Hi guys, I am working today on my 2014 Project Life and continuing the process of documenting our house building adventures! I decided to split this layout into two weeks as it has an insert. Have a look at my process video:
So here is the full layout with just photos and journaling cards. At this stage I also had my dates noted on the sticky notes, and some of the notes had the photo number for reference, to help me stay organized.
This is the left side, which I am working on today, with the insert.
And then next week I will show you this side completed.
I don’t normally create title cards, per se, but I did here simply to highlight what a big deal this really is for us. I want to tell you that I don’t create these pages and share them here to brag about how great my life is, but rather to express my gratitude and my overwhelm for how my life has been transformed. I have a long background in Interior Design and am actually trained as a designer, worked in the industry before I had my children. I have dreamed since I was 13 years old, about building my own home.
It is no secret that my first marriage was a highly abusive one. I was never the victim you see in photos – I never wore my bruises on the outside, but rather on the inside. Not long after my daughter was born, the abuse escalated and became physical. When my daughter was about 18 months old, I filed for divorce. As I was a stay at home Mom, the settlement in the divorce meant I lost my home. All my life savings, everything I had worked hard for, was gone.
I struggled for a few years, working full time and going to school full time. I can’t lie, I lived in poverty with very few resources and it was a really hard time. And then I met the guy whose feet you see right there, and the landscape began to change a bit.
He had his own story of loss and pain and sadness, and together we worked on healing and starting a fresh life. This home was his gift to me, his sharing of his own life work and savings with me, and that is why I share this work here.
Not only did we make a new start for ourselves, but also for our four beautiful children. If we want them to know that life is filled with hope and that joy comes in the morning, we have to live that out for them.
You see, no one is immune from sadness and grief. No one will live a happy life every day or even every year. Even in the midst of the joy of a new home, I see our children clinging to each other, wondering what this change will mean for them. Holding onto each other, learning how to be there for each other while they wait to see how this will turn out.
We’re all kind of waiting to see how this will all turn out, aren’t we? Aren’t we all clinging tightly, holding on, together? Right now we are all just looking at a slab, filled with promise and hope. A concrete slab that is yet to be completed, yet to be subjected to inspections and much, much change.
I have a secret. The secret is that it is all going to be ok. Even through the hammering and the rework and the building process, even through the growing pains and the adjustments, it is all going to be ok.