Tight Spaces.

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Did you notice the new little tab at the top of my blog!? It’s almost time to expand our Entrusted brand and i’m like a kid in a candy store! 🙂

Zack and I have combined our passions for design and woodwork and we are finally taking the leap into a business! Entrusted design will include almost anything that involves wood, but for right now our primary focus is on our new adorable wooden signs! We have really been working hard the past couple of weeks to make sure we take all the proper steps in starting a business so that we are fully equipped to handle all your needs. We will be welcoming our little Lincoln in a few weeks and because of that we are not quite ready to open our online shop just yet but we hope you’ll stay tuned and get excited with us!

So, I’ve been needing a work space that I can leave a mess, and lock when necessary.  Our house doesn’t have an office, it just has a desk that’s in our kitchen. Not ideal with 3 young kiddos who want to “help” with painting, gluing, cutting, etc. & that’s when it came to me! We can turn the little closet under the stairs into my own mini Entrusted office! Being the only female in a house full of boys, I decided it would be the perfect little nook that was just for me. I had to really get creative and get as much function out of that tight space as possible. Once I had the plans in mind, Zack started building and I started decorating! We had so much fun and I wanted to share our space with you!

Amazon has tons of gold office supplies that is just too cute! And for a mommy who is usually surrounded by boy stuff, I “needed” it. Right?

I got the sign, shelves and cork board from Hobby Lobby. Also found that adorable calendar from a free printable here, and the chair from IKEA.

… and now a sneak peek of our wooden signs! We are so excited about these and hope you love them as much as we do! You can hang them on your doors or walls. Our Lincoln’s will hang on his hospital door when he’s born and then be on his nursery wall after that!

Don’t forget to subscribe so you can be in the know for when you can have a sign of your own! We are so grateful for those who have “entrusted” us with your designs in the past, and we hope we continue to expand! 🙂 Have a great fourth of July weekend everyone!

Persist.

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Persistence… in kids it can sometimes be viewed as a negative characteristic. People will say, “Man, he sure is persistent!” Or moms will say “She just will not stop!” But persistence in a biblical sense is everything. Persistence by definition means “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” Have you ever faced difficulty or opposition while trying to live out your course of action? Haha, Yeah, me too! But don’t you want to be known as someone who was persistent with the will of God? The Christian walk commands persistence. Endurance. Stamina. Perseverance. Constancy. We were never promised it would be an easy road. Did you know that before Jesus died on the cross he asked God if there was another way? In Mathew 26:39 & 42 he says “my father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me…” But he persisted. He pushed through it. He endured the cross so that you and I were free. Boy am I thankful for that kind of persistence! See once we find Gods plan for our lives, once we decide we are in, we are called to persist. We WILL face opposition, Satan WILL attack us while we try to further the kingdom of God, but with Gods help we also WILL persist. The Bible gives several examples of how we should act when we are faced with opposition. In Romans it tells us to be patient in affliction. (12:12) In Galatians it tells us not to become weary, for in proper time we will reap our harvest if we do not give up. (6:9) Revelations tells us that since we have endured patiently, we will not face the hour of trial. (3:10) Seeing the same pattern I am? It could take awhile guys… persist anyway. Let the spirit lead you. Talk through when you’re discouraged. Let others help you persist, but persist!

I feel unworthy to encourage this, as I promise I’m in the struggle to persistent just as you might be. But let’s choose to persist. Let’s make sure our motives are spirit driven, and let’s endure in spite of opposition. Just as we are called to do.

I will leave you with this word from Beth Moore’s entrusted bible study… (Page 151 in the study guide for those who have it)


” Pure persistence will carry you where no amount of talent, skill, aptitude, and experience can… persist.”

 

 

Designing on a budget!

