farmhouse bed: day 2

7:54:00 AM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

diy farmhouse bed

Day 2 of our farmhouse storage bed project is complete. 

diy farmhouse bed

We have a freestanding headboard and footboard, and sanding is underway. 

We worked for about three hours today and the weather was gorgeous

diy farmhouse bed

As always we made a few errors along the way, and it seemed like we had to redo every step to correct for warped boards. It was just one of those days. 

diy farmhouse bed

I am in love with what we have made so far! The next week will involve a lot of sanding, building the platform/storage base, and staining. There are also drawers in the future, but I try not to dread think about those. Stay tuned for the final steps of our farmhouse storage bed!

Plans courtesy of Ana White

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farmhouse bed: day 1

8:20:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

diy farmhouse bed with plans by ana white


Let me start by saying that Ana White is amazing. She was my hero long before I learned about Joanna Gaines, and her projects and plans keep my to-do list a mile long. Check out her site and I promise you will find an easy-to-understand plan for just about anything. She has inspired me to dream of power tools instead of jewelry, and she has convinced me that we will never have to buy furniture again.

http://www.ana-white.com/

Since our cramped days in our little ranch in Murfreesboro (circa 2006), Nick and I have wanted a storage bed to maximize space. We spent quite some time looking, but never could find something with the function and style we had in mind. Years later, and shortly after discovering Ana White, I stumbled upon her Farmhouse Storage Bed plan and it was exactly what I envisioned.


http://www.ana-white.com/2011/09/farmhouse-storage-bed-storage-drawers

Now that I have a little woodworking experience under my belt and a beautiful new miter saw, it was finally time to tackle my dream bed. Nick went out to shop for lumber last weekend, and our project officially began on Sunday.

farmhouse bed


In just 2 1/2 hours the headboard was done, and we had even started a little work on the footboard. We were both a little surprised at how fast the project was moving, even with modifying for a warped board along the way.


diy woodworking 

The finished product is gorgeous, and our garage smelled amazing the next morning. If the children cooperate we should get several hours in this weekend, so stay tuned for farmhouse bed: day 2!


diy woodworking


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dear Logan: then you were 4.

8:48:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments


Tomorrow you are 4.
I am so incredibly proud of the little gentleman you have become. You take care of me, you look out for your sister, and you are genuinely thoughtful and kind and wonderful. You love hard and you play hard. You are everything and more than we could have ever wanted or hoped for our family. You gave us love and purpose and faith.
As if that wasn't enough, you are smart. So incredibly smart. You put together puzzles with more pieces than I can count, and you do it with such ease. You are imaginative and inquisitive and brilliant. The world is wide open for your incredible mind. School won't know what hit it when you walk through those doors.
You are Adaleigh's best friend and protector; the two of you are a team. Whether you are snuggling or fighting, you are always inseparable. There are no words for the bond with your Daddy- it is manly, friendly, loving, and involves a lot of wrestling. You share a love of sports and superheroes.
As for me- You are part of me. It's not that I can't remember life without you; I can't imagine what I felt like or who I was without the love you have forever burned in my heart. There is no me without you. Each breath I take is because of you and the life you gave to me. Nothing and no one will ever replace you in my life, and I like it that way.
On the eve of your 4th birthday, I hope you feel loved. We wanted and hoped and prayed for you years before you came into our lives, and I hope that feeling is always with you. You are always worth it.
Love always & forever,
Mom

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letters: on faith

7:00:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments



My sweet little ones,
I wrote to you about life lessons, and the most important things I've learned to make it through the tough times. But I left out THE most important lesson: have faith.
I was raised in a loving, Southern Baptist home. We attended church every Sunday morning, every Sunday and Wednesday nights, and some days in between. Your grandparents never lacked faith. I was baptized young and believed so much in the God I was raised to know. As I got older and journeyed through the teenage years, God began to dwindle from my life. I questioned everything. I questioned Heaven and Hell, I questioned the importance of religion and attending church, and worst of all I questioned the existence of God. By the time I attended a lecture on Eastern world religions in college, my faith was completely gone. I didn't pray, I didn't attend church, and I didn't believe.
The next ten years or so are somewhat of a blur. I struggled with life, depression, relationships, choices, and everything that most twenty-somethings go through. Those years and experiences seemed so challenging and it's only now that I am realizing why- I was trying to do it alone. Faith wouldn't have kept me from those struggles, but it would have made them so much more bearable. I am amazed that I ever made it to where I am now without Him. There is nothing and no one that can replace the love and comfort of knowing God.
If you never listen to anything else I ever say, please learn from the biggest mistake I've ever made in life. No matter how smart or strong you are, no matter how much you have it all together or figured out, you can't do it alone. None of us can. Trust and believe and have faith in the God who created you... the God who SAVED you. There really is nothing more important. If you can figure that out and stick with it, everything else will fall into place. Pray every day, keep God first above everything, and live your life for Him. There is nothing more powerful than the peace, happiness, and love only He can provide.
With all my love,
Mom

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