house of bliss tour

*edit: to see what our house looked like when we bought it, click HERE & HERE for an update! 

Hello everyone!

It has been a minute or two since my last blog post. I know I always say this, but it really has been a crazy couple of months! I’m figuring out that once you have a child, your life slides into the fast lane & it doesn’t seem like you ever get to slide back over. Honestly, I’m good with that! Boredom does not suit me well.

My mom asked me last weekend, “Does Kyle think I’m crazy?”

“Uh… yeah.” I said with no hesitation.

“Ha! Ok!” She laughed.

The truth is, most people would think she’s crazy. The ideas she gets into her head are pretty intense & the general population wouldn’t be able to pull them off. Somehow, she makes it work!

Every so often, while one of the kiddos has an activity, she comes over to my house to help finish up little projects. A few weeks ago, she brought over some planters and decided that our front door and the trim needed to be painted white to try and spruce up the outside of our place. At this point, the inside of our house was beautiful, but the outside did NOT match. Like, at all.
Kyle and I had been trying to find siding that matched ours in order to replace a few spots that had rotted out. Of course, the siding we needed is no long manufactured & it made me sick to my stomach to think about having to redo all the siding, when only the bottom row was in bad condition.

So, while my mom was painting the front door she decided that we could totally pull off a cheaper makeover and do it in one weekend. The next morning, we picked out paint colors and all my siblings came over to get to work! The weather was perfect & we got it done!

My dad was able to fix the rotten siding by piecing together some other siding to match.


Since the inside & the outside is almost 100% finished, (and it’s as clean as it’s been in… forever) I figured it was the perfect time for a house tour blog!


My dad took a bunch of lumber scraps we had laying in the garage from when we built our custom closets, and trimmed out our front door. I love it!
He also made these brackets for the new cedar beams.


We didn’t re-mud this bathroom because in a few years we are planning on ripping up the tile (it’s got lots of problems going on) and there was a security light here. Instead of patching it up we found this cute light at Walmart for $4.97!


Our closet is obviously not finished. There is still a sprinkler system in the corner so we put together a temporary closet until it’s done.


This was the first custom shelving project my mom and I did together! We probably could have chosen an easier project to start with, but it ended up working perfectly. Now, we just need Kyle to install the doors!


Our temporary storage room/soon-to-be guest room.


My office and my second favorite room in the whole house!


Someone wrote this advice card at our wedding & I loved it so much I had to frame it.
And now it’s time for my favorite room in the whole house! We’re still working on the finishing touches, but it’s coming together beautifully.


Thanks for touring our place! We are so proud of it & extremely thankful to both of our families for all of their help. There’s no way we could have done this without you!


christmas card + house update


This year, I was totally planning on making and sending out an adorable Christmas card AND a letter. As it got closer to Christmas, I switched that to just an adorable Christmas card. Now, two days post-Christmas, I’m quickly uploading a combination Christmas card blog & house update blog!

I think that’s called something like “mom-life”.

Anyway, 2016 has been an AMAZING and very full year for us. As most of you who have been following this blog know, in September of 2015 we decided that we were both quitting our full-time jobs (Kyle – CDC Electric: Glynne – Robotzone) and moving to Trenton, Georgia, for 3 1/2 months so Kyle could attend Southeast Lineman Training Center. Linework has always been his dream career and we both just felt that God was telling us to take this leap of faith. I won’t write too much about our experience there since I’ve written all about it in previous posts, but it was amazing. Not only did Kyle get a great education, but we grew in our relationship with each other as well & made life long friends along the way.

Once Kyle graduated and we moved back to Winfield, we let our families know that I was pregnant! While we waited to find out where Kyle would be full-time, we moved back in with my awesome grandparents. Eventually, Kyle decided to accept a job at the City of Winfield, so we started house hunting. It took FOREVER to find a house that would work for us, but we finally did! We hoped that we could get it renovated and ready to live in by Christmas, but closing took an extra 2 weeks longer than they expected (WHY???) and our flooring has been out of stock much longer than we were originally told. All in all, we still aren’t moved in and probably won’t be until the middle of January at least. I’m so thankful we have a place to stay until then, but am definitely ready to live in my beautiful home!