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What do they call it? Champagne taste on a beer budget? That’s me. I LOVE for things to look nice, but I HATE spending money. Since we are a one income family, I try to stay innovative and do things as cheaply as possible. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and spend the money, but other times it’s so fun to see what you can do for as cheap as possible! When we first built our house, I went through THREE different breakfast nook designs. It took me forever to get a vision. Because of that, I don’t recommend tackling a project until you have a clear vision of what you want it to look like. TIP: Find a quiz online to help determine your design style. Pick a few items you love and design around them.

So here’s my before.

I loved the light that was hanging there, but because my area was longer than it was wide, and the light barely put off any light, it had to go. So my TIP for lighting is to pay attention to the amount of light it puts off, and also to the shape of your room when picking lighting for a specific spot. Be intentional, don’t just find a light you love and try to make it work.

And here’s my after…

Granted, I know the before picture is not a great shot. But a big part of that is lighting. So this light was hanging in my dining room, and again was one of those “I love this light, but it’s not perfect for this space” situations.  Suddenly, I had an idea. It took some convincing to my husband, but he decided to let me get a new dining room light and we moved this one to the kitchen. What a difference it made immediately. He also built me the window bench that you see in the background and pictured below.That helped to center up my light and provided more seating! I sketched out what I want and he made it come to life.The tops open up for storage and the middle provided a space for dog bowls without worrying about them being kicked and knocked over.

Next, we needed a table. We loosely based our table from these plans . Picking a stain was a challenge for me at first. Our kitchen cabinets are a dark stain, and I knew I wanted black to be worked in somewhere. I created a mixture using jacobean and classic gray from minwax and I loved the way it turned out! The legs of the table are Sherwin Williams antique white. TIP here is to paint the legs BEFORE you put the top on. So much easier… especially if you happen to have a big baby belly in front of you. 😉

Because I have 3 kiddos, I love the idea of the metal chairs. I found these at overstock and they have a lot of options/pricing!

Now that the fundamentals were in place, it was time to decorate! I felt like the window valance that I had before just kind of brought the room down. Something about it wasn’t working for me. I wanted something above the window so that it had a more finished look, but I didn’t necessarily want to draw attention up there. So I had the idea to just build one, stain it, and slap it up there. We just took at 1×8 pine board, cut it at a 45 degree angle to accommodate sides, added stain and called it good! Less than $15 for a window treatment just made my heart (and wallet) smile. 🙂

For wall art I painted a piece of ply wood we had with the paint I used for the table legs, framed it out with some extra trim pieces that I stained, and used the scroll saw to make the letters “EAT” which I spray painted black!

There are millions of tutorials and pictures of these shelves on pinterest .  

It is important to know you do have to buy three parts for the pipe. There’s the flange that is against the wall, the actual pipe, and the end cap. TIP we used for ours is to just take mineral oil and wipe them down. That eliminates the black stuff you get on your hands from touching pipe. I’m sure there’s some technical name for that, but we aren’t here for technicalities, right? Ha!

I got that Give Thanks Printable for free from Shanty sisters and found an empty frame laying around my house! The plant and container are from IKEA!The cute little “6” sign represents the number of people currently in our family, including the belly, and was purchased at hobby lobby. I added a few cookbooks(Double Delicious: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Livesthis particular one gives TIPS on how to hide veggies in recipes so kids don’t know it) I already had up there and Ta-da! Cheap shelf decor done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a look inside my breakfast nook & I hope you’re inspired to challenge yourself! Remember, it doesn’t take a lot of money to make your space happy!

Questions? Email cris@entrustedmom.com, comment below, or find me on facebook or instagram!

Planner.

