Some bad news, good news, so-so news, and other thoughts.

Hello there.  Thanks so much for stopping by even though I don’t have anything to share today.  Actually, I have a LOT to share, but it’s all stuck on my computer which (bad news) went into full-tantrum meltdown mode yesterday and is currently in time-out at the computer-fixer place.  Please pray that they can recover it, because I have a ton of stuff on there I’d hate to lose.  And consider this your friendly but stern reminder to BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVE! Right now! Do it!

Anyway, so I’m blogging from my son’s computer, which has none of the programs I typically use to blog, but a lot of Minecraft.  If you don’t hear from me for a while, I’ve been sucked into this mystery that is Minecraft.

So while we’re chatting here, let me get a few things off my chest.  Like, I suppose now might be a good time to tell you that (good news!) I’m pregnant! “What the whaa?!  I thought you were done having kids Lindsey!” you are thinking.  Yeah, I thought that too.  This was very much a surprise!  (And yes, I know how it happens, thankyouverymuch). But we are excited. Baby #4 is due at the end of January, and I’m finally feeling pretty good, as in, I don’t lie face-down on the couch all day and need a nap after climbing the stairs anymore.

And here’s some so-so new: we’re moving.  That was also unexpected and unplanned, but we got a good offer on our house, so we are shipping out. And soon!  As in … the next week or so. (And I thought summertime was hectic).  We aren’t going far, just to another neighborhood down the road, but we will be renting for a little while.

I’m having majorly mixed-feelings about it. Doesn’t help that I’m extra hormonal at the moment either, sheesh. I’m so sad to leave our home now; we’ve worked hard on it over the last five years, and I love our neighborhood.  But I’m a teensy bit excited to rent, just because I want to push myself to be creative with trying to make a rental a home, and find some good ideas for making it feel like ‘us’ even though I can’t do anything permanent.  Kind of sounds like a fun challenge, you know?  So, I plan to be sharing more of what I’m up to on this here blog, and that will be fun too! Who’s with me!? Yay!

As you can see, life around these parts is rather coo coo crazy at the moment, so I will be putting off the Ugly Lamp Contest for another week.  I was planning to get it up next week, but it will be the week of August 26th instead.  So, there’s still time to get your submission in, although, with the amount of insanely ugly lamps I’ve received thus far, I’m afraid not everyone’s submission will make it into the contest. We’re only taking the top 18 ugliest of the ugly!  Can’t wait!!



  1. August 15, 2013 / 7:14 PM


  2. August 15, 2013 / 7:14 PM

    congrats!!! wow- you do have a lot going on! I actually just emailed you but just totally disregard that message!!! You are toooo busy 🙂 good luck with it all!

  3. Angie
    August 15, 2013 / 7:20 PM

    Long time reader here this may be my first comment; okay second. Congratulations on everything! New baby, selling your house, renting and having lots of choices for your ugly lamp contest! What an exciting summer! And I’m glad you’re feeling better! Growing a baby can take a lot out of you! Congrats again!

  4. Courtney
    August 15, 2013 / 7:21 PM

    Congratulations!!! Yay for babies!! And for moving (I love starting fresh!!)!

    Can’t wait to see some Ugly Lamps!! And prayers for a fully-restored computer!!

  5. August 15, 2013 / 7:24 PM

    Wow woman! That’s a whole lotta news for someone that has nothing to share! Well congratulations on the new little one on the way, that is so exciting! And I love moving into new homes, can’t wait to see what you do with making the rental seem like home. It’s going to be an exciting fall/winter for you and for us when you share all 😀

  6. August 15, 2013 / 7:27 PM

    Oh my … that is a lot happening. But it sounds like it’s mostly good, so let’s dwell on that and not the evil computer failure. Congrats!

  7. Amy
    August 15, 2013 / 7:30 PM

    Congratulations! How exciting. Overwhelming, but exciting!

