October 9, 2013

on rug tape

Meet my new friend, rug tape. I bought it at Lowes, in hopes of helping my new rug stick to the carpet...instead of using a rug pad...which I hear doesn't work so hot. 

Let me back up a tad. Remember I told you that I was returning my Urban Outfitters arrowhead rug because the ends were curling and the paint was feeling off? Well I did. Return the rug, that is.

I immediately began looking for a replacement rug.

I searched high and low.
1. I wanted something black and white.
2. With a fun pattern.
3. And a sturdy composition.

Well, turns out that trifecto of criteria did not exist in my neck of the woods. I'm sure it exists somewhere, but I couldn't easily find it in the size I wanted.

I did find a fun black and white-ish rug from Pattern Society though. It was more than I wanted to spend and less sturdy than I desired, but I was tired of looking. So I bought it with some hard earned money.

When I got the rug, I decided to plaster the snot out of it with rug tape, in attempts of making it STAY PUT. I have 4 little boys, people. THIS IS NOT AN EASY feat to accomplish.

 Yup, all those thick grey lines going up and down the rug are RUG TAPE.

I think I used 4 or 5 rolls of rug tape to make this "mock" padding underneath my rug.

Then I turned it over. Plop.

And it has stayed relatively PUT. If like 8 kids(ahem my sister and my kids) converge on it at once, it will rumple and blump a little...but so far I'm pleased.

I occasionally have to straighten it a little here and there(and it still blumps a little here and there), but overall, this set up is actually working MUCH better than the Urban rug, which didn't have rug tape.

So in a few weeks, I will let you know if I am still satisfied. Until then, carry on.

Oh and a little update on being rear-ended in my van...

All-in-all the recovery turned out more exhausting than expected. Finn, Calvin and I had headaches but thankfully those are passing.

Dr. Willis adjusted my back and it feels MUCH better.

But mentally? Ug. What a roller coaster. One minute I'm fine, and the next I'm all skittish.

I no longer like to drive and I now get road rage whenever someone tails me or cuts me off abruptly. Which happens A LOT.

And sleep is a joke. I haven't slept well AT ALL. One night I woke up screaming in terror and was CONVINCED I was about to fly to Jesus. My heart was pounding out of my chest, and I felt like blacking out.. and I urgently told John, "I am going to die!"

He patted my head and said "You are fine, go back to sleep honey".

"No, I am dying!", I insisted.

Well, I ended up getting checked out at the ER just in case. It was a thrilling night for sure: An EKG, tons of bloodwork and an xray. They said I was fine...just stress related from accident...massive panic attack and whatnot. Huh? OkeeDokee.

I think I probably had whiplash or maybe even a teeny tiny concussion(possibly) from how I felt all week. Just plain old MEH. But who knows. I've heard stress can mimic the effects of being poisoned.

The thing that has helped me most is my Jesus Calling devotional. It said something like, "Don't despise this weakness in yourself, since I am using it to draw you closer to me".

And from Precepts we are learning some treasures for God's children in I Peter 1.

"May grace and PEACE be yours in fullest measure" 
I Peter 1:2

Do you hear that? As God's kids we CAN have peace in fullest measure! So every time I start to feel myself get scared, I just start repeating and praying this verse to myself.

Also, another gem I've been praying on all week.
"You, who are protected by the power of God through faith"
I Peter 1:5

God's word is our main defense. He is in charge and we must rest in that. 

So today I felt tired and drained and the kids threw lots of fits...but after I put them to bed, I magically started feeling a LOT better. Imagine that?! KIDS!!!!

I hope you are all leaning on God through this crazy thing called life. 


  1. He totally uses our weaknesses to draw us closer. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9-10
    and as far as rugs go, I bought the cheapest rug mat possible for our living room, hence why my rug is still good for land surfing. ;) I need the tape for sure.

  2. thank you so much for this post. super inspiring and encouraging. I'm sorry the effects from being rear-ended have been so drastic, but I'm praying for your continued recovery!

    1. oh, and by the way, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award over on my blog awhile back. :)


  3. NOTHING is available in our neck of the woods - it's annoying!
    Panic attacks - boy are they fun?! {rolls eyes} I suffered from some and anxiety after my dad went Home last year...they eventually passed...and like you, Jesus got me thru. I'll be praying for you dear...they ARE super scary and I woke up many a nights convinced I was done. Our patient husbands can commit us together if it comes down to it! ;-)

  4. Fabulous rug! And brilliant idea with the tape!

    I feel ya on the stress and skittish-ness. A few years ago, I was crossing a crosswalk {yes, walking!} at school when someone hit me. Overcoming the physical injuries was cake compared to the mental stuff... I did the EEG and concussion-symptoms and stress and good lord above I did NOT like walking OR driving around my school anymore! I actually broke down in tears in WA DC after having to cross so many streets with cars turning right... not fun. But God has not given us a spirit of fear! :) It took a while, but I don't walk around {literally!} with fear anymore. Praying for you!

  5. I am glad you're still here with us and I love reading a little about faith.

    P.S. Awesome rug!

  6. Wow...that sounds totally crazy. Glad you're okay!

    (love the rug!)

  7. Anchor that baby with a coffee table and many of your problems will go away.....well, rug problems that is!

  8. Cute rug. And, yes, His strength is made perfect in our weakness and we are safe like a kitten napping on its back in His loving arms. We can be hurt, but never harmed. I hope you get lots and lots of yummy sleep. soon. <3

  9. First of all that rug tape is a brilliant idea! I am having the same trouble… Question no, do you think it would work with wood floors and a rug? I don't have that many kids running over it but I do have a husband who doesn't understand that runs Mark for swooshing around four :-) let me know how it is been a couple weeks I might have to give me some of that tape!
    Thank you for sharing with us your feelings by accident… I think you have the right handle on the situation… Although it probably doesn't feel like it it sounds like God has you in his hand is taking care of you every minute. Will keep you in my prayers! Keep on keeping on!

  10. you better believe i am! i was just thinking today that i should lean on Him more... especially when dealing with my kids.

  11. I hope your feeling better! Car incidents are no fun at all. =/ but it reminds me of a verse God has been showing me a lot lately. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong 2 Corinthians 12:9-11. Because I would rather be weak in my flesh, and strong in God. Isn't that great to know. No matter how weak we might feel, God is the one who gives us our strength. He holds all the power and is ultimately in control!

  12. You are so precious, friend. So thankful you and your boys are ok!!!!

    That rug is swoooooony. Fist pump on the rug tape!

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