While we were waiting for Ephraim to join our family, I had to do something to take my mind off the wait, so I began redecorating our house. We built the house ourselves over 12 years ago, and we were so tired by the time we finished the work that we simply painted the entire house off white and hadn't ever gone back to redecorate. After 12 years of no color, I decided to go bold! I worked on the library first because I was tired of not being able to lay my hands on a book when I needed it. I started out by putting all the books in proper Dewey Decimal order, which led to painting, which led to a new sofa, which led to a better overhead light, which led to ... You know what happens "When You Give A Mouse A Cookie". I found the sofa on craigslist and the knick knacks on sale at TJ Maxx, Pier One, Hobby Lobby and thrift stores. Many of them though we've had for years and years. The library table came from Salvation Army and the coffee table came from freecycle. The drapes were 70% off from JCPenny.com. We've had the lounge chair more than ten years now. I think the most expensive thing in the room was the paint! Of course I've had the books for years, and it's obvious I'm a fanatic for books. Most of them came from library sales, thrift stores, the Goodwill Outlet Center, yard sales and freecycle. Many of the home school books I needed in order to complete a particular curriculum, so they came from ebay or sellers on Amazon. I think it all turned out pretty good for very little money!
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.