Sunday, May 13, 2012

Looking Back And Looking Forward (Picture Heavy Post)


Hello all my very missed blogging buddies!

I can’t believe it has been a week since I have been online.

I have been checking in as often as possible, although I do admit, I haven't been leaving many comments.

My internet has been down since last Tuesday, just got it up and going today and it is too difficult for my chubby fingers to type on my phone. :)

Plus it has been a hectic, Crazy, exhausting week!!

We were able to have our yard sale Saturday and we did pretty good.  I was able to clear a lot of junk hidden treasures from the the house.

I really thought it would be difficult to let go of some of the things, but surprisingly, it wasn't.

I was actually glad to see them sell, even though I can admit, it was mostly because I didn't want to have to move it all back in. :)

I worked on getting things set up from 9AM on Friday morning and didn't finish until 10:30PM that night.

OMGoodness, I don't think I have ever been so tired and sore as I have been since the sale.

Yes, I’m still super sore!!

Mostly my legs. Ouch!

I keep asking myself, Are you Really that Out of Shape??



Now onto the title of this post…

Looking back.

While I was cleaning out some things I came across some old photos of my house.

We moved into our home April of 2003 and these were taken later that year.

I actually giggled when I looked at these.  Oh my, how my taste has changed, IMO for the better. Heehee!

So lets step back in time…

October 2003

The dining room…






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My goodness, I sure had a lot of stuff! When I was looking at these I kept thinking,

“Oh wow, I remember that”,

“I had forgotten about that”, etc.

And yes, sometime’s…

“Man, I wish I still had that.”  Heehee

Summer 2004

Things are starting to come together…


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Dining Room Present Day 2012

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Now onto the kitchen…

October 2003

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Summer 2004

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Present Day 2012

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Master Bedroom

October 2003

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Present Day 2012

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And one more final look back….

The living room.

October 2003

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Summer 2004

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Present Day 2012

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I hope you got as big of a kick out these photos as I did.

I was talking to my daughter about them and saying something like, I can’t believe how I had the house decorated, it’s funny to look back.

And she said,

Yes, and years from now you will see pictures of how it looks now and think the same thing.

Of course, I profusely denied that!!


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Now onto the second part of the post…

Looking Forward.

I’m actually doing a lot better.

I give all the credit to God and all you wonderful people who have been surrounding me in prayers!

I feel so much lighter these days.

Yes, all the same situations surround us, as they did before, but everything feels different now.

Different since I surrendered everything to God.

No more worrying, no more dreading, no more pity party.

I know it may roll up on me again, especially when we get a buyer and I actually have to move.

But I’m going to try not to let it.

I’m going to try to stay faithful and strong.

I decided to look at all of this as an adventure.

I don't know where I’m going, how I'm going to get there, but I’m going to release trying to control everything and let God lead us.

This might sound silly to some but something that I found that helps me, is asking myself this…

If Jesus arrived at my front door and said,

“Come with me. I want to take you somewhere.  I have a journey for you.”

Would I be afraid?


Would I question his decisions?


Would I tell him, that I don't want to do this or that?


Would I take his hand and trust that no matter where we went I would be taken care of?


So that is my view on life right now.

Walking with God and letting him lead me. Not me tugging and pulling, trying to control the journey.

What a relief it is!!!


I don’t have a clue where I’ll be a year from now, a month from now, or heck even tomorrow, but that’s okay.

Because I know without any doubt we will be okay and that God will lead us to where he wants us to be.  Where ever that is, I know it will be so much better than anything I could have planned.

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So once again, I ask that all my wonderful blogging friends please forgive me if I am not around much.

Please don’t forget about me! :)

*Or think that I have forgotten about you all, because that will never happen!

We do have a couple coming to view the house Memorial Day Weekend.

They live up north and will be down this way for the holiday.

They have seen photos of the house, exchanged emails and Brett spoke with them on the phone.

Yes, I still have all those half finished projects to get done.

So that is what I am going to get started on tomorrow.

I have a feeling my body aches are only just beginning! LOL!

I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Until next time…

Take care and Prim Filled Blessings to you All!




Marie, what’cha think about Tea’ being in town?? :)



Hillcresthome Prims said...

Tam, NO ONE will forget you. We all LOVE you.
I have been praying for you and I have noticed that you haven't been blogging but I understand why.
What I love about you is you DON'T hide anything, you TELL how it is from your loving heart.

I loved seeing how you changed in decor, we all do.
God has a reason my friend and you wait and see you are going to find a beautiful homestead and then you get to decorate it your way which you have a real knack for.
Think of it this way where ever you lay your roots(FAMILY) that is HOME!

We are getting new window's and I have to ask in your bedroom and down stairs where did yiu get those curtains because those are the curtains I have been looking for, coud you when you have time email and let me know. Thanks a bunch.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday.
I did and I am so grateful that I am here to celebrate it with my family.
My Mom had a hard time, we did go see her but I don't know if you know she is in stage 3 breast cancer and is very sick. My Dad and her have been married for 46yrs,we only live 15 mins. away so I help my Dad take her to chemo and then she does radation then chemo again, I am so scared but I don't show her. I know from my treatments what my Mom is going through. I have a very HEAVY heart, boy I really ramble....SORRY
If you want to chat email me and please could you sweetie email me about those bedroom curtains, you have the BEST taste, LOVE them.
Keep your faith my sweet friend and remember I am here for you anytime.
Big Hugs,

My Colonial Home said...

