Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thank You

Click photo for video. 
(Video by Michael Peterson)

Your sentiments, well wishes and kindness have been so incredibly heartwarming. As we embark on our new journey, it is a great comfort to leave a place that was well loved and appreciated by people beyond our own family and friends. 

Looking through the photographs, I am reminded of how much of ourselves that we put into restoring this property. Every blooming flower, every picket on our fence, and every wall on our house has been touched by our dreams for a home to embrace us. But more than that, this house will always be the beginning of our family and for that alone it will always hold a special place in our hearts. 

The like-minded souls that I’ve connected with through the blog have been such a wonderful source of support and inspiration. I originally started the blog for therapeutic reasons, to force myself to focus on the positive in life. But in the end, aside from the motivation and reinforcement it has provided to keep an eye on the beautiful and the detail, it has pushed me to acknowledge my deepest interests, and has resulted in a collection of images that I would not have committed the time to capture otherwise. And for that, and more importantly for all of the positivity that your friendship has provided, I am extraordinarily grateful. 

Many of you have asked whether I’ll continue to write the blog. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would or not. But now, I can’t imagine finding a new home, fidgeting with it to make it our own, and not sharing the experience with all of you. Your extension of support, inspiration and love of all things home is a comforting and generous companion along the way. 

As you can imagine, recently we have been finishing lots of details and small projects that we never quite got to. So I have a number of posts to come soon.

With a full heart, I thank you again for your friendship and the unending kindness you’ve shown me, my family and our home. 

xo


90 comments :

Susan said...

What a gracious post you have written~ My best wishes to you, and your family, as you find and make your new home. I will definitely be following along.

An Urban Cottage said...

Beautifully written, Trina!

Ami at A Sierra Home said...

How kind of you to express your gratitude, but I want to thank YOU. It probably sounds really strange but I felt like I'd be losing a friend if you had decided not to blog. I've said before that you are the first blog I ever followed and if I had to pick only one blog to keep visiting it would be this one. Even though it's across cyberspace and miles your nature and personality come across and give me such motivation to simplify and create a beautiful home, garden, appreciate the simple life and love on my family. Thank you and I can't wait to see what beauty you work on your new home.

Mirica said...

A lovely, tearful note Trina! I am so glad to hear you will continue your adventures on your blog wherever you and your family may end up. You have featured your lovely family and home with such enthusiasm and humanity, thank you again. ♥

Anonymous said...

The "blog-family/friend relationship" is such a quirky thing.

I was in such a funk all day yesterday after reading your news. I kept telling myself that I "didn't know you" and that "I shouldn't care so much" but the truth is we are connected...in a very quirky way and because of that connection it is okay to care.

All I can say is "thank you" Trina and Mike, for sharing yourselves with us. You have inspired, comforted, and befriended many of us and we all wish you the very best. Looking forward to spending more time with you in the future.

One of your many blog friends,
Karla in CA.

Simply LKJ said...

What a heartfelt thank you! So glad to hear you will continue writing. Blessings as you embark on this new chapter in your lives.

andy said...

Thank you for being you and to keep the blog going ! Your blog was the first one I found and starting reading ! I can name a few home projects that I got the idea from you and mikes projects ! The only complaint I have is you don't post everyday lol ! Can't wait to follow a new journey with you and your family

Anonymous said...

I'm ridiculously relieved to hear that you will continue blogging! Wish you and your family all the best.

JP's Books said...

I just love happy endings....and new beginnings.
pve

The Farmer's Wife said...

As another said, I, too, am ridiculously relieved. I look forward to hearing and seeing what the future holds for you and yours. Your blog and style are a breath of fresh air in the cluttered and over-amped style that comes from wanting all things new. I love that you use your family's furniture and can't wait to see how you use it again. Blessings and safe travel!

Anonymous said...

hooray!!!! So happy you will keep blogging and taking gorgeous photos!!!! cannot wait to read about your next journey!

Katherine said...

Beyond the simple yet elegant style you have injected into your house, the video depicts the love that made it a home. A new home filled with dreams waits for your family to fill with love.
Enjoy that journey.

