Friday, April 30, 2010

Dining Room Makeover

The dining room was where I spent nearly every hour of every day during the month of February while Isaac was dying.  It's no wonder the moment that hospital bed was gone, I was repainting!  Though they did fit with my color scheme, I never loved the yellow walls in the dining room...and after staring at them for that long, I had to change!  My color scheme remained the same (reds/yellows/oranges - because of the awesome paintings my friend Carrie did!), my fabulous mom and I painted the walls a nice light shade of very boring, but very brightening, beige.  It's Glidden's Toasted Oatmeal.  (I love Glidden paint!)

This is the view into the dining room the day we moved in:


This was the dining room when it doubled as a hospital room (this was the morning Isaac crawled out of his bed and onto the air mattress I slept on each night!)


And this is how it looks now:


Still to come: minor lighting and major furniture changes!  My parents are retiring and selling their house in favor of life on the road in a trailer motor home.  The bad news is - they will be far away.  The good news is - they're giving me all their super nice furniture!  So, the dining room will have a gorgeous dark wood table, hutch (complete with crystal!), and PIANO!  I'm so excited.  This is why I chose blah beige walls - because it will lighten up the room soon to be filled with dark furniture. 

Since we moved in, we also painted the kitchen, office, 3rd floor, and den.  I'll post some pics of those eventually!  Stay tuned:  tomorrow is Wreath-a-palooza! 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why 2 blogs?

My other blog (Walking the Valley) is dedicated to my journey through the loss of my husband and what God is teaching me.  I wanted a place to share other things I love and that bring me peace in life; random DIY projects around the house, thoughts on trying to be healthier, crafty projects, etc.  So, I created this space. 

Why "The Space Between"?  This is a place for me to share the life that happens in between the grief journey - the projects I do to keep myself busy, things I learn about taking care of myself, maybe even a review or 2 of books I read.  It comes from 2 songs - "Elsewhere" by Sarah McLachlan and "The Space Between" by Dave Matthews Band. 

In "Elsewhere", the song begins with "I love the time and in between, the calm inside me.  In this space where I can breathe."  It says "I believe this Heaven to no one else but me, and I'll defend it long as I can be left here to linger in silence if I choose to - would you try to understand?"  That's what I crave - the calm inside me.  People seemed to have trouble at first after Isaac died, with how okay I was spending time alone.  But that's me.  Sometimes I just need the calm inside me, I need to be left to linger in the silence of my own space.  I need to spend an hour creating a silly wreath or trolling the aisles at JoAnn Fabrics, because it brings me peace.  And now, lucky reader you are, get to see my silly wreaths! 

My favorite line in "The Space Between" is - "The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more", it is in fact the only line I actually remembered from that song without having to Google it.  When I did Google the song, I found another favorite line and it lead me to the title of this blog - "The space between your heart and mine is the space we'll fill with time"

And that, folks, is what this blog is about - the space between the hurt my heart feels now and the healing God is slowly bringing.  The space that I'm filling with callm...and lots of ribbon!  This blog is a place to share that space.  (and I promise not to make you cry with every post here!)