Hi Tammy,
Wow...I look at your pictures and I see the same themes / trends as what we had - amazing how we thought all that little fru-fru stuff was cute...and now you have it so 'refined' - I loved looking back and as for the 'forward'....GOOD FOR YOU...I only wish I could be as confident to do what you are doing.
bless you and I pray you will be led to where you need to be...I have no doubt.

P.S. I'm working on the 'textile envelope swap' - it will be shipped soon.


Traci~Moon Gypsy said...

So happy to hear that you have released your troubles to God..he will lead you down the right road, that is for sure! Fun looking back, there were a couple of the "old" shots that I really like for one, the granite/enamelware kitchen...
Wishing you continued peace and a relief from the sore body(a sure sign we are getting old, LOL)... Hugs, Traci

Lee Hill Primitives said...

What a difference! I remembered when I had dolls in every single space, LOL. Your home looks amazing now.

bettyj said...

glad to see your post. Have to admit I had a little chuckle on some of the befores. We have all been I saw me in all the clutter and ruffles. I agree with what you said, about not worrying and letting God take control. I am in the same situation. Have a wonderful week.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Tammy, wow, many changes to your place, loved looking at the before pictures. Your in good hands, the Lord will be by your side, all will be o.k. Blessings Francine.

Penny said...

I, too, enjoyed looking at the before/after pics of your home! I see a lot of things that I once had -- the same ruffled curtains, lots of americana, and many, many dolls.... gives me a chuckle to look back at pics of my home, as well!
Your look now is wonderful, and I know you will bring it to your next home and make it just as beautiful. I'm so glad that you are more at ease now, and that you are letting God lead you to your new home. Many blessings on your new adventure!

The Farmers Daughter said...

Having an adventure, huh? That's exactly what I tell my hubby all the time. "Don't make a lot of etched in stone plans--we're on an adventure!"
So glad you're feeling better about things. Been missing your posts, but we all understand.

Never So Simple said...

Hi Tammy,

I'm kind of in the same place as you right now. I have no clue what tomorrow will bring. I have no control over the situation. So although I say I'm trying not to worry I am a little.

Your home was gorgeous in 93. I had just started doing craft shows and I was pregnant with my youngest. If I showed my pictures it would be nothing but bunnies, hearts, and tons of blue and mauve. I started really liking older things probably 10 years after you. I was amazed at all the crocks and goodies you had in 93. You have a true eye for decorating. Looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you.


Elisha said...

what a amazing attitude to have... to trust Jesus and follow the Shepherd"s lead.
Loved the old pictures... hilarious and fun to see all the changes to a more simplified prim look and not so "cutesy"... i still find things that are CUTE that i really like but am finding they just make my home look WRONG :) will still look forward to your posts when you are able to do so... enjoy the time off.

Holly said...

What a cool post. So neat to compare! Everything looks great! So glad you are doing okay. Keep us posted!

cynthia lee designs said...

I so enjoyed looking at your decorating pictures from over the years. It got me wanting to take a look at my decorating changes over the years and mine has made many changes.
I'm so happy to hear that you are giving it all over to God and letting him guide you in this new journey. He will lead you to where you need to be.

Prims By The Water said...

Tam, My dad always told me that when God closes a door, he always opens a window...take care, Janice

prims by olde lady morgan said...


Holy Cow!!! I love the trip down memory lane!!! Isn't it amazing to see our taste evolve!!!!
I know everything is going to work out!!! I am sure it won't be easy at times, but we are all here for ya and sending many hugs!!!
I soo wish I could come down for another visit!!!! OLM

prims by olde lady morgan said...

PS.... WHAT!?!?!?!? TEA??? Email me a update... I have missed a whole week while we were gone... YIKES! Is she pregnant too?

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved seeing all your yesteryear pictures!! So glad your feeling more at ease, take care of yourself!!

Cyn said...

Tammy isnt it wonderful..when we let GOD be GOD in our lives!!!! I think sometimes why did I even fight in the first place! Then I remember I am flesh. But it gets easier to give it all to him each time. What I LOVE too about your pics are..what better quality we have now LOL

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Tammy~ I must say I just admire your decorating~ from years past to present ~ you have a gift with it~ simply Beautiful displaying~
take care & a big old hug for you~

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TheCrankyCrow said...

Amazing what losing some white ruffled curtains can do, hey? ;o) Seriously - I love that you have these old photos and can compare. I don't have any of the "befores" - which is probably a good thing, because it would likely be nauseating.... And I sometimes, too, wonder if 10 years from now I'll look back at "this" and say "what was I thinking?" Worse yet, what happens when "it stops" - you know - the urge to change? I know so many people who just "stopped" and seem trapped in a style (70's, 80's, whatever)....spooks me all to pieces. :o) Glad to hear you've found peace where you're at.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin