Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August Greetings



Well, it certainly has been awhile. So much has happened in the last several months, I don't know quite where to begin.

I do know we are blessed with many chapters in Life. They come and go, some only mildly different from the last or the next, and some that feel like volumes all on their own.

This is one of those chapters for us. We are in a new land, a new community, a new home.

We were sad to say goodbye to our farmhouse - especially the garden as our plants seemed most vulnerable. And the task of packing up our house was an arduous one. It began very organized but in the end, things were thrown into boxes in complete exhaustion.

Most of our things are still in boxes as the majority of our belongings have gone into storage. But it is surprisingly just fine with us as there is an overriding comfort in the realization that we are home.

We have rented a lovely little cottage to hold us as we explore the region and decide exactly where we’ll settle.

I have to say that I have moved several times in my life and I am constantly amazed at how the familiar comforts of our day-to-day are so quickly replaced by new comforts. The habits we once knew become shy memories that feel long ago, and the rhythm of the new place starts to feel like it's been a constant all along.

We feel blessed to be embraced by our new home, and are reveling in the daily discoveries of our new surroundings.

I hope that everyone has had a splendid summer. Although there are a few weeks left in the season, I feel as if there has been a shift in the light and air these last few days. I opened the door this morning and took a deep breath. Fall is near.

Beautiful, resplendent, cozy Fall.

Catherine


114 comments :

  1. Delighted to hear from you . . . to picture you somewhat settled and calling it home . . . as you take a look toward more chapters . . .

    Be well in the journey . . .

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  2. So good to hear from you! Glad you are getting all settled. Can't wait to hear all about your new surroundings. We got baby girl back to college last week, and are starting yet another new chapter here. The 2nd year as empty nesters doesn't seem as daunting as the first.

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  3. Wishing you much happiness in your new home! :)

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  4. Opening the computer and finding your post warmed my heart and put a huge smile on my face. So glad you and your family are settling in. Looking forward to following your journey. Lovely picture!! Sara, Ohio

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  5. might I be the nosy one who asks where you are? and perhaps why you are there? a job? family? a calling in the wind? It must've been something to pull you away from that heavenly farmhouse. So curious...

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  6. What a lovely surprise to see you in my feed this morning! I have moved several times myself and more recently from a home my husband built and our children grew up in. We have been in our current rental a couple of years now and what you said,

    "The habits we once knew become shy memories that feel long ago, and the rhythm of the new place starts to feel like it's been a constant all along."

    ring so true. It is most perfectly stated. Hope to see you on my feed again soon. Blessings, Gina

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  7. It is SO good to hear from you. I've been thinking of you and wondering how things were going for you and your family. I smiled when I saw that you saw your post!
    ~Adrienne~

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  8. I too began a new chapter whilst you were away. I have been inspired by your blog for many years now and finally bit the bullet a few months ago. I am an Australian mum, wife and artist and blog about the magic and the mundane. I'd love you to pop by if you get the chance one day.
    My parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend and they have lived in 26 homes (most of which I have too) so I know that feeling of new beginnings! Embrace change and be grateful for the past. Life is a gift x

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  9. You're back!!! Yeah....these where my first thoughts and I'm sure as you get settled all will be so very lovely in the end.Again welcome back!

    Rita

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  10. Delighted to see your post this morning. Happy that all is well and you are settling in. I look forward to seeing what is coming next in your family's journey!

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  11. Gosh I have missed you!! Was going through some magazines last night to put some in recycle and there was the magazine with your house decorated for Christmas. Enjoyed looking at it again. How are the babies? Linda R (Phila burbs)

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  12. I don't suppose I will miss your house as much as you, but I will miss it too. As we are still baking here in the Midwest, I enjoyed your whiff of fall. Looking forward to hearing about your discoveries.

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  13. Oh I'm so happy your back ! Now don't go that long again ok !! Lol look forward to seeing your new chapters

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  14. So happy to see a post from you this morning. :) I have thought of you and your family moving. I think renting is a wise decision before deciding exactly where you want to live. Looking forward to hearing about your new surroundings. :)

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  15. So glad to see your post today. Enjoy today! Looking forward to your new chapter too!

