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This is Mr. Infarrantly Creative (AKA Tim). Beckie is asleep and I hacked into her blog to post this as a surprise to her…Enjoy! Five years ago today my wife wrote these words on her new blog for the first time.


“I have no idea whether I will like this or not. I am not much of a writer. I have never seen myself as any good at it. But we will see. Today is a ho-hum day. I am refinishing my bedroom furniture. Why you say? Because I am cheap…“


What started out as a fun way to keep in touch with family and friends has morphed into this crazy life where she inspires people like you all around the world every day. I know most of you only interact with Beckie through blog posts, facebook comments, and the occasional e-mail, so I wanted to share with each of you my Top 5 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Beckie on her blog’s 5 year anniversary …


 5. She cares deeply for people on an individual level

Beckie is one of the most compassionate, caring people I know. Sometimes it’s hidden behind her crazy, fun, passionate personality, but she is just a giant softy at heart. She loves to make someone’s day, bring a smile to your face, or walk alongside of someone who is hurting. Even though she has 14,000 of you as “friends” on Facebook and over a million page views a month, I want you to know that she sees each person who comments on a post or wins a giveaway as a real person who she genuinely cares about.


4. She really is addicted to other people’s trash

It’s very normal to be driving in a car with Beckie, see a pile of trash outside of someone’s home, and have the car mysteriously slow down to look over the pile before driving past. I’m pretty sure if Beckie got a ticket for every illegal U-turn she’s made to go back and look at a pile of stuff on the side of the road we could fund a small country. It’s so bad that the neighbors in our court don’t even take their old stuff to the street anymore they just deliver it straight to our house for Beckie…I’m not even joking about that…it really happens.


3. She loves God, then her family, then her blogs

Balancing this crazy life of constantly feeling the pressure to come up with new projects, returning 100’s of e-mails, keep innovating, navigate relationships with companies, and not get overwhelmed can be a challenge. But Beckie is committed to keeping her priorities in order and always open to conversations about how to keep them in the proper place. She gets more done in a day than I can get done in a week, she is the best multi-tasker I know, and she’s willing to say no to good opportunities if it will cause her life to stray from the things that are most important to her (God & family).


2. She is the funnest person I know

The passionate, energetic, never a dull moment, life of the party, squeeze the most out of every minute person that Beckie portrays on this blog is the same person she is in real life. She is always up for an adventure and my favorite person, in the world, to hang-out with. We’ve had more crazy experiences and laughed about more things than I can even begin to tell you about. She truly loves life and I’m sure that’s what draws so many of you to her.


1. She is inspired when she inspires someone else

You have NO IDEA how much you inspire Beckie when you let her know how she has inspired you. She loves to create something, teach it to you and have you be inspired to create it yourselves. She gets SO EXCITED to share with me when one of you takes something she did and create it yourself. And I have listened to numerous stories about how her life story or experiences have inspired, encouraged, and challenged you. Those moments truly inspire her to keep going and giving back to you.


If Beckie has inspired you over the past 5 years take a minute and leave her a comment to let her know. Let’s make this a special 5 year anniversary for her!


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  1. Happy 5 year blogging anniversary. What a sweet husband you have! Thank you for all the wonderful, creative inspiration you impart in each of your blogs. Keep up the great work!

  2. What a sweet and wonderful thing to do, Tim! Congratulations on 5 years, Beckie. You inspire me, not just with your projects, but with your sweet spirit. Though I’m probably old enough to be your mama, I wanna’ be like you when I grow up. Oh, and I kind of covet your hair. 🙂

  3. What a lovely tribute from your hubby. Thanks Beckie for being awesome, inspiring, motivating, and sharing your love and passion with others. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

  4. Happy Anniversary, Beckie! You inspire me daily and I love bringing my coffee here every morning to see what you have been up to. I love that you are passionate about sharing what others have done…Roadkill Rescue is one of the best ideas I have seen. Have a great day, and kiss that sweet husband of yours…how cool is he for doing this?