Overall, 2016 has treated us well. Kyle began a new career, I went full-time with photography, we bought a house and are making it into our “dream” home, & we have an incredibly precious baby boy. So blessed!

Here are some photos of the progress that’s been made on the house so far!

Here’s a quick overview of what’s happened so far:

  • Tore out all the nasty carpeting. That was quite the job. The people who built the house installed indoor/outdoor carpet directly onto the concrete with glue. To get the carpet up, we had to cut it into 6 inch strips and then pull them up (usually with two people having to pull – that glue was STRONG) with pliers. After that, Kyle went over the whole floor with a scraper to get up every single bit of glue. We still haven’t finished the entire house. The guest room and my office are the only rooms left!


  • The closet in the guest room was taken out and opened up into the kitchen to create a bigger space for a dinette area in the kitchen. All the kitchen walls are finished and painted (Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams) and the cabinets are almost all installed. The only things left are filler panels, under cabinet lighting, and the crown moulding around the top and bottoms.


  • The master bathroom has a brand new toilet! I was way too excited about this.


  • Carson’s room and the master bedroom are newly textured and painted.


  • The guest bathroom, living room, and hallways are textured and ready for paint next weekend!


  • The vanities are painted and the hardware is installed.


I’m sure that more has happened, but I’m losing track! My next update on the house will be when it’s completed and we are moved in.

I. Can’t. Wait. It’s going to be beautiful!


house of bliss

This is a blog I’ve been dying to write for months now! We’re finally home-owners!

I should start at the beginning though…

The search for a house has been a long one. We looked at every single place in Winfield within our budget for about 2 months with no luck. Finding a home we thought may work was difficult enough, but we just couldn’t pull the trigger and buy a house we didn’t love – or at least see the potential in. Whenever we saw a house that we liked, there were usually huge foundation or mold problems. After a few weeks of hunting, I was starting to feel hopeless that we’d find something in our budget that we knew we could make money on when we eventually sell it. I was ready to just go ahead and buy the next house that was ok, but Kyle told me that we needed to wait for the house that we felt a peace about – and he was right!

A house in a great neighborhood came on the market in our budget, so we immediately made an appointment to see it. It didn’t have great curb appeal, and the inside was terrifying. It was so covered in disgusting food remains and dead bugs, that we didn’t want to touch anything. I wasn’t sure about it, but my mom said, “Glynne. I think this is it. This is your house.”

The house was actually a CCL home (for disabled patients) so the hallways and doorways are pretty wide – which we love – but let me tell you, it was hard to look past the dirtiness to see the potential. After thinking about it for a few hours, Kyle and I agreed to put in an offer. Unfortunately, other people saw the potential as well and we got caught in a bidding war with 3 other buyers. Needless to say, it was a tense week or two as we waited to hear if we had gotten it, but eventually we got the good news!

They said we’d close 2 weeks after the offer was accepted, so we started planning out our renovation. The house needed a lot of work, a new kitchen, re-finished walls & ceilings, flooring, lighting, etc. And that doesn’t even include all the work on the exterior. So, the weekend after we found out our offer had been accepted, Kyle, my mom, and I took a day trip to the Kansas City Ikea to order our kitchen.

The weeks went on and the paperwork was endless. Our expected closing date came and went and the paperwork continued. I started to think that we’d never actually close and get to start working. But this Thursday (November 10th), we finally signed the papers and house was ours!

That evening we went over and started to prep the house for Kyle’s dad to come in and do his thing to the walls and ceiling. It was so gratifying to see all that yuckiness disappear!


