We have a really BIG announcement!
SO BIG that it encompasses all 3 of our blog themes- Life, Love, and Home Repair!
What is it already?! :)
Josh and I are very pleased to announce that our good friends, Ben and Emily, along with their baby, David and dog, Winston, will be moving in with us! :) *
Ben, Emily, and David :)
Ben, Emily, and David are longtime family friends. Josh and Ben have been friends since high school and Ben has been a large part of Josh’s growth as a Christian.
Ben just finished his Master of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He’s an amazing artist. Here is a piece he made us as a wedding gift!
Painting by Ben !
Ben likes to cook, listen to NPR, fix bikes, play with his son, and eat beans.. among other things. He’s a jokester and is rarely serious (but can be serious, when necessary!).
Ben dressed up for our wedding rehersal
Emily recently finished her Master of Social work and enjoys serving others. She’s a full-time mom to David Reed (7months) and is amazing at it! She enjoys sewing and crafting, is into natural baby care and diapering, and is a general delight to be around.
Emily with her In-laws in 2009
We are beyond excited to be sharing life with them. It will be a great adventure- full of awesome moments and a lot of learning experiences. :)
Having a whole other family means that Josh and I have been in overdrive trying to make our house currently set up for 2 into a home for 5 (plus 2 cats and 1 dog).
Some of the things have been embarrassingly simple and perhaps things we should have done over a year ago when we moved in.. like.. getting curtains for 2 of the bedrooms. :P
Curtians in David's Room! Clouds!
Curtians in B&E's room! With sunburst grommets!
Other things are simple logistics, like, how are we going to share a kitchen and pantry space?! Luckily (for us!), Ben and Emily are packing away most of their kitchen items so we don’t have to do a MAJOR kitchen overhaul. We just need to be sure everyone has a place to keep their food items. This sounds simple, but I’m the person who sees a good deal and buys 10 of something, so condensing down our food supply (that could rival any fall out shelter) was difficult. Here’s what we ended with (be impressed):
Pantry Made for 2
Cupboard Made for 2
Other home repairs that have been made are also logistical. One that I won’t be showing you a picture of is Josh’s overhaul of our closet. Before Ben and Emily were going to be moving in, we had our clothes in multiple closets.. but gone are those spacious days. Josh used a Rubbermaid system and totally overhauled our closet into an amazing clothing keeper. Amazing.
Josh has been spending a lot of time in the attic during this transition, no he’s not hiding. :) One thing he did was install a light in our pimped out closet. He also installed a ceiling fan in Ben and Emily’s room and a venting fan in the bathroom. The ceiling fan was a piece of cake compared to the venting fan- he had to cut a big hole in the house, in the bathroom, and he did all this in 90 degree weather! Roasty, toasty.
Fan for 5
We’re working hard to make space, spruce things up, condense our belongings, and make a welcoming space for them. They will arrive with their U-Haul tomorrow (May 31st!)! It’s going to be great growing and sharing life with them.
Come on over anytime and introduce yourselves to them! I know they’d be more than happy to meet more friendly Ann Arbor faces. :)
Sweet Cowan Family
Silly Cowans :)
* Sorry to those of you who thought it was baby news. :) It kind of is baby news.. we’re getting a baby.. but his parents are coming too. :) <3