Anyone else have a kid that you can’t tell the plan to until right before it happens? A kid whose world ends if there’s a shift in the plans? That’s my Griffen. He comes by it honesty, as his mama doesn’t like for plans to change either. The problem with telling Griffen a plan ahead of time is that plans change. People cancel. Weather happens. Life isn’t predictable. But Griffen (and me) like predictability. If Griffen knows a plan too far in advance, he can’t enjoy himself until the plan is set in motion. (And heaven forbid it doesn’t work out as planned!) As his parents, we had to learn early on that it just makes our world go more smoothly if we tell Griffen the plan on a need to know, and about to happen basis. I think that’s how God is with us. The bible clearly states that God knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and that they are plans not to harm us, but to give us hope and a future. But sometimes that’s not enough for us. We, in our human flesh, want to know what those plans are. Why specific things are happening when they are, and why other things aren’t . Personally, I think that God doesn’t reveal his whole plan so that we don’t miss out on the now. If the Gaines family (because who doesn’t love the Gaines family?) knew how big the Magnolia brand was going to become, would they have enjoyed the road it took to get there? Sure we think if we only knew the end results, we wouldn’t sweat the details but guys… we DO know the end result.

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Maybe that’s why God gives us what we need daily, and not more. His mercies are new every morning, not every month. (Lamentations 3:23) So today, if you are feeling unsettled about the plans God has for you, seek him. Just as we know Griffen can live easier if we don’t bog him down with future plans, your creator knows what you need. Ask him.  He will give you what you need

… even if it’s just for today.

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Introduction.

Hello!

Since i’ve gained a few more followers I thought an introduction post might be fun! My name is Cris, i’m a wife of almost 8 years and a mommy of 5 years. I have 3 little boys… Griffen is 5, Beckett is 3 1/2, Collier is 2, and i’m currently about 8 weeks away from delivering my fourth boy, Lincoln! Everyone always wants to know if we were trying for a girl. The truth is, while we would love to adopt a little girl one day to add to this crazy clan (a story for another blog post i’m sure. 😉 ) we just really always wanted at least 4 kids. God chose for them to all be male. My husband grew up an only child and wanted a big family, and I grew up with one older brother and always wanted a lot of kiddos to call me mom. I always knew early on that I wanted to be a stay at home mom, and told Zack very early into dating that it was my plan. God has really blessed that, and while it’s taken some sacrifices from both me and Zack, so far we’ve made it work. We have 1 puppy, Bree, who’s a 7 year old Maltese/Yorkie mix. About 2 years ago, while I was in a broken, lonely, no fun place I started to really seek out God’s purpose for my life. I grew up in church and was saved early on, but was never super consistent with keeping a close relationship with Jesus. I can’t say enough about the importance of an actual relationship with your Savior. Literally life changing.  Throughout my journey through motherhood I’ve always had moments of thinking “that would be a good blog somewhere” but never thought I was capable of being the somewhere. Having a blog was (and still is) a scary thought for me for a few reasons. One reason is that it leaves you vulnerable. I never want to come across like I have it all together… believe me, one look at my boys messy faces and you’ll see that I don’t! I want to be relatable, fun, real and honest. I struggle with all of the same things other mom’s struggle with, and this blog is just a place for me to talk it out with you. Never to judge, or preach. Please believe me when I say that my intent for this blog is just a safe place for moms to know they’re not alone. I also want you to know that when I do post, I pray multiple times over my words. I would never want to harm the kingdom of God, misrepresent who Christ is, misrepresent who I am, or make you feel less than. Ever. EVERY time I post I study through Gods word, pray about what i’m writing, and typically have someone in my family read through my draft to approve before posting. I can’t even count the amount of times I have typed a whole page and “moved it to trash” because it didn’t feel right. My hope for this blog is for it to be a place I can be creative, speak truth, share my love for design, share Jesus, and share the joys (and sorrows) of motherhood. Thanks so much for reading, and if you want to, i’d love for you to pray for and encourage me just as I will do for you! <3

 

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All things Lincoln!

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Today i’m switching up the blog and dipping into my love for design! My husband (Zack) and I love to build things together and I love to decorate! For this blog, i’ll feature our newest addition’s nursery! Lincoln is due early August and we can’t wait until he’s filling these walls with baby coo’s and laugher!

