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The name is Bower.  Katie Bower.  And I married that goodlookin’ studmuffin.  He’s Jeremy.  We are just a couple of young-ish sleep deprived parents to three boys that live outside of Atlanta who decided to write about this crazy adventure called life.  Sounds exciting, right?  Yeah.  It didn’t to us either.

You may be wondering about how we came to be bloggers.  Well, I am a 31 year old former homeschooler who has a love for decor, entertaining, jokes and photography.  Jeremy (who I affectionately call my boyfriend) is a preacher’s kid who can’t get enough power tools, CrossFit, fantasy football, and well, me :)   And after we got hitched, bought a house, and started renovating, a blog seemed like the best way to catalog our transformations and update our family without actually picking up a phone or breaking out the stationary.  Plus it helped me get the millions of thoughts out of my head without yappin’ Jeremy’s ear off.  Along the way, we started adding tidbits of just about everything to this here site…especially when it came to our passions.

Speaking of passions, we would be remiss to leave out our favorite pasttime…raising three little boys named Will and Weston and LJ.  Yeah, we know.  The little one doesn’t have a W name.  Those are a hard act to follow.  And that Will Bower sounds like Will Power.  It could be worse…his name could be Katie Jr.  but we decided to name the kid after his father.  Don’t worry – that would be Jeremy’s first name.  Let’s not get awkward.

Will was added to our crew in April 2010 and he’s a bundle of four year old energy.  His favorite thing in the world is any time he gets to ‘help’ with a project…especially if it can be messy (aka dirt under the fingernails, paint on clothes or walls, etc.).  In November of 2012, Weston joined us and literally is all rough-n-tumble boy and pure joy.  He constantly is getting into mischief, loves to dance and play with Will, and we call him Munchkin (Munchie for short).  Our newest addition is Leonard Judah (we call him LJ) and so far we know that he’s a cuddly little guy who possesses the most kissable lips and puts a big smile on his big brothers’ faces.  That rounds out my house of testosterone.  Yeah…I guess I have enough estrogen to balance things out.  We love knowing that our sons are going to be raised in a home that adores home improvement, eating the other white meat, and television almost as much as we love Jesus.

We are excited to unfold this life and we are thrilled that we can share it with you.  So we invite you to follow along as we catalog our journey in changing our home, having kids, photography, eating artery cloggin’ food and kicking back with friends and family.

For some past glimpses into our lives, here are some ole’ goodies:

Letter to my Boyfriend

Will’s Very Own Page

Wedding Week Intro

Wedding Week Paper Trail

Wedding Week The Bridal Look

Wedding Week It’s Ceremonial!

Wedding Week Confessions of a Reception

Wedding Week FAQ

Wedding Week II – Before the I do’s

Wedding Week II – After the I do’s

Wedding Week II – Q&A with the Bowers (video)

Wedding Week II – The Present Time

Wedding Week II – I’m Trippin

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  1. Sara permalink
    January 31, 2014

    Katie,

    I was shocked when I read your post today that you had to take down the last post. I have been reading your blog everyday (even when I know you aren’t posting). I too found your blog through YHL and have been following since I was studying for the bar exam three years ago! I am an attorney by profession and while I am heald up in court most days I day dream of running my own DIY blog.

    What an amazing life you live! How blessed you are to have such a wonderful family and to have an amazing gift and ability to teach, share, and DIY.

    God has plans for you and your family and I know how isolating it can be to feel like you are the only one who believes but you are sharing God’s grace with your readership. Please do not be discouraged. You are a true inspiration to many of us.

    We love you very much.

    Xoxo,
    S

  2. January 31, 2014

    Katie – like everyone else I just wanted to say how much I love reading your blog. Even if you would totally write that post differently (or not at all after this), doesn’t matter. You were brave enough to share an exciting new chapter in your life with us and it takes a lot of courage to be so open about your life through blogging. You have inspired me in so many ways….to take risks in my own home, to tackle projects myself, to capture those sweet moments with my young kids while they are still little, and to use all the gifts God has given us to bless others. You have a beautiful heart, Katie and so many of us have your family in our thoughts and prayers!

