The Day I Almost Blacked Out

So unfortunately my next couple of chronological blog posts have to be postponed.  It is essential I obtain the videos that will go with them before I share.  So, for now, lets skip ahead a couple of weeks to our next story…

Bemusings of a Baby Life: The Day I Almost Blacked Out

-Written December 13, 2013 at 14 weeks.

I have an incredible opportunity this Christmas season to use my photography talents to make a difference among the homeless.  Tomorrow I am giving my time to take family portraits of some residents at House of Mercy.  And, actually, I only reveal my gift to you because it is important to the ridiculousness of the scenario I ended up in yesterday.

Anyway, as a part of the gig I decided to donate new clothes to the residents.  So, at 4:30pm yesterday we all showed up at Target to pick out their photo shoot outfits.  First, I set the requirements: everyone was to get one whole outfit for their shoot.  Then I set them loose and checked in periodically to see if they had any questions or concerns – I figured they would feel freer if I didn’t hover the whole time.

On one of my check in encounters I was chatting with one of my new friends when I flashed over with heat and sweat.  My world spun rapidly and my heart pounded dangerously.  In an instant I stopped my chat in the middle of a sentence as my world was sucked into a black hole.  I crumpled my upper body onto my shopping cart and waited for the world so slow down.  It didn’t.  I cautiously worked my way around my cart, sat down in the middle of the men’s section, and put my head between my knees.  I laughed at myself as I realized the hilarity of the situation.  One one end, my homeless friend was nervous for me and amidst my haze I heard him tell me he was some sort of medic so “I was in good hands.”  At the other end, I could feel the stares of the other passers by, especially since me and my cart were in their way.  I felt no shame.  Even if they didn’t know it, I knew my choice was either to crouch on the floor like a lunatic or actually pass out.

Finally, the danger subsided.  With my head screwed back on straight I was able to feel my stomach rumbling angrily.  Moral of the story, clearly an empty stomach for this pregnant lady is more dangerous than just risking turning into The Hungry Hungry Pregnant Lady… if left unattended too long I will actually black out from the hunger.  Also, now I keep granola bars and apples in my purse at all times!

Remaking Home | Kitchen and Bathroom

Remaking Home | Blog Post 3 / 5

Ok, so when I posted Remaking Home | Living Room I said that was where I started.  Well, truth is, I actually started with the kitchen but all I really did in this remodel was reorganize this room, no painting required.  I promise I didn’t mean to fib 🙂

The kitchen was the only room I successfully chose the paint palette for the first time around.  Red for a kitchen to me is fitting because it is a place with fire.  Red to me speaks of cooking and baking and enjoying the occasionally spicy meal.  I couldn’t do any red though because if you look at the counters they are yellow and the cabinets are a very yellow-brown.  And I’m not a fan of putting catsup and mustard in a room.  We also wanted to incorporate lime green in our kitchen.  After looking and bunches of colors I found this Sierra Red and fell in love.  I love the earthy, dirt red tone.

Our other hurdle with this room was that is was an awkwardly HUGE kitchen.  We have very little counter space and only one place for the stove, refrigerator and radiator (yes, I did try to move the stove and fridge).  To break up the space, and wall space, we added a small “dining” table and another table for some more counter space.  We hung the lime green lantern over our new “counter” space and strung lights around the doorways for some nice ambiance.  My favorite addition we made in this room are the pots and pans racks by the stove and the cubbies for jars of baking supplies.  The last little touches were the pictures we hung and the curtain I got for the window leading to the porch (I get the most compliments on this curtain than anything else in the house I think).

Our bathroom is TINY.  There is room for the toilet, sink, radiator, and tub… there’s enough left over to stand in the room and turn around.

When Josh and I got engaged we made our trip to Target to create our wedding registry.  I look back fondly on this time now but that day he and I had it out.  We could not agree on anything and particularly could not agree on towels.  He wanted all these boring colors and I really wanted the bright colors (particularly yellow of course).  We ended up getting so frustrated at each other that we actually went separate ways, wandering the store by ourselves for a while.  Josh had the scanner so he took the liberty to add a few things in my absence (like an ax, which we actually got for a wedding gift) 😉  Eventually we had cooled down enough to talk again and Josh won the  towel battle.  The first two years of our marriage were privy to brown, navy, purple, and green  towels.  This year I found these way more exciting towels at World Market and was STOKED!  I showed Josh and he liked them too so I bought them while they were on sale and with a coupon and put the old ones in storage for when we have more than four people in our home at a time.  Josh has since learned that yellow is, indeed, an awesome color and that color in general is way more fun.  I have learned that too much color variety, or rainbows in every room, just looks immature.  One of the many, although seemingly insignificant, lessons learned because of marriage.  Love that guy!