I’m new at this, but below I will try to list out specific details of where I got certain items. You should be able to just click on the word of the item i’m mentioning to get to the link if you want to purchase! I hope you all enjoy this post, and I look forward to being able to incorporate my love for wood working projects and design into my little blog 🙂 So grateful to all my readers. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can know when I post!

*I got this lamp at target and just loved it! It had a broken piece on it that was barely noticeable so I even got a discount. My favorite! Those Adorable little ceramic animals on the dresser were found at target also! And very affordable!

* His Drapes are from IKEA. Clearly, they’re a little long. I’m working on sweet talking someone into coming and hemming them 😉 I got the Curtain rod from Target. I loved the industrial look of it and thought it was a great addition!

*This Dresser is from Ashley’s furniture! I took the legs off to make it a bit shorter and easier for diaper changes! The wire basket actually came from Kroger of all places! I loved that it was shallow and didn’t stick out too far to make diaper changes hard.

Clock is from Hobby Lobby, along with most of the things hanging above the crib. In that metal frame is a page from my nanny’s bible. She was very dear to me and it meant a lot to be able to have a little piece of her in the nursery.

*I actually tackled these Turn buckle shelves on my own, thanks to this super easy tutorial from the Shanty sisters!

*I put most of toys in this unfinished crate which I originally planned on staining but now I think it might work just the way it is. I kind of like the mix of wood colors in his room! All of my boys have loved this B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube , and i’m sure Lincoln will be no exception! For all boy moms, we love the Little Blue Truck board book! They have about 3 or 4 and they’re so cute with sweet little lessons.

*Nana found these personalized changing pad cover and offered to buy him one. Isn’t it adorable?

* This Wall Decor wall hanging wool made animal head Head (Elephant) is sold at pickles and ice cream if you’re local, but also can be found on amazon. All of my boys nursery’s have had a blanket made by one of my sweet friends mom. Every time i’m pregnant she text me and asked for my nursery colors, it’s become a staple for us! His bedding was custom made from pickles and ice cream in Little Rock.

 

Special thank you to my sister in law, Rachel Coney of Rachel Coney photography for coming to take the pictures! If you’re local (Arkansas) check her out!

Be still.

Being still. Anyone else struggle with that? I am so terrible at just being still. I can’t even sit through a movie!  *Much to my husbands dismay.* It’s not that i’m always super productive or accomplish great task in a day, I just literally can’t seem to be still. You know those days where you’re just left wanting more? Wishing you could do more, or be more, or have more. Just more. Lately, I’ve been feeling so anxious about being more and doing more. Maybe it’s because it’s getting closer and closer to due date, or maybe it’s because there’s something more God is planning for me right around the corner. I can’t be sure yet. But, as I feel myself trying to beat him to whatever the more is, I hear gentle whispers to be still. It seems the more I push for productivity, the less I accomplish.  I love how God teaches me lessons through my babies. Yesterday, I told Beckett (who’s my second born and is 3 years old) that he could pick something out of the candy jar. He got out a stool out and climbed up on the counter to decide what. In the meantime, the dog was out of water, so I was refilling her bowl. “Ok mommy, I choose this!” he said holding up a fun sized bag of skittles. “Can you open it for me?” I told him to give me just a second and as soon as I finished getting Bree (the dog) water, I would. He just couldn’t wait. He tore the bag so hard that it ripped all the way open and skittles flew everywhere. While he was mid melt down over the skittles, I thought to myself “Wouldn’t it have been better if he had just waited 1 more minute so I could do it for him?” Ouch. There was that not as gentle whisper again… much like his mama, he couldn’t be still. Rushing ahead of God’s plan for our life can get messy. The bible tells us that the Lord will fight for us, we need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14) In Psalms we are told to be still and know that HE is God. And in Jeremiah it tells us that HE knows the plans he has for us. Not that we do. So next time you’re like me and wrestling with the “what’s next”, take a breath. Wait for God. You just might save yourself a {candy} catastrophe. 😉