Tuesday, September 20, 2005



Welcome to my New Home!

Isn't it beautiful? Darlene at Chameleon Blog Skins designed my new "home", and I absolutely love it!

Those of you who know me well will understand why I fell in love with this design the moment I saw it. First of all, it reminds me of the works of Thomas Kincaide. But secondly, it reminds me of the neighborhood in which I grew up. I lived in a small town in Michigan, and the streets in my neighborhood were lined with Victorian homes on either side. I can remember each home vividly even now, so many years later. I can remember going from house to house trick-or-treating, or selling Girl Scout cookies, or delivering newspapers, or just seeing if a friend could come out to play. I remember walking down each street on cold and snowy evenings on my way to the outdoor ice skating rink, and glancing in the windows to see what was going on inside - and wondering about the stories of each family within each home. I wondered what it would be like to be a member of each family - and if the kids in that particular family were happy and loved, or sad and in despair. Some homes looked warm and inviting and cosy - others didn't appear to be very welcoming. And finally, I fell in love with this picture because it brilliantly reflects my most favorite time of the year - autumn - with its' beautiful foliage and crisp air.

Home has always been so important to me. I have tried to make the house we live in now to be truly a "home" to my kids. They know that they are safe here. They know they can dream their dreams, speak freely about their problems and their joys, and just feel a sense of comfort and security here. The picture which Darlene crafted so beautifully captures the essence of what I've always wanted in my home when I grew up, and what is actually here in my home now that I am a grown up - love, beauty, security, and warmth. Thank you, Darlene, for capturing the heart and soul of my home so wonderfully!

So, I extend to you a very warm welcome into my home. . .

21 Comments:

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

The photo is so magical it looks like a painting. I love Kinkades work too.

I'm happy that you like it, enjoy.

Darlene

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Well, if Darlene designed your new house, better watch out for hamsters on a stick, dead fish, and bugs bigger than your head.

 
At 3:27 AM, Blogger HeyJules said...

Wow...what a surprise! It is a beautiful home page - she did a great job.

I wish you many wonderful memories in your new "place."

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Darlene: Yes, I agree it is "magical".
Jeff: I can deal with the hamsters and the fish - but the bugs will have to go! Have your received your stroganoff yet??
Jules: Thank you! The memories have already begun. . .

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger Tyra said...

This is beautiful! What a nice post about where you grew up. I grew up in a small town that I don't visit anymore since my mom died. I miss going home but it's still too painful.

My mil gave me a painting done by a local woman of the little church in my hometown, the church I grew up in. I love that picture.

Have a good day!

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger Paula said...

I love your new look! Darlene does such fantastic work. I bet it feels like home. I just did my questions you tagged me with. Have a great day girlfriend! God bless you and keep blogging the truth.

Your Sister In Christ,

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

WOW - that's all I can say!!!!!

You must be absolutely delighted! I know I would be!!!

Welcome to your new home Valerie - may you prosper and flourish here - in God's grace..

love B

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Tyra: When I go back home, it is so bittersweet for me because both of my parents are now gone. I am sure that one of these days, you will find the strength to return.

Paula - Thanks for participating in the "tag" - I am heading over to your site right now to get to know you better!

Barbara - Thank you for your wonderful comment - I am delighted to be "home".

Have a great day!

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Darlene does do great stuff. The queen anne home is like many that are in small towns all over West Texas.

If you like Kinkade, you should check out my favorite artist: Dalhart Windberg.

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

I've been admiring that skin for a while, glad you're using it.

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

Good choice on both Darlene and teh skin. Of course without Darlene you couldn't have the skin. I had a point here. Oh well. Looks nice!

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger The Gray Tie said...

WOW! Absolutely stunning. I love it too.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

BigWhiteHat - I checked out Dalhart Windberg. I am afraid you have now started me on yet another addiction - my husband will have your white hat, I am afraid!

Stacy- I've been wistfully gazing at it for a long time, too - and finally decided to do something about it!


Nettie and Carol - Thanks for stopping by for a visit - it means a lot to me!

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

...must...have...

...stro...ga...

...noff...

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Jeff: It appears as though Darlene is not going to give you any stroganoff - she said it was "too precious". Hmmmm. . .

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

This looks great! I wasn't sure I was in the right place.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Sweetheart said...

Hey girl!
I have been so busy at work. I haven't had time to really do anything extra. Thank you for stopping by. I think of you often and your girls and when I do I pray for all of you :) I love your new design it looks magical to me something you would see on a Christmas card.
Blessings to you today dear friend,
Love,
Kelly

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

I have the meme up now, sorry it took so long.

Can you change your settings for anonymous comments? Blogger won't let me change my URL.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Stopped by to enjoy the beautiful scenery again and to say "hello". I am feeling so much better now, thanks.

Your Sis In Christ,

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Striking blog! Darlene does such a nice work. :) Autumn is my favorite season, too. Enjoyed reading about you.

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Pam said...

I really like your new look, Darlene did a great job, as always!

 

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