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 university....so 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

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.




Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending time with my Butterfly Brigade friends as we released four Monarchs in our local park. I shared this park with you several months ago when we were planting seeds and flowers. Our great city, Rockwall, TX has accepted the challenge of making our spaces friendly to butterflies and other pollinators.




With the help of the city and lots of volunteers, this is happening and it's so exciting!



It really isn't that difficult to attract and keep butterflies and pollinators in our yards and public spaces. We need to provide host plants which often occur naturally. We need to take care not to remove/mow all of their habitat. We must take care not to overuse pesticides and herbicides.



My part in this effort has been minute over the past few months since we've been moving. I'm happy now to get back in the groove and do what I can to help.  We do have the most special leader who has taken this on as her calling.  Mary finds many chrysalises at her home garden. She collects them and releases them when the time is right. She speaks sweetly to the butterflies and to God. "Thank you God." "Thank you Father."  


Releasing these Monarchs was truly a sight to behold. It's like watching little miracles happen right before our eyes!



Of course any natural space is home to other creatures too. We were visited by a Swallowtail butterfly who looks a little worn but what a beauty!


This little bunny kept us company the whole time and never ran away. I think she knew we wouldn't hurt her.


It's always fun to see a colorful dragonfly.


I'm so thankful for this outside time even on a super hot day. Have you been outside with nature lately? 

If you enjoy reading about butterflies you might like these posts:



Linking with:  Share Your Style   Sundays at Home



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.

Seriously, when we started this house building project our vision was for a light and bright kitchen with cabinets to the ceiling. That's pretty much how developed the plan was.  With many long hours spent studying kitchens on Pinterest and in magazines, we came up with this dream spot.

Light fixtures were picked from Pottery Barn and a local store. They are beautiful and functional....just perfect for shining the light on a pan of cookies or lasagna.

The island is 12 feet long with Sherwin Williams Watery on the woodwork. The blue seems to be the part that most people are drawn to and it's the choice most friends are surprised we made. :)

We've already had a couple of gatherings here in the six weeks since we moved in and the island is very helpful. We can serve lots of people here. 


The secret ingredient in this kitchen is love.

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.


The farm sink was definitely a dream item but I worried and fretted about this choice, y'all. We haven't had a white porcelain sink in a long time and I wasn't sure about the maintenance. You aren't advised to use bleach on the sink and this bleach loving girl just couldn't imagine! However, it's really not a big deal at all with trays in the bottom of the sink for protection and a little baking soda/Dawn mixture to scrub it clean. Everyday I smile at this sink. 

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.

Hello pretty backsplash. I love you so much!

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.


The kitchen is filled with old and new things. The old things make us feel at home and the new things add excitement to life. We are so thrilled to be here and look forward to life and memories being made.

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.


Seeded glass in some of the cabinets and glass knobs on the doors add sparkle.


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.


A few little nooks along with open shelves give me space to display things that we enjoy. I'm dreaming of the holiday decorating that can happen here.


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.

Thanks for stopping by today and for cheering us on through the building/moving process.  In the short time we've been here, we are already feeling very much at home. To say that we are grateful would be such an understatement!

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.