  3. Tresha Terrell permalink
    January 31, 2014

    Just remember, this too shall pass. God bless!

  4. Allison permalink
    February 1, 2014

    Stopping in to say hello and send positive thoughts your way! I love reading your blog, and think you are hilarious, and so sweet! Plus you have literally THE CUTEST boys I’ve seen. Please don’t stop sharing and being who you are. Wishing all of the Bower clan only the very best!!

  5. Lacey Lou permalink
    February 2, 2014

    Hey Katie! I didn’t get to read the original post, but I am a long time reader! We love and support you. Learn, grow, and move on! Keep using the blog for good, God is Good :)

  6. Catherine Ford permalink
    February 3, 2014

    Hi Katie,
    Just a quick message of support after taking down that post ….I love reading your blogs and really hope that you won’t let a few spoil sports take the fun away from you!
    Thinking of you and your family.
    Catherine xxxxx

  7. Katie permalink
    February 3, 2014

    Love you! Love your blog! I’m praying for God’s encouragement for you. As I read those nasty comments I couldn’t help but put myself in your shoes and my feelings were so hurt for you. I hope that you are able to see the truth and somehow ignore the nastiness. I will be continuously praying for your family and your outreach. Thank you for being you!

  8. Anna permalink
    February 3, 2014

    Katie:
    I hope that you get the time to read this message (and the encouraging ones below). I have enjoyed your blog for years, and I love how much I can see your love for Jesus in your posts. It is unfortunate that some people are so quick to attack. Unfortunately, our world is still broken and we will see the affects of that until Jesus comes back. Please know that the people who really know your heart will not be quick to twist your words. Thank you for sharing your heart and family so generously. I am thinking of you as you deal with the pain I know this has caused. I feel that I “know’ you well enough to know that you are heartbroken over the ugliness cause by your well-intentioned post. Be encouraged knowing that He who is in you is clearly seen on this blog. I see it daily.

    “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”
    -2 Cor 4:8-12

  9. Sharon permalink
    February 3, 2014

    Hi Katie!

    As soon as I read about you removing your post due to harsh comments, I immediately went “How do I contact her to let her know how awesome she is?!” I am so happy that other people are saying the same thing!

    I read your post entitled “Huge News!”, and although I don’t follow the comments, I can imagine the things in the post that people were upset at. You stated that this blog is “intended to uplift, encourage, make people laugh and inform people of our journey in life.” and furthermore, you wrote “I failed at that.”

    Katie, you have fulfilled your goal! I try and read your blog every day, and if I miss a day I keep reading until I have read all of the posts I have missed. Your blog is fantastic. My boyfriend and I purchased our first home in April, and seeing you DIY has made me think “ya…I can totally build a shelf!” and even though I purchased pre-built shelves this weekend (still not as cool and crafty as you unfortunately lol), I channeled my inner Katie Bower and installed those shelves and not only are they level, I put stuff on them and they actually stayed on the wall!

    If you are going to remove anything from any post, please remove “I failed at that”. You did not fail and reading that made me legitimately upset. Just because people are over-dramatic and get overly offended at really innocent things does not mean you failed. You innocently said something, and although I don’t personally know you, I am an avid reader of your blog and I know that you did not mean anything bad by what you said, and people need to realize this and should have before comments got out of hand.

    Please keep your head held high, keep blogging your heart out, and re-activate the comments so those lovely people who want to comment on one of your posts are still able to do so.

    Warm regards,
    Sharon

  10. Annaliza R permalink
    February 5, 2014

    Hi Katie,

    I just wanted to send my support after you removed the post. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I love your blog. You rock girl!

  11. Kellie T permalink
    February 6, 2014

    Katie,

    Just wanted to add my support to everyone here! Stay strong, there are lots of people that love you! Don’t let the bad comments out-weigh the good! Grouchy people love to post!