  8. Toni
    August 15, 2013 / 7:30 PM

    Whew, where to start… Congratulations on your new addition, and your feeling better, the first trimester is a BEAR. I’m very excited for you. Think of all the cool Pinterest baby things your creative friends will make you. =o) I am ancious to see your rental creativity too! Hope your computer has a complete recovery.

  9. August 15, 2013 / 7:32 PM

    CONGRATS!!! How exciting!!!! Can’t wait to see your creative “temp” fixes for your rental!! 🙂

    Of course, what a bummer about your ‘puter (been there-so I feel your pain). After it happened to my I started using dropbox (it’s free) to store my pics and other stuff I didn’t want to lose. Just FYI you may want to look into some kind of cloud storage or a “book” for storage off your actual computer. 🙂

  10. lynn
    August 15, 2013 / 7:35 PM

    Congratulations!!! Been there done that 😉 9 years between middle child and baby
    Wouldn’t have changed a thing. Oh course that’s easy to say now.
    Wished I lived closer I’d help you pack, have lots of practice haha
    Really love your attitude *Kind of sounds like a fun challenge*
    Look forward to pictures of everything – baby, new house, baby, baby 🙂

  11. Jaclyn Miller
    August 15, 2013 / 7:40 PM

    Congrats on the new little one!! I’m due the beginning of January! Yay for not being 14 months pregnant in the summer!

  12. lynda
    August 15, 2013 / 7:42 PM

    Congratulations on your big news… Love this site look everyday, an tell all friends and family to look too . Please never quit…You are a good juggler..<:)

  13. Katie
    August 15, 2013 / 7:53 PM

    Congratulations on all counts! What a big week it’s been for you!!

    Don’t worry about us — your readers are so loyal that we’ll keep coming back day after day, week after week, even if the only new post is a “My computer’s still dead, and all of our belongings are in boxes” post! 🙂

    P.S. My husband and his sister are seven years apart. Ain’t no thang! 😉

  14. August 15, 2013 / 8:09 PM

    Ok, in order…

    So sorry about your computer, I hope they can recover everything.

    So excited about your pregnancy…congratulations!!!

    So sure you will make the next place amazing, even as a rental, and it will give you guys time to find the perfect next house!

    xo Kat

  15. August 15, 2013 / 8:13 PM

    WOW!!! congrats on baby 4!!!!!! and the move will be great! 🙂 i know it!

  16. Suz
    August 15, 2013 / 8:37 PM

    Hun, I know your pain! You will get through it all! A baby is such a blessing & I’m happy you read it that way too ;). Moving is frustrating, but what a blessing tht you sold your home! That’s half the battle! I’m sure it’ showed beautifully & new owners will scratch their heads why their stuff doesn’t look as nice in it 😉

    Tak care, breath deep, pray & know you have fans behind your family & friends cheering you to he finish line (for this race 😉

  17. August 15, 2013 / 8:38 PM

    Oh uau!
    Don’t you love these “little” surprises life sometimas has in store for us?!!
    Hope it all goes well with the baby! Ahd good luck with the new house.


  18. August 15, 2013 / 8:38 PM

    Congrats on Baby #4! Good luck with this busy season! Can’t wait to see what you make of a rental 🙂

  19. August 15, 2013 / 8:38 PM

    So busy, busy! Congrats on all of the good news and fingers crossed re your computer. Will go back up now. 😉

  20. Sharon Engel
    August 15, 2013 / 8:39 PM

    Congrats on the new baby. We had a surprise #4 like you and we called him our bonus baby, which he was and is now 24 years old. Didn’t want him to think he was an oopsie. Best wishes on the move, yuck! Love the blog.

  21. Virginia Cumberbatch
    August 15, 2013 / 8:53 PM

    CONGRATS Lindsey!!!

  22. Amanda
    August 15, 2013 / 9:03 PM

    wowza, That’s a lot of busy! Congratulations on all the good parts. I’m due just before you so my memory of all the yucky first trimester stuff is VERY fresh. ugh, right? I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better now. Good luck on everything. 🙂

  23. August 15, 2013 / 9:11 PM

    Congrats on your new addition and home.

