Sunday, November 17, 2013

Letting Go of the Old to Embrace the New

A funny thing happened to me today.  After weeks of trying to feel 
comfortable in our new house, I quit trying and suddenly it happened.

I felt at home!

Now when I think of my little cottage (look at Bentley on his porch) that was so
deeply loved, I think of only happy memories, not the sad ones of leaving.
I think of the sweet and dear cottage that is now home to a retired pastor who
is happily living alongside property owned by his daughter.  It's like passing
on the baton to a worthy contender.

So I woke up this morning feeling so at ease.  So deeply at home.
What a great feeling it is.  And would you just look at those huge live oaks.
They just envelope the house.

I think back to when we first moved in a few months ago and
Bentley (and we were too) in a sea of boxes.  Everything felt
exciting and intimidating at the same time.

And then little by little things began to fall into place.
Uncertain steps, uncharted waters, but in we plunged.

Exploring our neighborhood.  Getting to know the terrain and our neighbors too.

Old favorites in a new home and adding some new elements too ...

And suddenly one morning you get up to make coffee, sigh and think
to yourself ...

Yes it feels like home now.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. so glad you're finally feeling like it's home..I suppose any move would be daunting. all the best, Maryann

  2. I;m so glad that you feel "at home" in your beautiful new house. I know there was a lot of transition and they all happened quite quickly and that had to be a little hard. But now that you're all settled in and it is really a home, I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy it and that lovely neighborhood.

    Now, you need to get started on that dollhouse!! LOL


  3. So pleased you have finally settled. Your new home looks so beautiful. Have a nice day. x

  4. Oh happy day~! You have finally arrived at "home". So happy for you Susan ~ (((Hugs))) xo

  5. That's really huge, to get to that point - so happy for you and sending a big hug!


  6. It looks beautiful, I'm glad you are at "home".

    Amy Jo

  7. I know it takes awhile to feel like home and my new place is that to me finally. I'm so glad you are getting that feeling now, because truly, there is no place like home!

  8. I'm so glad you feel at home now after your does take a bit of time. Your new home looks as lovely as your previous home, Susan, you have such a home making touch. Bentley looks very happy too.
    Helen x

  9. I am so glad it feels like home now, hope Bentley feels the same!

  10. I am glad it feels like home...things change...but when you look around...the "stuff" is still there...and Bentley too. I think you will notice it most when you are away for even a day and walk in the door and say" I am glad to be home".

  11. You've been through lots of transitions and still doing so in your new place with your Mother, it will take time. You live in a beautiful neighborhood. I think Mary is right, a day away and then returning to your cozy home helps make it feel like home! And you have Bentley, who I'm sure is happiest as long as you are together.

  12. Happy for you Susan..Lovely neighborhood..Your new home is packed full of your things and it looks great..You did an amazing job and in such a short time..

  13. So happy for you, Sister! Everything looks so lovely and so you!
    xoxo, Bentley...

    1. Susan, I so admire your determination to "bloom where you're planted". I moved last February from 3,000 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. and I am still surrounded by unpacked boxes and piles of "stuff" that I don't know what to do with. You are an inspiration and I'm going to get up tomorrow and take a new look at my surroundings. It's time to move on. Thank you.

  14. Welcome home, Susan and Bentley. I understand . . . to you and I, a "house" is a very beloved sanctuary and we don't transplant easily or quickly. You put so much of yourself, your energy, your creativity, your love into a nest and moving is is quite an undertaking emotionally as well as physically. I will always love our cottage home of 40 years, but I am now "at home" in our new farmhouse home. It will never be the same as the cottage, but the farmhouse will also be loved for many, many reasons and the move was a very good decision.


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