Taking A Break

I have felt this post coming for a while.  I have been praying and really searching God’s heart for my life right now.  Daily I bring my priorities before Him and ask what He has for me.  I so desire to be in His will and to enjoy the good gifts He has for me in this season.  I don’t want to miss the new things He has just because I’m trying to cling to old dreams.  I seem to be stuck in the tension that I believe a lot of moms are faced with in our modern world. The tension of being fully present as a mom and the temptation that tells us we can have it all.  I believe that temptation is a lie that leaves women feeling worn out and never measuring up.  So I find myself in a place of having to choose to do everything half hearted, always having a to-do list, never accomplishing all I commit to, always feeling like I’m under and not on top or I can let some things go and experience freedom, rest and an open schedule.  This has been a tough decision for me to make but I’m going to have to take a break from writing my blog until a later season when I can invest the kind of time and energy I desire to invest.  God has made it clear what His intentions are for me right now I believe I need to be fully His daughter, fully a wife and fully a mom and in order for me to be fully present in those roles I need to let go of competing loves.

I’m letting my blog rest hoping that one day I will get the go ahead from Him to start writing again and even if I don’t I know whatever He has for me will be for my best.  I have loved sharing my life with all of you over the past two years.  Thank you for listening and for sharing yours with me!  This is not the end, just good bye for now.

With love,
Lauren

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About Me

This post is inspired by Emily from Jones Design Company, one of my all time favorite blogs to read. Her blog is a must read. You can check out her blog here.   She recently hosted a series where she featured 20 different bloggers by asking them questions so that readers could get to know them.  I loved reading each post! I felt like I got to know the different women and was so inspired by all of their unique stories.

Her series inspired me to want to share a little about myself so that my readers can get to know me a little more.  So here it goes…

Lauren from The Rescued Home

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WHERE I LIVE SUMMERTIME MEANS
Hot Texas heat, a/c full blast, up-dos, no makeup, loose fitting summer dresses, lounging with friends by a pool or a body of water, and getting projects done.

FAVORITE SPOT IN MY HOUSE
My dining room.  I love all the windows and its recent makeover.  I also love filling it with people.  We have made so many great memories sitting around our table, sharing meals with friends and family.

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WHAT SHOULD EVERYROOM HAVE
“I love lamp” -Brick Tamland, Anchorman.  This quote pretty much sums it up! Not only do I love lamp but I love many lamps. I am not a big fan of over head lighting especially a single bulb light in a ceiling fan.  Every room in my house has at least one lamp, even my kitchen.  I love the coziness a well placed lamp adds to a room.

BEST DIY PROJECT I’VE EVER DONE
Our guest bathroom.  We turned that thing from the ugliest duckling into a beautiful swan!  It was quite an undertaking!!! I learned a lot about plumbing and healthy communication in my marriage.  I will walk into it and just stare at our handy work.  I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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WHEN I WAS LITTLE I WANTED TO BE
A dancer.  My dream was to become a ballerina then own a dance studio.  All I wanted to do was dance everyday for the rest of my life!  When I left for university I began pursuing that dream but God took me in a different direction.  I believe He saved me from a life of finding my identity and worth as a dancer. Even though I don’t dance everyday, well at least not professionally, my love for dance remains.

I’M INSPIRED BY
Jesus.  He modeled and models how I want to live my life.  I am inspired by who he is!
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Nature.  I attribute this to my mom!  Some of my best memories with my mom are of me and her being outside.  She is the one who taught me to see shapes in the clouds, trees that look like animals and how to admire sunsets.  She also taught me how to see a field of weeds and turn them into a beautiful bouquet.
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The possibility of making something new out of old, broken down, rusted and abandoned things.
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Beautiful, peaceful spaces.

FIVE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME
Sensitive, funny, creative, loyal, introspective.

I hope you feel like you know me a little better.  Thank you for letting me share my life with you!