    Glad I’m not the only one having an odd summer, although no babies here. (Phew!)

    Good luck on the move and ‘puter recovery too!

  24. Belle
    August 15, 2013 / 9:15 PM

    Yay! Congrats! Happy baby!

    I’m feelin’ ya on the Minecraft thing ( My teenager is OBSESSED with it…. even did his science fair project on it, yes it was a REAL project. I made him prove himself big time before I okay’d the idea! Anyhow, he has a youtube channel nearly devoted to his love of it… Yamin4Studios… totally kid safe 🙂 )

    Good luck with the move…. rentals are fun. Air conditioner broken…. again? No problem, “Hey, landlord, call somebody would ya? Pay the bill too, okay?” Yeah, renting is great.

    can’t wait to follow the new adventures!

  25. August 15, 2013 / 9:32 PM

    Congrats Lindsey!!! So excited for you (and hopeful that you can get your stuff off of your computer :-{)!

  26. August 15, 2013 / 9:38 PM

    Wow!! That’s so exciting Lindsay, I’m thrilled for your family! Glad to hear you’re feeling better, hope your computer isn’t down and out for long! 🙂

  27. Starla
    August 15, 2013 / 9:50 PM


  28. Sara Bonert
    August 15, 2013 / 9:51 PM

    congratulations!!! that is wonderful news. after owning for ten years we recently rented for two years to figure some things out and I have to say, it was great! it was liberating to know I wasn’t a slave to decorating and furnishing the house for awhile. at the same time, after that long I was ready to own again and get my creative juices going again. sort of went crazy not being able to paint a room for that long, haha.

  29. August 15, 2013 / 10:02 PM

    Best news I’ve heard all week Liindsey (not the computer bit though, darn). My best of wishes to you, hubby and the kids. xxx

  30. Hil
    August 15, 2013 / 10:14 PM

    Wow, congrats on the new baby!!! And best of luck to you with the computer issues and quick move 🙂

  31. August 15, 2013 / 10:34 PM

    Weeww hoooooo! Congratulations. I am so happy for you.

    Coocoo is a great place to be!


  32. Amy U
    August 15, 2013 / 10:38 PM

    Sometimes life = bellyache-intense hiccups. But as we are all loyal fans, and you are soooo uniquely you, and nobody does this better, we will wait patiently if we need to, until things work themselves out. Right, everyone?

  33. August 15, 2013 / 11:09 PM

    That’s AMAZING Lindsey! I’m so so happy for you!!

    I’m sure you’ll make it all work with the rental and the baby!

    Annie XO

  34. August 15, 2013 / 11:11 PM

    So much exciting news – I just moved from owning to renting, it is fun to outsource everything at no cost to me :p I am, however, not pregnant, which is a huge great thing to my BF! He hates the thought that we might be/could be… It’ll happen, I keep telling him! Looking forward to more about you…

  35. Amanda M.
    August 15, 2013 / 11:33 PM

    YAY!!! Congrats on the pregnancy and I’m SUPER duper excited to see what you’ll be doing with the new place! 🙂 And I’m sorry about the computer. A lot sorry. 🙁

  36. August 16, 2013 / 12:42 AM

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! A new baby is always a welcome addition. So sorry about your computer, I recently had mine crash, out of the blue, and had nothing backed up! I tried for a month to live without a computer, blogging from my Windows phone. Boy was I glad when I finally broke down and bought a new one.

    Renting can be fun, I rent and love it, except I can’t always do everything I want. In a way that works out too as I have saved plenty of money that I would have spent on remodeling if I could have. I have one of the ugliest vanities in my bathroom. I hope you will share some of the before and afters of your rental.

