Monday, July 30, 2018

Life is like a chapter book ~



As I get older I'm realizing this more and more each day.
Our lives are like books, filled with so many different chapters.
Some chapters are exciting, scary and wonderful!
Others are sad, painful and you can't wait for them to be over.

When I was 19 years old, I married a sweet and wonderful man.
He was 21 and we were so excited to begin our married lives together!
Fast forward and we raised five amazing sons over the years,
and now several have married plus
we have four beautiful grandbabies too!

Each one...a different, beautiful, difficult and exhilarating
chapter of our life book.

All along the way we've moved to different homes as our family grew.
Moving was always exciting (and a stressful time) to me!
It was a great time to purge all that we didn't need anymore,
clean everything
and of course the most fun of all?
Decorating our new home to make it beautiful
and of course, to make it feel like HOME.

Almost eight years ago we moved into this wonderful, old farmhouse.
Noah, our youngest, was our only son left at home at the time.
He was flexible and didn't mind the move at all and even didn't mind
the fact that the house was old, creaky and even kind of ugly.

This was our chance to finally live in an OLD home!!!

I didn't mind a matter of fact, I embraced it!
It was my goal to transform the old, ugly duckling into
a beautiful swan!

Before (was dark, cheap paneling...):


Before (sorry but this was after Noah moved out....still it's a "before"):




 now it's time for a little change in our lives!

We are searching for a newer home now...much more energy efficient too.
It's been such a fun journey living in this wonderful old home
but now that it's just my husband and I,
we are trying to be a little wiser, more money conscious
and we're so very excited about our new chapter!!!

Please wish us luck that we find the perfect place to land!!!
Thank you always for stopping by to visit me here ~

hugs and love,


Mom said...

God bless you as you embark on this next chapter and find that perfect home to make yours once again. You clearly put your heart and soul into the current one and someone is going to be very lucky to have it.

just me... jan said...

Oh may take some time for y’all to find the home that speaks to your heart, but it’s out there sweetie! I just know you’ll make it shine in that special way only you have! Good luck with the hunt!❣️

Dawn said...

Beautiful home, nice work! Best wishes for a continued journey filled with happy and fun adventures!!

Jane said...

Enjoy the search! You'll find it and when you do, you'll know it's "the one"! Love all the photos of your beautiful farmhouse home!

Bella said...

May God bless you as you move into a new home.
It's always exciting and scared at the same time.
Your farmhouse is so lovely!

Theresa said...

Praying for you as you search for your next home🙏🏼 Love this one SO much. Have a blessed day dear Dawn. Hugs

Tamara said...

your home is beautiful and your photos too! Best wishes as you begin this new chapter of your lives!

suziqu's thread works said...

What a wonderful past 8 years you have had restoring and living in that sweet cottage but, like everything, this chapter is closing on you but the new one awaits and you have a choice of how beautiful that will be.
Bless you Dawn and your dear hubbie,
Take care and wishing you all the very best of luck!

Vee said...

Came looking and I found you. Thrilled! What? Noah grew up and moved out? Kids just keep on doing that. You certainly did embrace the old farmhouse and turned it into a gem. I hope that you have found your new place and that you are in the process of creating HOME.

Dawn said...

Hope you have found something by now! I do love your old place. So charming!!! I understand that as we get older, our needs change. Blessings on you, dear!
Dawn from the old 4:53am blog. xo

Nita Jo said...

I'm visiting blogs today. I've gotten so pulled into other social media, that I'd forgotten my first love which was blogging and reading blogs I had discovered along the way. I always love the format here, so easy to scroll down and enjoy your words and photos. Though I know it was time for you to move on, I had to say how much I enjoyed seeing you transform this old house into such a beautiful home. I look forward to seeing what's next for you!


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