Right door houses the water heater and the left door is the pantry.
Possibly the nastiest popcorn ceiling I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see that go!
Unknown substances coated this house. Bugs and all sorts of horrible things were everywhere. 
The white door leads to the 2 car garage, the room on the right is the master, and the room on the left is Carson’s.
My mom found a $50 vanity that fits perfectly in this space in the master bathroom.
Replacing all the toilets and taking down all the “hospital” equipment!


I am NOT a fan of the strange pinkish tile, but we love the giant walk-in shower!
Laundry room/closet.
Guest bath, my office on the right, and the guest room/Kyle’s hunting room on the left.


LOTS of work to be done!


The master bedroom.
My office.
Guest room/hunting room.
Prepping for new mud on the walls!


We’ve got lots of plans for this place, and I am so thrilled with how much better it looks already! Kyle and I are so blessed to have such amazing (and skilled) family members who are willing to put so much time and effort into helping us. Our goal is to move in before Christmas, and if things go as smoothly as they have been that’s a good possibility!

Can’t wait to share more photos as we make progress!

welcome to the world

As most of you probably know, Carson Ray Bliss made his big appearance on October 21st at 4:30 in the morning! It was quite the experience and not at all what I had pictured… but in the end all that matters is that we are both healthy and doing great.

For the past 2 months, my midwife had been keeping a close eye on my blood pressure which had been continuing to rise at every appointment. Every other week or so, I was having to do tests for pre-eclampsia and finally at my 39 week appointment when my blood pressure was higher than ever, she decided it was time to go ahead and induce before it became dangerous for us both. So, I gave Kyle a call and a few hours later we were heading to the hospital!

We got there at 5:15 in the evening, and they started me on cervidil to try and get things a little closer to being ready for labor. I was having steady contractions on my own, but wasn’t dilated much at all. The next morning, they woke me up at 5 am and let me take a bath before starting me on pitocin. The contractions started kicking in pretty quickly, but I stayed dilated at a 2 – 3 cm for a looooooong time. After hours and hours of contractions, I begged for them to let me have an epidural at around 9 pm even though I wasn’t at the standard 5 cm.

Holy. Cow. I knew that contractions were painful, but I have a brand new appreciation for women who have their children naturally. When I was thinking about my labor plan, I knew I wanted to wait until I was in enough pain that the thought of a giant needle in my spine wouldn’t bother me at all, and boy was I there! Actually, I was at that point a couple of hours before I got the epidural. I can’t really remember, but I think I told my nurse that I didn’t care anymore and that I needed the epidural before I started throwing up or passing out. I had been hoping I’d be that tough person that labors silently, but let me tell you, I was SOBBING with every contraction for the last couple of hours. Poor Kyle’s face… I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.

After I got the epidural, my body was able to relax and I fell asleep for a while. They woke me up around midnight or so to check me and I was already at a 6! A few hours later at 2 am, they checked me again and said I was ready to go. Two and a half hours later (at 4:30 am) we had our little boy!

Overall, it was quite the experience. I was so thankful that I had such great nurses and a midwife that took amazing care of us. And, of course, Kyle was the best. He was by my side the whole time and when things started getting rough he did what he could to make me comfortable and let me squeeze the crud out of his hands.

Carson has made up for his difficult delivery by being the sweetest, easiest baby ever! At a little over a week old, he’s already sleeping 4 to 5 hour stretches at night and almost never cries unless he’s hungry. We are so in love with him. I already can’t imagine my life without him and just want to snuggle him all day every day!

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

the end is in sight

Like I’ve said in previous posts, pregnancy has been much easier than I expected. Granted, there were a few weeks in the first trimester where I was pretty sick feeling and could only tolerate Goldfish crackers, but overall it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I was expecting! But, now that I’ve gotten down to the last few weeks (less than 5!), things have definitely gotten… uncomfortable. Here are a few things that are starting to make me very excited to hear the words, “Yep. You’re in labor!”

