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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

December 29, 2009

A big change...

It is a little sad to take down all the Christmas decor....I'm not quite ready to do it...yet I am. I'm ready for a little order and organization in my house. I felt like once Dec. 1st hit...I had roller skates on rushing through each day and a pace that was way toooooooo fast! big smile. Can you relate?

My little farmhouse cottage had turned into an event planning extravaganza...whether we were ready or not!

This year is bringing quite a bit of change for my husband and I! Our children are all in college...and they are loving it...which soothes my soul.

But we have begun adding onto our house to make things ready for my dear parents who will be moving in with us. They are ready for the move in some ways and yet not sure in other ways.

Our Christmas was precious in that it was the last time celebrating with everyone at "Grandma's house." But now there are certain circumstances that are requiring us to pull together wisely and work on navigating through this season...successfully. I believe that when you honor your parents....it is a good thing. You can honor them by cooking a meal, providing security in an un-secure time, a phone call...loving them when the future seems uncertain and assure them you will be there for them.

They will be moving in on the ground floor so that they don't need to climb stairs....when you are in your eighties this is never easy...climbing...

We will move upstairs and change things around to suit us...instead of the current play station, tv, game room! Big smile.
Hubby says I can decorate the entire upstairs however I want...it will be the master bedroom and bathroom now....for years it has been the kids hangout....remember all the cords, remote controls, computers, and play stations? I'm sending them all back with the kids! Big smile!


Darlene said...

Hey Debbie,

It looks and sounds like a lot of changes are going on at your farmhouse. It is so wonderful that you CAN add on to take your parents into your home. It will be the start of many more wonderful memories with them.

I can't wait to see what you do with your upstairs space now.♥

Robin Beck said...

God bless you and your husband Debbie. My Dad has lived with us for 17 years. Now we are looking for land knowing that our other parents will be living with us too in the next few years. You have a perfect set up where you are. So nice. I look forward to seeing what you guys are going to do with your upstairs~!

Lisa said...

Oh I so agree about the decorations! I am sad to see them go but really need to not have to worry about doing it! I am doing it slowly and organizing them. It will be much better next year.
I was wondering why with your children out of the house you were adding on. Makes sense. It is good you have a great place. And it will be a comfort to be close even if close gets hard some days. My mom has been here for 4 years in March. Her husband came to join us this past March and it is not going well. I am lucky they are able to take care of themselves and we are hoping they can rent next door and that's as close as we can be for awhile. hehe Enjoy your new year of changes and I hope your remodel goes as smoothly as it can.
Hugs, Lisa
ps sorry I vented a little there

Blondie's Journal said...

Good luck with the big change. You are good people! Sounds like you are looking forward to your new quarters, Debbie! ;-)

Happy New Year, dear friend!!


onlymehere said...

What a wonderful solution. After my mom died my dad moved in with us for awhile. It's never easy, on them or you, but it's the right thing. I admire you for building on for them. We weren't in a position to do that and it would have made it so much easier. God bless you in this undertaking. Cindy

At Home With Amy said...

What a wonderful daughter you are Debbie. May you be richely blessed for taking your parents in to your home. I know exactly how difficult that can be.

I can't wait to see how you decorate your upstairs. Please post pictures along the way.

Blessings to you and yours in 2010.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I'm so ready for all the Christmas stuff to be gone! I'd take down the tree now if my family would let (which they won't).

Sounds like lots of changes for you this year. It's wonderful that you are able to and want to have your parents so close by.

Happy New Year!


kanishk said...

I look forward to seeing what you guys are going to do with your upstairs~!
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