With love,
Lauren

Aging Terra Cotta Pots Tutorial

Hi everyone hope your week is off to a good start. I wanted to share this tutorial I wrote a while back. It was highlighted at gardenista.com and seems to be pretty popular so I wanted to share it with all my faithful readers! Hope you enjoy and thank you for following The Rescued Home.

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I have been wanting to plant some herbs for a while.  I know Spring has passed and we are well into Summer but I have come to discover when remodeling a house along with trying to live a normal life things like planting herbs in Spring has to wait until Summer.  And I am ok with being one season behind! I will probably get my 4th of July decorations up in time for labor day:) So I was hanging out at a garden center with my so-very-awesome sister-in-law, Allie, the other day and I decided I would buy some herbs.  This led to me  having to buy more potting soil and pots. I love the look of herbs in a kitchen windowsill and I have an awesome one above my sink.


I went to Lowes, Wal-Mart and some local garden shops and found the cheapest terra cotta pots were at Wal-Mart.  I probably spent the money I saved from…

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Rest and More England

We are home and jet lag is my middle name!  Ok jet lag is usually pretty brutal but with a 5 month old that doesn’t sleep through the night well that is a double whammy!!  In spite of jet lag I have to say the trip was awesome and exceeded my every expectation. I am slowly easing back into life but can’t seem to find any motivation to get my house back in order.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to be on top of my house work so I can move on to new projects.  It seems God is graciously taking that tendency from me.  So I have spent most of my day listening to worship music with tears in my eyes telling God I lay everything down at His feet.  I can’t carry all the heavy burdens I seem to always try to pick up.  Actually this trip has me really wrestling with priorities and how I spend my time.  I spent three weeks free.  My thoughts weren’t consumed with things that need to be fixed around the house or the list of projects I want to complete this summer.  I was free to just be a wife, mom and friend then the moment I stepped back into our house my head was flooded with “must-dos” and “must-haves”.   God is showing me that my identity is not found in where I live or the things I possess or how productive I am with my time.  So I’m going to take this tension that I’m feeling as a sign that God wants to take me into a deeper season of rest.  Ahh just saying that feels like a huge exhale.  I once again give myself permission to rest.

After three pretty intense weeks our team needed a day of fun.  We hopped onto a train and headed to Ludlow.  Ludlow was a wonderful tourist town with a castle at the center.  We spent the day walking around looking at the city’s architecture, eating at a small outdoor café, touring the castle and catching some good deals at a flea market.  It was an awesome day!

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Our baby girl turned 5 months yesterday!  I can’t believe it has already been 5 months.  Everyday I fall more in love with her and cherish every minute we get together.

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With love,
Lauren

Newborn Photo Session

Ok I have attempted to write this post several times but when it comes to a shower or post I choose shower every time.  I want to share these aaammmazing photos we had taken of Eliza when she was three weeks old.  My friend, Bethany, with Two Times Photography came to the house one morning to capture us in our new roles.  Bethany is such a talented and creative photographer.  We loved working with her and seeing her in action.  I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer to capture a special event.  Check out her work at twotimesphotography.com.

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I am so grateful we have these pictures of our baby girl!

With love,
Lauren

A Few Changes Around Here

Yesterday marked four weeks since Eliza’s birth.  The past four weeks have been the most life changing, challenging, life-filled, love-filled, exhausting weeks of my life!  Sleep deprivation is brutal but we turned a corner this weekend and I slept like I’ve never slept before and for the first time in four weeks feel like a normal person again! One thing that has gotten me through these weeks has been the amazing support I have around me.  Joel is the best man, husband, dad, and friend I could have ever asked for.  He has jumped into his new role with ease and full of strength.  My mom and mother-in-law have been amazing.  My sister-in-laws, who both have children, along with many of my friends who are a few months ahead of me in motherhood have been a God send.  I don’t know how many times I have contacted them with questions on how to be a mom and how to keep a little life alive!