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  16. Joyous to find your blog active again. I have missed you and your dear family!!!! Thank you for allowing us to come on your journey. It inspires us all to know that change is part of life....and that looking forward is the key to success. I cannot wait to hear MORE!!!!! XXXX

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  17. So happy to hear from you, we (your readers) have missed and your family dearly. Can't wait to hear how things are progressing in your new location!

    all my best,
    JG

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  18. Thank you for the update! I was just thinking about you this weekend and wondering what was up. Glad you've found a new place and hope you're settling in until you find the next perfect place.

    Steve

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  19. So excited to see how you settle into your new surroundings!

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  20. Hurrah! You're back. You can tell you have been missed.
    Lorraine

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  21. so lovely to hear from you! best wishes to you all and keep us posted. kid pics would be most welcome, too! donna

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  22. I was just thinking about you and wondering if you had found a new place and sold your old one. Wishing you all well in your new rental cottage!

    Kat

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  23. Nice to see you again. I'm sure you'll provide your new home with all the special touches that made the old one "just right."

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  24. you have been missed. will you share what part of the us your in?

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  25. So wonderful to hear that you're comfortably, and happily settling in your new 'home'...such great news! The air has definitely turned towards fall here, but I'm loving it, and it's still in the 70's which helps the easing into the seasonal change.
    Wishing you all the best with your new adventure!
    xoxo J~

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  26. I forgot to add, are you in England? You are using your formal name......

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  27. Oh, it's so lovely to hear from you and know you've landed safe and sound in your new place. I (along with everyone else, I'm sure) look forward to your adventures in house hunting and especially your adventures in house designing/decorating! And a quick pic of those kids who must be growing by leaps and bounds wouldn't go amiss, either!

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  28. I have missed the posts of your sweet home! But I am sure you will make any dwelling you choose into a cozy family place.

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  29. Yay!!! Like everyone else I was thrilled to see your post today. Looking forward to following along on your hunt for a new place and all the lovely things I'm sure you'll do with it! Welcome back!

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  30. Wow! Good for you. I so enjoyed watching the transformation of your farmhouse, but I'm sure that wherever you end up you'll make your mark again. Can't wait to see posts on that!

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  31. Wow, so delighted to hear from you! I have to say, I read your sign off & thought, "Catherine?? Who's Catherine?"... I had know idea Trina isn't your real name! :)

    -Lily

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  32. I continued to check your blog everyday throughout the summer, I was elated to see a new post when I arrived home from school. I can't wait to hear about your new adventure, it sounds very exciting. So happy you are back! Mickey in PA.

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  33. Best wishes to your family in your new (temporary) home. Such a delight to follow your journey!

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  34. A new journey begins! Best of luck to you.

    Velva

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  35. So hope you are getting settled in and happy in your new surroundings. Keep us posted and would love to hear about the kids...know they are growing quickly...

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  36. Like almost everyone else has said - so lovely to see a post from you today and to know that you are settling into your new life and adventure. We are just getting to the end of Winter here in Australia, and whilst it's nowhere near cold, it's lovely to feel the Springtime.
    x

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  37. ah, I love the way you write. It's so refreshing- you are so talented. Reading your blog is better to me than a good magazine.
    So thank you for taking the time.

    Sincerely,
    Julie

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  38. I'm glad you are well. I truly loved what you did to your farmhouse and I am sure when you find your new home it will be just as fabulous.

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  39. So glad you are posting again. I've missed you.
    Pat

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  40. So glad your posting again. I've missed you.
    Pat

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  41. Hi Catherine, we had a year like that - in a rental with 95% of our belongings in storage - before we settled in Church Street. It was a valuable experience to say the least. Wishing you the best in the days ahead and looking forward to hearing more from you as you complete this journey.

    Phyllis

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  42. I was watering our hydrangeas and blackberry bush in planters (as my husband is military and we move often, and I can't seem to not take those sweet things with us!), and wondered how ya'll were settling in. The picture is so lovely and cozy! Autumn is definitely near, and can't wait to see more.

