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Up for the Challenge: The End

Today is the last day to vote in the 48-Hour Challenge. The timing of the challenge was a bit crazy (coinciding with my ninth month of pregnancy), but Brandon and I took it on and we’re so proud to have been a part of it. Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for asking me to be a part of the challenge, and thank you to the other participants: The Cottage Nest, The Home Garden, The Wood Whisperer, and of course my friends over at This Young House. We were thrilled to be in such wonderful company, and the other four projects were all incredibly inspiring.

Here’s a look back at where we started…

The Front Porch, Empty

And where we ended…

Front Porch

And during the process we went from a married couple to a family.

On the Front Porch with Eleanor and Murray

Thank you too, all of you, for your support throughout the whole process. There were times when I thought I was in a bit over my head (*ahem*, porch painting), but the end result and your thoughtful comments made it all worth it. And I truly appreciate those of you that took time to vote for us, whether it was once a day, once in a while, or just once. Thank you.

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  • Ke Zhang
    June 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve been voting and it seems like you’ve unofficially won so congrats! Your baby girl is so cute and I hope the whole family is doing well. Can’t wait to see the improvements you make with the funds.

  • Neal Jacoby
    June 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    This is my first time posting on one of the blogs I follow – but I love your blog and haven’t “heard” from you for a few days. Hope all is well/

  • Haley
    June 17, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Congrats? When do they announce “the winner”??

  • joanne
    June 17, 2009 at 1:14 am

    so awesome! yay!

  • Jenni
    June 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

    congrats on winning the challenge!

  • Krysten
    June 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Love the family pic, super cute!

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