So I love my towels.  It’s the little things in life right?  But my other favorite part of the bathroom is my soap dispenser.  Josh got this soap dispenser for me for my birthday, just before the redesign project took flight.  The other thing, besides yellow towels, that I had been asking Josh for was a fun soap dispenser.  I have always loved the kids soap dispensers and every time we went to Target I would make him look at them with me and I would say “some day I would really love one of these.”  One such trip at Target we found my little elephant.  This was finally a soap dispenser that was buckets of fun for me but not too obnoxious that Josh didn’t like it.  So, lo and behold, one of the gifts I opened on my birthday was that soap dispenser and I WAS THRILLED!  Such a thoughtful gift.

As for the rest of the room, fortunately green was already part of our bathroom scheme before so the rug, the toilet basket, the toiletry shelving, and some of the paint job could stay.  When we first painted the bathroom we naively chose a neon green.  It was hideous.  So then we repainted two walls a more subdued green, but I still wasn’t happy, I wanted the room to be uniform so, for this project, I simply painted the other two walls that same, subdued, green color.

With the new towels we DID need a new shower curtain though.  I browsed for a while.  Since the bathroom is so small and the only window is behind the tub I wanted curtains that would allow the light to pass through them.  I finally found this cool, map curtain at Urban Outfitters.

The last piece I added to the space was a simple shelf.  Previously we had a couple hooks for the hand towels there but I wanted a little shelf to put a candle.  The candle was important to me because I would light it every time I had a client meeting or session at the studio so if they had to use the restroom it would have nice ambiance and, most importantly, it would smell nice.  So I found this shelf on Etsy and was exciting to have my candle shelf and towel hooks all in one, with the lovely addition of a jar for fake flowers.

Ok, the final last piece I added was a new toilet seat.  The old one was the white plastic variety so we picked up this more aesthetically pleasing wooden seat at IKEA.

And now, the visual evidence… 🙂

0001 0002 0003 0004 0005 0006 0007 0008 0009 0010Wall Colors…

Kitchen Red:  Sierra Redwood (Sherwin Williams)

Kitchen Tan:  no clue

Bathroom Green:  Parakeet (Sherwin Williams)

The Stuff…


Pots and Pans racks:  IKEA

Wood cubbies:  IKEA

Yellow table:   IKEA

Curtain:  World Market

Trash Can:   IKEA


Rug:  Target

Toilet Basket:  Target

Beside sink shelves:  Target

Yellow shelf:  Etsy

Towels:  World Market (not the exact same as they discontinued them in December but these are similar)

Soap dispenser:  Target

Shower Curtain:  Urban Outfitters

Toilet Seat:   IKEA

Trash Can:  Target

Remaking Home | Living Room

Remaking Home | Blog Post 1 / 5

Back in early November I was struck by an epiphany.  Up until that point Josh and I had spent a lot of time in prayer about our living situation and thinking it was getting close to time to move again.  Instead, God answered our prayers by giving me a vision for our home that included the things we were asking Him for.

Josh had been gone for a day or two when the Remaking Home idea came to me.  It all started with a vision for A Sunshine Moment Photography Studio.  Because I was committing to a studio I suddenly had to up the quality in the rest of the house.  In order for my clients to get to my studio space they were going to have to pass through our living room.  And lets say they had to tinkle, in order to get to the bathroom they would have to pass through the living room, the kitchen, and the bathroom.  Two rooms untouched right?  Wrong.  I also needed storage shelves for all my new equipment so I looked to the otherwise unusable porch space.  Finally, with one room remaining and completely disheveled at this point, we decided to convert that into Josh’s studio so he could set up his drum kit.

The Living Room was step one in the process, mostly because it was the easiest to work with.  The remake consisted of touching up one wall and repainting the other three, opening the space up, incorporating a new bookshelf, de-cluttering surfaces, dressing the walls, ditching the junk, and adding some aesthetically pleasing nicknacks for a final accenting touch.

Main points of interest…

  1. Bookshelf
  2. Wall of Us
  3. Wall Colors
  4. Wine Bottles as Vases
  5. Antique Chandelier
  6. Wooden bird cage


Wall of Us: every year Josh and I get pictures taken of us right around our anniversary.


I got this chandelier from my Grandma Hagberg. She has several of these in her summer home and bequeathed one to me last summer when I visited. It came to me looking pretty shabby (before and after pics later) so I cleaned it up and gave it a new paint job. I also ripped out the wiring and converted it to a candle chandelier.


Those double doors are a friends and family favorite. When we were considering moving into this lower level house apartment all doorways were open. I told our potential landlord that we loved the place but couldn’t move in unless we had doors for the bedrooms. He found the rustic set hiding in the basement and the darker set at an antique store. He was going to refinish the rustic doors but we asked him to keep them as is 🙂


The stuff…

  • Corner shelf: gifted by Grandma Lu
  • Rug: IKEA
  • Entertainment center: gifted by Deedee
  • Bookshelf left: gifted by Grandpa Bud
  • Bookshelf right: gifted by Mom and Dad Calhoun
  • Wingback chair: IKEA
  • Loveseat:
  • Blue wall color: Seaworthy by Sherwin-Williams
  • Green wall color:  Hearts of Palm by Sherwin-Williams

Remaking Home posts to come… Music Room, A Sunshine Moment Photography Studio, A Summary (including bathroom, kitchen, and storage room), and Before & After