  37. Jenny
    August 16, 2013 / 1:02 AM

    Long time reader, first time comment(er). I just wanted to wish you congratulations! I am in the same boat as you, just a bit further down the barf strewn path. We found out on New Years Day that we are (SURPRISE!!) expecting our fourth as well and I am anticipating our new arrival any day. I’m glad you are feeling better. As I remind my husband and kiddos frequently: growing a human is HARD!! Congrats on the move as well. It is always fun to purge and start all over in a new place!!

  38. Maria
    August 16, 2013 / 1:03 AM

    Congratulations on the new baby! I’m due the middle of January with our third….

  39. August 16, 2013 / 1:03 AM

    Big Big Congrats! On the precious new baby. How sweet! Oh and also on the new house.
    Hope your computer doesn’t try to keep all your good stuff…You know how stubborn they can be. 😉

    Again Congrats!

  40. August 16, 2013 / 4:12 AM

    Congratulations, Lindsey! The best way to describe my third daughter is “the answer to the prayer I never prayed”. I had always planned to stop at two, but I had no idea how much I needed that little girl! This baby will make you feel so complete, I just know it!

  41. August 16, 2013 / 12:46 PM

    congrats to you! and I hope the move goes smoothly :). I’m excited you’ll be sharing more YOU on the blog! 🙂

  42. August 16, 2013 / 12:55 PM

    I am thrilled for you and your family! Wow! So much going on. I am also thrilled to hear that you will be sharing more of you and your home. You have great style, taste, and and sense of humor. Those things could only make your blog even more enjoyable for me. 😀

  43. August 16, 2013 / 1:17 PM

    Wow! So much news – many congratulations for baby #4. It took 8 months and over 36 viewings for a sale to be agreed on our house – the removals company come in less than a week to pack up the shipping container and go over the seas. We are moving from near London to Brisbane in Australia. We are staying with my parents and then moving again depending on where DH gets a job. We have twin toddlers and it is all HARD! So stressful at the moment, but it will be good. I shall be looking here for inspiration – first for customising a rental house, secondly when we do buy somewhere – to use this wonderful site as a basis for kicking up and customising our new home. Best wishes!

  44. Tenille
    August 16, 2013 / 1:24 PM

    Congratulations! Bless your heart, you’re a busy woman. Our 4th baby was a surprise too. Also a beautiful blessing.

  45. August 16, 2013 / 1:41 PM

    Congrats on the new baby!! I share you exhaustion as I am due in November with my first. I currently can’t sit still so I am creating new projects around the house. With your new rental there will be plenty for you to tinker with. Good Luck!

  46. andrea
    August 16, 2013 / 2:14 PM

    Congratulations! Very exciting.

  47. August 16, 2013 / 3:12 PM

    OH. MY.GOSH!!!!’ Congratulations all around!!! Four kids in the house does feel like A LOT of people but it is nice to be an even number (I mean, that way no one rides on a roller coaster alone. & isn’t that so important?…only to me, huh?). It will annoy you, though, that now, when you eat out at nicer restaurants, the hostess will consider you as a “large party” and it will always take them longer to seat you. Well, at least it annoys me. You will love everything else, though. Cross my heart! Families of 6 are the new trend! 🙂

  48. August 16, 2013 / 3:41 PM

    Congratulations to you and your family. You have so much on your plate right now. Hope everything goes smoothly. Best of luck to you!

  49. Reenie
    August 16, 2013 / 4:56 PM

    OMG… Congrats to you and your family!! And moving on top of that! Yikes!!!


  50. Stacey
    August 16, 2013 / 5:00 PM

    Holy cow! That certainly is A LOT going on! Congratulations! I will keep you in my thoughts and say a prayer for your sanity 🙂

  51. Nancy
    August 16, 2013 / 6:00 PM

    I feel your pain about the computer — been there, done that, but I didn’t have nearly the amount of stuff on mine as I imagine you did! Hope it turns out ok. Congrats on the pregnancy & moving! (I’m getting a little suspicious, though….all “my bloggers” are moving lately. Is this what they do when they’ve run out of material to write about at the old house??) I bet this surprise baby will be an extra special blessing for your family!! Your family will be Better After for sure!!