Lynne said...

Beautiful Trina . . . you have such a beautiful way of saying all the right things. Gracious, tender and gentle.

I loved the video . . . it left me a bit weepy as I was remembering a time in my life when I left a favorite home several years ago . . .

A happy time indeed as we moved on to new horizons and opportunities . . . although realizing we were leaving part of our heart and soul behind. Memory and photo treasures for us . . . as this will be for you, I am sure . . .

suzanne b. said...

Trina, your blog continues to be an absolute delight to me, and I really appreciate that you take the time to share with us. I don't just mean the house and the garden, either, although those are exquisite ... I mean thank you for sharing your HOME with us, which, happily, you will take with you to your next place. :) Best wishes!

3 Peanuts said...

Trina,

I have read for yours and commented her and there over the years. I love homes and we have poured our selves and our souls into a few (even designing and building one --before blogging). It will be so hard to leave a happy place where you started your married life and brought your babies home. but the love and the memories will move with you. The video is perfect and you will cherish it as time goes by. It will be so lovely to share with the twins when they are older. I know that your new home will be special too because your bring your "specialness " with you!!!!

Best,
Kim

Kris Vogelsang said...

Gorgeous video! Best wishes on your new adventure! I hope you do blog your new home, I, for one, will follow. Thanks for letting us see your journey.
Kris of Cricket Acres Studio

Sage said...

Aw, I'm so sad! Your house is GORGEOUS and, while I'm sure you can recreate with your style in another home, it just has so much of the elements I'm looking for in my forever home. *I* couldn't say goodbye! Your new opportunity must be amazing!

Ellie VanCaster said...

Yahoo-I am excited you'll keep us posted. You have given to all of us as much as we've tried to give you.
Prayers for you and your family during this big adventure.
Have a wonderful Easter.

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

Just Beautiful!! I have been following along from what must have been the beginning, and I look forward to a new beginning with you and your family! :)

Wishing you lots of happy-ness :)

Michelle said...

What a lovely video. I have so enjoyed watching the changes you made to this house. You said we inspire you. But you have inspired me in more ways then you know. I am so glad to hear you will continue blogging. Can't wait to see what you do with your new home.

Adrienne said...

Thank you for your wonderful video that opened your hearts and your doors and invited us in! I always feel that I'm right there chatting with you when I read your words. Your words of gratitude were gracious - and needed by those of us who feel we have found a friend waiting to welcome us when we stop by.

I wish you and Mike and your two beautiful children all the best. And I can't wait to join you on the journey to your new home.
~Adrienne~

Catherine said...

Thank you so much for creating your blog! I can't tell you how much I love seeing a new post announcement pop into my email. You have inspired me so much. I am disappointed to not see how you could transform the sauna/exercise building.

I'll bet A Country Farmhouse will go into a bidding war! The view alone is priceless!

Please keep blogging!

KristiW1 said...

I'm so happy to hear that you'll be continuing! It has been inspirational to see the peaceful and loving life that you've created for your family in your current home. I can't wait to see where your adventures take you next.
Kristi

Anonymous said...

Whew! Big sigh! So glad to hear that you will continue to share! Just makes me so sad to think of never being able to see pictures of precious Graham and Margaret again, that would be too hard on all of us! Wishing you and yours much happiness with your new home!
xo, Robyn

Daydream Living said...

All the best in your new adventure, a new house will become a new home and thank you for sharing it with us.
Maureen xx

Sammy said...

Looking forward to you seeing your new home. This one is lovely!!!

Sunny said...

Thank you, Trina (and Mike and babies) for sharing your journey in this home with us. I'm looking forward to your next chapter, as I was selfishly sad to be losing my favorite blog! Best wishes to you four!

Cali said...

I am so excited to hear you will continue to blog. You have influenced my quite alot with all of the beautiful things you have written over the years. I look forward to your last few updates on this house. Wishing you the best.

Susan said...