  • I am legitimately huge. HUGE.
  • Because I’m so huge, I smack my stomach on things all the time. I know that the baby probably doesn’t even notice, but I still feel a little bad about it.
    Sorry, Baby B! I’m trying my best.
  • I was stubbornly refusing help when it comes to things like putting socks/shoes/pants on, but lately… There’s not really another option. The way I would have to contort myself in order to get my hands near my feet is just not worth the independence. I didn’t realize that this stage of pregnancy makes you nearly incapable of dressing yourself.
  • Now that Baby B has dropped, the waddle is starting to emerge. I’m fighting it with all that is in me… but I have a feeling it’s in vain. Sooner, rather than later, I will be waddling full-force. It will be so graceful, I’m sure.
  • Speaking of gracefulness, trying to get up from any sort of seated position is growing increasingly difficult. It’s like every single core muscle I had is no longer working. At all.
  • I had been told that at some point, every part of your body will ache. Somehow, I thought that I wouldn’t get to that point (wishful thinking, I know) but that point has arrived. My hips, back, neck, shoulders, & legs are all constantly aching. There is almost no comfortable position to sit or lay in anymore.
  • I’ve almost forgotten what my hands, feet, and legs look like when they aren’t severely swollen. A few days ago, I tried to put on my Sperry’s and found that I couldn’t squeeze my feet in at all – even after completely loosening the ties. There are about 2 pairs of shoes (besides flip flops) that still mostly fit. Another lovely side effect of swelling, is that my feet are painful to walk on and the joints in my hands are what I imagine arthritic joints feel like.
  • Being constantly out of breath is something I’ve gotten used to. Now that the baby has dropped, I can definitely breathe easier than before, but walking up the stairs and even folding clothes makes me feel like I need to lay down in order to stop gasping for air.
  • Trying to climb into Kyle’s truck is a new level of difficult. Sometimes he helps heave me in, but that’s embarrassing in public areas.

Most of this list are negatives about being so pregnant, but there are some positives!

  • People are really nice to huge pregnant people!
  • Husbands are also very nice to huge pregnant people! Kyle does the caretaker role very well – Thank you, Kyle! You’re the best!
  • I don’t have to feel guilty about buying a few new pieces of clothing – there are only so many things that fit!
  • The closer I get to delivery, the more I appreciate quality time with Kyle. Our relationship has flourished since we found out I was pregnant and although I know parenting will challenge that on occasion, I’m hoping that having such a great start will help in the long run when the lack of sleep starts to set in.
  • Also, the closer I get to delivery, the more I start to appreciate things like naps, and long showers.

Overall, being pregnant still isn’t quite as bad as I had pictured – even at this stage, but that doesn’t mean I’m not ready for it to be over! Besides being ready for my body to return to normal (although I know that won’t happen for quite a while), I’m ready to meet my baby boy!

In all honesty, it still seems so crazy to see those words. I’ve only got a few weeks left before I’m officially on “mom-duty”.

How is this real life??

house-hunting & baby showers

It’s time for another update!

Last time I wrote, I told you that we still hadn’t heard from his boss in El Dorado about whether or not he would offered a full-time position there. In the meantime, he applied at the City of Winfield, and ended up being offered a job only a day after the interview. We were thrilled with the deal they gave him, and he accepted! He’s been working there for several weeks now and is really loving the amount of learning he’ll be able to accomplish.

Due to all the rain north of us, the fairgrounds were flooded pretty badly the day after Land Rush for the Walnut Valley Festival. Kyle was out late working on moving electrical boxes with the crew!
The waters were rising so quickly, that some campers were already in the water before they got notice to evacuate.

Since we know where we will be permanently, we have started some intense house-hunting. Kyle took a week off between jobs and we spent most of that time looking at EVERY SINGLE HOUSE in Winfield that was between 30k – 120k. Unfortunately, most of the homes we saw had some serious issues (apparently finding a house with a solid foundation is much more difficult than we anticipated), and we just don’t have the time or desire to completely renovate a house before moving in.

