This road we travel is full of twists, and turns. Ever changing as we reach each new milestone.
When I look back just four years ago, I was in a totally different place.
Physically, my face, and body didn't reveal the signs of stress, illness, and aging.
This little cottage was decorated with the antiques, and vintage furniture that I still love.
I can see more of a shabby/country flair that was popular just four short years ago.
How quickly trends change...and how I strived to stay on top of what seems to be popular in decor "at the moment".
Add a few years to these little bodies. Ethan is now starting to drive. Maddie is in junior high. Kayla competes in gymnastics. Zoey has a three year old little sister. Charlotte has a little sister that has taken her place...crying on the floor now. Anson is playing ball this summer.
It's all going by so fast....this road I'm traveling on.
My quest for keeping up with the changing styles, here at the Lakehouse, had caused me to take some side roads on life's journey.
I wanted what I saw on other people's blogs. My home wasn't ever as beautiful as the ones I was seeing every where else.
My focus wasn't on the road I originally had started out on.
I could classify myself as "coveting" my neighbors' goods.
Blogging was not turning out to be what I had intended it to be.
I had prayed for God to use this blog as a "beacon in the darkness".
It was to be used "for HIS glory".
I had changed....and I didn't like where I was at.
Everything happens for a reason. I truly believe this.
Blogging was just a small part of my life that needed correction.
I'm still struggling with areas, and issues in my life that I need to change.
One area is in judging others.
Whatever one's reason is for what they choose to do, should be their business.
I shouldn't use someone else's life as an example when trying to prove a point.
I've got enough dirt on my own floors to clean up.
Over the past four years, a lot of changes have taken place here at the Lakehouse.
There are a lot more ruffles, roses, and even some French dining chairs around the table.
My grandchildren are growing, and multiplying faster than the hollyhocks in the cottage garden.
God has healed my body from uterine cancer, and a perforated bowel.
The Crohn's disease has been in remission for three years.
My little booth, Seashells and Lavender, is still thriving.
I don't know how much longer I will be renting space...but for now, it's good.
We have made a few changes this past winter inside our cottage.
The walls were the same color for almost ten years.
Painting them lighter sets a brighter mood.
I feel like we've finally found furnishings that we BOTH like.
The road has been long, and at times, rough.
It shows in my eyes, and on my face.
As of today...I'm looking neither to the left, nor the right. I shall try to keep my eyes focused forward.
I will leave the things behind that need to be left.
I am closing down the Lakehouse blog.
I will be starting fresh, with a new blog called Seashells and Lavender.
I am hoping it will be a reflection of my commitment for the year 2014.