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remodel, restore, or renovate – all for ruslan

new creations

My husband met Steve Tuttle of New Creations early last summer and in no time at all, we went from this:

before basement

To this:

after basement

Talk about a transformation! We were so impressed with the work (the entire process FAR SURPASSING the experience we had building our home) that we also hired Mr. Tuttle to fix both our attic (an insulation problem) and yard (drainage issues).

And he’ll be back this spring to build us a deck.  (We are huge fans, in case you couldn’t tell.)  What I haven’t shared yet about “Mr. Puddle” [as my 3-year old nephew refers to him] is that his family is working to give this beautiful boy a home.

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Specifically, their home.  Ruslan (his chosen name, Kristian) lives in an orphanage in the Ukraine.  During a recent visit to Minnesota, the Tuttles fell in love with him.

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And looking at this sweet face it is very easy to see how that happened!  You can follow the Tuttles’ adoption journey by clicking HERE.  (Be sure to read through posts from the beginning of their story via the Blog Archive on the right-hand side of the page.  You will be moved to tears by the love and determination to bring their son home.)

Not only can you support the Tuttles by making a donation to help defray adoption costs by clicking HERE, every single job [no matter how large or small] for New Creations will help support this endeavor as well.  (If you would like to see more of their work in our home, just click HERE.)  Knowing that our home improvement projects help support the Tuttles in this adoption process is all the more reason we are honored doing business with New Creations.  (If you are interested in contacting Mr. Tuttle for a project of your own, click HERE.)

**ONE MORE THING**  It is so very cool how God carefully orchestrates even the smallest of details.  Be sure to read Mr. Tuttle’s latest blog post HERE, which includes a link to THIS local news story.  Simply amazing.

steve tuttle - February 22, 2012 - 10:14 am

Tina,

I am touched and really moved by this. I hope that God will use this information for His glorious purpose. Thank you for your support and your time in spreading the word about our mission.

Steve

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one two of my favorite ways to get lost

1. Wandering through a mall or bookstore or gift shop for the sole purpose of exploring. I especially love doing this with my family.

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2. Soaking up every blog interview, how-to article, and image in THIS magazine.

artful blogging

A dreamy escape.

How about you? What is your favorite way to lose time?

Tony - February 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Wandering music stores looking at all the things I can’t afford to buy!

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hugs & kisses | i heart faces photo challenge

lovinsCapturing a couple moment like the one above is an important part of every family session I photograph. In the busy-ness of family, it’s all too easy to take for granted the love that started it all.

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Rachel Eddins - February 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Great shot! It definitely has a candid feel to it. Love the b&w processing, too!

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cruising along

cool car

I have been so busy cruising along I forgot to officially mention that the 2012 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat is full. Our next retreat will take place November 29-December 2, 2012. Registration for the 2012 Winter Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat will open September 1, 2012 (a $50 non-refundable fee will hold your spot until full payment is due October 22, 2012). If you have any questions, let me know!

Crystal Satnik - February 20, 2012 - 8:26 pm

I can’t wait for the retreat! It’s gonna be so fun!!!! :)

Tina - February 21, 2012 - 11:05 am

Me neither, Crystal! I have a special gift for both you & Kelli… a way-late thank you gift for sharing your favorite thing about our retreats. It will be waiting for you there! :)

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inspiring on so many levels

beautiful book

I came across this book several weeks ago and instantly fell in love.

Me Ra Koh

Me Ra’s natural style and attention to detail grabbed me from the start. I finally sat down to soak up the goodness and did just that in a matter of hours.

But it left me thirsty for more.

I set out to find her website and joyfully discovered that Me Ra is coming to the Twin Cities in April!!! Information about her workshop is HERE and yes, I AM ATTENDING.  (You can learn more about Me Ra Koh’s inspiring story by clicking HERE.)  While I am very excited to be going, it does pose a conflict with our April Faithbooking Crop. (As I shared with you in an earlier post, March and May have already been cancelled.)  So at this point, it looks as if our next monthly faithbooking crop will not take place until June.

Yes, a very loooong ways away.

I have been praying about the direction of our monthly crops – many have asked for the return of our 12-hour crops but Hosanna! is unable to accommodate us at this time.  Though my heart is leaning towards hosting quarterly 12-hour crops instead of the monthly 9-3 format, I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the topic and will be posting an online survey in the near future.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy Me Ra Koh’s work and are moved by her story.  (Be sure to check out her blog for some great photography tips as well!)

Jodie McLagan - February 22, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Hi Tina,
I really miss the 12 hour crops. I know…also haven’t been able to be at the regular 9-3 ones either. The quarterly 12-hr crops would give more flexibility…I feel I can come in later or leave earlier and still get something accomplished. Perhaps easier for you? We have a party room in our apartment building and the thought occured to me — maybe someone in an aptmt has a nice, large party room that could be used if the church isn’t available? Just a thought. Our rm is smaller, but, it could be available. Also, the workshop you’re going to looks amazing! I went to her website and read her story – WOW! Enjoy your time there.
Blessings! ~Jodie

Tina - February 24, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Thanks for your feedback, Jodie! We have two big issues when it comes to cropping space – rectangular tables and adequate lighting. We need a place that will provide both. If we need a new location, I have the feeling another church would be our best option – especially if we move to a quarterly format. With fewer crops and longer days, attendance would be higher (we hovered around 40-50 at our previous 12-hour events). I’m going to first survey the masses to see how everyone feels before making any type of move. I’ll keep you posted!

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