Thankful and Counting my Blessings

This week I'm joining other bloggers to express my thankfulness and share parts of our homes. Just so happens that our home is completely and totally disassembled at this point because we are about to move.  So I'll share some photos and thoughts of the 4 1/2 years that we've lived here if that's ok with you. 

I am feeling a little sentimental right now. 



We moved back to our home state of Texas 4 1/2 years ago after living in Oklahoma for 23 years. We loved it there so much but we were thrilled to move back home.  It was a hard move! We left friends in Oklahoma who are still like family to us. Our #1 red headed son is also still there but we keep the hope that he'll move here sooner or later.
When we moved here the house and yard were both a clean slate.  We went to work immediately creating beautiful gardens and welcoming birds and wildlife into our yard. 
Adding the pond was the best of all projects because when you add water nature thrives!
This house has provided plenty of  "decorating opportunities". 
That's what my husband calls it...

We went from blank and beige to colorful and welcoming.


In this 4 1/2 years we've had friends visit, hosted parties, completed projects...




We've soaked it all in, baked a few goodies, and grown.


I could keep going but I'll stop now. The years in this house have held the greatest struggles we've ever experienced and great joys. We always know that we are blessed to be alive and to be loved. There's a church in town that has a sign out all the time with words of wisdom. Right now it says,


Thanks for letting me count a few today and I hope you have many to count too. 

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29 comments

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Stacey, Excited to see where you land. What a sweet journey for you in this house and I'm sure the next chapter will be just as blessed. Counting our blessings is definitely something to do every single day!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I loved this post! I am looking forward to watching you build you new home.

Simply LKJ said...

Such a sweet post. I know your new home will be filled with many wonderful memories in no time!

Andrea Nine said...

Isn't it amazing how a home and place whete you plant your roots evokes so much? I love the stories behind where You've dwelled, and I cannot wait to see your new home, and that's just it you'll make it home with the most beautiful touches and loving touches in no time!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a great post! I loved looking back with you Stacey, and I know that you will make your next home as beautiful and full of life and love as you have made this one! Looking forward to the next step in your journey :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I can relate to the struggles of moving and leaving friends and all you have grown to love. I hope your new home and adventure is the best ever

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Such a nice post! You sure made that house into a home. :)

Sandy said...

It is hard to leave a place you called home where memories were made, but I can't wait to see your new home. Moving forward is good for us.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh you are going to love and thrive in your new home and outdoor space!
Jemma

Kim said...

Lots of living (and poofing) under that roof in only 4 1/2 years. I know that the new house will bring you more opportunities to decorate, garden, entertain and if need be, weather life's storms in the comfort of home. Of course, I am hoping you'll take some of your red with you. Even if it's only in the garden!!

Jeanie said...

Oh, so important to look back with love at such special times and in a wonderful spot. I know you'll take the best of that -- the heart of your home -- with you to your new home. And I can't wait to hear all the stories that will begin when you open the door and move in!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely 'counting your blessings' post! Thank you for sharing from your life/heart.

May the move into new home be smooth. A home where new memories will be made to add to cherished ones in your heart.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Junkchiccottage said...

So sweet Stacey. You made this home a special one with so many wonderful memories. Now it is on to a new place to make and call home. The one sure thing we all have in our life journey's is that is is always evolving. So excited to see you start this next chapter of your life.
Hugs,
Kris

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, what a beautiful post of counting your blessings. I can't wait to follow your journey in your new home! Counting my blessings always give me a new perspective! Pam @ Everyday Living

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I so enjoyed reading your post on counting your blessings, Stacey! Then I read your post on your house selling...woohoo! Congratulations and best wishes to you as you set out on this adventure. Hopefully you'll be in your new home within months.

Richella Parham said...

I love this!! You're so right--counting your blessings is a great way to "get rich quick"!

I know that you have many mixed feelings as you make this move, but what a great way to proceed--by considering all the blessings, even mixed in with the challenges, that have been yours in this home.

Marlene Stephenson said...

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.And know wherever you go will be a great adventure also. I live in Shawnee,Okla and i love Oklahoma also.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

It's so bittersweet leaving one home for another- it really does cause you to walk and re-walk down memory lane so often. Especially packing. I know you'll be very, very happy building your new forever home close to sweet Jemma and I wish you years and years of happiness there. xo, T.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stacey, what a beautiful story of thankfulness on your journey. You and your family are an inspiration of courage. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter and new home. Thank you for sharing your sentimental heart! xo

Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog said...

I'm so happy for you! Your new home is beautiful and the good times and wonderful memories are already piling up. What a blessing to get to know you better. I am so honored to share this blog hop with you. Thanks for such a lovely glimpse into your sweet heart and wonderful life. XOXO Susie from Chelsea Project

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Amen to that Stacey. The more we count our blessing the richer we become. We learn to appreciate every little thing and not take anything at all for granted from the smallest to the largest. It was a pleasure to see the transformation in your home and to see it teaming with life. I wish you and your family many more wonderful memories in your new home.

Paula Tisch said...

Hi Stacy - A bittersweet time, leaving your home and starting a new adventure. We have moved many times, from Minnesota to Wisconsin to Oklahoma back to Minnesota and back to Wisconsin! I have loved each adventure but it is hard to leave every time. :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It sounds like you have had an amazing and poignant journey through life in this house. I wish you only good and happy occurrences in the next home! I thank God every day for all my blessings. Life has not always been easy but I am grateful for the strength and love I've been give of faith, family and friends.

Jaybird said...

Yaaay for you!!! I can't wait to see your new "dream home"!! This post was beautiful...blessings are everywhere, and have no set address!
Have a lovely weekend (probably full of HARD work!!). My sweet daughter is in Keller doing a show up there. Wish I could be there too!!
Blessings,
J

Http://whatmeeganmakes.com said...

You are so right! Moving is hard! Your home, attitude and family are just beautiful. You can really tell you heart goes into everything you do.
Thank you, Stacey.

Laura said...

YOU are the blessing :)

taylorlisa said...

Every time we moved during our Air Force years was always bittersweet. It's strange how excitement for what lies ahead and sadness for what you leave behind, can co-exist.

Lynn Bean said...

Stacey, what a wonderful post. It is so true, how can we be depressed when we count our blessings. Have a wonderful week.

Eilis said...

Thank you for sharing your special memories at Monday Social. We hope you'll be back this week!