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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Another Room Down

only 50 more rooms left to go.

Okay, not really 50. It just seems that way.

We were really pleased with the way the floor in my daughter's bedroom turned out. The sanding was a lot of work, but definitely worth it in the end.

Don't you just want to get naked and roll all over the floor? No? It's just me? Nevermind then.

We still need to change out the ceiling light fixture, I haven't found anything I like yet, and put the doorknob back on the door. But otherwise it is done.

Our handyman is coming over tomorrow to begin work on another one of the bedrooms. We are hoping to get three more of the children's bedrooms finished by summer. She-Who-Will-Not-Stop-Screaming loves her new bedroom.


Blogger fisherwife said...

I just started a page on your comment at and couldn't agree more. I wrote a post about it here (lifeofafisherman'swife@blogger) today. Beautiful home!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Urban Mama said...

I nosily went over to look at what you'd written. You're one of my parenting idols. I love reading about your family, and I have never once thought you as merely a vessel... Of course, Julie backpeddled in her follow-up, but I found the initial post to be rather petty and judgmental... Of course, it's families like the Duggars who are always criticized for their judgmental ways.

10:49 PM  
Blogger eko said...

"And here I thought being a feminist meant respecting all the various choices that women make.
I am vessel, hear me roar"

I looked too! I SO admire your choices, and your voice (and perspective). My sister is a degree holder, very accomplished woman - a mother of five, now a by choice sahm - and gets that BS all the time!

Hugs - keep on keepin' on!
Oh, and I would definitely love to roll around naked on those floors -we tore up carpet and refinished all the flooring in our former home ~ i still dream about them

11:15 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

looove the room!

and wtg on the commenting. :)

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Jordana said...

What a gorgeous room! I can't wait to hear how these others turn out.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Yes the room looks awesome! However, naked on hardwood floors sounds cold to me. Put an area rug down first, please ;-)

I had to go look at the drive-by, too; and *sigh* I guess it's funny, in a high school sophmore kind of way. I agree with another comment poster, would that go over as well if it was about a family of tatooed and pierced girls with pink hair? As to the comment about exposing the girls to choices in life besides being a mother, do they think *their* daughters are being fairly exposed to the choice of being a SAHM of more than 2 kids? More of the "You'd better be tolerant of my tolerance, Damn It!" Ugh.

10:14 AM  
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10:15 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

That room looks fabulous!

And now with all this talk about a comment on alittlepregnant, I'll have to go check it out! Haven't been there in a while so am totally oblivious to any controversy.

10:34 AM  
Blogger MoMMY said...

Great room! Beautiful! Want to come start on mine? No? Still have more at your house. Well, ok. Let me know if you want another house to work on.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Qalballah said...

Oh your room is so beautiful! It's like one of those houses you see on TV and I don't like the feeling of jelousy its arousing in me.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

Remodeling is just downright hard! But wow is it worth it in the end! Sanding is something I do not do! I refuse! Everything I sand comes out bumpy and uneven. This room of yours looks totally awsome girl!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

I also love the room. So gorgeous. You guys did a great job!!

You also did a great job at alittlepregnant. I was steaming about the post. Thanks for speaking up about it!

2:49 PM  
Blogger fisherwife said...

I changed my blog this morning. Mainly because I didn't want to perpetuate the whole argument any longer.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Chris: The room looks gorgeous! Love the paint color on the walls. Dan and I both wish we had the fortitude and talent to rehab a home. Or the income. Sadly, we have none of these.

12:23 AM  
Blogger thatgirl said...

Oh my. Can I move in?

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I just had to delurk and tell you that I think you have a beautiful family. I found your blog a few days ago and have since gone back and read all your entries.

You have the family my husband and I can only wish for, we are coming close to finalizing our adoption for our son and are continuing fertility treatments in hopes of adding to our family.

If we could we would have 7 children but it is not likely to happen for us. Until then I'll continue reading about your lovely children and continue to hope that someday I'll have a family that is as full of love as yours is.

Best Wishes,

PS. Your daughter's room is gorgeous!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez you guys, get over yourselves about the Julie thing. It wasn't about you. It wasn't aimed at you. Have you ever heard of satire, humor or irony? Are you feeling unecessarily defensive about something? That whole situation with the Duggar's (sp) is scary and I hope some of those cult deprogrammers can help those poor kids one day.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

The room is amazing! Will you be my mom and decorate my house? LOL

6:56 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Dear Anonymous:

Chris spoke her mind, openly, and left a link to herself when doing so. She didn't post and run, she expressed her feelings, she sought to understand. And I think Julie sought to understand her viewpoint, too. It serves NO ONE to "post and run--and hide" on Chris' blog. At least give her the respect she gave Julie, and vice versa.

If you have a problem with me writing this, please e-mail me and I'd be happy to discuss it further via e-mail. But I'd appreciate your not continuing to try and shout down people on her blog without being more honest and open about it. I'm betting Chris would, too, though of course, I can't speak for her. I'm speaking for myself because this comment annoyed me. OWN IT. Put up or shut up. And I'm saying this as a fan of BOTH blogs AND bloggers in question here.

7:51 PM  
Blogger chel said...

The room looks wonderful! Keep the remo. pictures coming!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

I love the beautiful floor...white floorboards...the apple green wall color...the curtains....
It's all so pretty!

10:57 AM  
Blogger thicket dweller said...

The room looks just gorgeous. I like your color choices. Nice.

I also went over and read the post at alittlepregnant. What amazed me was the superficiality of the comments that were against the Duggars. Things like how "sad" it is that none of the Duggar children have ever had their photo taken alone (as if the poster could even know that, anyway) and how sad it is that the girls KNOW HOW TO COOK, which is a skill they will need FOREVER, and how "scary" it is that the woman wears clothes that match the daughters, or that she has "eighties" hair. I shook my head as I read the comment by the person who wondered where the "individual reflection" would come from. Don't most children grow up spending the majority of their days with the attention of one adult and 24 other children? Isn't that what a classroom is all about?

And the fact that the children will still share rooms when the new house is built...we went from a two-room cabin to a 3000 SF house, each of the children having their own room, and you know what? They STILL ended up sleeping in the same room! The younger ones still do! The thing is that they WANT to be together.

I guess it's true that people ridicule what they don't understand. I just didn't realize that so many people could lack so much understanding. :-/

9:48 AM  
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BEE-U-T-FULL!!! Love the hardwoods and the paint.

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