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Friday, November 30, 2007

The same pillow

Good Morning to all. I thought I would begin this fine Friday by giving you a small glimpse of our previous home. Although we miss it, there is no comparison to our current, darling home. Jake had lived in "the Bachelor pad" before I came along, so when we got engaged he did some renovations. One of them included my favorite room in the house, our bedroom. He built this incredible archway over the bed, enclosed the front porch to expand the bedroom and added french doors. It was such a beautiful bedroom for the first years of our marriage...and the first year of Tyler's life. He was born in this home so it will always hold special meaning to us. I will never forget that cozy June morning, climbing into my own bed with our newborn son in my arms. Delight. Relief. Joy. Awe.
And now onto our current home in progress. Here is a picture of our bedroom before we moved in. The floor was in desperate need of being leveled, (it was about 7 inches off level)!! It seems that nothing is square in this house, but those little quirks just add to the character of it all. The "front" of our home was built in the 1882 and the "back" (kitchen/master bedroom) weren't added until the 1900's. A man named John stopped by a few months ago who had lived here for 20 years. He had quite the stories to tell about this home. It's so special to know it's history. He said the front is log cabin underneath....so, in the future we would like to expose the inside beams. My brother Tom owns a home in Strasburg and has done the same thing...it's amazing! Maybe I'll post some pictures of his home someday. By the way A VERY HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR BROTHER TOM!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! MAY THE NEXT 40 BE EVEN RICHER!
Here Jake is with my brother Leon and my brother-in-law Lin, leveling the floor. They laid 2x4's right over the existing floor and then plywood on top of that and finally some plush carpet. I'm a big fan of carpeting in the bedroom. I like a cozy floor for my feet.

Tyler, our ever present little "helper"...18 months old at the time!!
Jake and I, (and Luke inside, I was 7 months pregnant at the time) painting our bedroom. We decided to paint it the same color as our previous bedroom. Our bedding matched that color and we had really grown to like the cocoon feeling that this blue gave us.
There were no closets in the bedroom, so Jake built a "his and hers" on this far wall. This is "hers", twice as large as the "his" version!! Thank you Honey!! They are lovely.

"What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne~ And I couldn't agree more....


5 comments:

Kara Stoltzfus said...

everything is so lovely janelle, i remember stopping to visit you last december, while you were working on the new home and remember all the work you were putting into that house. you were really making it your HOME! it's just lovely and inviting.
miss you friend.

tines said...

you sure do know how to make a home a home janelle. you have a gift of making everything so cozy and inviting! great job to both you & Jake on this place. it looks great. thanks again for letting O-man come over and play with Tyler today! xoxo

sharon said...

Like i said, Janelle, sooooo inspiring. checking your blog has become a part of my morning routine. After being at your house on Thursday and seeing it again on your Thanksgiving page, I think I'll get my cake plate out and do something Christmassy with it on my island. I don't have a hoosier to put it on, but i do have an island. A very nice island. A brand new island, well it's not so new anymore, but it's not 100 years old either, but that's ok.... See - it's such a pleasure visiting your blog!

tom b. said...

janelle,i'm so blessed to have a lovely sister like you!Your blog is soooo you!!!!Warm,happy,creative,lovely,classy,just to name a few.Thank you for the birthday wish! Not to long ago I was thinking of how you would make something out of nothing when you were growing up(i.e.tree/playhouses)I'm convinced that that is where a lot of your creativity was born!!!:)Love you janelle.-Tom B.

Aimee said...

I just got finished painting our bedroom walls blue. Your bedroom looks so cozy! Thanks for sharing...