Skip to main content

Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…


Recently, a blogger wrote a very honest and heartfelt post about
 how Mother's Day is not a happy day for her.
Painful feelings are dredged up every year due to the fact
that she doesn't have children even though she wanted them very much.
Her post brought back many memories for me.

You see, I struggled with infertility for many years.
Many, many tears were shed.
Many times wondering "why me" and why am I not worthy of being a
mother when everyone around me is getting pregnant at the drop of a hat.
It was devastating.
Now I can see that it has nothing to do with being worthy and everything
to do with the fact that sometimes our bodies just don't work the
way they are suppose to and it's not fair.

I'm writing this primarily to say that if you know someone
who is struggling, please be sensitive to them on this day.
Sometimes it can feel like it's all being thrown in your face,
like someone is screaming "you're not a Mom"!
No one wants to be pitied or have a big deal made out of the fact 
that they are childless.
 Just some gentle understanding, maybe an extra little hug or whisper
 in her ear some encouraging words.
That's all that is needed.

I also want to say to every woman who has the desire to be a mom and 
has a nurturing and loving soul - that I believe you
are a Mom in your heart.
I know it's not the same and I don't mean to trivialize it,
but whether you share that part of yourself by volunteering with children,
being a dedicated daughter or aunt, or a Mom to a sweet puppy -
you are sharing yourself and your heart so you deserve a special day too.

I wish you peace and love this Mother's Day!  

♡ ♡ ♡  JoAnne


  1. Thoughtfully and well said and I understand so well what you're saying. And I have a sister without children and she is one of the most nurturing people I know.

  2. Very kind post, well written and for me like many others it is bittersweet because of loss.

  3. Very well said. And noted.

  4. Very gently and thoughtfully stated, JoAnn. Big hugs to you. And that puppy picture you found made me squeal in delight! I mean do they get cuter than that???? Fur babies and the best babies in my opinion! : - )

  5. This is such a thoughtful post, JoAnne, and a subject I'm sure that many don't even think of. We take motherhood for granted, but I thank God everyday for my children and grandchildren. God Bless you my dear:)

  6. So beautifully said JoAnne. I think we are all mother's in our hearts and even if it is not for children a lot of mom's have furry children or give to other's children and are a big part of their lives. So you deserve a special day too. Happy Mom's Day to you this week end. Love the puppy picture. Tooooo cute.

  7. Beautifully written JoAnne! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  8. JoAnne, I think so many people can relate to your beautifully expressed post, myself included. Thank you for sharing.

  9. What a beautiful and honest post. Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. A beautiful post, it can also be a painful day when you lost a child, it reminds me of that lose oh so painfully. Others are happy and I and others feel sad that our child is gone. Lovely post!

  11. Beautiful post and how true. Happy Mothers Day. I just popped over from Kris's.

  12. A beautiful post! You can't imagine how awkward it feels when people are asking me how old are my children as it was obvious I had any, given my age!

  13. Beautiful words! I, too, struggled for a time because of wanting children. And there are some mothers who find Mother's Day difficult because they are estranged from their children or their children are not living. Thank you for the sensitivity to share this so we remember that it's not always a happy day for everyone. This year I am most blessed to have my ninety-two-year-old mother, my two children and eight (soon to be nine) grandchildren. God has blessed me. I don't take that for granted.

  14. Your heartfelt post touched my heart, and you are so right - so many women struggle with Mother's Day because of various reasons, and we need to be reminded to be so careful to let those women know how much they are appreciated. I wrote a post this week about the women in my life who were like mothers to me, and how much I appreciated them. I know many women who weren't able to have children, but loved others like their own. Mothering is not a gift limited solely to one's own children :) Wonderful post, and glad to have met you!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Farmhouse Style In My Kitchen

Wow! Farmhouse style has really taken off, hasn't it? I love it just as much as many of you out there. One of the great things about it is that it's fairly easy to add  to your decor and it can be relatively inexpensive too.
Here are a few recent finds for my kitchen that I think give it a little more of that farmhouse feeling. 

Now this one is pretty obvious considering it has the word "FARM" right on it  : ) This came from a little shop I went to while we were on vacation  and it really inspired me to add a few more farmhouse style accessories.

I have admired these vintage scales forever and I finally found one on Ebay  that I thought would look great in my kitchen and was also a reasonable price. Boy, some of them are really pricey!

Any good farmhouse has to have a rooster, right? A quick little project I did was add blue grain sack stripes to this white wooden rooster. I think he is pretty proud of them!

Of course mason jars and pretty little flowers bring on th…

Strawberries Are Not Just For Eating

I don't know about you, be we sure do eat a lot of strawberries this time of year. I've also been noticing a lot of very cute strawberry inspired items for the home and I thought I would share some of them with you.
Here are some faux strawberries that could be used in some fun summer decorating. Don't they look real? You might have to warn people not to eat them!

Here's a sweet little vintage shaker - perfect for shaking some powdered sugar
on those fresh strawberries.

source source
Isn't this jam pot adorable?

So cute and unique for your spices.
I am sure tea must taste better when using a tea kettle decorated with strawberries.

I love this strainer with it's black and strawberry theme - so original! source
Strawberry shortcake is a favorite of mine - so good! You can keep the recipe hanging right on your wall.

Transform Your Christmas Tins for Spring

Hi Everyone, I wanted to show you a quick and easy project that I just completed to repurpose some old Christmas tins that are no longer my style.

My inspiration was some very pretty scrapbooking papers that I had found at Hobby Lobby.  There are so many beautiful, interesting and fun papers to choose from that the possibilities are endless.

All I did was cut the papers to size to fit around the two larger cans and attached them with a small amount of white glue. I painted the lids with chalk paint as well as the smaller can. Here you can see how they turned out.

As I was editing these photos, child no.2 so lovingly pointed out that the smaller can looked out of place. I actually kind of agree with her but that's part of the beauty of this project. I could repaper or paint over what I have done at any time. I think they look good enough for now to use for spring and Easter decorating.

There are just so many possibilities of how you could transform these tins. I think some kind of…