With the help of my son, I have finally entered Blogland! I have been quite addicted to reading blogs for awhile now. I have learned so much from the many talented women I read about. What a privilege it is to be able to get a glimpse into the lives of others without even leaving ones home. I feel like I know so many of you and we have never had a single conversation!
I hope over time to improve the look of my blog, but I am very new at this and not very computer savvy. My son has graciously offered to step behind the scenes and help me to pretty things up a bit. Over time as you see my blog change, the credit will have to go to him.
This past year has been quite a journey for me. Life has taken some twists and turns. It has been a wild ride, but I have finally found a small amount of peace with it. It all began as my last child flew the nest in June after his high school graduation. My husband's boss wanted us to relocate to Georgia from Washington State and we decided the time was right for us to move. It was a hard decision, but all of our children are scattered - living in different states and our last child at home would be heading off to college now too.
We made our move in June - leaving MOST of our furniture behind. The furniture that we owned had made it through the raising of seven kids (but barely!) and now it was time to finally let it go. There was no way I was bringing it into my brand new home! Slowly but surely we are filling our home with new things. We still have a long way to go before we will be through - this house has a lot of rooms to fill! I was totally at a loss as to how to begin the huge project of starting over from scratch. We have had to do it all on a budget and a lot of our "new" things are actually gently used furniture items from a wonderful antique store/flea market that we have in the area. I will tell you a little bit more about the store in future posts. I learned of this store from a wonderful blogger that many of you probably know.
I have learned so much from the many talented women out there. My eyes have been opened to the amazing world of "repurposing" - taking used furniture and household items and changing them into items that will fit your home decor. I have so much yet to learn and haven't yet tackled a few big projects around my house. I bought a hutch and table and chairs that need to be refinished. It looks daunting and I have been procrastinating. With my new friends in Blogland, I hope to get the courage to finish them up to show you all.
My home is a blank palette - as a matter of fact, I was going to name my blog that - "The Blank Palette". I have yet to hang a picture on the wall and I have been here for 5 months - as you can see, I need help!
This holiday is going to be a hard one. I have only one of my seven children at home with me today. He is here from college so we will have to let him go this weekend, but I am trying to enjoy what little time I have with him. My children have always been my life and holidays were such a wonderful time in our home. This will be the first time that I will not be having a big Thanksgiving dinner. We will be going to one of our church member's home today instead. My girls have been calling me for recipes that I have used over the years so that THEY can do the meal this year for their families. It is hard to get used to - this new stage of my life. I am leaning on God to help me through it and hopefully in the future we will be able to find ways to see our family as often as we can.
I am hoping to make new friends here in Blogland - as well as use this as a way to reach out to my loved ones to keep them abreast of what life is like for me here in the South. Please leave me a message if you read my blog - I look forward to getting to know you and hope to be able to share a part of my heart with you.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving - kiss your loved ones and hold them close.
Thanks for reading!