    Love ya girl!


  5. So sweet of your hubby! Congrats on making in 5 years! Thanks for your inpiration!

  6. How sweet…happy 5 yr anniversary for blogging! I love popping on and seeing what you are working on! Cant wait to watch my DVR today and see you on craft wars 🙂

  7. You inspired me to create my own family silhouette. When i saw the one you did on a pallet I instantly knew i would be making my own that week!! THanks for sharing all your crafts with us!! Happy 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I became aware of you when I saw you at Haven. I’ll admit that your hair captured my attention because it is so gorgeous. Then I realized who you were. In a quick minute, I assessed that you are the person your husband describes. In other words, the Real Deal!

  9. WOW! Beckie you have an amazing and supportive husband. What nice words to celebrate the 5th anniversary of your blog! You are so talented and creative and inspire me every time I read your blog!

  10. That was the sweetest post ever. AND well deserved. Beckie – you are all those things and you were so kind and helpful to me when I was trying to figure out the advertising beast. Happy 5th! You rock!

  11. Happy 5th Anniversary!!
    Love your site….good for the eye and good for the soul
    What a wonderful husband you have; such a sweet thing to do…

  12. What a wonderful post 🙂

    Happy Anniversary Beckie! I met Beckie at the Haven Conference and babbled on like a crazy person. The info I took from her session was amazing and words cannot describe how much I appreciate someone like Beckie that is willing to share what she’s learned to help all of us.

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  13. Happy 5 years. And a personal thank you for what you’ve done for my little blog with your features. you’re awesome,keep it up.

  14. Beckie! Happy 5 Year Anniversary! What a wonderful hubby you have:). Getting to know you over the last year has been son wonderful for our family. You truly are everything Tim says you are and more. Excited to get to know you even more than I do already. You are a true inspiration to us all!

  15. Great post Tim! And congrats to both of you on 5 years of blogging. These things are all so true of Beckie and Tim is right to post them. I’m probably one of only a few “male” readers, and I do it because I love seeing how God inspires her creative gifts to create amazing projects AND inspire her readers. God bless you both.. and your readers.

  16. Your husband truly loves you and I’m so glad he took the time to write these “behind the scenes” look at you. As readers we often don’t appreciate the time and effort it takes to create and maintain a great blog. You sound like an amazing person and one I’m guessing who has people lined up at the door to be your friend. So put me on the list as one of your virtual friends as I spend time with you when I read your posts.

  17. Happy Blog-aversary! You have inspired me as long as I’ve been following and I feel like I really ‘know’ you through reading your blog! What a sweet and supportive husband you have – love his post about you!! Hope your day is fabulous!!!

  18. Happy Anniversary. I so enjoy your blog. You share such great ideas, insights, and fun and I love being part of your following! Hubby did a wonderful job, he is one good guy, too.

  19. Wow! What an awesome tribute from Hubby!! Happy Anniversary and we look forward to many more to come!

  20. Wow! Congrats on 5 years! Thank for inspiring me and giving me the confidence to go for it on re-finishing my own side board! Still working on it but it’s a labor of love. It sounds like you’ve got quite a terrific hubby, but you don’t need us to tell you that!

  21. Happy anniversary! What a super fun surprise. I love seeing a bit of you through your husband’s eyes. Your blog inspires, motivates, and encourages and I’m so thankful that you share your DIY self on the net.

  22. Aww, so sweet your hubby hacked your blog =) You have definitely inspired me and so many others all around the world! Keep up the awesomeness =)

  23. You really have inspired me and encouraged me in many ways Beckie. I so wish I could have made it to the conference and had the opportunity to meet you and hear you share your experiences and ideas. Roadkill Rescue has a very special place in my heart because I also love to transform “junk” into something useful and/or beautiful. Thanks for 5 inspiring years!!! Hugs,

  24. I cannot start my day without reading IC, KOD, RR and checking FB. There is always something to appreciate, admire and inspire! Thanks, Beckie, for all you do and for being you!

