Wiley Home Tour: The Kitchen



The kitchen layout is very different from our old house, but I really like it! I love the granite counter tops and the WINDOWS!! This is the view coming through the playroom into the kitchen. I love that I can see my kids playing while I am cooking in the kitchen! 


I really really like having a window above my sink. I think it is charming. Can we also talk about that little Pony-tale Palm Tree I have managed to keep alive ALL SUMMER LONG?! (The fabric on the shade will be changed soon to coordinate with the drapes.)




One of my favorite things in my kitchen is my sign. My friend Lindsay made it for me and I adore it. My mom loved it so much that I got her one for her birthday and SHE got my sister one for HER birthday! YOU can get one too! Check out Lindsay's shop for all of her beautiful, custom work: Tis So Sweet Designs.



You can see the first door that leads into the playroom and the second doorway leads into the Family Room.



That doorway leads to the laundry room. I may let you look in there one day....



Every kitchen needs cute curtains. (And a cute baby!) These curtains I got for my birthday several years ago at Target and now they don't sell them anymore. I could use more for the other windows and I love them too much not to use them!

Who was very offended that I took his picture, apparently!



And finally, this is the view from the family room of the eating area. You can see my door table that I finally got a piece of glass cut for and our church pew that I found off of craigslist.


Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

Precious Lives Worth Remembering

Seven.

That's how many times I've been pregnant.

It always felt so weird to write that number on forms when I was pregnant with Archer.

"Live Births _____" was the next line.

Four. That's the right answer now. Even typing that number pokes a raw and tender place in my heart. Those four are the most precious part of my life. They are my every day. And second only to Kyle Wiley, they are my greatest adventure and the most abundant blessing I have. They are my people.

But there were three more.

Three more dates on the calendar engraved in my heart. 2 miscarriages and 1 ectopic pregnancy. 3 more babies growing inside of me. Each for very brief periods of time, they were mine.





This kind of grief has always been so intangible to me. I have a hard time understanding and it has never been something I could verbalize well. Kind of like trying to hold a handful of sand. You can feel it, but it slips between your fingers. And yet, I don't grieve as one without hope.

I'm past asking "why" and am finally content in a place of rest and knowing I won't ever fully understand why. Not that it was easy getting to that place. But each loss was carried in the sovereign, sufficient, loving arms of the One who made me and made by babies. And the greatest mystery and miracle of it all is that while His purposes are unknown, His goodness remains intact. His character remains the same. And I know that NOTHING slips through His fingers. Nothing.

It's not easy to remember, but it's not easy to forget.

Some years when the calendar rolls over a date, my emotions respond before my brain remembers. Saturday was like that. My throat was thick and my eyes were watery and I felt sad. My body remembered before my brain did. I filtered through my brain until I found the right match for the emotion. Oh yeah. I lost something precious on that date.

Precious things are worth remembering. People remember this kind of loss in different ways. Normally for me, it's just me and the Lord and a few thoughts, tender heart twinges, and thankfulness. Thankfulness to the Lord for creating that life and thankfulness in His carrying me through the loss of it.

November 27th
February 10th
July 26th

Three precious dates. Three precious lives worth remembering.


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The Farm {Summer 2015}

My Grandpaw's farm is one of my favorite places to visit in the whole world. It has heritage, and history, and peace, and calm, and love, and adventure. And pranks, but I'm saving that story for a rainy day.



It has been in my family for forever. It is my Grandpaw's childhood home. It is where I learned to fish. It's where I learned about snakes, and arrowheads, and hay lofts and cows. (Ok, so I became mildly obsessed with cows in junior high and started a "cow" collection of all things with cow prints and utters). (Ok. I had a stuffed cow that I slept with every night named Moo-Moo). (Ok. I still have it). (But I gave it to my kids... see? heritage!) (Stop judging me!) (Also, thank you to my friends from Jr. High who are still my friends today and saw me through the cow stage...seriously. Where would I be without you?)

When I was little and we would come for a visit, the kids would wake up VERY early to go help Mr. George feed the calves and the cows and put down hay from the loft. It's one of the places where I learned to love reading and a place where I learned to use my imagination.

You can image how much I love being able to bring my kids to the farm too. The barn is no longer a working barn (There are still cows that another farmer roams on the land that he leases from my Grandpa), but there is still adventure to be found.

We went up last weekend and had a blast! The kids drove the tractor with Papa, had a water balloon fight, we grilled out, and relaxed. Sookie decided she was a farm dog and Grammy and Archer affirmed their love for each other and snuggling.

As it turns out, the Farm is also a great place to practice taking pictures with your new camera...enjoy!






















































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