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