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Saturday, May 24, 2014


There's a saying here in Michigan that says if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change.  Well, as with life changes, that often rings true!  While some changes are welcome and easy, others can be quite difficult and stressful.
For me, major life changes don't come easy.
If you've been visiting me for awhile, you know that hubby and I lived in beautiful Washington State a few years ago for his job.  Well, Washington has been calling, and we've been dreaming of moving back there ever since.
So, we are putting our house on the market!
We've been hard at work for the past few months sprucing up our home, working on projects both big and small.   I've been decluttering, purging, cleaning and organizing.  I've lost count how many trunk loads of things I've donated so far!
Hubby's son is a professional photographer, and the other night he came over for a photo shoot. We knew his photos would be so much better than we or our realtor could take!
We were really impressed with his work and are so thankful for his help!
So, here is a little tour of our home...........
 I'll let the pictures do most of the talking!

 The hard part for me is not knowing when or even if our house will sell. We aren't desperate or anything, we don't have to move.
But, if our house does sell, our plan is to move back to Washington for good!
 I've never shown you an overview of my craft room.  Notice my treadmill at the far end of the room, gathering dust?  In all the craziness, I have neglected my exercising and desperately need to get back into a routine!
This by far was the most challenging room for me to declutter!
We are both neat nuts and never have alot of stuff just laying around the house. But with all of my craft supplies and things from my Etsy shop stashed here and there, I had my work cut out for me!
 So, the thought of possibly moving is bittersweet. We love our home and yard, and I know that we really would miss it.  It is a huge part of us.  I know that so many of you can relate to that.

 Hubby even flew his son around our place to get some cool aerial shots!
I just love this one, below!  
 And this is a view of our lake.
So, we are anxious, nervous, and worn out!
I am trying my best to leave it all in God's hands (for me that is easier said than done!).
 He knows what path we should take.
I'll keep you posted.................
Enjoy a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!


Debbie said...

I'm speechless, Donna! I don't....I guess I just....okay....I'll just say....How exciting for you and John! I had no idea you were thinking of moving back west. I think that's great! You go for it!!
Great pics of the house. I'm sure it will sell quickly, and you will be on your way.
Oh my.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, what a surprise. Your home is stunning and I am sure you will have no trouble in selling it. At least living in Washington you are closer to CA. and better weather and maybe our paths will cross.
I think this is great for you and John moving back West - I'm so happy for you and little Katie.
Have a great weekend.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Isn't it funny how life works? You were so sad about moving out there the first time, but Washington made it's way into your heart. Your home is beautiful and if you want to sell, I hope it goes quickly! I love how you are open to the adventure of life...xo

Joyce Mayer said...

My sweet friend, remember "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps.44)

Breathe, remember last fall when we were looking for a house here and I was down because nothing was appealing - and you encouraged me and supported me and told me to be patient? Yes, you remember, so now you listen to me.

Of course you have mixed emotions, your home is stunning, and just right for you and John and Katie Bug....but, just think how exciting to find another home and make it your own "chetau" in an area that you love. Smile.

Big hugs.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful, and, what a view. God is in control here. Take a breath. Sending prayers.

Ordinary J said...

Your house is so huge!!!! Wow!!! I always dream to live in a house this big and with such beautiful yards and lake...I think your living room alone is bigger than my entire apartment:)

White Lace and Promises said...

Beautiful home. Beautiful landscaping and what a view! You surely will have no problem making the sale. Good luck.

Susie said...

Donna, Your home is beautiful and big. Your son did a wonderful job of taking photos too. Blessings to your family and you, xoxo,Susie

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your home is gorgeous. The outside is just as lovely as the inside. I'm sure it will sell quickly.
PS. I don't know why, but I've had a feeling that you would end up back in Washington. I think this long winter was enough to drive us Michigan folks into thinking of relocating! Good for you on making the plunge! Best wishes. Pre-birthday HUGS too!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Wow, I am surprised! Your home is stunning, just beautiful! I hope your wishes come true and what happens will be what you want. We will be here for the ride...so I followed you in MI-then WA-now MI-soon WA again! LOL

Rose L said...

What a lovely home! I live in Oregon and know how enchanting the Pacific NW can be. I know your home will sell quickly!
I am getting ready to put my home here in Oregon City on the market by end of June. I hope it sells quickly.

Nancy said...

Donna, Your Home is absolutely Stunning!! The last time I was here was about 6 weeks ago when many of us were having Blogger problems, tonight your post was in my email again, Hoorah!! Your not alone my friend, a year ago we made our second move back to the West Coast from Michigan, this time Washington. We were both born and raised in MI, but there is something about this State that just makes you feel at home. It has been a Wonderful adventure for us and God has never made us second Guess our decision. I will keep you in my prayers and be with you all the way. I look forward to meeting my New Neighbor!!

Huggs, Nancy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Donna, Your home is gorgeous and a small slice of heaven on earth my friend. The photos are amazing and show your home beautifully. Every detail is to perfection. I would want to buy it myself if I lived in Michigan. It will not last long on the market. The aerial shots are amazing and give such a wonderful idea of how your home is situated by the water. Everything looks so lush and green in our home state.

I know too well the challenge of a move like this Donna. It can be so nerve racking, but an awesome adventure at the same time. My prayers are with you going forward that all goes smooth and you make an easy transition to Washington.
I know you and John have worked very hard and it shows. Now God will do the rest. Enjoy the weekend and a much needed break.
Sending Big Hugs your way.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Donna I do know about changes! Following your heart will make you so happy. Your home is gorgeous and I know that you will find another home that will make you happy also. Hugs, Linda

Bente said...

What a fantastic home, dear Donna. I just love it.
This will be so exiting for you and John. Wish you all the best with the sale.

Big hug from here

Debby said...

I love your home. It is so spacious and beautiful. I hope that you can move on to where you want to be We are thinking of doing the very same thing. We actually found a little condo that I love,.....today. Good luck.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

What a gorgeous home and piece of land! I love that there's a lake too! Good luck with the sale! I'm sure that things will fall into place just as they are supposed to. Hugs, Leena

Jan Tanis said...

Oh my!! What a beautiful home! My jaw dropped several times, as I looked around your home. The photos your son took are wonderful and certain to draw people to look at your home. I will be praying that things progress the way they should.

Jan ♥

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Happy Birthday to you~~~
Happy Birthday to you~~~
Happy Birthday dear Donnaaaaaa~
Happy Birthday to you~~

Like my singing??? LOL

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You're right to leave it all in God's hands now. I'm excited for you whether you move or not. Hugs to you!

Gail said...

What a lovely home Donna !! Hope it sells fast and you can go back to where your heart belongs... !
Gail x

rkramadh said...

Beautiful home indeed, from a fellow Michigander. Sorry to see that you are leaving but I myself have wanted to move west to get away from these winters. Hope your dreams and mine too will come true! PS: If you don't mind me asking, what part of MI are you in?

Tete said...

The photos are awesome, the house is awesome and the lake is awesome! I hope you get a buyer soon and can make that dream move. I know you loved Washington once you got out there.
Praying that everything goes smoothly for you!

NanaDiana said...

I don't know how I missed this post, Donna. Oh- I bet it was when I was on break. Anyway, the house is gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful. Someone will certainly snap it up in short order. You have done a marvelous job decorating it and staging it for sale. I love it..and know that someone else will, too.

I can't believe you are moving again, though! lol xo Diana

Jan Tanis said...

I've often thought about you and your house being on the market - and tonight I sat at my desk looking for your post. I didn't realize it was back in May!! How has it gone? Many lookers? Offers? I hope I haven't missed any further house on the market posts!