Trina, what a lovely note of gratitude. You've always touched me with your kindness and willingness to share your home and family with us and I'm deeply grateful that we are going to get to tag along on your next journey. I wish you, Mike and your beautiful babies a wonderful, happy and joyous transition to your new home.

Deborah E said...

just once more I want to say "thank you" for sharing your home experiences. You are a huge inspiration for many, many readers.

also, it has been fun to watch your little ones grow.

lindaraxa said...

This is the second time that reading a blog post has brought tears to my eyes. The first time was when you told us you were pregnant. I think it was the first comment I wrote on your blog and here we are now, the second.

I think what is wonderful about your blog is not only watching a house get transformed by two very talented people but also seeing, through your photos, the love and warmth that has turned that house into a home. My mother has one of those tacky little signs posted in her kitchen that reads " A house is made of bricks but a home is made of love." Tacky sign, true words.

I can't deny that I am sad to see you leave something you have both poured so much love and work into. But life is like that...lots of curves along the way. Lucky are the people who will occupy it next. I have also had to leave places that I fixed and adored and the only thing that helped was knowing that everything I loved and collected throughout my life was coming along with me.

You are now blessed with not one, but two beautiful and healthy babies and a handsome and wonderful husband. Keep him close. Guys like that are hard to come by.

Lots of love and best wishes on your new journey. I look forward to a new adventure and a new house.

Sivs hus said...

Hello, Wonderful written! Happy Easter from Siv in Norway/Oslo:-)

My Little Bungalow said...

Trina, you express your thoughts so beautifully. I am very glad and relieved to hear you will continue to blog, and am excited to see the next home you and Mike will be working your magic on.
I look forward to seeing the last several posts from your gorgeous farmhouse. I can't imagine how much you'll miss that view! It's one in a million.
Claudia

Rhonda said...

Your passion and hard work has not only shown the possibilities but has given inspiration to all your readers. Thank you. Your home is 'simply beautiful'.

I wish you all the best on your new journey.

Rhonda



Lee said...

Trina,
Once again you have captured the hearts of so many with this poignant video and post. I know I speak for all of us, your followers, your friends, your admirers when I say that your post has provided us with a glimpse inside a family. That glimpse has inspired us, changed us and moved us. Whether it was watching Mike create a patio out of stone or your instructions on how to find the exact frame, a recipe or a step by step tutorial on how to create a fireplace and mantle. Each post, each photo and insight touched and affected the hearts of many making us all want to do more, create more, and I speak for myself when I say, made us want to copy so many of your designs and ideas. A white wall took on a new meaning for so many of us after watching you post about your projects each week. And when the babies came, we all rejoiced and watched as they grew week by week before our very eyes. And the nucleus of it all, the thread that was the backdrop to all your projects, experiences and adventures, was your country farmhouse. That beautiful structure that was your sanctuary for seven years. The place where you freely opened it's doors to let us, the viewers in to see the beauty and the love the resonated within. And with life's journey comes always, change. Change, although bittersweet at times can be wonderful as well. I know that where ever you and Mike and the kids go there will be beauty and joy and love because that's who you are and what you have enabled us to see through the portal of your blog. We are so happy for you and the excitement to come in your journey. I know your home will continue to bless those that come after because of the love that dwells within its walls that you so graciously built. We shall miss your home but look forward to your future posts and
following your new journey as a family. We are so happy for you.
xoxo Much Love
Lisa
Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

C-ingspots said...

My best wishes and hopes for many blessings to you and your family as you embark on your new journey...

Melaine Thompson said...

Love the video and I am so glad you are going to continue to blog! I cannot wait to see what you guys do next! We would all miss you too much if you left us! :) xoxo

Anonymous said...

Wow! I was happy to see any new post, but this is big news. I was stunned, but then I thought, they created this, so they can create something even better. New rooms! I kind of assume you'd be moving to a house, but who knows, maybe you'll be city slickers. Anything could happen! Congratulations to Mike on what must be a really great opportunity. Best of luck! And please, please keep blogging.

Take good care, Em

Julie said...

Beautiful video.
Lovely sentiments.

Looking forward to what's next...

