Years ago when my husband and I were searching for our first home I wanted to find a house that we would live in forever. I had dreams of a place where my children would bring home their children some day. We found a starter home in the neighborhood we had dreamed of but could barely afford and I deemed it our 'five-year-at-best' home. We would start here and then look for that perfect 'stay-forever-and-have-the-grandkids-over' house, I thought. That never happened. This October marks the 24th anniversary of us living in our first and only home. It has certainly changed over the years. In fact there is not much that hasn't been changed. We pushed out and then out again. We added rooms and moved walls and changed wall colors more times than I can count. It is not big by today's standard and it is not the best lot in the neighborhood but it is the place where two beautiful girls grew up, took piano lessons, swam in the pool all summer long and loved three amazing dogs. There are so many memories tied to this 'five-year-at-best' house turned into our little 'stay-forever-and-have-the-grandkids-over' home that I can't imagine living anywhere else. Bedrooms have been turned into offices and the pool is not used as much anymore but last night I witnessed the most amazing thing. I watched as my daughter gave my new little granddaughter, a bath in the same bathtub that she had spent countless hours playing in with her little sister so many years ago. Time flies by so quickly.
October marks another anniversary this year as it marks one year since I started blogging.
It has been an amazing journey writing posts, reading other blogs and most importantly, getting to know some amazing bloggers who put their heart and soul out there for anyone to read - generously sharing their talents, ideas and passion for design and life itself. I have grown as a designer by being exposed to (and challenged by) so many wonderful ideas and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing down and documenting my own ideas and thoughts this year. But mostly I have enjoyed getting to know you.
Without you this blog would be pointless. I am so grateful for everyone who stops by to take a look at what I have to say. I value each and every comment left on my blog, those of you who email me, and even those who never comment but I know take a peek at what I am up to every once in a while. This last month I have not had much time to post as frequently and have missed keeping up with the many, many blogs that I love to read and even worse, I have not replied back to so many of you who have left lovely comments for me ... and so I wanted to take this opportunity to say how important you are to me, how touched I am that not only do you look at what I write but you take the time to leave sweet and encouraging comments. From the bottom of my heart .... Thank you! I hope you have a blessed Sunday!
"The LORD bless you and keep you;The LORD make his face shine upon you,And be gracious to you;The LORD turn his face towards youand give you peace."(Numbers 6:24-26)