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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…

Our Son's Graduation

Hi Everyone,

Our son graduated from high school at the end of May.
We had a big family party after the ceremony and many of our
relatives from out of town came so it was a wonderful day.

It was such a crazy busy time that I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the decorations
for his party but I thought I would show you the announcement that I designed using Picmonkey.
I really love doing things like that and I could easily spend hours playing around with it.
I used Overnight Prints to have them printed and I was very happy with how they turned out.
It was very inexpensive as well.
I can't help but brag a little bit and show you some of his graduation pictures.
He can be kind of a serious kid but his whole face lights up when he smiles ~
which makes my heart melt.

Here is a picture of us along with my 94 year old father-in-law.
My father-in-law is someone I greatly admire. 
 He is such a good person - so kind, moral, loving and humble.
I am grateful that he has been so close to Andrew and a role model for him.

Sadly, my mother-in-law passed away a few years ago.
  She and my father-in-law had been married for over 60 years.
 She was a wonderful person as well and Andrew has her beautiful smile.

And here is Andrew with my beautiful Mom.
She has been a big part of his life too.
He has been lucky to have such loving grandparents 
who care so much about him.

Of course we are so proud of Andrew.
No one could ask for a better son and we love him to pieces!
Happily he has chosen a college that is close to home so that makes
this Momma very happy!

And now, we have just returned from vacation so maybe life
 will be a little less hectic - haha!

I'll be back soon with some pictures of adorable cottages from the
 little beach town where we vacationed.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!



  1. Joanne, what great memories you have captured. Great photos. Congratulations to your son. It's an exciting time for a family. Our youngest is starting his junior year at Ball State this year. I'm thankful for the grandparents he has had too. Like you, my father in law is also 94 years old. It's amazing how fast time goes by and how quickly our children grow up. I wish him lots of luck at college.

  2. Congratulations, Joanne, to you and your son! He has the bluest eyes! We are in the throes of prom/ graduation week right now! It is such a crazy, bittersweet time. I watched home videos last night and cannot believe how fast it has all gone by. I am sure you can relate. :) Sounds like a dreamy vacation. I can't wait for a peek!

  3. Such sweet pictures. Congratulations. Have a blessed vacation. What a cute cottage.

  4. Congrats Joanne to your sweet and very handsome son. What a wonderful accomplishment. Glad he found a college near home. That will make the first year transition so much easier for all of you. What a cute cottage. Did you stay in this cottage? Can't wait to hear about your vacation.

  5. Joann, congratulations to your family and son. He's a good looking kid and I agree about the smile. Ohio State bound. A special relationship with Grandpa is special


  6. Congratulations on your sons graduation! What a handsome young man! Lovely memories these pictures will provide you, and it's always a good day when families come together.

  7. Congratulations! My daughter graduated this year too, and is going to work this year. Its so exciting isn't it, to see them begin a new phase of life?

  8. These are such sweet photos of your dear son and the family. I know the pride, joy and emotion that live in your heart. Enjoy your Summertime with him, he looks like such a good boy too!

  9. Your son is really handsome and you must be so proud he's going to college!

  10. Congratulations to your son. So happy for you that he will be close to home when he goes to college. Both of my girls stayed close to home when they went to college and I loved that they were close.

  11. Congratulations to your son. I'm catching up after being away without a connection so I'm a bit late with my best wishes to him. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family with us.


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