ChRiS said...

makes me sad i don't think i could leave my blood sweat and tears behind...my shildrens 1st home the work that was done all the beautiful landscaping don't get me wrong i am happy you can move on...but my heart is heavy also.....you know i have not seen you mention or seen the dog in ages....do you still have the sidekick?

Anonymous said...

PS If it doesn't seem too pathetic to beg, since you mentioned that you'll have more posts to come as you finish those projects, could you please space them out? I'd rather see the same handful of posts (or thousands, whatever you have time for..) spaced out, than all at once, and then crickets chirping for many sad, oh, so very sad, months. I know you have to do whatever works for your family, and I don't blog, so maybe that's too hard to do during the process, in which case, forget I said anything, because I'm sure moving with twins is no joke, but I can ask, right? ;)

Take care, Em

The Little Blue House said...

I look forward to following you on your next home. I will miss your country house.

penelopebianchi said...

I have not read the above posts......I want to say your blog is one of the very, very best!

Your heart comes right out there!

Thank you so much for all you have given us!@!

Bravo!

Penelope

penelopebianchi said...

I am 66 years old. I am "kinda new" to the internet; and (Lord have mercy!!) I have a website!

I only say this to illustrate what a completely "new thing" the internet is!

This talented and darling woman ventured out there!

(into the wild beyond!! Really!!)

She has given us an enormous gift!

Thank you! (I always want to remember to say "thank you" to everyone!!!
Thank you!!!

Pam said...

Thank you for the beautiful video of your amazing home.

I was so relieved to see that you will still be blogging; and although it will be sad to say goodbye to your home, I am sure you will make the next just as wonderful. I can't wait to see where you land and what beauty you will bring to your new house.

It is so gracious of you to let us tag along. Thank you and the best of luck for a smooth transition.

Anonymous said...

Hi Trina,
Thank you for such a beautiful and humble post!

I've never commented on your blog before ... but your words have left me in tears ... because it is me (a total stranger to you) who wants to Thank You for sharing your journey of turning your little farm house into the beautiful home it is now through your wonderful photographs.

I wish all the very very Best to you, Mike and the children in this new adventure you're about to start on.

And selfishly I am so glad you're going to continue with your blog ... because my heart always lifts when I see a new email from 'A Country Farmhouse'!! :):)

God Bless,
Kyla xx (Brisbane Australia)

bj said...

Just to say that we, too, are in the middle of a move from our home of 40 years...so you can just imagine, 2 people, both collectors of most anything, having to go thru, sorting, giving away, taking with us....o, it has been quite a stressful thing for us olden people.
I am wishing you the very best of luck...
xo bj

Lady Courtney said...

Thank you! :) And I will admit, I'm totally relieved that you will continue to blog, as when there is a new post, yours is the one I jump on first! Enjoy the adventure and look forward, everything in life prepares us for the next part of the journey, so Enjoy! donna

Dianne said...

I am so happy to hear you will take us along for the ride. I check you every single day!! I get excited when you have a new post up. It simply starts my day with a smile. Thank you! And...good luck finding the perfect home to raise those babies in. Just think, school districts will be an issue. How's that for a change? :)
xo

Anonymous said...

YAY! BEST NEWS EVER!!

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing your talent,
home and family. It is a real treat
to visit and inhale the beauty. God
bless in your new adventure.

Paula A. said...

Trina, that was such a sweet thank you and goodbye to your home that has been such a blessing to you, your family and us. Thank you for allowing us to say goodbye too. Many blessings on your continued life journey. I too am glad you're going to continue to blog.

Kar said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful adventure with us. Can't wait to see what is ahead for you and your family. :)

Sabrina (Bi.Brì.Bijoux) said...

A so beautiful house! See your photo let me feel good, and now you gonna leave for a new project of life, I'm sure that you and your husband will do once again a good job.
Ciao Trina
Sabrina

Krissy said...

Best of luck to Trina and living closer to family is going to be so lovely for your little ones.
Your next house you end up with will be a home in no time with all the love you all share :)

P.S. I want to buy your house! I girl can dream!! :)

Anonymous said...

