Andy and I met in college through some mutual friends, my parents, and got married in 2006. We have three beautiful girls together. We are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ! One of our favorite verses of Scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:17. Currently, we are on a God-sized adventure of planting a church in Georgetown TX.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold new things have come.– 2 Corinthians 5:17
God has truly done an amazing work in our lives. We are NEW because of what Christ did for us on the cross! We aren’t perfect, in fact, we are far from it. But Christ is continuing to mold us and shape us into who He created us to be. (Andy blogs about about our faith here.)
Every time we upcycle something, it reminds us of the work God is doing in our hearts. When we find something old, outdated, or falling apart, we don’t see it for what it is, but what it could be. Everything has potential. Upcycling is about seeing things from a new perspective.
How it Started
We started upcycling back in 2006 when we bought our first home. It was a small starter home in Sulphur Springs, TX. The bathroom was in desperate need of an upgrade, and so was the beginning of our long relationship with Lowe’s. From that original bathroom, we have since remodeled 5 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, and upcycled everything from furniture to old freezer baskets.
Not much, what’s gup with you? Weird. We know! But that’s what makes us unique. Here’s the scoop. Our first family pet was a dog named Hudson–a full-fledge pug we bought at a local grocery store (again, weird. Who buys a dog at a grocery store?) Hudson was the perfect dog, until he began to wonder off for days at a time. At one point, we lost Hudson for about 10 days. We were so excited when some friends found him half way across town. However, a few months later, Hudson snuck out of the house again, and he never returned.
Erin is a graphic designer, and one day she just stuck Hudson’s mug on a t-shirt for fun. But instead of putting his name, she typed pug backwards–GUP. And there you have it. We know…it’s a little weird. But it has a nice ring to it don’t you think? So…combine gup with our love for upcycling, and there you have it…GupCycle!