for ......$20  I KNOW!!!



I gathered some of my favorite collections like old books

Old photos







and vintage cameras


And created a flashback in time.



I don't know how I am going to deal with my projects and overflow, we have to stuffed storage units, a full trailer ready for the next show and NO garage on site. I guess I will have to be very sure of each and every piece I gather and work at a different pace.





All the while saving my favorite pieces for myself!  I have many new things in our home to show you -so here is to trying to get this blog back up and running!








For now, we are ready for our next show in October and so we are taking a small break for our guests and new baby. Many of you have followed me for a long time, some of you have become friends, even though we have never met. I spend most of my time on Junkflirt facebook page and Instagram now, but I am also hoping to get back to blogging. For those of you that are my friends I ask for your prayers for baby. He has some health issues and he will have struggles in his life, we are praying for no immediate serious medical surgeries and would love to have you join us in prayer. You may also follow at Prayers for Baby C on facebook.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!! 



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buffet Media Stand

















My daughter and I were driving when these lovely legs sticking up by the trash caught my eye. I mean these were some nice gams! I couldn't look away.
We quickly pulled over and saw this beautiful buffet just laying on the ground. Now...no drawers, no doors and a chippy veneer, but solid as a rock, so .... we wrestled her into my daughter's little Murrano, the door wouldn't even close but we drove home with the prize hanging out the back end!


gorgeous just the way she was!
And what a prize!!







We first tackled the veneer, 
I am thankful my husband has more upper arm strength than I will ever have because as a two man team we worked about an hour scraping off the warped veneer. I held the heat gun as he scraped and pulled. He worked up quite a sweat!




I decided since this piece was for me, to leave the top as is, I lightly sanded but did not fill in worm holes or imperfections, I just used Minwax stain over the top and a couple coats of polycrylic on the top and painted with some white laytex on the bottom. We did use 1/4 " board to even out the drawer areas, cut to size and stapled in. After some distressing it was the perfect piece,  Really, in the trash?





The next day we thought, let's drive by that trash again, just to see if they threw out the drawers and no, they didn't but they did add these. Can you say head first into the dump, both my husband and I were like kids in a candy store! 






The piece in my living room.





Excuse the dog butt, but see that coffee table?

Tossed because of broken glass, which I for one am not a fan of anyway, 1/4" slat boards turned it into another fabulous curbside save!

See more curbside rescues by clicking the tab at the top of the page!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ideas for Wine Racks Hometalk Inspiration Board






I love finding a new use for an old piece. My tastes go toward vintage but there are lots of great ideas for upcycling and repurposing every day items into funtastic ways to store and display wine bottles


A new board at Hometalk has been created to inspire you to design your own unique piece for your home or office.  From old trunks to new changing tables, you can find just the right style as well as how to's so you can begin transforming the drab to fab!



Rustic ReDiscovered

http://www.hometalk.com/x2p5j5zwcn



I have clipped several ideas to this board from the simple to the elaborate. Follow me on HOMETALK and if you're not a member sign up! It's a great format to share your ideas, get your questions answered and be inspired. You don't need a blog or web page because you can simply upload your projects and questions to your page and interact with others from there.




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