    God Bless!

  12. LibraDesignEye permalink
    February 6, 2014

    Hi sweetie,

    Just another of Sherry and John and bower power regulars here to give you love. And since your sexy boyfriend humor is closer to mine, allow me to empathize with your unfortunate situation. Here’s hoping you know that we get it, we know you inadvertantly stumbled into an area of great sensitivity by some and this too shall pass. Relax, the majority get you and love you. You are allowed mistakes . . . good lord knows we all make em . . just harder when we are pregnant and we get a hailstorm of s#!t raining down on something you wanted to enjoy and have us enjoy with you.

    I know you have shed tears and blubbered prayers over this, but hey . . we are all just so damn human. God doesn’t care, he loves your imperfect, human self even more when you run into the wall.

    You don’t have to publish this one but I’m happy to own it. Wanting to make a home clean and pretty also makes the people inside happier. It is a mom thing – nesting instincts are REAL, CHEMICAL and thank goodness . . .bambinos wouldn’t make it otherwise!!!

    Be at peace. We love you and embrace your sexy boyfriend and beautiful boys. You are okay.

  13. Kate permalink
    February 7, 2014

    I saw this article this morning and thought of you, https://www.yahoo.com/tech/why-are-people-such-jerks-online-75755672876.html.
    I hope things are better! Don’t let the jerks get you down. Happy Friday to one of my favorite bloggers!

  14. Lisa permalink
    February 11, 2014

    I am also a loyal reader and just wanted to add my support as well. I have been reading for a few years now and have always enjoyed your blog. I was sad to see some of the comments being made after that post. Don’t let them get you down, there are plenty of people that enjoy what you write. :)

  15. February 21, 2014

    Hi Katie,
    This might be super crazy and a little creepy, but I just got caught up with your blog after reading your archives! I too found you through YHL, and while working as a receptionist, had time to do some reading at work, so I thought I’d follow along on your adventure. I truly admire how open you are with sharing, you are very brave, and I love reading about everything, your family life and your decor/reno process. I think it’s inspiring to see you tackle things in your home. I often think “I can do that” but I never do. I also appreciate that you share the highs and lows of your journey, it’s so relatable. Life isn’t always roses and we should talk more about it because we are all in it together. So thank you for sharing.

  16. Chris O. permalink
    February 23, 2014

    Hi Katie. I enjoy reading your posts and started following your blog after hearing about you through John and Sherry. I recalled seeing in one of your pictures that you have a white chair with the criss-cross back and was wondering if you got it from Ikea. And if you did, are you happy with it? I’m thinking about ordering them and just wanted to get someone’s opinion. Thanks.

    • February 25, 2014

      The stools from our first house? Those have x-backs and are from ikea and are great! We actually kept them and are planning on using them in the basement when we eventually do the kitchenette down there.
      xo – kb

  17. Andrew Felix permalink
    March 4, 2014

    I hope you are well. I wanted to reach out and see about working with you with Swann Security and getting you a system to test out.

    Thoughts?

    Andrew

  18. Lindsey permalink
    March 6, 2014

    Totally random question for you but, what did you do once Weston weaned himself from breast feeding ? You may have already answered this somewhere in a comment. Just wondering if you pumped or went to formula. Love the blog btw… Total fangirl

    • March 6, 2014

      When he was done nursing, he was 10 and a half months old and had already started solids, so we went to almond milk (which is what he still drinks now).
      xo – kb

  19. March 25, 2014

    Katie! Love your blog! I was looking into installing butcher block counters and i remember your post about your old bathroom…thinking google was sending me in that direction it led me here: http://fashionculture.info/butcherblock-bathroom-countertop-easy-diy-for-house-oh-and-big-glass-jars-for-countertops-etc/

    Not sure if you knew your images were being used!

    xoxo
    Jenn

  20. Liz Nunes permalink
    April 8, 2014

    Hi Katie! I came across your blog when I started obsessively googling pictures and tips on removing paint from brick (just bought our first “money pit” of a house and it has two awful painted/peeling brick chimneys that are letting water in). I’ve been told I need to get the paint off because that’s our problem. The chimneys aren’t breathing?! You mentioned you had a chimney to do besides your foundation and I wondered how that went for you?
    If you can email me [email protected]. I know that project was back in 2009, but any help is welcomed at this point. My first baby is due in 10 weeks so
    I’m trying to get as much fixed as possible.