You ispire us. Please continue your blog and I hope you find a wonderful home for you and your family. We love you!

Wanting What I Have said...

This brought tears to my eyes...having seen a glimpse of all you have done to create such beauty everywhere and knowing it is time to move on...well done! Well done!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely video to show your beautiful home. I do hope you continue with your lovely blog. Look forward to seeing your new home and what you will do with it. Such wonderful ideas.


Sophia

Susan said...

Ok,pass the tissues, please...

What a lovely way to remember your home. Thanks again for sharing its blossoming with all of us! Can't wait to see what's next!

Rachel said...

I'm very glad you will continue your blogging. I love reading your posts about your beautiful home and your beautiful family.Those babies are the sweetest!

Joni said...

Great video! I'm so relieved and happy that we can continue to follow your family on a new adventure.

the gardener's cottage said...

i'm not gonna lie trina...i shed tears watching this.

and this morning my friend melissa from hawaii and i discussed you and your house In Length!

we both love it and figure if we rob a bank we can move in together and never leave! x

Anonymous said...

You are one classy lady!

We owe you so much as your prose and photos are unique and put many other blogs to shame.

Will be waiting with baited breath to hear about the move, how the family settles in and of course your stories of design, gardening, baking, life.

I hope you write a book one day. Happy Easter!
NB in Ontario

Velva said...

beautiful, beautiful and beautiful again.

Velva

Anonymous said...

Your blog is the very firstly one I began to follow. Your porch color has inspired ours. Your home has been an inspiration. Good luck on your new adventure. Thank you for continuing your journey with all of us. -Rachel

Anonymous said...

Beautiful video!! I want to thank you !!! Thank you for sharing your life and that of your family and home!! You are an inspiration and I only wish and yours the very best:) I am so glad you will continue blogging!! xo Lisa

Kit said...

Oh my! You are on to your next adventure. I wish you well and much happiness. I do hope you will continue to blog, so that we can hear how you are doing. :) Kit

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

So full of grace. Your home...your family...YOU! Best on your new and eciting journey!

laney said...

...thank goodness...we are going with you...i hate unpacking (until i am where i am staying)...blessings laney

JS Bowley said...

So happy to hear you will continue blogging as I love reading your posts. Hope for beautiful weather on the day(s) you move and that the new owners appreciate the heart and soul you've put into the farmhouse

JS Bowley said...

So happy to hear you will continue blogging as I love reading your posts. Hope for beautiful weather on the day(s) you move and that the new owners appreciate the heart and soul you've put into the farmhouse

Susan said...

I wasn't able to watch the video, but want to thank you for continuing to blog.

Also, your farmhouse kitchen is my all time favorite. I can't wait to see your next kitchen!

Susan (Dallas)

the polished pebble said...

Hi Trina! I am so excited for you and your family.
I have so enjoyed your beautiful photos and all of the changes you have made over the years....yes I have followed you for years!

I know you will love this new adventure and embrace the challenges with all of the grace, humor and easy elegance that you have shared with us.

Happy house hunting!

Warmly, Kelley

lissyparker.com said...

Happy Easter and new beginnings!
xo, Lissy

Anonymous said...

In a hundred years, I would have never guessed that a home renovation blog would one day make me break down and sob my eyes out. My heart aches at the idea that you might leave us. I miss you already, and it hurts, though of course, we've never met. My heart aches at the idea of you leaving your amazing, beloved home. I want to hope that you will stay with us and continue blogging. I want to believe that you are excited and happy about the move ahead.

Like everyone else, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Yes, your blog (your house) is unparalleled in beauty, elegance, helpfulness, inspiration. But we all love you so much because it is so much more than that; it is love of family, love of tradition, love of home. Best of all, it is a place of deep gratitude for the miracles of God's creation, from hydrangeas to berries to babies.

Still weeping, wishing you, Mike and your children all the happiness in the world, all God's continued blessings,
a friend you've never met

Linzy said...

