Archives for September 2009

Staying Encouraged in Tough Times

Staying Encouraged in Tough Times


I have always looked forward to autumn. I love putting away the summer decor and bringing out the warm fluffy blankets and fall pillows. I daydream about cold evenings with my family nestled together by the fire. I picture a cozy life of comfort and void of stress. Yes, I know. I am a dreamer.

Contrary to my dreams, my real life involves a little more stress than I’d like. More than once over the past couple of years I’ve wanted to hide under my warm cozy sheets in the morning and not peek my head out at all. Not even to bake brownies.

Next month will mark two years since our life felt “comfortable.” In the fall of 2007, my husband found out his job was going to be outsourced. I remember the day he told me our world was going to change. I felt my heart sink to my knees and my stomach do flip flops.

I’m over at (in)courage today, so click here to read the rest of this story

photo inspiration: Country Living

Fall Nesting Tips: #2

Fall Nesting Tips: #2

Now is a great time to spend a little time nesting in the entry of your home. Even if you only have a door that enters directly into a living room, give it a few “entry like” details such as a floating shelf for keys, a rug and a mirror. Consider things like a tray or basket for shoes, a seasonal plant or bowl of baby pumpkins, a Fall rug and a fresh coat of paint on the door or bench. And why not a small pitch fork as protection against intruders or unruly guests? (Ha, just kidding — but it does add personality and is an interesting conversation piece!)

photo inspiration: Country Living

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