Our Family Unit




When we first moved up to NorCal and I was looking for a place for us to rent, Kyle and I made a wish list of things that we wanted in our new home.  We wanted to rent a house with no shared walls, we wanted a place to entertain, we wanted 2 (but hopefully 3) bedrooms, a dishwasher, a nice neighborhood…it was a long list that we didn’t think would actually be met.  And then Kyle added one more thing, the impossible…a sandbox for Kade to play in.  When he mentioned it, I just stared at him…and then laughed.  Talk about specific!  Not to mention unrealistic.  Kade and I drove up and down the Peninsula looking at places for 2 months.  Then, the night before we turned in an application on a house that met most of our list, an ad for this house was posted.  So I decided to take a look, even though I figured we wouldn’t get it.  I liked it, a lot.  But I didn’t know if it was worth the money, until the agent took me outside to see the backyard.  And what to my wondering eyes should appear???  A SANDBOX! It was meant to be!  God provided us with a wonderful home that met each and every item on our list and so much more.  The miracles He’s worked to allow us to stay here don’t stop here, but that’s for another post.


Now the original sandbox was technically a sandbox but it wasn’t usable.  It had been a neighborhood litter box for who knows how long and it was basically four 2 x 12′s nailed together.  The wood was warped and coming apart at the seems, literally.  Here’s a picture of our yard last summer and you can see the sandbox in the lower right.  Clearly, with a fire pit stored in the middle, it wasn’t getting a lot of use!


So Kyle set to work tearing it apart, cleaning up the old wood and putting it back together.  Then we purchased a couple 2 x 10′s and cut them to fit like a seat around the top.  Kyle made sure it was good and secure and then routed the edges to make a nice comfy seat.


We found some left over primer and then painted it to match the trim on the house.  The final step was sand.  I’m trying to keep this as an uplifting and happy post so I won’t rant over the cost of play sand, but lets just say Kade will NOT be throwing it out of that sandbox!  To top it off, we even found a tarp with a drawstring to protect it from the neighborhood animals.


There was only one thing left to do after it was all put together…get it approved by Kade.  He loved it!  It was so cute to see him bury his little fingers and toes in the sand.  He was a little worried at first that it was sticking to his skin, but then we showed him how to slap his hands together to brush it off.  If you thought he had intense dance moves, brushing sand off fingertips is even more so!


Look at that face!  God is so good!  He even answers the small prayers and gives us joy in the everyday things.



  • Comment by Jacob — March 19, 2010 @ 10:48 AM

    What is the deal with how cute that kid is? He is just silly cute.

  • Comment by Megan — March 20, 2010 @ 10:37 AM

    Thank goodness for God’s little miracles :) I love picture #4 – he looks like he is plotting something :)

  • Comment by carol — March 21, 2010 @ 1:34 PM

    I love the last picture where he is just over-the-top happy. I agree with Megan–Thank God for little miracles (and confirmations)!

  • Comment by Tammy — March 23, 2010 @ 8:17 PM

    I love all the pictures! I’m amazed by both of you and your creative projects! I love the pic of Kade sitting on the side of his new sandbox! My favorite is his Law and Order Dance! See you soon, Lucretia and Kade! We will miss seeing you, Kyle. Love you all lots!

  • Comment by Peter Means — November 18, 2010 @ 1:53 AM

    I love it! If Kade is anything like our guys, he’ll be even more into the sandbox in a few years. And yes, our rule too… No sand out of the box!!! It’s expensive. Thanks for sharing your sandbox guys!—Peter (Dover Projects)

  • Comment by Karen-Maria Brown — July 19, 2011 @ 12:46 AM

    This is for Kyle~
    Found your post on Peter’s Dover Projects site and I’m interested in knowing how your sandbox is holding up with the deck screws? About to build this too and would love to go with the screws if I can get away with it. We too found the tarp at Home Depot and plan to go that route for a cover. Have also considered putting this on cement. How’s that working out? One last question, how big is your sandbox. It looks great and Kade is adorable! Thanks for sharing. It’s always great to see pictures.

  • Comment by Lucretia — July 20, 2011 @ 9:03 AM

    Hi Karen! So glad you like the sandbox and good luck in your building adventure. The deck screws are still working great, it’s very stable. The only issue we’ve had is that we used too wet of wood for the seats and so as it has dried out, the inside of the corners have pulled apart some. The outside of the corners are all still tight, but the inside ones have some narrow cracks where they were joined. Ours is also on cement, and that has not posed an issue at all. The amount of sand that slips out underneath is microscopic (now if only we could get him to stop brushing it out over the top edge!) Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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