  25. love you, love your blog! (all of your sites!)
    yay for FIVE years!! MRL turns three this month. 🙂

    great post from the hubs!!!

  26. Holy crap! #1 I had no idea it was my blogaversay today!!! #2 How on earth did my hubby figure out my password?!?!? #3 That might be sweetest thing my husband has ever done. I love you babe!

    Thank you everyone for making this girl’s dream come true! I adore you!

  27. Wow. What a great husband you have! I regret that I only found your blog a couple months ago and not sooner. My husband has already told me I am banned from getting anymore stuff until I finish the projects sitting there to be finished now. I did sneak one in this weekend though. Lol you have inspired me to do many projects. So much that I “quickly” decide to check fb throughout the day but can’t seem to pass up viewing your pictures and posts (like right now :)) and I get side tracked at work
    Lol anyway…Happy 5th blog anniversary to you! You’re great! Thanks for the inspiration and break from work!

  28. Awww! Well you’ve inspired me without a doubt! And he’s very inspirational as well….and I have no doubt there are husband’s all over blogland who are in trouble today! Hehehe

  29. Happy 5th Blogiversary Beckie! I’m so glad you tapped out that first blog post and became “addicted to blogging” that day five years ago.

    Also thank you for making me feel semi-normal and not truly insane for rubber necking every trash pile I drive by ;-D.

  30. I found your blog around 4 years ago when I was looking for a hooded towel tutorial. I’ve passed along that tutorial and have enjoyed seeing all the projects you post about. They are way beyond my level but I am encouraged to find inspiration from your blog.
    Congrats on 5 years!

  31. You are a creative, strong, beautiful and soul inspiring inspiration to all Women, Men and children. You are a gift to all of us! Thanks for doing this crazy thing to keep us all laughing, crying and uplifting our spirits.

  32. What a great post. Happy Blogversary ;). May you find an infinite number of awesome “trash”

  33. I have enjoyed your blog for years… you are a lucky women to have a husband that would do this for you! He really loves you and it shows!! Thanks for all your great posts!

  34. This has to be the best post I’ve ever read!!! Your husband and you sound like you’re an amazing couple and a great team!! Congrats on your “anniversary” and thanks for all the inspiration and sharing so much of yourself!!

  35. I asked Beckie a question once about ideas using my Dads shirts. Not only did she reply, she sent me a recorded message!! So thoughtful, with all she has going on on a daily basis. Thanks, Beckie, & heres to 5+ more awesome years!!

  36. What a wonderful husband, made me cry. I appreciate your talent and have enjoyed learning from your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing your special gift with us.

  37. What a wonderful husband you have! You inspire me every day Beckie! I love to feed off of your creativity… it gets me through the day!

  38. Aw, Tim…that made me cry! Awfully sweet thing to do, and you truly got her good. Love hearing this, even though I knew it, and have been blessed for having known the two of you. Watching your journey together is inspiring! Praise the Lord!

  39. Happy 5th anniversary, Beckie!!! Now if all hackers in the world were as sweet! <3

  40. Aw, that was so sweet of you to do! I’m a new follower, so I’m excited to follow along for a new blog year. Congrats on 5!

  41. Beckie, what a fun surprise from your husband! We are so grateful to know you… I still remember when you first came up to us at SNAP and made us feel special. You are so giving and your passion for what you do really shines through and inspires us all! Thank you!

  42. GOOSEBUMPS!! Beckie you are one of the most wonderful giving people that I have ever ever met. I adore you compassion for others and admire the crap out of your business skills. Thank you for being such a great friend and always being just a phone call away!!

    Love your anniversary guts!