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  43. So good to see a post up from you! I will miss the beautiful photos of your farmhouse, not far from where we lived in Parkdale when our children were small. But, I know that whereever you are you will make your house a beautiful, serene and lovely home. I can't wait to see it.

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  44. You have truly been missed this summer, Catherine - but I'm glad to know that you are all settled into your sweet little cottage for the time being. :) I'm looking forward to seeing more of your temporary abode in whatever state you are now residing!

    xoxo laurie

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  45. YEAH! YOU'RE BACK!!!!!!! :) So excited to read your post!

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  46. YEAH!!! YOU'RE BACK!!!!!! :) Can't wait to read your new post!!! Oh, I'm so glad you're back!

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  47. Thought of you the other day. Visited my sister in KY and we were chatting about you and your move and wondering about you, your twins, your handy man and your new journey.
    Looking forward to seeing your adventures, and all the before and happily ever afters.
    pve

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  48. Welcome Back!! So glad you are back in touch - can't wait to hear all about everything!

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  49. Lovely to have you back... Can't wait to hear all about the next chapter x

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  50. Welcome back! I'm so happy for you that you are getting your bearings in a new place and feeling at home again.
    Wonderful!

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  51. So happy to hear from you again - I always enjoyed your posts and beautiful pictures so much....You seem to be "blooming where you are planted" and that is a wonderful thing - for you and your children....
    Best Wishes in your new journey - keep us posted and send us some lovely pics of the new surroundings, when you can.

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  52. It was a wonderful surprise to find your post this morning. I've missed hearing from you. Very wise of you to rent and take your time to find your next home. :)

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  53. Great to see a post from you and look forward to seeing some new pics including how those little kiddies are growing up. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  54. So glad to hear from you again. I have missed reading your blog. Many blessings for the journey ahead of you and your family.

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  55. It was a treat to get your post in my email this morning. Glad to hear that you are well.
    xokc

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  56. So good to hear from you, again! Truly I thought of you this summer. I missed you! Best wishes as you settle your family into you new spot.

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  57. It was delightful to find you here this morning. I have really missed this blog! I can't wait to hear all about the new house, the twins and your new life. Does the old farmhouse have a new family? I sort of felt like I left it too (as I am sure many regular readers did). Looking forward to all the updates and adventures. xo

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  58. I was so surprised and glad to hear from you! I'm glad you're settling into your new surroundings. But who is Catherine and where is Trina? Best to you and Mike and the children.

    Jane

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  59. I've been researching rugs for our living room these past few days and finally decided to look up a previous post you had done on your master bedroom's rug. I was so excited to see a new post! I'm glad to hear you are doing well in the transition, and am very much looking forward to seeing where you end up. We just returned from celebrating our anniversary in California and it's beautiful.

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  60. BENTORNATI! I wish you all the best for the new chapter of your life.
    Looking forward to reading your beautiful posts, greetings from a very sunny Sardinia (fall is really far far away, for us).

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  61. So glad to hear from you! I have checked your blog often this summer hoping to find a post from you. You truly have been missed. I always looked forward to your postings and was so sad when you had stopped. May you and your family be blessed and happy wherever you are.

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  62. Even though we have never met, except through your blog, I was thinking about you the other day and wondered how your resettle is going. I am anxious to see pictures of your new surroundings. I am sure it will be white, light, and etherial--like your country farmhouse, but different. Enjoy nesting. May you find just the right place for your little family.

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  63. So glad to hear you're still out there and that you've weathered the move!

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  64. Oh, delighted that you are back. Your pictures and words are so comforting and beautiful!

    Shelley in California

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  65. Hooray, you're back! I'm happy to hear all is well with your family, in your new place. I look forward to being inspired by your new postings.

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  66. Have missed your posts - glad you are back. Can't wait to see your new home.

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  67. Ah, at last; I was hoping your posts would resurface and kept checking your blog all summer!