    • April 9, 2014

      We had the same brick around the base of the house and did the same process all the way around on any stray sprays…it was pretty much the same transformation (maybe a little bit lighter because the front was rather thick). We didn’t do the height of the chimney beyond the foundation line because that was actually covered with siding. Hope this helps!
      xo – kb

  21. April 19, 2014

    Hey Katie !
    I just adore your blog !
    I got a recommendation from another Israeli blogger about you and I would love to offer you a nice cooperation…
    It involves my new social network…

    Let me know if you are interested !!!

    XOXO
    The Shopper, Mey Mey

  22. cindy permalink
    June 15, 2014

    Hi Katie,

    Isn’t it just great that in the Netherlands is sitting someone like….ME… who just adores your blog? I’m a recently single mom who’s just about to move in to a new appartment with my 2 sons ,Beau and Jordy. While trying to make the best out of it , your blog gives me inspiration to create a cool room for my boys and i might even pimp my kitchen in this way as well. Sow keep on blog’n , keep running that family of yours and my best regards from holland. Adios!

    Cindy

    • June 16, 2014

      Aww thank you Cindy. You really don’t know how much I appreciate that!
      xo – kb

  23. Denise Skyrme permalink
    June 29, 2014

    Hi! I found your “how to” paint kitchen cabinets on Pinterest, but it only shows the sanding part…not the painting part. I could not find it on your blog! Help! My husband is about to start this project!

  24. Betz permalink
    July 1, 2014

    Katie,
    I just wanted to say thank you for your site. I don’t even remember how I tripped across your blog, but I have been following you since before Weston was born. I have enjoyed your posts and always look forward to reading the next one. Sometimes life interferes and I get behind, but I always go back and catch up. I love your sense of humor and I look forward to future posts. Thanks, Betz

  25. Denise Ross permalink
    July 20, 2014

    Hi Katie,
    I’m new to following blog, only found it yesterday :) . Just wanted to let you know I’m enjoying reading your posts. Not sure what the “unpostable” was about, but please remember God loves us as we are, messes and all. I ought to know, I mess up royaly constantly, but please remember to keep your head held high, Gods grace is just for us! He looks at our hearts, being more interested in our motives. There will always be nasty commenters out there, after all Satan loves it when he can mess with us. Anyways just wanted to send you Aussie hugs and prayers, keep on keeping you’re doing a wonderful thing here xo

  26. Michele permalink
    July 22, 2014

    I found your kitchen makeover on pinterest while searching for fabric on the interenet. I happen to love the wall color in your before pic…. do you happen to know what it was called?
    thank you!

    • August 8, 2014

      All the paint colors in our house were matched and you can see them all in the sidebar listing that says OUR HOME’s PAINT COLORS
      xo – kb

  27. Jacquie Darnell permalink
    July 25, 2014

    HI Katie
    I recently stumbled across your blog on Pinterest and couldn’t stop reading your post of removing sod to plant your garden. It was so entertaining, I just had to continue to check out your blog site. Evan though I’m older, I’ve always been a DIY’er but most of the time wrong. It’s no wonder I enjoy your blog. It helped me find the humor in all my failures. I feel we have much in common. I’ve always wanted to write but that confidence thing kept getting in my way and oh yeah that life thing…and that work thing. But I’ve succumbed to just letting someone else do the writing and enjoying reading instead. So keep up the good work cause I have a feeling I’m gonna be a hardy follower! Thank you for sharing your talent!
    Jacquie D

    • July 25, 2014

      I’m so glad you wrote me! We must be kindred because we are always wrong!
      xo – kb

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