  43. Hi Beckie, Happy 5th anniversary. While I have’nt been following ur blog all that long I absolutely LOVE it. I live in Dublin, Ireland and I have to say you truely do inspire. Here is to the next 5 yrs. What an amazing hubby u have. Keep up the good work! xx

  44. Happy blogiversary! When I first started blogging (just over a year ago) I emailed you and asked you for advice. I was so excited to start my blogging journey, but then I felt let down. I would post and….crickets! I turned to you for advice and you responded with a video pep talk. It really helped me keep going and not give up on my blog. My blog and community have grown leaps and bounds. I am thankful you took the time to respond. Pioneering ladies like you make me proud to be part of this blogging world/community. Thank you!

  45. How sweet of your husband and happy anniversary! I love reading and being inspired by your blog! Thanks for doing what you do!

  46. I LOVE this! I saw your FB post and had to check it out. What sweet things to say. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement to find the beauty in someone else’s trash! 🙂 Happy 5 years of blogging!!


  47. Awe- that is so sweeet! I love it. You are so inspiring and I am glad that your hubby is proud of you and appreciates you too! I know we all do.

  48. Wow! Congrats on 5 year! You husband is truly a wonderful man! Thank you for inspiring us all these years.

  49. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all you do to share your projects and motivate us to create!

  50. Happy Anniversary!! It was really cool what your husband did! Keep looking for inspiration on the street! LOL…I’m doing the same thing here. Was great to find you on facebook and get more ideas. I will always be a big fan! 🙂 Have a super great day!!

  51. Happy Anniversary! You were one of the first blogs I read and it is still my favorite! You gave me advise on painting cabinets and I have since done our kitchen and bathroom. Couldn’t have done it without you!!

  52. Congratulations on a very successful 5 years!!! Your husband and you truly make a great pair (I LOVE his post today!). Thank you to both of you ~ you for what you do for all of us and Tim for listening to our responses to all you do for us!! :~)

  53. Happy 5 yr.. That means I have 4 1/2 years left to teach my husband how to turn on a computer, find my blog, type, and if I could possibly teach him all of that, I hope he would come up with as nice of things to say about me as you have about your wife.


  54. Happy 5th! I have only more recently come across your blog. I want you to know as a single mother and Independent Consultant for Thirty-One, that I find inspiration in you. Sometimes it’s those little things you post that keep others going and put a smile on their faces. Thanks for all the inspiration! <3

  55. Happy 5th blogiversary, Beckie! Wow, I sure am glad you decided to blog and find out you like it! 🙂 Your blog AND your husband are definitely keepers! Wishing you many more years of happiness blogging and with your awesome hubby! xo

  56. What an amazing husband you have!! Happy anniversary to you!! I know I am super thankful for your sites! I love doing fun things like roadside rescue but lack the creative side :). Thanks for all your ideas and hardwork 🙂

  57. awwwww….. That’s true love; he cracked your password!
    Happy Anniversary! May there be many more!

  58. Oh my goodness! That is one incredibly thoughtful husband you have! Wow!!! Congrats on your 5 year Blogiversary!! You inspire and encourage me and I am thankful for your love for our great God! Thank you for sharing with us the creativity He has gifted you with! You are a blessing!

  59. Happy 5 year blogiversary, Beckie! I’ve read your blog for a long time (it was one of my first!) and I finally had the pleasure of meeting you at Haven. I didn’t think you could be more inspiring than you are on your blog but I was wrong! You taught us so much, so openly told us your secrets, and I was astounded at how ‘raw’ you were. It was a great experience. You were teaching us because you wanted us to learn, not just listen. I truly appreciate that more than you will ever know. Thanks to you I’ve almost tripled my advertising revenue in a month! I believe every word your sweet hubby had to say about you because I’ve seen a little glimpse of it myself. You’re an incredible person and I appreciate your passion and drive in every new post you write. Have a beautiful day.

  60. Congratulations, Becky. I got a little teary reading your husband’s post. Your husband not only loves you, but respects and admires you. How blessed you both are. I retired 6 months ago and I love your posts. Thank you for being there.