We started off with what I thought was a pretty decent list of requirements –

  • 2 bedrooms/ 1-2 bathrooms
  • extra room for my office
  • solid foundation
  • new roof
  • good neighborhood for eventual resale
  • over 1200 square feet
  • new windows
  • decent utilities
  • decent kitchen
  • fenced yard
  • garage/shed for Kyle’s mowersBasically, we wanted something pretty much move-in ready and that wouldn’t require a lot of work. It wasn’t long into looking that we realized our expectations were WAY off for the market at the moment.

Our new list looks more like this –

  • 2 bedrooms/1-2 bathrooms
  • good foundation
  • good roof
  • decent neighborhood for resale
  • decent windows
  • decent utilities
  • hopefully more than 1000 square feet
  • a “do-able” kitchen
  • a spot for an eventual garage/shed for Kyle

In the beginning, I would go into every house with high hopes, only to have them crushed when Kyle or my dad came up from the basement and said that the foundation was in bad shape, or when we walked around a house and could literally SEE all the floors tilting one way or another. (Also, photos on real estate websites can make almost any house look ok, so that’s always disappointing!)

Now, I’m learning that we might have to stay at my grandparents longer than we planned (we are so thankful they are ok with that!) because neither Kyle or I want to rush into buying a house and realizing it’s just a huge money pit. We are trusting that God will bring a house on the market that will work for us and won’t give us a sick feeling in our stomach when we consider putting in an offer.

One blessing is that with all this rain, we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of which houses have leaking basements! My ability to find silver linings has definitely increased. Really though, I’m so thankful to have Kyle with me through this. I fight the urges all these pregnancy hormones give me, but sometimes they win. On those days, he’s always there to encourage me and to say that he understands my feelings but that both of us know the best thing is to wait until we feel peace about a house. His upbeat attitude is the best.

This situation can be pretty stressful, but we are both choosing to let it bring us closer instead of pulling us apart. So far it’s working! We’ll see how things go when deer season swings into full effect. 😉

baby shower #1

On Sunday, my sisters & mom threw Baby B’s first shower! Every thing was so adorable. Emma made almost all the decorations by hand and she, Ally, and Kate spent hours setting up at Grandma’s house. Baby B is lucky to have aunts that love him so much already!

Big thanks also to our family & friends who came and showered us with so many wonderful gifts! Kyle and I had a blast sorting through everything & it definitely is making things feel more “real”. Only 45 days until the due date!


what month is it again?

Holy cow! I have done a horrible job at keeping this updated. Honestly, for a while I forgot it even existed. So many things are happening right now that trying to get caught up with a fully written blog would take FOREVER so I’m just going to bullet point the main points of the summer instead.

  •  It’s now August, and we still haven’t heard anything about whether or not Kyle will be offered a full-time position in El Dorado (long story short; we found out after he was hired that he would be competing with a few other summer interns for the position). Luckily, he has another interview lined up, so we will see how everything plays out!
  • I am now officially in the third trimester and can’t believe how quickly it’s all gone! Everyone keeps asking me how excited I am (and of course I am)… but I also think I know WAY too much about babies and the amount of work they are. (The curse of being the oldest of nine children.) I’m so glad I still have 11 weeks until “little man” joins us!
  • Oh, did I not let you all know that we found out it’s a boy? It’s a boy! Woot woot!
  • Until we find out where we’re going to be moving for Kyle’s job, we are still staying with my amazing grandparents in Winfield. They are awesome & I’m not sure I remember how to cook all my own meals.
  • While Kyle works, I spend all day working on weddings, which I’m still shooting almost every weekend! So thankful for all the brides who booked me. They have been the absolute best & I can’t wait for all my 2017 weddings!

Well, that’s about all the updates I can think of at the moment! Hopefully the next post will have some more information about where we will be permanently, and maybe even some photos of a house!

We’re really good at pictures.