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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Scripture to Remember

I came across this scripture passage from Philippians the other day. It is something that Judd and I really need to remember.

We are so grateful to have the opportunity to live with my mom and dad while we look for a place of our own in Birmingham. Although, living in a household with 4 other adults has not been easy. This passage is one that we should think of often. We need to stay positive, thus having a positive influence on those around us. I hope the passage below will help you too. :)

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice." Philippians 4:8-9

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The House Formerly Known As Rent

Judd's parents have owned the home next door to theirs for years. They rented it to others in the past, but for the last few years it has been vacant. Colby, Judd's younger brother, has decided he wants to fix up the "rent house" and move in to it.

The house needed a lot of work. Colby has begun the renovation process. See the pictures below for some "before" and "under construction" photos. Since Colby has put so much time and effort into it and he will be inhabiting it shortly the house needs a new name. It is no longer the rent house--hence the title of this post. :)
We are so proud of Colby and can't wait to see the finished product!!!!!
I will continue to post pictures as the renovation develops. Check back for updates.
The "rent" house before

The "rent" house in the renovation process

Hooray for Judd

The Saturday and Sunday after Halloween The Preserve in Hoover hosted the Moss Rock Art Festival. The festival had a design competition of which Judd took part. He worked feverishly for months on a greenway/railway ecotone project that would run through Bessemer, Hoover, and downtown Birmingham. All of his hard work paid off. He won the 1st place signature award!!! I am so proud to have such a talented husband!


Our first Halloween back in the south was great. The entire time Judd and I have been married I have always wanted to have trick-or-treaters. Our house in Auburn sat really far from the street and was on busy road so no costume clad children ever came to our door there. I always turned on the light and bought candy just in case. :)

In Philadelphia, our building was full of children free professionals only. It was also not accessible to outsiders because of our door men and concierge. Obviously, no trick-or-treaters there.

Finally, a year with a real Halloween. Mom and dad's house had 57 children stop by on Halloween night--dad took a tally. My parents, grandmother, Judd, and I all sat on our front porch and watched as the little Elvis's, spidermen, fairies, princesses, and my favorite...a black bear paraded up and down our street. They were all so cute. Judd even made me some cat ears and put them on one of my headbands so I could dress up too. He also drew some whiskers and a kitty nose on my face. It was fun to greet the kids in a semi-costume. Yay for a traditional Alabama Halloween!