The In-between Days

Hello, sweet home making friends!

There is a time between December 25th and January 1st,
that seems to my days of reflection and refocusing.
You, too?

I can't help but think about all I've done this past year, 2012,
and whether it was good or bad, temporal-minded or eternal-minded,
meaningful or meaningless.
Probably all of the above.

And in the process, I decide, every year, that no matter the course I've laid out,
no matter the resolutions I have made,
my life is full of surprises,
interruptions and intention,
blessings and backfires,
wins and losses,
open and closed doors and windows,
and no matter where I thought I'd go each January 1st,
when I get to these in-between days at the end of the year 
and look back over this past year's days,
the path barely resembles the one I'd mapped.

This post is meant to be a reflection for me of surprises and intentions
that blessed my 2012.
It's also an extremely loose plan of the goals and plans
I am reflecting on for 2013.

I hope you don't mind my musings.

This past year

 I was willing,

shared 10 ways in which you can make money at home if you are a homemaker
(no get-rich-quick scheming here, just practical and doable ideas),

then we made something we've never made before:
a vanilla crepe cake, and my daughter, Miss S, shared the recipe,

reflected on being a host mom to Khomchan, from Thailand, 
Hyojin, from South Korea, and Jeep, from China,
and how it was worth every moment,

I found some ideas for uses for old armoires,

survived the writing of the series: 31 Days to a Staged Home (!!!),

turned a TV armoire into an office for my High School Senior girl,

and last but not least, 
I shared my Organized Kitchen :: The Baking Zone

This past year also included the shingles (for me) and the passing of my Gram 
who I talked about HERE and HERE.

This next year on my agenda is:

getting a blog/website a makeover from Kristin of Simply Klassic Design,

room by room, working my way down and around and out of the house
through the front door, staging our home to sell it by autumn.
Our Master Bedroom closet is already done
(the Master Bath is next- whoowee did this room need some help!),

our second daughter, Miss A, graduates from High School this May,

and as a graduation present,
we'd like to travel to Seoul, South Korea and Bangkok, Thailand to visit these two:

when we return, we will finish the details of selling this house
and we'd love to find a Craftsman bungalow in the historical district
here in Greenville, SC.
We've been house hunting and I've made a dream board on Pinterest,
speaking of Pinterest...

did you know that I am part of a group of organizing ladies
that strive to bring you our best home organizing ideas
to make your home making better?
My friends,
Becky from Organizing Made Fun
Anna from Ask Anna
Becky from Clean Mama

have made this ORGANIZING BOARD for YOU!
Check it out!
These gals are seriously amazingly fantastically organized!

In October, guess what's happening here in our
gorgeous downtown of Greenville, South Carolina!??
(I am stinkin' excited!)

Some of you may know Allume as the Relevant Conference,
formerly held in Harrisburg, PA.
What is Allume? It's a Christian women's blogger conference.

From their About page:
Our goal at Allume is to minister to the woman, the blogger, the story teller. 
We want to love well, encourage, and spur women on to shine the Light that lives within them. 
We want to serve you in ways that cultivate the Light in you, help you expand your influence, 
use your influence well (in your home, your community, or around the world) 
and encourage you with stories of those who are living out the Light.

I've been to the conference. It is not to be missed.

If any of you are coming, email me and I'd like to extend 
hospitality to you through anything you may need with here in Greenville
(we've lived here almost 20 years, so it's home).

I think I'll have plenty to keep me busy.
But I'll remember:

Happy New Year!
I am so thankful for you.
Words cannot express the joy I feel as we all share this
homemaking journey together!
May we bring peace and joy to our homes as we work in it every day!

What are some of your plans this year?


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  1. Enjoyed your last post for the year of 2012. Looking forward to many more in 2013.

    1. Thank you! We all do accomplish much more than we realize in a year, don't we :)
      Love and joy to you this year!

  2. Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and being such a generous spirit. I look forward to reviewing your staging suggestions as we place our home on the market and move closer to your neck of the woods. Continued blessings to you and yours...

    1. Hi Daisy!
      Let me know when you get here!!
      Maybe we could meet one another!
      I pray hope and peace for you this new year!

  3. Oh, I'm going to have a blast going back over all these links soon... Wow! I've enjoyed your posts this year!


    1. Kelley!
      I will keep going this year, then, LOL!
      HUGS to you wherever you are on your way to or from today!
      Love, me

  4. You've had a busy, great year and such an exciting year coming up! Thanks for sharing yourself and your home... both beautiful. I always enjoy your posts. :) xoxo

    1. Hi Kate!
      You've had an awesome year, too!
      Thank you for your encouragement!
      I appreciate you!
      P.S. You are still my first bloggy friend!

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