All this sitting around, spending hours looking at interior design magazines and Pintrest has got my wheels spinning for new projects around the house.  Ok side note,  I now know why Facebook, Pintrest and Iphones were created, they are for moms who are up at all hours of the night, trying to stay awake while they tend to their babies! Anyway, I know all new house projects will be on hold for a while but I am itching to pick up a hammer and paintbrush!   Our next goal is to finish the outside of the house, a project we started over two years ago.  Our neighbors have been so gracious with us, thanks Danny and Marsha!  Once that is finished we have dreams for a new front porch, a fence and a back deck.

So I don’t have any pictures of new projects but I do have a few of some changes that we have made (or have happened) around The Rescued Home.

Here is what I wear to work everyday, pjs and my baby!  Eliza loves to sleep in her homemade Moby Wrap.  I found a tutorial on how to make it here, Moby Wrap tutorial.  And here is a link on how to tie it, How To Tie A Moby Wrap.

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I have traded my well staged decor for an array of baby items.

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We moved her pack and play from our room into the living room because she coos and grunts all night.

Our couch no longer houses our beautifully arranged throw pillows but now serves as a purely functional part of our living room, a place to sleep, feed and change baby.

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There are clues all over that a baby lives here.

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The new changes may not be magazine worthy or “pinnable”  but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

With love,
Lauren

The Day You Were Born

It has been 9 days since my sweet baby Eliza entered the world. I love her soo much, my heart is wrecked! The greatest part is watching Joel with her. He is giddy and full of life in spite of sleep deprivation. Since many of our friends and family follow The Rescued Home I thought I would share a little of my delivery story and these amazing pictures my cousin, Carlie, took on Eliza’s birthday.

Our plan was to have as natural of a birth as possible. I had done my research and decided I wanted to fully experience what it was like to be a woman in labor. I had dreams of a dimly lit room, worship music playing in the background and birthing my baby and then walking around a few hours later. God had other plans.

My contractions started Saturday, January 5th at 2am. I spent all day Saturday on the couch experiencing contractions. Around 9pm on Saturday I knew it was time to go to the hospital. Also around this time Joel was experiencing the tiring effects of the cold that had set in the night before. We checked into the hospital at 10pm on Saturday. We settled into the labor and delivery room and waited to see the doctor on call. After laboring for about 2 hours, Eliza’s heart rate took a dip. Alarms were going off and other nurses were running into the room to quickly hook me up to an iv and oxygen. At that time the doctor rushed into the room and saw that my eyes were the size of marbles. I was terrified! He explained that her heart rate had dropped and we were going to monitor her closely. My labor then progressed slowly and over 6 hours later she was stuck. My contractions were becoming increasingly painful and pain medication became a very appealing option. Then my contractions became unbearable and with every contraction her heart rate dropped. The doctor said he thought something was wrong and believed her cord was wrapped somewhere around her. He then told me around 10 am Sunday morning that I was going to need a c-section. I lost it. I began crying and asking God why this was happening. I had an amazing pregnancy and had expectations that my labor and delivery would be without complications. I had dreams of what my birth experience would be like and in that moment I felt all that being ripped from me. Me and Joel held hands as we cried out to God for wisdom and comfort. The next thing I knew I was being prepared for surgery. I was soo scared and shaking all over. I have never had surgery or broken anything.

They wheeled me into the surgery room and there were bright lights everywhere. Shortly after that my body went numb and Joel walked in dressed from head to toe in a blue, paper outfit. All I remember was thinking wow, he looks hot! Then after 34 hours, at 12:23pm they lifted our little girl out of me. The doctor said her cord was wrapped tightly around her neck and she was face up. It was the most beautiful sound when I heard her cry for the first time. My baby was alive and safe! She weighed 7.1 lbs and was 21 inches long.