  61. Congrats on 5 years of blogging Beckie and how awesome is this post from your husband!?
    You are beyond talented and continue to inspire me personally with your project and blog posts..and I’m still in love with that coral and gray bedroom! Can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you!

  62. Beckie,
    Thank you so much for all the work you do for your blog! I love it when I can read something that makes me laughs, and is pure for my eyes! Thank you for inspiring me to be creative! You are an amazing person. congrats on the five years! Looking forward to the next five!

    P.s. tell me when you are coming back to Cali! I’m sure my parents would love to see you 🙂
    Blessing on you all,
    Jennifer Helmholz

  63. Happy Anniversary! You are such an inspiration to me! I enjoy looking at your blog daily to see what you have created. Very thankful to have someone like you, whom I do not know, but feel as though I know you personally. Keep up the good work…And By the way…your husband is pretty dang nice to crack your password and write on your blog!

  64. WOW! As a frequent (and I mean a couple of times a day…at least!) lurker, I can say that Beckie’s creativity and spunky personality that is on display through this blog inspires me to think out of the box and recycle or reuse things that would otherwise be labeled as junk. Thank you Beckie for taking the time out of your day to give us a glimpse into your imagination and bring a smile to my face (and that warm fuzzy feeling, when I see you transform “trash” into treasure!”)

    And can I also say… Mr. Infarrantly Creative, good job! You scored major husband cool points!!

  65. Happy Blogiversary Beckie! You are one of the most personable bloggers I follow, and I love that I can email you AND get a response, as though we were friends! (In fact I’m sending you one right now:) ). I seriously hope to visit Indy some day and honestly would love to meet up when I do. Enjoy your day!

  66. Inspirations….and yes you provide it in buckets…and you have the sweetest hubby, an what he did…so amazing….to think it out,and put together a great post ….wow

  67. What an awesome husband! Happy 5th anniversary! You have inspired me to look at things in a new light. I haven’t attempted any projects but I am constantly amazed by the things you create.

  68. Aw! How sweet! Happy anniversary! You guys are lucky To have each other!

  69. Awesome! My jaw would absolutely hit the floor if my husband did this for me! So great that he knew just how much his blog hijacking would mean to you.

  70. Happy Anniversary, Beckie! Everything Tim wrote about you I have found to be true! And I want to thank you!!! You see you have been such an encouragement to me not only in the realm of blogging but in my personal life as well. You are a truly caring person and I must say I have blessed to meet you! I think God brought you into my life for times such as this. You are truly a blessing!!

  71. Happy Blogiversary Beckie! Love your blogs & your passion. What a wonderful husband you have to surprise you this way!

  72. Aww, that is too sweet!
    Congratulations Beckie on your 5th Anniversary! It’s not easy to keep people hanging on a project & content for a day let alone 5 years; yet we are and do because we see you through the computer screen. A real person who is willing to share & help as well as support! So you desrve to take the day off & go swimming! Congratulations again(;

  73. Your blog made me start looking at things in a completely different way!! Like your old tv turned into book shelf/table thingie. Now I don’t look at trash the same way. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Happy BLOGiversary!!

  74. Happy 5 years, Beck!
    You have definitely inspired me!!! I think what inspires me the most is how unselfish you are. How willing you are to share your heart and your knowledge with other bloggers. You are real and relate-able!
    I love ya, girl!
    And that hubby of yours is a keeper, fo sho! 🙂

  75. Miss Beckie! I am so in love this post from Tim! You ARE SUCH a huge inspiration. Thank you for letting us share in your craftiness. You are so much more than an amazing blogger. I am a huge fan! I adore the way you love God, mother your children, adore your man and care for your friends…but the blog is awesome as well! Great work, Sista!

  76. Happy Anniversary. Your husband seems like he truly Loves You, and Adores You. Keep up with the good hard work that you do. I have only been here a few times. But I will keep coming back.