Well, after the last post, and with the full knowledge of how hard it can be to leave a place you love behind, I say this:
Yay! We get to come too!
I admit I was a little worried, it had the notes of a final goodbye. Moving is never easy, but as long as you let us, we (the strangers you have never met but who appreciate you dearly) will be there to cheer you on.

Anonymous said...

Trina,

I recently found your blog and fell in love with your house. I never knew of your fertility issues and reading back in the blog about your struggles and ultimate success is so inspirational. I'm also struggling with this and today has been one of those very sad days for me. I am dreaming of sweet babies like yours and I'm so, so happy you have them. Thank you for sharing your life with us and I'll definitely be following your next steps.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I want to buy your house! Are you in Hood River?

EmJei said...

I can imagine how difficult it must be to leave a home you have renovated and loved for so many years, the house where you became a family. Your house is awesome and the view -to die for! But I guess a less impressive view will do as long as you get to share it with your loved ones.

Jackie Grigg said...

Bless you and yours. I have just read all your blog archives after finding you the other day when you were writing your goodbyes! I have enjoyed immensely your house story and was thrilled to learn of the twins safe arrival. Honestly they are so gorgeous I could gobbe them up! Here in North Devon,UK, things can be so different, yet strangely just the same. Many of your favourite plants, I also have, familiar plates adorn your shelves. I have far more dust than you though. I very much look forward to reading about your future in hopefully the not too distance. Good luck,
Jackie x

24 Corners said...

Trina, just seeing this now and trying to absorb it all. I know how much of your heart, soul, spirit, and sweat went into the creation of this unbelievably special 'home', and also into the creation of the beautiful family that has occupied it, and I just want to thank you for sharing the amazing journey with us. Your generous and honest posts (and emails) gave us so much hope, inspiration, and tremendous help for our similar journey...I can't thank you enough for all you've given and shared, and wish you, Mike, and your sweet babies every blessing, and no *of courses*, in this next wonderful chapter. ♥
Big hugs and much love,
Jessica

Jay said...

Good luck & I look forward to reading the next chapter.

Barbara said...

Oh no, Trina! I have followed your blog from the very beginning and lately I don't have as much time to keep up, so when I opened the blog tonight and saw this post, it made me so sad. Even though change is good, and you will be near family, it is always hard to leave a home that you have put so much love into. I wish you and your family all the luck in the world in your new venture.
(Now I want to move to Oregon and buy your house - it would make life easier since our sons live in Oregon!)
All I can say is that whomever buys your beautiful home is one very lucky person!
Please keep us posted. There are so many of us who just love your posts and I might add, take inspiration from you.
Best of luck,
Barbara

Anonymous said...

Dear Trina, over time I have read your blog happily, respectfully, eagerly and regret not to have commented in kind. Reading about your darling family and the genesis of your "Country Farmhouse" has been both joy and inspiration. I know that I speak for all of your readers as well as you and Mike when I say we will miss this sweet home of yours for you have made it ours, too. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes. I do so hope you will stay in touch as you settle into your new nest. Respectfully,
Linda in Virginia

Shannon said...

Of course you must do what is best for you and your family--but selfishly, I hope you won't stop blogging! Your blog is a breath of fresh air--one of my favorite bloggy stops. :) Best wishes to you in your move!

Christie said...

I've been reading your blog since your babies announcement. Not sure how I found you, but have enjoyed all of your baby and house posts!

Your move encourages me! Embracing change and looking forward ... good stuff!

stephy213 said...

So glad that you will continue to blog! I look forward to reading about your new home & all the new adventures coming your way. :)

A Country Farmhouse said...

The horse painting is something I found here in Oregon, several years ago. It's always been a favorite of mine but unfortunately, I don't know much about it. There is no signature. The babies love it too!
Best,
Trina

Beth said...

You have put so much into that home! I'm so surprised to hear you are moving, but so glad to hear you'll continue blogging and that we'll get to see your transition. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

Beth said...

You have put so much into that home! I'm so surprised to hear you are moving, but so glad to hear you'll continue blogging and that we'll get to see your transition. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

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