A House Update and a Sunday Saying . . .

Things have been so busy around here.  Every moment of the day seems to be focused on getting our house ready to be put on the market.  It looks like we're coming down the homestretch finally.  Hurray!!  Still on the "To Do" list is painting, finishing up the addition of  new trim, staging the new room that Jim built, etc., etc.  Time and money have run thin.  We don't want to give potential buyers too much leverage when it comes to money.  I so dislike that everything always comes down to money.  It can make you lose sight of the beauty and magic that is going on around you that is going to lead you to the next step of your life.  I had a few days of sitting on the "pity pot" last week.  My husband talked me out of it.  They say that buying and selling a home can be a huge stress on a marriage but it hasn't been the case with us.  It's actually been wonderful so far.  I've come to appreciate Jim all the more seeing what his hands have built.  He has made our visions come into fruition.  AND, not sure if I mentioned this or not, he got the job that he interviewed for last month.  No more commuting into Manhattan and getting up at 3 am!!!  Happy day!!!  It's all good stuff and I'm excited for the coming months to see what the Universe has up its' sleeve for us.  : )

I'm hoping to start blogging more regularly again.  I've been outside taking photos and enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having the last few days before the heat and humidity creep in again. I hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend (if you're in the states)!!!  : )

A quote I read this morning on Facebook that I wanted to share . . .


I really love this.  It definitely strikes a chord with me!!!

Many blessings for a happy and safe Sunday ~ Wendy


Birthday Wishes and a Sunday Saying . . .

Today our beautiful, sweet, sassy, kind, funny and smart girl turns five.  FIVE!!  So hard to believe!!  She's the cherry on top of our cake that has made our family complete.  I never thought I'd have a fourth child let alone a baby girl.  She has taught me so many life lessons in the five short years since she's been a part of our family.  After three boys, a girl is a whole other Universe!!!

My beautiful Megan Grace.  I love you with all of my heart and soul.  You are truly a gift from above and I honor your presence in my life.  Amazing Grace.

Many blessings for a beautiful Sunday ~ Wendy


Work, Play and Magic . . .

Megan and her bff Cybele.

It looks like spring is finally here to stay with temps reaching near 90 degrees today.  A beautiful breezy day with bright blue skies and a hint of the heat to come.  Thankfully, minus the humidity.  YUCK!!! 

We've been spending lots of time outdoors but also plugging away on the indoor stuff on our "To Do Before We List the House" list.  The family room is almost finished.  Just some trim work left to do and a few other little things.  Jim put the floor down last week and I can't tell you how impressed I am with all that my man knows how to do.

Speaking of my man, yesterday was our 7 year wedding anniversary.  I can honestly say I can't believe it's been 7 years already and at the same time I can't believe it's only been 7 years.  We've grown so much as a couple and continue to learn things about each other regularly.  He is truly my best friend and I still get butterflies in my stomach when I look at him.  He's an amazing father and husband and I know that he was being groomed to be in the lives of our three sons and I long before we met.  The Universe/God gifted him to us after having to deal with the heartache of losing my first husband and my father/the boys' dad and Grandpop within a year of each other.  Not a doubt in my mind.

AND . . .  After waiting and praying for more than two weeks, we found out this morning that he got the job he interviewed for!!!!  He will no longer have to commute into Manhattan.  It's still the same company but at its location in the county where we live.  When we move, his commute would've been very difficult due to the hours that he works.  Now it will be much easier for him.  Amazing Grace!!!!  There are so many other wonderful things going on with us right now but they're all kind of in the early stages so I hesitate to share just yet.  Let's just say MAGIC HAPPENS when you trust that things are falling into place the way they're meant to be.

Our living proof that magic happens!!!!!  : )

Many blessings for a beautiful and magical Tuesday ~ Wendy


This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Bowling with girlfriends.

Many blessings for a very happy Friday and a beautiful weekend ahead ~ Wendy


Letting Go and a Very Special Thank You . . .

On Saturday,  my honey and I spent almost three hours in Home Depot.  With long list in hand, we wandered the aisles looking for the remains of what we need to finish getting our house listed for sale.  It's starting to get real for me.  I've begun packing away all of the family photos and knick knacks that have sentimental value to me.  Our realtor told us this enables potential buyers to come in and envision where they would put their own personal things.  It's also helping me to detach from my home of almost 15 years.  

Some pretty pops of colorful flowers at Home Depot.

I have to admit I'm a little sad to be leaving.  I have a lot of memories connected to this little house of ours.  My first husband and I bought it together.  We brought our third born son home to this house.  I look out our front window and see the beautiful Japanese maple tree he planted  not long before he passed away suddenly four years after we moved in.  We were embraced by our little community when he passed and I can't begin to put into words how eternally grateful I am for that.

Six years later, with my new husband, undoubtedly sent from above, we brought home our sweet baby girl to this house. I've watched our two older boys grow from young boys to young men here.

Waiting to go in for my c-section.

So many beautiful memories that I'll always carry with me.  But I know in my heart, it's time to move on and make new memories in our new home.  It will be the first home that Jim and I purchase together.  It will be a new chapter in our lives and I'm so excited for that.  New places to photograph, new friends to meet, new friends for the kids to meet.  I'll be closer to my family and still only a half hour away from all that we have now.  : )

Speaking of new friends . . .

My wonderful new friend and fellow blogger, Lorraine, of  Mama's Mercantile , sent Megan this beautiful daisy headband that she made all the way from England.  I saw it on her blog and Megan happened to be looking over my shoulder at the time.  She said she LOVED it!!!  I commented to Lorraine about Megan's reaction and she generously offered to make one for her. 

She is one happy little girl and has worn it every day since we received it!!!  Thank you from the bottom of our heart, Lorraine!!!!  You are the best!!!!  We loved the handmade card, too!!!!  XOXO

 Many blessings for a beautiful Tuesday ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .


Eben Pagan


I couldn't choose just one this week so I thought I'd share a few!!  : )

Have a very happy Sunday and a beautiful week ahead ~ Wendy


This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Working on a masterpiece.  : )

Many blessings for a happy Friday and a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy


Celebrating the Great Outdoors Once Again . . .

Girlfriends holding hands on a beautiful day!!!

The sun finally returned this weekend after a week long disappearance.  The temperatures teetered on being warm and we were actually able to keep the windows open for more than an hour at a time.  Hurray!!  On Sunday Megan and I spent the afternoon at a local street fair with some friends.  It was so nice to be outside in the sun.  Before long, I'll be doing my best to avoid it but, for now, I'm loving it.  The three amigas above were loving it too!!! 

Happy hair!!  : )

A vendor was selling these wonderful hats.  We had to stop and try them on, of course. 

I couldn't resist!!!  It was my one and only purchase of the afternoon and I can't wait to wear it!!!

Everybody needs a little Gummi Bear poop!!!!  : )

Every girl has to have a little bling!!!

Today it's back to cloudy skies and April showers.  I'm counting the days until we see the May flowers!!!  : )

Many blessings for a very happy Tuesday ~ Wendy