Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Looking Back

Taking a look back 
I bought this house in 2005
It was a terrible mess and 
I remember thinking 
                                                                 What have I done!!!!!
After gutting the kitchen, 
refinishing the floors, 
painting every surface 
I moved in two months later to live 
happily ever after......

These pictures were taken a couple of 
weeks before I moved out. I was selling most all of what is pictured here.
I had to downsize because I was renting out my darling cottage 
and moving in with my sister and her family. 
I made the decision to do this after almost two years of being unemployed.
I did not want to go and I really did not want to give up all of my "things"
I thought my heart would be broken and that everything 
would be hard and painful.

I have not regretted it ..........ever!
Yes I loved my little cottage and all of my STUFF
and I thought I would live out the end of my days there.
God had other plans for me and he has blessed me beyond measure.
It was such a good move for me and one that never would 
have happened if not for the downturn
in the economy. 
What I thought would destroy me and my financial future did not. 
I now live in a beautiful home, very close to the beach, with family.
This has been really good for me and living with Kerri, Lowell, Nick, 
and Michael (my son) helps me to be more giving and
to think of others more. 
Lots of people ask me if it is hard to share space with
family and it really hasn't been in our case. It is not perfect.
But it is really close to being perfect.

My little cottage was once featured on the cover of Romantic Homes. 
I thought that was the best thing that ever happened to me, 
that I would live there forever and continue to 
collect all the little treasures that I loved. God has other plans for me, 
I hope they are all as good as this plan was,

but if not I hope I choose to go where he leads..............



Elyse said...

i can barely catch my breath or concentrate on your writing because i am stunned. i never realized that this was your home! this is one of my all-time favorite issues of RH and i was just looking at it again TODAY! landing on the pages about your home, as i always do. omg. kim! you're that kim!

is this making any sense?

okay, i am going to calm down and re-read your post!


Elyse said...

phew. as promised, i'm back. your post now has given me a lump in my throat. we've been getting a few of what i call "life's curve balls" and it's always reaffirming to read stories like yours where plans we didn't set out to do end up being just where we were meant to be.

am i making any sense today? hope so.

with love,

stefanie said...

what a cute cottage, you never know where life is going, but you have something even better than a cute cottage..LOVE and FAmily!!!!! things come and go and you can't take it with you, but, love and family are Forever...good for you counting the blessings you have!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

While your cottage is charming...you are so wise to appreciate the priceless treasure of family!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It's so encouraging.
P.S. Also wanted to say, I agree. God uses all things to His good if we let Him.

Julie said...

Oh, Kim--what a wonderful and beautiful cottage! But what's even more beautiful is your sweet outlook and attitude concerning God's will in our lives.

You made that cottage a bit of heaven on earth, and I'm pretty certain you'll be doing the same in your new home with your family...thanks for sharing this today!

Elyse said...

me again ... i have been thinking about this post since i read it. a great post, kim. very inspiring.


BellaRosa said...

Kim amor, I want to thank you for this post from my heart...so many of us are going through some really difficult and trying times with this economy...I actually got alot of strength & hope from your post...I...my story is very similar to yours amor, you know, we should talk one day or get together for lunch...I would soo love that...I hope to hear from you amor...anytime :) Besos, Rose


June said...

Oh Kim this is such a beautiful post. it brought tears to my eyes reading about how you have seen the blessing come to you. Seeing the silver lining in your circumstances. I loved it. Your cottage truly is the cutest thing. Thank you for sharing your dear heart.

vicki archer said...

A wonderful way to think Kim....and what a beautiful home you had, xv.

kate said...

my heart goes out to you, im am totally understanding
you,,,, keep your chin up and new surprises come every day
best to you

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Kim, this is such a beautiful post. Having been to your darling home, I can attest to the fact that it was so sweet. But you are so right, stuff is only stuff. It's the people you have in your life that matter most.

Following God's plan isn't always easy, but it's always just perfect for us!

Lovely to hear from you! xoxo Lidy

Anonymous said...

Hello Kim, What a lovely home you created! I'm so sorry you had to part with it but family IS the most precious thing.
I just wanted to say, all the lovely objects that you filled your home with will have been sold on and are now continuing their stories and journeys, and filling other homes with joy now. I am very sentimental about the treasures I find and love and the stories of their own pasts but the beauty of these things is that they move on and are recycled. That's what makes vintage and antiques truly beautiful.

All my love, Sadie at Flea x

Cathy said...

Your little cottage is precious...I am sure you miss it...I know I would!

I agree with Sadie however...God's plan is perfect and I am sure he has wonderful plans for you...think of all of the things he can do with talent such as yours!

I am so glad I found you today...this post has been a blessing!


Leanne said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. (Hmm, has Dawn put the word out? I haven't checked my blogs yet.)

Anyway, I think my heart would've broken to leave that cottage behind too, but it seems to me that you will always have a piece of it with you to cherish and remember!

Melissa said...

Congrats on the Romantic Homes spot. That's wonderful! Its so great that you can live with that creative sister in harmony and work together. Clearly, the creative gene is alive and well in your family!

Anonymous said...

cute cottage! looking forward to seeing you and your Sis at Glitterfest!!

Bethany said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet words. I am so glad Elyse sent you my way. Wow, your blog is beautiful! I will be back to visit.

Diane said...

Yes you did have a darling Cottage Home and yes it was filled with wonderful collections, I am sure if you are anything like me you will find everything you need. This has been a wild ride for a lot of us we have had to make changes in our lifestyles each day just to survive. I am sure glad you are in a safe and loving place. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Diane

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Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Beautiful home, beautiful photos! Similar thing nearly happened to us early this year and it was a bit of a turning point for me because I came to the realisation that it all really is just "stuff" and the things that matter most ~ my family ~ would always be with me. I have quite a different outlook now.
alicia :0)
ps. plus I have found it isnt so hard to find more new and interesting stuff when the time is right!

kpf said...

You have a wonderful positive attitude, a fabulous style, a good eye; you must very appreciated by the people in your life. May all the best come to you.

Lallee said...

Kim, I was blog hopping yesterday....following links to blogs, entertaining myself. I ran across yours and my time ran out. I happened to keep your blog until I could return for more.I had stopped with my screen on this post. While looking at your beautiful pictures, I began to READ this particular post. It's wonderful! God can take us on journeys that are so frightening, way out of our comfort zones. What a beautiful testimony your life is that HE knows what He is doing! I always pray He will help me hold my 'things' loosely. I don't want to be anywhere that He doesn't want me to be. I would miss out on the best He has for me! Thank you so much for sharing this. I look forward to reading your blog often now.