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Speak Up.

speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves

Speak up.

For those who cannot speak
for themselves.

Ensure justice.
For those being crushed.

proverbs 31.8

On Walking By Faith (+ A Home Tour)

log cabin california

Two years ago we moved into this dream-come-true home. I shared a little bit about our journey that brought us to this place here. And yes, even the tire swing was a huge selling point. At least for me.

 

log cabin front porch

The house was built in 1959 and is a really truly log cabin with the original multi-paned windows still intact and a long front porch perfect for sitting and rocking (just out of view is a little white rocker given to me by a friend long before we had somewhere so perfect to put it).

 

Hope Ink Home Tour-6

Built in the foothills of central California before there were any other houses around, it’s tucked down a little hill at the end of a street on just over two acres of green grasses and pine trees. (See the rocker?)

 

california wildflowers

In the spring, gold and purple wildflowers pop up everywhere (and are brought to me in fistfuls by a certain seven year old girl).

 

country pathway

This is the path through the backyard and down to the tiny lake at the edge of our little homestead. To the right are three pomegranate trees –which we have yet to get a single pomegranate from, since the deer come stealthily in the night and steal them all away before they’re ripe.

 

Snow California

It even sprinkled snow our first Christmas here which is beyond amazing for us California folk.

 

deck

This is the view from one of the back decks, where we often eat dinner (or paint) during the warmer months –which, in California, is pretty much always.

 

watercolors

colored bar stools

The kitchen counter is also a great place to eat when it’s too hot (or cold) outside. I found the stools on Amazon after searching high and low for something comfortable and fun –but mostly really sturdy, since I knew they’d be getting daily abuse use from the kids. These have been just right on all counts. And they add that touch of rainbow one must have every now and then.

 

open floor plan

Here’s the other side of the kitchen bar, and the view that greets you when you walk in the front door. As you can see, the light is amazing.

log cabin ceiling

The living room is part of what we call the great room which includes the kitchen and dining room –all one big open space with high beamed ceilings (wrapped in twinkle lights, of course).

stone fireplace easter bunting

A huge natural stone fireplace gets daily use during the winter. And decorated with Easter banners and flowers in the spring.

 

log home dining room

chairs by the window

This is probably my husband’s (and mine) favorite spot in the house. Perfect for early morning Bible reading and late evening chatting. Also, I love that I can (almost) always see the kids wherever they are in the yard. Did I mention the light from these windows is … amazing?

 

pears

wildflowers

Wildflowers picked and arranged by that sweet seven year old girl.

 

blue and white china teacups

Come for tea and we’ll use these pretty cups.

 

school room

Through the french doors is our school/work/play/book/art room. Or the library, which I insist on calling it. I’ve always dreamed of having a library in the house. Again, the light.

vintage school desks

child craft books

 

amazing grace art

Favorite.

organized art studio

Here you can see the other half of the library. This is my little work space where I package up art and put together note cards. Can you spot the touch of rainbow? That sweet crocheted heart garland over the desk is from Jen at Beauty In Bloom. Love. The desk and the huge shelf over it were custom built for us years ago by a good friend. Everyone needs to have a custom woodworker in their circle of friends. Let us know if you need to be introduced ;)

The nicely matching work station with the cubbies all around is from Costco and might just be the best purchase we’ve ever made from there. Which is saying a lot. Because Costco. The yellow stools are from Target, and they fit perfectly underneath and out of the way when you need to stand, instead of sit.

 

paintbrushes owl

Painting is serious business, people.

 

fabric yarn

And crafting. Sometimes you have to stand.

 

rainbow markers wooden soda crate

Color coordinated markers in a wooden soda crate from Fresno. Best.

 

vintage floral canisters

embroidered sheet pillow

This might be my second favorite spot in the house.

 

amazing grace pillow

 

log cabin bedroom

Old window turned cut-out shelf above the bed. Sweetness.

 

vintage rotary telephone

It has truly been such a gift to enjoy this house for the time that we have. With all its unique little corners and sun-drenched floors.

And now, we’re praying for the next chapter in our journey. When we moved here, we planned to stay forever. Or for as long as God allowed. But all too soon, it seems as if our time here is drawing to a close. And although we’re sad, we know that He is to be trusted. He has always been faithful. Above and beyond what we’ve deserved. Unfailing.

 

pink hydrangeas

My husband’s health has not been good for years, and it’s recently gotten worse. Because his office is 45 minutes from where we live, we’ve decided we need to do everything we can to give him more rest time, which we hope will have a direct impact on his quality of life. It was a hard decision, but one that we pray will be worth it in the end.

So we, sometimes haltingly, take the next step. Trusting our Lord to lead us when we don’t know exactly where we’re going. But knowing the One who’s taking us there. Walking by faith.

 

tire swing

We’re also praying for the next owner of this house. That they will be as blessed by it as we have been. To enjoy the wildflowers and the geese honking across the water. To walk around the lake trail and swing on the tire swing. To finally snag one of those elusive pomegranates just as it ripens to crimson perfection.

 

water well

yellow wildflowers

If you or someone you know is looking for a log cabin and two acres in the foothills of Central California, here’s another peek.

 

He is Risen + Free Easter Art Printable

Free Easter Scripture Art Printable

Just as Christ was raised
from the dead
through the glory of the Father
we too may live
a new life.
[romans 2:4]

Happy Easter, friends!

Here’s a Free Easter Scripture art printable for you!
Click on the picture above to download the pdf file.
Or click here.

He is Risen!