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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Decorated for the Holiday

Come in from the cold,
I finished decorating for the season
and thought I'd give you a little tour.
I painted our door bright red,
a change from the dark green it use to be.

Step into the kitchen:
The view from my sink.
there have been several birds visiting my little "nest",
I wouldn't mind if they settled there for the winter.
I found this old vintage looking toaster cover at a thrift store
here in town. It truly reminds me of a Grandma's house,
but I love it nonetheless. I think it annoys Jake because he has
to undress the thing before he make a piece of toast!!
When I find a picture in a magazine that particularly amuses me
or is full of beauty, I will tape it to my cabinet door or back splash.
"Bear in mind that you should conduct
yourself in life as at a feast."
My favorite little "spot." My Cath Kidston cards from
my cousin Shar, mini marshmallows, freshly ground coffee,
sugar and tiny butter knives.
Our living room.
We've lived here almost 2 years. I always had the idea of writing something above the couch,
but couldn't find the "perfect"quote that said what I felt about home. Then one night I had a dream and this is what was written there:
The next day it was painted on. I bought some "paint pens"
from the local hardware store and free handed it. If I spend too much
time trying to make it look just perfect I'll mess it up...
I have to just trust and go for it! (sounds a lot like life, doesn't it??)
Our mantle:
I had made the hydrangea wreath earlier this Fall,
it never found it's way down, so I stuck with the color theme
and worked around it. Tyler's room, freshly "spring cleaned" and rearranged.
Not sure what got into me last week, but I was cleaning
and wiping down walls and changing everything around like
I was getting paid to do it! I am really pleased
with how it all came out.
Tyler at 3 months old. I love this picture of us.
Sweet Luke's room:
Our haven of rest:

An amazing sketch by my cousin Freiman Stoltzfus.

'tis true indeed.
On this blustery winter's night
I am so grateful for a place to call home.
May your home be filled with
Peace, Joy and Rest tonight
and always.


Adrienne said...

Wow, you were busy! It looks lovely!

Jess said...

Okay, so when you say you were nesting you weren't kidding! Everything looks great, but then again I love how you decorate your house... I really like the reorganization of the living room where the kids toys were at... it makes me want to come over and just sit and chat! One thing I forgot to do was rest the last couple months of pregnancy... okay so I didn't forget, I chose not to, but take my advice and do rest!! You'll wish you did after the third comes! Love ya!

Anonymous said... really did move things around..where is new "baby" going...? Did you move the toys and such to the basement...? Pictures!!!!


Aimee said...

Your home is so cozy and sweet!! Thanks for giving us the grand tour!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to come and see everything in person :) it looks so comfy!


Jena said...

your home looks so beautiful, warm, inviting and generous, just like you!

Kaelin said...

I love EVERYTHING! The door, decorations, and all the new arrangements! Everything looks so cozy and inviting. After the boys were in bed last weekend, I turned off all the living room lights, except for the fireplace and the tree and it was so peaceful and relaxing and looked like it came right out of a Christmas card! Love you guys and I can't wait to see you all soon!
#1 babysitter :)

oh joy! said...

Since you were "acting" like you were getting paid, you may as well come over here and actually get paid. :) You are one super-mama. Super!


Joy LaVale

Anonymous said...

Janelle,God bless you!You are such a beautiful person. I stopped by tonite (could you tell,Ike comin' out of me !):)Anyway ,I've been home all week and I'm sorry our paths have not crossed.I'll see you over Christmas.___5thchowwed:)

Claudia Barkman said...

love it all janelle.
yesterday aunt grace made the comment that she can see me being a mom like you someday.
i couldn't stop smiling the rest of the day. :)
I especially love the plaid box sitting outside your house.