(more) Random Favorites III – 31:31

Today is the end of the 31 days of writing.  I am patting myself on the back just a little that I made it for the entire 31 days.  I wasn’t sure what direction to go for my last post in this series.  I thought it should be something profound or gasp worthy. You know, go out with a bang! So you’d come back for more. The truth is, I still have lots of favorites marinating around in the back of my head and I couldn’t quite choose just one.  I thought about a list of my favorite quotes, or talking about my favorite ice cream.  Finally, I decided to just go with another list of random favorites.

1.  Current favorite ice cream – Kroger Private Selection Denali Caramel Caribou Ice Cream.  You can thank me later. After you have experienced it’s smooth creamy decadence.

2. One of my favorite magazines – Country Living.  I first fell in love with CL in my early 20’s when I was in full mode country decor phase.  In many ways I guess I would still be somewhat of a country decor gal, but not so much the layered country look.  Although if you came to my house right now you’d probably tell me it looked layered. In recent years CL has gone with a simple, clean, crisp country look for the most part. And they have kept up with the current trend of going vintage to re-purpose items.

3.  One of my favorite decorating elements is old windows:

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This is leaning in my kitchen window – the lights were up at Christmas.

4.  Using white lights and tulle to decorate for Christmas and silver ornaments:

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5.  My favorite Italian Restaurant – Melini Cucina.  We have eaten there several times and have never been disappointed.  The food is well worth the wait and everything I have tried has been wonderful.  My mouth is watering now just thinking about it.

6.  In closing I will leave you with a few of my favorite quotes:

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PM.mail.quote7.  And a favorite scripture quote – I discovered this one several years ago and I thought it was good advice:

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Enjoying favorites in grace,

Teresa (Sadie Grace)

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Back Where We Started

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Stained glass from church I attended as a teenager; you can see my parents house through the Little House Window. When a door closes a window opens.

Some of you have heard me talk about The Little House.  It sits next door to my parents house, in a small town that nestles close to Eastern Kentucky.  This is a house that we almost purchased in 2007 when we moved from Tennessee to Louisville.  It never sold exactly – family members of the owner purchased it and rented it out.  Three neighbors later my Dad was tired of not knowing who his neighbors would be.  He also wanted back access to his property and access to a garage.  So, long story short, we worked out a deal with my Dad and in 2010 he bought one of the most expensive driveways ever.  As far as house prices go it was a really great deal!  So, it is now our little house.  It has been our weekend getaway.  Soon it will be our home.

Yes, you heard me correctly, we are moving home.  Sometimes you know in your gut what needs to happen, but you can’t make the decision.  As in our case, sometimes there are too many what if’s and too many variables and so making the right decision is a back and forth that wears you out.  A few weeks ago, after our walk in Cherokee Park, I came home and we had a conversation that resulted in a decision that we thought would keep us in Louisville through December.  Then, as sometimes happens, a chance conversation totally changed everything and we just knew.  It’s time to leave.

That is our experience.  In a split second, a decision that had been muddling our thoughts for weeks, suddenly became crystal clear and that stirring in the gut that had been whispering “change is coming”, came into focus and just like that, we were moving back home.

Totally on faith.  Mr. Piano is finishing his dissertation and making final preparations to graduate in December.  That will be his focus.  My focus will be this blog and pursuing other writing opportunities.  We don’t know what the future holds, or what plans God has for us, or even how long we will get to stay home.  But we know God is in the move.

Our course has been charted, circumstances beyond our control have come into play and we are embarking on yet another adventure.  The story is still being written, but we have complete faith in the author and we know that he has our back.

In the meantime, we plan to splash the “extra colors” we’ll be bringing home all over the place and look at everything with “new eyes”.  We’ll settle into a simpler rhythm and it may just be as if we never left, only better.

Moving with Grace,

Sadie