  52. August 16, 2013 / 6:01 PM

    Congratulations! Here’s hoping your move and pregnancy go nice and smooth for you! Babies are awesome!

    Also, love your blog! 🙂

  53. Mary Ann
    August 16, 2013 / 6:44 PM

    Congratulations. You are going to be really busy in the next few weeks. Best wishes to you and your family.

  54. August 16, 2013 / 6:45 PM

    OMG – that is such exciting news! ALL of it. Congratulations on your fourth coming child – wonderful. Good luck with the move! Have fun with your life right now – your followers will be here when you get a chance to throw us a bone! 🙂

  55. Hanna
    August 16, 2013 / 8:11 PM


  56. August 17, 2013 / 1:44 AM

    So much news!! Congrats & good luck on the move. 🙂 All very exciting!

  57. August 17, 2013 / 5:16 AM

    Congratulations on having a baby due, that’s fantastic news! Good luck through all the shifting and renting. We’re renting now, and in the last year I’ve begun to figure out how to make it feel like home. Looking forward to tips as you go 🙂

    Take it easy!

  58. August 17, 2013 / 11:34 PM

    Congratulations, Lindsey! I thought I saw a “pg” comment floating around during Haven! Good luck with the computer and the moving. Ugh. xo

  59. August 18, 2013 / 11:20 AM

    Linds!! The computer is “currently in time-out at the computer-fixer place” … you crack me up! Of course, congrats on the babe. I think that a challenge to redo a rental is a great thing … you’ll have a ball! Keep on going, lady! Love, Pam

  60. Desiree
    August 19, 2013 / 3:08 AM

    If you ask really really nicely I’m sure that someone will make you a cake for your shower. You know, the kind that you really like of the pregnant woman with belly covered in fondant! Cause we know how much you just LOOOOOVE those! haha. Hope you find some sense of normal in the coming weeks and congrats!

  61. Darlene
    August 19, 2013 / 3:23 AM

    Congratulations on the baby, moving, and the other happy stuff that is happening right now. Love your blog!!

  62. Cathy
    August 19, 2013 / 3:43 AM

    Exciting news…! I will love to see what you do with a rental for home-y-ness. We are renting and I constantly don’t feel like we live in a home, but just borrowing someone elses. Especially when the colour scheme is SO revolting and can’t be changed.

  63. August 19, 2013 / 8:31 AM

    Many congratulations to you and your husband 🙂 also best wishes for your move into rental an on finding a new home to love. (juts done that and it can be tricky at times, so good luck)
    Take care and enjoy your new adventure x

  64. August 19, 2013 / 9:22 PM

    Congratulations! All at once is overwhelming but that’s great news 😉 Hang in there!
    Jamie @

  65. Stacia Reagan
    August 20, 2013 / 4:16 PM

    Congratulations! Girl you know how to fit a whole lot of exciting news into one post! What an exciting time; new baby and new house! Congratulations!

  66. Janie
    August 21, 2013 / 3:31 AM

    Congratulations Lindsey!!!

  67. August 22, 2013 / 2:05 PM



    Waaaaa! Come back! My day doesn’t work without you and your posts in it! Miss you!


  68. Robyn
    August 22, 2013 / 11:15 PM


  69. Kimberly
    August 24, 2013 / 1:03 PM

    My daily visits have had to become not so daily since getting a part-time job, so I missed this until now, but wanted to say congratulations on expecting your 4th!!!

  70. October 2, 2013 / 12:59 PM

    Congrats on the baby! We’re also expecting our “4th”…1st one’s with Jesus, AND due mid Jan. how funny 🙂 Secondly I too can’t wait to see more of what you’re doing. I’m sure after seeing/showcasing so many talented people, you have ideas stored up. The challenge to personalize your apartment should be super fun. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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