    Can't wait to read and see details of where you are and where you're going.

    Welcome back, and here's to a great new start!

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  68. A lot of being "at home" comes more from a sense of place than the actual place itself. Sounds like you are feeling at home, even if it is temporary.

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  69. have been checking in often.. so glad you're back.

    look forward to hearing all you've been up to.
    jo

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  70. We have moved a few times in the last few years and have another move coming up - whilst the process itself is stressful, I agree with you that its amazing how quickly we feel "at home" in the new surroundings. I like to think that so long as you take the people you love, everything will be OK. And I also like to remember that for many thousands of generations our ancestors were nomads and must have been very good at turning a new place into home very quickly. So perhaps it is embedded in our DNA. Best of luck to you and thank you for sharing the journey with us.

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  71. great to hear from you! please post pics of your new place!

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  72. OMG - we have missed you. Each day I would search to see if you started a new blog. I'm glad that you came back - please blog more. we miss you!

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  73. So great to see a post from you - a new chapter, a new beginning! Capture your temporary life in the cottage through photos - so fun to watch the journey! Much Happiness!

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  74. So happy to see you this morning!!!

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  75. We have missed you so much! Can't wait to see what you've been up to. Glad you are "home"!! It is a great place to be !

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  76. Oh, Catherine - I'm so glad you are back. I have missed your posts! Hope you, hubby, and twins are happy in your town.

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  77. Nice to hear from you! Your photo is beautiful, is that your cottage gate? I hope your husband and the twins are doing well and enjoying their move.

    I was surprised to see you signed your post "Catherine" which is a beautiful name (same as my niece) and not Trina. Why the change?

    Mary

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  78. So glad you're back! We missed you and look forward to hearing about your next chapter!

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  79. Oh those are the best times - the new and wondering of what is to come. I'd love to find our farmhouse all over again because that moment was so special.

    Welcome back & welcome home!

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  80. Dear Jo,
    We have relocated for many reasons...A calling, family, a job. I’m not sure if I’ll blog about our region specifically. I haven’t had much time to think about it so I suppose we’ll see.

    Dear Linda,
    Babies are very well! I suppose that they are children now but we still call them ‘our babies.’ Perhaps we always will!

    Dear Lily, Jane and Mary,
    Trina is an abbreviation/nickname of Catherine. I have been meaning to go by Catherine since Mike and I were married (almost a decade ago) so it’s been long overdue.

    Dear Patricia,
    I’m not certain if I should post pictures on our house rental (in its entirety) as it’s not truly ours. But I’m sure I’ll be sharing a few snippets here and there.

    Dear Mary,
    The gate is not our cottage gate. It’s a gate that’s nearby and I just love the beautiful white pickets combined with the old rock fence.

    xoCatherine

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  81. Hi, it is wonderful to feel that you are home, isn't it ? We are just back from living in Buenos Aires for 6 years... we are back in NY state and feeling like we are living in a new land where we speak the same language :)
    Glad you are home, and good luck on finding the new home. besitos, C

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  82. Glad you are well. I was just thinking about you. So you are changing back to your full name with the new adventure? It suits you - classic. xo Terri

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  83. Bellissimo il tuo blog,da oggi ti seguo anche io dall'Italia!!;D
    Un abbraccio!!
    Sabry!!

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  84. Pięknie tu.. Życzę wszystkiego dobrego w nowym domu:)
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zapraszam do siebie
    Catherine, Rustykalny dom

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  85. Catherine,
    So glad to see you are back. Good luck on the house hunt and settling in a new community. Looking forward to new posts.

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  86. Dear Catherine,

    It's truly a joy to read your post and that you're OK.

    I hope that you will find the time in your schedule to post about things that catch your eye etc. as stopping by here makes me appreciate all the beautiful things in life and the treasures that we have right under our nose.

    SO glad to read your latest news, I too missed you!

    PPx

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  87. Well a happy settling in period to you indeed! Wonderful to "hear" from you!

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  88. So good to hear from you!

    What you write about the "shy memories" is so true to my own experience.