  77. Happy Blog-aversiry! Thanks for the time, effort and creativity that you share with the world!

  78. OH.MY.WORD. Is that not the sweetest thing ever??!! Tim might end up with the most comments ever on a blog post for that one!! I bet you had the biggest smile waking up to this and it just says so much about you! Trust me, I think your personality does shine through in your posts and you have been more of a help and inspiration to me than I can express in one goofy little comment. You’ve answered every email I’ve sent you and not just quickly. You take the time to think it through and give me great advice and I really think that’s just stinkin’ wonderful! Have a great day and anniversary (how could you not after waking up that??)!!

  79. This is the sweetest thing ever! I started tearing up! Beckie, you are truly blessed! Thanks for everything you do and the work that you put in to your blogs. You are an inspiration to me for sure. Your blog story and series have impacted my blogging in ways you {or I} may never fully comprehend. Thanks again. Happy Blog-aversary!!!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  80. I have loved your blog since I stumbled across my first roadkill rescue post!! It’s amazing how you see a price of sad furniture & give it new life! You have definitely helped me look @ junk on the side of the road (and some of my own junk! Lol) with a new perspective 😉 Thank you!! And, what a sweet gesture from your hubs!! This is so sweet!! 🙂

  81. Oh my gosh this is the sweetest post I have ever read, you guys are one great couple! Beckie, you have been such an inspiration to me, I love reading your posts and seeing your latest project. I look up to you as a blogger and as a person. You basically just rock all around. So excited for the next 5 years!

  82. Just now finding you because of people I know sharing this wonderfully supportive hubby post. How sweet of him to champion you like this so publicly. Give that man a squeeze! 🙂 I’ll be following now…

  83. What a sweet husband you have! Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun … I just had my 4 year and I can’t believe I’ve been going that long! I’m so glad I found your blog & have actually had the chance to meet you! You truly are inspiring and I look forward to all your posts – here and on FB and Pinterest! 🙂 Hope your day is great! Hugs to you! 🙂

  84. Beckie well done! You are a blessed gal to have a husband that cares for you this much 🙂 Makes me happy to see! Congrats on the five years!

  85. Beckie,

    You are such a wonderful example of what I wish all bloggers would be like. You are so friendly and willing to take the time to teach others and encourage. It’s very refreshing!

    Keep up the good work and thanks for being willing to be my mentor for a bit last year! 🙂


  86. Oh your husband is such a sweetie!! And he’s totally right…You are seriously one of the kindest and most unselfish people I’ve met. Thank you for your time with me at Haven, thank you for the constant inspiration, and thank you for being willing to share your God given talents with us! You are a blessing!! Congratulations on 5 years!!!!!

  87. Happy anniversary Beckie. What a lovely surprise for you. You have an amazing husband who sees your worth and appreciates it, a rare quality today. Take care x

  88. Happy 5 years, my friend!! What a fun journey it has been, getting to know you over the years. I am so glad we met and have a great friendship in this bloggy world. You make it a better place for all of us. Love you girl!

  89. Oh my gosh…didn’t you just melt when you read that your husband wrote that about you. What a sweet, sneaky, hacker-of-a-husband. Congrats on five years, Beckie!

  90. Diana, welcome to IC. Just so you know my husband is very proud of your comment. He made sure to point it out to me…haha! I hope you will find this site one of your daily inspirations!

  91. Awwww thanks Rachel. It makes my job as all the above when I have such an amazingly encouraging hubby. Thanks for being a part of our lives Rachel.

  92. Love my man! What a crazy nice surprise today. Thanks for welcoming me with open arms as well Traci. Love you girl!

  93. Awww thank you Ashley. It was a pleasure to meet you (a fellow redhead) at Haven. Thank you for your kind words.

  94. Oh Peggy! You are a sweetheart. I think of you often as I am praying for your family. So glad God knit our hearts together through this crazy thing called blogging.

  95. Jen if we were in town for more than 40 hours I totally would have. We literally just went to the wedding, rehearsal and church and said hi to the Heuvels and Paige & Joey. I wish we had more time. Although Tim was on people overload by the end of them time.

