My name is Kelli and I am a wife and mother of 3. I have two beautiful girls here on earth and 1 precious baby boy, Elijah, in heaven with Jesus. I lost Elijah in February of 2009 to a disease called PUV. It was the most difficult time of my life thus far. I blogged the journey of being pregnant with Elijah to keep family and friends updated on what was going on. If you are interested in seeing that blog you can do that here. As soon as my body had recovered from the C-Section, I decided it would be a great idea to strip my entire home of its decor and start over. I am talking bedding, curtains, pillows, lamps, EVERYTHING, except for major furniture pieces. I just wanted something to do to get my mind of the pain I was in. Looking back, that was not such a brilliant idea. Here I am, in 2012, and I am still not done! It costs money to do those things! One room at a time would have been the better option. Oh well…you live and learn. Without money to completely redecorate I began to revert back to my old job that I had about 10 years ago, painting and selling furniture. I rented a booth and began using the money to pay for new home decor as well as refurbishing some of the pieces for myself. This time of healing was the most precious time that I had with the Lord. It was just He and I, in the basement of my home as I painted, praying and hashing out the normal “why me” questions with God. Although I didn’t understand why, my heart came to a place of complete trust that He knew what He was doing. It’s not my job to understand but it is my job to trust in the one who created me. As I sanded, glued and painted these broken pieces of furniture, the Lord began to whisper to me, “See, my child, this is what I am doing in your heart and in the heart of your family. I am mending your broken heart, binding up your wounds and RESTORING you. I am restoring your HEART and your HOME. I have come so that you may have life and have it abundantly.” This brings me to complete tears, right now as I write these words because it is so true. Today, in 2012 we are fully restored. Although we may not see all of the answers on this side of Heaven, the Lord has slowly revealed to us a few of the answers to our “why” questions. We can see, without a doubt, God’s unmeasurable grace and mercy. This blog, Restore Interiors, was born out of this process, in honor of my Lord and Savior who brought me out of Egypt and into the Promise Land.
For anyone who has ever lost a loved one, especially to an illness that caused disability, I leave you with the verse that brought me so much comfort.
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
The one word that describes this verse for me is, Mercy.
Somewhere along the way I fell in love with blogging and photography. What started out as being just a place to show off my latest makeovers in hopes that someone may want to take one home, I realized that my heart is in this blog and I would like to see it create a full-time income. I post 3-5 times a week, focusing on paint techniques and decorating , and keeping you in the loop about new products that will make your DIY projects a little easier. You will also find me throwing a little bit of “real life” in. I love to share some of my everyday experiences about raising my family, my adventures in motherhood and things I have learned about parenting, being a wife and keeping a house.
On the retail side of this business, I sell my “Restored” furniture, antique finds, and coming soon, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line, at Homewood Antiques and Marketplace in Birmingham, Alabama.
I hope to add freelance writer to my resume in the future.
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