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Hello, my friends and readers! I have missed you these last few weeks. I think about you all way more often than I write and keep up on here now. But, I promise to come out of hibernation at times and keep you in the loop on what’s going on in the Hoover household here!

My BIGGEST news, of course, is my Beloved husband has finally returned from his tour in Afghanistan. Finally! We are ALL relieved and way more at peace now. He flew home Sunday and had a great welcoming home from my family! My sister wrote a wonderful tribute HERE on her blog. (Thanks, Amy!)

So, what did I get done & completed before Steven made it home this week?…..

I got some closet cleaning done:

I finished the pink and green dress on the right (but this is the “before” picture):
I made Nathan a pair of Pocket Treasure Pants from Sewing for Boys (from the library):

… and just look at how much longer I had to make them than his EASTER pants I sewed for him just a month ago!

I made a baby dress for my friend’s 4th newborn from Rae’s original (free) Itty Bitty Baby Dress pattern: (P.S…..this dress used to be a woman’s skirt. I love to upcycle!)
And I bought some Pebeo Porcelaine markers at Michaels and attempted to make Steven some Wallace and Gromit mugs. The real ones look like THIS. Mine, well, didn’t come out super great, but he did like them.

…and since I’ve hardly been cooking any meals this last year, a 3 week meal plan was created for us all to eat from. Week one almost over, and I already feel that I never leave the kitchen or finish doing dishes. Ha! But, I’m just very thankful and grateful that I have someone to cook for again!
We have already been busy bees here this week with Daddy home. There has been lots of laughing, lots of “getting to know you again” moments, some shopping done, a new, small pool set up in the backyard, grapevine and blueberry bushes planted (by Steven), a grill bought, set-up, and grilled on (by Steven), and a new (but old) tv show series started to view (Farscape) by the both of us. We are very happy and more important, thankful to the Lord for bringing him back home safe! Thank you all for praying for us!!!
Now with 2 crafty Hoovers, and their cute kid, back together again, you know there will be even more crafts and projects going on around here! I’m currently working on making over Nathan’s Baby rocking chair, and Steven is about to create handmade trellises for our backyard! Yea!
Love you all!


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