    Looking forward to hearing more as you enjoy this wonderful new chapter in your lives.

    Take good care, Em

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  89. Hello Catherine! I am very glad to hear about you again. I have missed you and your beautiful family here! Many blessings for the future!
    Mónica

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  90. Hello Catherine! I am very glad to hear about you again. I have missed you and your beautiful family here! Many blessings for the future!
    Mónica

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  91. I am so happy that you are back! The twins must have grown like weeds over the summer. I can't wait to hear about your new adventures.My hubby and I are in the process of getting out from underneath our mortgage, and will be moving in the next year to a small cottage too.Don't you just love new adventures?
    Carolyn in New Hampshire

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  92. You can add me to your long list of admiring blog readers haha. I understand what you mean about where you are at the moment becomes your home. With both of your talents a d darling children it'll be a slice of heaven I'm sure.

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  93. It was so good to see a post from you. You have been missed. I hope you will post some pictures of your temporary home. I am sure you make a rental home warm, cozy and beautiful.

    Best wishes,

    Shirley
    Atlanta, GA

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  94. Yay! You're back. Catherine, your writing is beautiful. I am excited to see the next plot of earth you guys beautify. I am excited for fall as well and just pulled out some plaid and wool. :)

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  95. Catherine,
    I am glad you are back too. Looking forward to hearing all about your husband and your twins and the beauty of life as you have always described it. can't wait to see the children and how mich they have grown. :>)

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  96. Oh that I have missed you and sooooo glad you were back! tks, Johane

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  97. So so nice to hear from you. Have wondered about you and your family selling the old farmhouse you so loved and embracing another change. Ive checked back so often to see if you posted a note and so you have. All the best in your new place. Can not wait to hear more and see pics of the babies. I bet they're growing like weeds. Beth

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  98. Welcome back! You've been greatly missed.

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  99. Your post SO resonated with me. I moved many, many times growing up, but when I think of my childhood I never remember the moves (thankfully my parents shouldered the burdens there) - I think of the many experiences I had. I lived in the north, I lived in the south, I lived in the southwest. Home really was about where my family was.

    Now that I am adult, I have lived in me place for 16 years - that's amazing to me. My kids have grown up in one city. They have lived in two houses, which to them seems major but to me seems quite stable.

    Enjoy your new home, your new experiences. It's so good to get a new perspective. I look forward to following along!

    Holly

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  100. Welcome to your new home, hope you settle in soon. Enjoy all the adventures, even the tough ones. Looking forward to hearing more. :) donna

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  101. So glad to see your post and hear that you and your beautiful family are well.

    Blessings!

    Stephanie

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  102. So good to hear from you again. Can't wait to hear more about where you are now....

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  103. What an absolute treat to read of your update. Have been missing your posts.

    Blessings to you all as you settle in.

    Home Sweet Home!

    Lauren M

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  104. I saw that you had posted and decided that bedtime could wait...LOL Glad you are well and enjoying your new space. Take care and I look forward to updates. :) Kit

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  105. It's wonderful to have you back! I've missed your updates so much. Please share all you can. I love the way you write. :)

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  106. Oh so glad that you are back and that all is well with you and the family.

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  107. SO happy to see you back to blog land! Sad you have Oregon but cannot wait for your new home, adventures, etc!

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  108. It is wonderful to hear from you again, Catherine! I can't believe how many times I've thought about you and your sweet family over the summer.

    I can understand your hesitation regarding how much to reveal about your new life, even where you are geographically. You were so open, so available, with details of your farmhouse restoration, your lives, and "growing" your family.

    Congratulations on your much-deserved new position at Country Living magazine!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventures, when you are ready.

    Warm Regards,
    Lisa in Lake O., Oregon

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  109. I was pleasantly surprised this evening when I clicked on your blog which I have saved, and saw that you were back posting! I have enjoyed reading about your farmhouse over the past year as well as your family. I will look forward to reading about you new surroundings. Kim (Florida)

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  110. You're back! Yay! Missed hearing about all your finds, and can't wait to see pics of kids.

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