  96. Rachel that made me do a “whoop! whoop! outlound. Tripled?? You rock on with your money maker. You are sweet to leave a comment today, thank you for your kind words.

  97. HAHA…that is hilarious…good luck on that one. My hubby ha to do some major sleuthing to find it that is for sure.

  98. Awww thanks Mandi I am blown away today. I will need to have a troll say something mean tomorrow or something to pop this big ego of mine today. HAHA! Love you girl

  99. Thank you Mark. I love that you read it. I still do find it hilarious that you can’t talk that wife of yours into checking in on my site every day. Geesh. I love you and I am grateful you are in my life.

  100. After; “Beckie is asleep and I hacked into her blog… ” you had to keep reading 🙂 hehe

    What a sweet surprise and such a lovely way to show his admiration for you and all you do.
    Happy, happy blog-anniversary 🙂

  101. Are you SURE your love language is “gifts”?? I’m leaning more towards words of affirmation 😉 Love ya Beck, You really ARE a good time, the “funnest” as your hubby says. Happy blogaversary.

  102. Hi Beckie! Happy anniversary! You are definitely an inspiration, and I am amazed at how you find time to do it all! As a new craft-blogger and fellow midwestern gal (and mom) I am constantly in awe, and hope to get there myself someday. 🙂

  103. Wow, what an awesome husband you have!!! I love your blog and all your awesome ideas. Thank you for working so hard and sharing them with all of us. You truly are inspirational. Keep it up!!! 🙂 Happy 5 year Blogaversary!

  104. Happy anniv, Beckie! Sweet hubby. I have to say that you inspired me to put family first and realize if I’m not straight with God, nothing else matters. At SNAP this year, I asked 2 other “bigger bloggers” if I should attend a fully paid trip to NYC to meet a foodie celeb. I told them I’m a mom first and blogging is a hobby and the trip was next week and I didn’t want to leave my kids again, etc etc etc. They said do it anyway but YOU said if it didn’t feel right, don’t do it. And I didn’t! THANK YOU for keeping God first in your life and reminding others to do the same! Your hubby is darling, you’re a great team! XO, Kelli

  105. This is a wonderful post! What a great husband you have. 🙂 I love your blog and all your ideas. Happy Anniversary to your blog. Megan

  106. Back in college Drew and I always said you were capable of ruling the world…little did we know it would be the crafting/blog world. 🙂 You are an amazing woman. I’m not even a crafter/refinisher but I completely love reading your blog and following you. I love your heart for your family, for others and most importantly Jesus. I’m thankful that 14 years after college I am privileged to have some small part in your life. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you for the next 5 years!!

  107. Awww thanks Nicole. You and Drew definitely think more highly than Tim and I than you ought…but I love it. Grateful for your friendship.

  108. Proud of you girl! It takes a lot to say no to great opportunities when it doesn’t fall into your vision for your life. I am proud you did it.

  109. Your blog is the first I ever started reading faithfully. Your honesty, your faith, and your creative spirit is so lovely. As for inspiration…I’ve started to blog, in part because of IC and RKR. I’m glad you are celebrating. There is certainly cause! 🙂

  110. Becky, Just the conversation I had with you through your Facebook page a few months ago was enough to confirm everything your husband said about you. Your kindness and genuineness are amazing! I cannot imagine how you manage everything you do, but I appreciate so much that you will not compromise your relationship with God and family things here in this world. You’re definitely a wonderful encouragement and inspiration to me! Also, I do have every intention of making it to Indy and finally meeting you. We found out in mid-May that we’re expecting our first child, due January 2013. Since then I’ve been trying to read and research everything I can about pregnancy, breastfeeding, baby products, etc. God permitting, I’ll be able to meet you and have a greater appreciation for the beautiful woman your husband described you to be and I am certain you are! God bless you and your family and Happy 5th Blogging Anniversary!

