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Dishwasher chalkboard:)

SOOO…I got bored for about 3 minutes today;) and got out a can of blackboard spraypaint…

Don’t you want to know what that is that I spraypainted??

WELL…Rico Suave and I have a strict “if it’s not broken we don’t fix it” policy we live by. Really, it’s just practical. SOOO…every appliance in our home is the appliance that came with our home. Some are louder than others–and the dishwasher is an old white thing that shows all kind of residue from sticky fingers. SOOO…I slid the white cover right off the dishwasher—and simply spraypainted it in seriously 3 minutes in the garage. (You can buy a can at most art supply stores–I bought mine from Dick Blick Art Supplies–and I believe Home Depot also carries it).

SOOO…now—we have this…

We love our appliances because they work:). And I love them because they are old enough to spray paint and create character and kid-friendly fun with too.

Soooo…there’s your easy fun for the day. Seriously–can you imagine what Rico Suave thinks when he comes home and I have crazy projects done like this almost daily? I love that it rolls with most anything I do:).

I wrote a really long post on “why we adopt” tonight–but I decided I’m going to wait and post it another day. Still collecting my thoughts WHY we adopt. I will say this–for us it has nothing to do with infertility, pity, rescue from poverty or famine or many other things you may think drew us to grow our family in that way. Instead–it has everything to do with the gospel ALONE. Sure–those things show you different NEEDS–but those needs CAN be met in different ways other than adoption of course. It has to be for MORE than that and NOT for just that. If and when we ever adopt again–it truly doesn’t matter if our baby is from Africa or Beverly Hills–because for us…it really is just about the gospel. We believe it is God’s heart that every one of His sweet children know Him. And I believe it would bring Him glory and pleasure to see His children–no matter their race, poverty level, birth country, etc–be raised in homes where they would grow up learning to listen for and love Jesus. It is not the easy road to grow your family from broken backgrounds–but we serve the God of miracles and healing…and we believe through adoption many children may have the chance to know Him as Christian families follow God in growing their families this way. Sure as believers we share His love to children in Sunday school class, at the pool in the summer and at the park with friends…but to share Jesus in our homes and to tuck a child into bed each night telling them how much they are valued and loved…not only by us but by their Creator…to remind them God has a plan and purpose for their life and we are just here to love them and cheer them on to furfill that grand calling JUST for them…to speak Truth into their hearts and lives…and then to set them out to be disciples throughout the world–and to see HIM do all the work and merely use us as vessels for His glory…this has to be the motivation for us…the gospel alone.

It’s trusting HIM to provide the nests for even the swallow–and that He who cares for the birds cares SO MUCH MORE for His children. And remembering where He desires us as parents–to STAY as we raise our children…every so close to Him. Not just at the door…or in His courts…but RIGHT by His side.

Psalm 84:1-4
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

kristi johnson - February 3, 2011 - 12:55 am

i love the chalkboard dishwasher…so right up my alley…so fun, kj

Lara - February 3, 2011 - 8:24 am

I really want to know what kind of drugs you’re taking and get some of those! Is it that 5 Hour Energy? Lots of coffee? Speed? Because I wouldn’t have the creative energy to do something like that on a normal day, let alone TWO DAYS BEFORE HOSTING 250 WOMEN!! You’re nuts. Love you for it.

Can’t wait to read that adoption post. It sounds like a lot of what we’ve been talking about.


Stephanie - February 3, 2011 - 8:41 am

Andrea, I can’t believe you have the time and energy to do all you do! I have 2 kids and I don’t do half of what you do! (I’m thinking you’re a very organized person and I’m not, but I’m working on it!) Have fun at your retreat!

Brantley Freeman - February 3, 2011 - 8:51 am

How fun is that! You come up with the cutest ideas and crafts for your kids! I hope I can be as fun as you are with my own as they grow up! Love the idea… just might have to try it! 🙂

Christy - February 3, 2011 - 9:22 am

BEAUTIFUL! You are amazing and God must gift you incredible amounts of energy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why you adopt, and I can’t wait to read the post! 🙂 Praying for your retreat this weekend! Hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person someday too! 🙂

Lauren - February 3, 2011 - 9:31 am

I love this!!!! We have a bit of an eye sore dishwasher and I’m thinking this is a PERFECT idea!! Tucker’s not old enough to play with it yet, but I’m sure the time will fly when he gets home! 🙂

Have a GREAT time at the retreat!!! We’re leaving on Wednesday to GO GET OUR BOY!!!!! :):)

megan - February 3, 2011 - 9:58 am

i came to your site from Lara posting on FB. looking forward to getting to know you more and read what you have to share. Thanks for the thought-provoking read this morning. I quoted you in a blog post. Hope you don’t mind!

Renae - February 3, 2011 - 10:20 am

Thanks so much for putting into words WHY we adopt…even though you haven’t “posted” it yet;)! And your creativity ROCKS!! Especially to those of us who were deprived of that particular gene!

Esty - February 3, 2011 - 11:28 am

you are. Ridiculous. Shesh. What a wonder you are!!! Spraypainting. Unbelievable. Anything you CAN”T do? If you need a giggle, check out my blog for a second to see how my loving Hub describes this weekend coming up.
Personally, I can’t WAIT!!! xoxox Esty

Amanda F. - February 3, 2011 - 11:42 am

LOVE this idea!!!! I HAVE to do it! Thank you! 🙂

Dawn - February 3, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Love your project 🙂
And love your thoughts on adoption….can’t wait to hear more 🙂

Alison - February 3, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Love, love, love the chalkboard dishwasher!!! SO cute!! Can’t wait for the weekend!! Praying we make it even through the ice storm!! 🙂

Sandi - February 3, 2011 - 5:02 pm

What a fabulous idea! We are all about using something in a “new” & exciting way for the kiddos. Seriously looking forward to the post because I have found it difficult to explain just how deeply moved by God’s word I have been in regards to orphans. God definitely changes the hearts of those he prepares to care for the fatherless in whatever way he chooses. Praying for SUN to melt the ice & safe travel for all!

rachel - February 3, 2011 - 7:23 pm

you are hilarious…i want some of your energy dear!!!!!

Sarah - February 3, 2011 - 9:05 pm

I am excited to hear more of your thoughts on why you all adopted and I am loving the dishwasher!

I have never commented but have enjoyed your blog for many months!

Jenny - February 3, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Absolutely LOVE your dishwasher:) but then again I love everything “Andrea” 🙂

Praying for you sweet friend as you prepare for this weekend. Oh how I wish I could be there.

Julie W - February 4, 2011 - 12:45 am

So fun!!! I downloaded your Lent tree docs and we’ve been out collecting our ornaments. I’m so excited about doing that this year with the littles. Have a great weekend, I can’t wait to hear all about the retreat!

marci - February 4, 2011 - 10:39 pm

SO sweet ! Blessings for your retreat. Pax,m

MamaMimi - February 7, 2011 - 5:56 pm

What a GREAT idea! {P.S. ours is loud too…although its pretty new…boo!}