Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Looking Back and Moving Forward...



It’s been a little over nine months since Mom passed.
It’s been a long nine months.
I’ve had an enormous amount of responsibility and I’ve had an enormous amount of help from friends.
I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing friends.
Thank you, my amazing friends!!!

Photo of my "amazing friends" was taken a couple of weeks ago...we had a pajama party!













The house is on the market, FINALLY!











I am hoping it will find the right person, or family, that will enjoy it as much as we have.

Several years, prior to buying this home, Mom and I had prayed for a home that we could have to serve friends and family.
We wanted a home that everyone would feel that they were welcome, any time.
Our prayers were answered.
In March of 2004 we found a lovely cottage style home in Franklin TN.


These photos were taken in 2008. We loved to decorate for Christmas!
































We spent time, energy and money into renovating it and trying to create an atmosphere that would be appealing to not only us, but to all that entered here.























Many wonderful memories on the front porch....
















When I think back on the visitors we have had and the great times we have shared in this home....it brings me great joy. 


Our neighbors who became a part of  our family....




















It turned out to be the home that my Mom and I had prayed for.


My sweet Mom,  preparing something yummy in the kitchen.




















We had to endure some difficulties along the way, but in the long run...I think they were worth the hurdles.

I will leave this house with great memories in my heart to treasure for the rest of my life.
I will always remember the good times, and be thankful for them.
The difficult times, aren't as much fun. 
However, they taught me a lot and changed me for the better.  

As I move forward with my life in Michigan....there are some new surprises to share with you. They are filled with hope and joy. 

God is so good to give us a new beginning ... when we would think there is nothing left but ash from the fire. 

Thank you for your love and encouragement through this season of my life. 

It’s not over yet, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  
Hugs and Love, 
Julie 

4 comments:

Scrollwork said...

Julie, your resilient spirit encourages and inspires me. I pray for many moments of pure joy in your future. Your Mom is no doubt so very proud of the daughter she raised. Hats off to her!

pink*cherub*moon said...

Julie Sweetie! I am so happy that you've listed the house and are that much closer to your move! I know that this has been the most difficult time of your life and you are a true inspiration to us all to never give up, never lose faith and to never say never! I admire your passion for life and your tenacity! I wish that you hadn't had to go through all of this but I know that you are stronger and ready for your next adventure! Please keep posting about your progress and those surprised in Michigan! Take care, good luck with the sale and love you much! Hugs, Leena

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thank you so much!
Your words are so encouraging.
Thanks for taking the time to spend with me on my journey!
Julie

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thank you my dear Leena!
You are always always always such an encouragement in my life!
I can't wait to be back in the saddle, keeping up with you more often!
I miss you!
Hugs and Hugs!!
Julie