Monday, August 21, 2017

The Phone Call That Changed Everything and an Amazing Book!

Good morning! Today I'm showing you around our master bedroom here at our Forever Home. I'm also sharing a little story about the very best phone call I have ever received. The one that changed the course of my life. 

Every person has a very important, amazing story and this is the one I look back on and know that it really mattered. I'll try to keep this short...

When I was in college I worked at a savings and loan. Do you remember those? The one I worked in was a quaint, sweet business much like the ol' building and loan in It's a Wonderful Life. I loved working there even though that business had nothing to do with my chosen degree. Upon graduation I decided I'd just stay there because it was comfortable, and nice, and familiar. 

A few months after graduation, a phone call came offering a job in my chosen field. I had not applied for this job and couldn't imagine how they got my name! Well they got it from my we set up an appointment for the interview in a teeny tiny little town two hours from home. I had never heard of this little town in Texas! My dad drove me to the interview and as we were exiting the highway to the town, I just knew.

I knew this town would be important. I knew they would hire me. I knew this would be my job.  I didn't understand how this would change the course of my life but I knew that I was moving from a life in the Dallas area to a small town of 800 people! 

That November I packed up my stuff and said goodbye to my parents and the savings and loan. 

I said hello to the most welcoming people you could ever want to meet. In fact, the first person I met in town was my husband's uncle.

 A short time after that I met my husband's sister.

 Then I met my husband's friends.

  And then I met him.

He didn't actually live in the teeny tiny little town but he came on the weekends because his family was there. We met and that was it! Yes the job was amazing too but the whole point is that phone call and that leap of faith led me to my husband of almost 30 years. 

Isn't it amazing that some small moments can really be SO BIG in the scheme of things? Sometimes small things are just small things that roll on by but sometimes they are wonderful and surprising and pivotal! 

There have been many amazing moments in life but that one little phone call has always been important in my mind. It's part of my story kind of like this out of style master bedroom furniture that hubby says is part of our story.  

Do you know the important and amazing moments in your life? I'd love for you to share with me in the comments.

Now about the book...our very special blogging friend KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms has a new book  coming out. I promise you, it's a book you don't want to miss!

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong...and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection 

It's not a book about DIYs really. This is a book for your heart. This book is for the moments when you aren't sure and need a little encouragement. This book and KariAnne's words will make you remember that we are all amazing, we just have to trust.

You can preorder your book before September 4th and receive free goodies to go along with it.

You can read other amazing stories here at Bluesky Kitchen or here at Botanic Bleu. 
Linking with:  Inspire Me Monday   The Scoop   Inspire Me Tuesday   Dream*Create*Inspire   
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thank You

Today I just want to take a moment to say, 

"Thank You". 

Thank you for reading and leaving sweet comments.

Sometimes readers leave kind comments to which I am not able to respond. 
It's usually because you are a No Reply Blogger or because you don't have a blog yourself.  I appreciate that you make the effort and would love to answer you personally.

Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time With the Butterflies

I've heard that there is all kinds of research now about how wonderful nature is for our health. I believe that 100%. Just going for a walk in the fresh air is so good for your heart and soul.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Our Forever Home Kitchen Tour

Hi friends. Welcome to the kitchen of our Forever Home!  If you could see me smiling now you'd know for sure how happy we are to be here.

This is the dream kitchen that we didn't know we were dreaming of!

Light and and bright is the name of the game in this Texas kitchen with white cabinets, glass inserts, granite counter tops, stainless appliances and a few farmhouse touches. Sherwin Williams Water on the island and the perfect chandeliers add favorite touches.

Friday, August 4, 2017

First Friday Home Tour: Get Your Pretty On

Are you all familiar with Alison Lumbatis from Get Your Pretty On?  

Alison authors an amazing website encouraging women to be their best everyday. She recommends clothing that is budget friendly yet stylish. She shares hair and makeup tips for women who want to be beautiful without spending all day and all of their money doing it.  Her efforts a few years ago to get out of a rut have now helped thousands of women around the globe create wardrobes and style that they love.

This month I'm featuring Alison's gorgeous home for our First Friday Home Tour.

I'll let Alison do the talking from here - 

We built our house ten years ago and although it was decorated exactly as I wanted it at the time, a decade has passed since then.  Just like you wouldn’t want to wear the same clothes for ten years, interior style needs updated too!

Our home is going through a transition period; the downstairs is nearly complete although I have a few more projects I’d like to focus on, like updating our kitchen cabinets. (hence the lack of kitchen photos) Our two favorite rooms we’ve redecorated so far are our combo formal dining/living area and my office.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August is Back To Month

Hi friends! Long time no see! I didn't mean to disappear but there were approximately 1,267,000 boxes to unpack and go through. That's a little bit of exaggeration but it sure felt that way.

I'm dubbing August as Back To month.  If January is goal setting month then August is definitely Back To time. What do I mean by that?

Back to school....

Back to schedules and good habits....

Back to church for some people...

Back to goal setting and marking things off the list...

Friday, July 7, 2017

First Friday Home Tour Featuring An Opulent Cottage

Happy first Friday in July! This is the day of the month when I get to feature another blogger's beautiful home. All of my color loving friends will be happy today to have some peeks of Andrea's home at Opulent Cottage. Andrea lives in a beautiful historic area of Dallas in the sweetest cottage that she shares with her husband, daughter, and a few rescued cats.  I've been reading her blog for a long time as I'm sure some of you have.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A DIY Fountain Anyone Can Do and A Giveaway Winner

Good morning and happy July! Can you believe the 4th is upon us? We definitely have a hard time believing that since it seems we've been in limbo for so long. We are in our new house now! This has been the most exhausting and wonderful experience in a long time.

Easy DIY fountain anyone can do using smartpond products exclusively from Lowe's.