  111. What a wonderful post, your husband also writes very well. What a gift to have his support and encouragement…and what a gift your inspiration is to others. You have inspired my from the first moment I found your blog! Thank you! It’s funny, I think of you when I drive past furninture on the side of the road LOL, yesterday I saw an entertainment center. 🙂

  112. Happy Anniversary, Beckie! I can’t tell you how inspiring your words were at Haven~your energy is contagious and your priorities are straight. Your husband seems equally as awesome. Thank you for sitting down and helping me out with my questions….I so appreciated it!!

  113. Congratulations, Beckie….on your excellent taste in husbands AND your blogiversary! Thank you so much for all that you have helped me accomplish. You are an amazing mentor!

  114. Hi – Hope I’m not too late to the party 😉 I just wanted to say congratulations on your 5 yr blog anniversary I discovered you about 6 months ago and have been pinning every since. I always know there will be a fun post about something. It’s wonderful that your husband is so supportive and obviously loves you!! Keep up the great job. Thanks

  115. This was SUCH a sweet post! One of my friend’s husband hacks into their personal blog once in a while to post about her and we always giggle over his hilarious but touching posts. You have a keeper, Beckie… and it sure sounds like you are a “keeper” yourself! We follow you on FB & love what you do. We attended EVO this last week and I wanted to let you know that I heard some wonderful things about you! We have a redhead on our “Dating Divas” team & she is our sassy firecracker. I think that color of hair = a person everyone loves. Can’t wait to get to know you better at future blogging conferences. Keep up the great work!! {Still love your blogging organizer!!] XOXO, Tara {}

  116. Congratulations, Beckie! Yours was one of the first blogs I subscribed to–and one of the few (along with Roadkill Rescue) that I read NO MATTER WHAT! Thanks for sharing your scrounging/garbage-picking finds & treatments with the rest of us with this disease! lol I think your husband was a sweetie for posting this!

  117. This is my first visit to your site and WHAT?? It’s your ANNIVERSARY!
    Happy, Happy! I think I’m gonna like being here with all of you!

  118. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary Beckie! I’m fairly new to your blog but I really do enjoy every visit I make because I know there will be a post to inspire me in art, design or life. I have to confess – I am giggling at the thought of your neighbors making a bee-line to your door when they have something ready for the trash … Hope your next 5 years are even bigger & better! Cheers!!!

  119. Thanks for the encouraging words, ideas etc.. You are a light to those around you!

  120. What a great day — a BIG anniversary and someone else writing a special post about you. What did you do with your “day off?” Go to any garage sales or thrift shops or curbsides? You have truly inspired me to stretch my creativity and the few dollars I have for decorating and doing all that needs to be done around the house. I hope you’re around for MANY years to come.

  121. That was one of the sweetest things i have ever seen/read! Congratulations on 5 years! Your story is so inspiring… Thank you

  122. Happy Blog-aversary, Becky! You’re wonderful and have a wonderful husband, to boot! Thank you for continually inspiring me and making me laugh. Everyday is a good day, when you’re sharing. Mwah!

  123. Wow! Congratulations on 5 years!
    It is wonderful to see what you have achieved and I have been inspired not just by your projects, but by seeing how your blogging has grown. I’m way behind you, but inspired to keep going with my blog!

  124. This has got to be the sweetest blog post ever on earth. My own now-deceased hubby was that kind of supportive to me, and I can just feel the pride and love flowing from this. You are definitely a blessed woman.
    You inspire me with both your creative posts AND the things you’ve shared about your personal journey. From real and raw to super-infarrantly-creative–I look forward to your posts!
    Happy 5th anniversary–and here’s to many more!

  125. Great post! Great husband!!
    I’ve been a reader of your blog for quite some time. I never miss a post. I love your creative flair and it inspires me to come up with my own ideas.

  126. Well, I’m three weeks late, but happy blogiversary nonetheless! Beckie, you apparently aren’t the only kindhearted, good writer in the family! 🙂 What a wonderful post.


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