Drawing a Blank


I can not for the life of me come up with a title for this post. I feel like I only post when there is drama and I need to sort out my feelings, but that is where we find ourselves again this week. Family drama.

But the drama gave us an excellent excuse to do what we love to do….go on a drive and dream. And reconnect. And hash out what to do. And decide there is nothing to do because really, God has this. And we can let go.

mkoehn_2015_6This picture? That is where we find ourselves right now. As we speak.

The job stuff I told y’all about last time? Well it was more complicated then I let you know, there was another job we were waiting to hear from, that doubled our pay, but included a move. We still haven’t heard anything from that job…other than the recruiter who set it up telling us it was still active, and he hasn’t heard from them either, and if it was a no, then we would have heard already. So that was then…. this is now: we still know nothing about that job, Mr. K is the new boss at his job with barely a raise(plus there are still the other complications, of the things I am not allowed to talk about yet), and there is a job interview coming up for a different place soon. So the question is: GOD? What? HOW? What do we do? lol

Prayers would be hugely appreciated! We are clinging to this verse right now, and are praying that we will be in God’s will.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

the other night we were out by the Platte River, to look at the birds, and it was just beautiful. :)




The texture of the river always fascinates me…




Well that went quickly! {music monday}


We have had a busy month or so working on projects. Not just here, but my family’s. Plus being sick. And well time slipped away from me really fast!

So. I got my living room/dining room painted! I have no pictures of it yet, other than what is on instagram. I haven’t really fiddled with my camera a lot lately, and  then I’m still trying to get over whatever this current round of sickness is. I. AM.TIRED.OF.COUGHING.



There have been some exciting and scary changes around here too. I don’t recall if I ever told you how God given this job was? It was. It was a miracle straight from the Lord in every way possible. We have found ourselves in a strange place over the last few weeks.

My husband’s supervisor left, which means he now has that job. And they might also be selling the company. So we are in the middle of a weird flux, and just sitting here in the waiting room. God has us here a lot lately. I am putting the worry off though, because honestly? I have no clue which part to worry about. There is a lot that I really can’t talk about here…so I am just letting God have it right now. I don’t think I can carry that weight around. At this moment in time I am having to just trust God’s Grace to get us through this weird patch. And that has taken me a lot of stumbling through the years to get to this point. He is already victorious over this. I have no need to fear, worry, or fret. I just need to rest in the knowledge that He is in control. He won’t lead us where we are not supposed to be.

mkoehn_2015_2 In other news…. Alyson’s birthday present is almost completed! Brad and I build her a bookshelf that looks like the Tardis from Doctor Who.

It still needs the back painted and put on, but it is almost there. We have had several projects going that have been getting redone or rethought out. So there isn’t much to show you right now. We are going to be making some changes to our living room soon in the form of furniture, so hopefully that comes together quicker than the curtains are! haha I was planning on making cornices to hang over our vertical blinds because those things extend so far out, but I decided nay on that, and we are working out the details on something else.

This weekend we put new side mirrors on the car, replaced the windshield wiper motor, and put in two new radios(one in our car and one in my sister’s pickup) Yesterday was also Mr. Koehn’s birthday! So we kept him busy so he wouldn’t think about how old and decrepit he is getting! ;)

Also: Favorite version of this song. EVER. Her voice is beautiful.

PeeWee Herman Quotes

Y’all remember PeeWee’s Big Adventure? Yeah, well I’m not ashamed to admit that I loved it. Watched it over and over. And every time it got to the Large Marge part I covered my eyes. Because I know you are, but what am I?

My sister and her family recently bought a house, and she watched PeeWee and realized that she loves it. It’s amazing the difference the 10, 12, 14  years between my sisters and I are, sometimes I forget that we didn’t grow up watching the same things. Or that they were too little to remember the things that I watched on a loop at their ages a long time ago…

So because I owe her a housewarming present, I made her these. ;) I painted two clip boards and they look adorable. Now I just need to go grab a few things to round out the gift and get it delivered to her. :) And hug my little nephew Z of course.

Links to download under each sample. :)


Dropbox / Drive


Dropbox / Drive

And just for fun, here are the spots in the movie these quotes come from.

“stained glass” hearts



I’m late to this here Valentine’s Day party. Actually We’ve had these up about a week, but I am only getting around to sharing them now. Why? Because I’m lazy. There are days it is too much work to have to pull photos from the camera, to the external hard drive, then copy and edit them. Plus the actual post… so yeah #lazy.

The kids were bored one day and I knew we only had glue, tissue paper, and construction paper. My main objective was to keep them busy for awhile and away from electronic devices.

So here ya go, if ya want to make these with your kids they are super simple, and hardly any mess. Unless y’all have kids who think glue is amazing fun (i’m looking at you Nephew C. lol) I’m already thinking ahead to other holidays and months where we just need a smidgen of decorations, I think they would be cute in different shapes., i.e St. Patty’s Day, Easter, May, 4th of July, etc…


  • construction paper
  • tissue paper that you have torn into varying sized pieces
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • thread
  • foil or wax paper (as a work station)

Step 1:

Cut out your hearts(or whatever shapes you are going with)

We cut out two pieces together that way our hearts were the same size, then cut out the middle in the shape of a heart.
Step 2:

Grab your glue and your tissue paper pieces and let them go crazy.v_day2015craft_4





Step 3:

Glue the “front” of the heart on to help hide the edges. v_day2015craft_3

Step 4:

Let dry for several hours or overnight depending on the amount of glue your little people used. trim up the edges, punch a hole in the top and hang with thread.





Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! =)

Where I am today….

I hate silence. I get uncomfortable in complete silence. I need music or background noise. My ears feel weird when there isn’t sound. I’m not sure what this says about myself. It’s probably the reason I have trouble hearing God. Or that could be the anger I’ve been holding onto since this summer.



Isaiah 46:9  (NKJV)

 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,



Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.





Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),





Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV)

 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.




So where I am today is holding on to God’s grace by a string. Things seem to pile up around here quickly. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I feel blessed. Sometimes I just want to scream. And cry. And curl into the fetal position and never move again so that the wounds can’t hurt. Sometimes I want to laugh because things can’t get more ridiculous than they are around here.

And sometimes I want to take a nap…..like today, mainly because Aly and I just scooped the driveway this morning, and there was a lot, and there is more on the way tonight. Yeehaw. No really I am excited. But my back is not. ;)

jan2015_4 P.S. all of these were taken right before the snow storm. It was dry around here after the beautiful weather we had, so this snow is a HUGE blessing!(Thanks Lord!)