Homemade Wooden Headboard

So the wife asked me a few months ago to make a DVD shelf. So I did. Next she started showing me headboards on Pinterest and wanted me to get cracking. So I started collecting pieces of pallets and tried to figure out the best way I knew how to construct a headboard for the wife!

Here is the journey I went on in this woodworking endeavor…

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they'd fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they’d fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation.  Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation. Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I've never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I’ve never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

Thanks for checking this out. I’m looking forward to sharing my next woodworking adventure with you all!

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Could’ve Been Four

It has been a week now.  A week since my wife and I miscarried again.

About a month now got pretty excited when after 3 months of “not trying to prevent ourselves from getting pregnant” we received a positive sign on a little plastic prego test.  Tiffany soon began to feel tired, slightly nauseous, and had that general “discomfort” feeling in her abdomen that moms usually do when things start rearranging down there.

Then about 2 weeks ago now she began to start spotting.  And as the days went on the spotting increased, and last Friday night is when she whispered to me during a dinner party at our place that she just miscarried.  My heart sank.  There isn’t anything you as a husband can really do at that point.

For the week prior while we had been spotting we prayed and told God together that we 1) wanted to be parents again, 2) love kids, 3) want to play a role in increasing the earth with His images, 4) will wait on His timing, and 5) that we trust Him no matter what.

On Tuesday this week (Valentine’s Day) we went to the doctor knowing that we were probably not going to see a baby on the ultrasound screen, but still having that 1% chance of hope that all parents have that a miracle was going to happen.  A miracle didn’t happen that day and our hunches were confirmed after leaving the office.

Through all this I have been thankful and reminded of God’s grace – especially when looking at Riley everyday.  (Oh man I’m so much more thankful of her now than I was before.)  We previously miscarried back in 2008 a few months after getting married.  That one was really tough because we were in the process of relocating from KC to Tulsa, didn’t have any close relationships or community, and honestly were embarrassed about it.  This time the Gospel and our faith family have helped us through this. Now we aren’t embarrassed, but instead are more trusting of Him.  Tiffany has been solid and full of faith this whole time.  She grieves and cried a bit, but knows that God is in control.  She is so awesome.  I’ve seen the gospel in her time and time again over the last 14 days.

We will continue to pray, continue to try for more kids, and trust Him.