Then the hardest part came over the next hours as I recovered. I was exhausted and full of emotion as I processed what just happened. The next few days were a whirl wind of different nurses and one hour sleep spurts. But even in the middle of all of it God was right there, sustaining me, comforting me. We were released four days later after Eliza’s sodium levels came down and she was able to nurse properly.

As we recovered in the hospital I asked Joel to read scripture to me and Eliza. He opened his bible and turned to this scripture,

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me… Psalm 18:1-5, 16&17

Wow God’s word is alive and actively pursuing us!

Ever since we have been home it has been a gradual incline as we settle into our new normal. Joel and I have laughed everyday together and have never been more in love. I’m at complete rest being home with my family. I thank God for his protection and provision. I know Eliza has been given to us. A great gift from a loving father! I look forward to introducing her to all of our friends and family and can’t wait to see the amazing story of Eliza’s life unfold before me.

These are the pictures that captured the story of Eliza’s birth. I will forever cherish them!

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With love,
Lauren

Baby Eliza Is Here

Ok I’ve never posted from my phone but it is 4:30 in the morning and I’m up feeding my newborn trying to stay awake. Yep you read right, Eliza Grace Lowry made her way into the world January 6,2013. We are sooo in love with our new baby girl. It has been a crazy week learning how to take care of a new life and I cherish every moment of it! The Rescued Home is now forever changed. Hope you all are doing well, take care.
With love,
Lauren

What I’ve Been Up To

Hi everyone! It has been a while since I last wrote, I have been super busy with work.  The baby is growing and I feel great, I love being pregnant! Earlier today we watched What To Expect When Expecting which is so fitting for where we are right now in life.  It was a great movie, if you haven’t seen it yet it is a must see.

Back in August I was really wrestling with what this next season would look like.  God had taken me into a long period of rest that forced me to stop and wait for Him to lead me.  Even though things have picked up in my life, I still feel I’m in a place of rest, it is the strangest thing, it is something I have never experienced before.  My life is moving quickly but my heart, mind and soul are moving at a restful, steady pace.  I am really ENJOYING life!  I am content.

So what have I been up to?  Well around the time when I was wrestling with what this next season would look like I connected with another local designer, Melodie Schleder with Primitive Modern Design.  Melodie is a super talented designer with AMAZING STYLE!  I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with her.  Melodie brought me on board with PMD to assist her in a large student housing project in downtown Austin.  It has been a blast working with her.  The name Primitive Modern really captures Melodie’s style.  You can see some of her work and style at primitivemoderndesign.com or on Facebook.  Melodie also owns a booth at my favorite place to shop, Wimberley Market Days,
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Check it out next time you’re there.

Here is a glimpse of some of the lighting going into the student housing project.
A local San Marcos artist who created this sign for a local hotspot, Zelicks

created some light boxes like these for us that will hang in one of the leasing centers.

We will also be installing oversized drum lighting

and one of these pendant lights made out of recycled aluminum pinwheels.

What I thought was going to be tough and challenging season is turning out to be one of my best!

With love,
Lauren

The Baby Reveal

Last Wednesday was such an exciting day for me and Joel.  I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!  We went to the doctor for our 20 week check-up where we would have a chance to see the baby and find out its gender.  We decided we were not going to find out the gender at the doctor’s office but wanted to have a special reveal.  I had heard about reveal parties where people would cut a cake or open a box of balloons to find either the color pink or blue.  I loved the balloon idea but I wanted pictures to capture the moment so arranged a photo shoot with my friend, Amy.

Ok so here is how it all played out.  We received the results from the doctor.  Then we took an old trunk we had to a local florist, along with the results.  We told the florist to fill the trunk with whatever color was appropriate for the gender of our baby.  Then we went back, got the trunk and drove out to our photo shoot location to open the trunk.  Let me tell you, the drive to the location with a trunk full of blue or pink balloons was the most exciting/nerve-racking experience. After what seemed like the longest drive ever we arrived at our location, set up and this is what happened next.

It was the best day! And now I can’t wait to design HER nursery!

With love,
Lauren