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Trying A New Outlook

We're home from spending cozy days and nights at a beautiful "cabin". Central Oregon has some of the most breathtaking, peaceful, majestic surroundings. You just can't believe that what you are seeing is real! It must be a movie back drop. But no, these mountains and trees really do exist.

It is so hard to come back from a clean, gorgeous home to a house that's filled with dirty laundry and pet hair balls in the corner. (I try to keep up, but I feel it's all against me!)

I dreamt of saying, 'Rob, let's sell our house and move here. Right now. I'll home school the girls and we'll have a beautiful life'. And I love that dream, however I was noticing that this gorgeous home that we were borrowing, although tastefully decorated, had no personal touches. No symbols of an actual family that lived there. And that made me re-think my home.

I enjoy having family photos on the mantel. I love our collection of scrapbooks on the bookshelf. And the pet hair? That I'm not that happy with, but the joy that our pets bring my family is something I can't deny and I can feel that happiness in our four walls.

My girls are growing faster than I like. And someday my complaints of a "dirty house" will be long gone. I'm going to focus on the life that is happening all around this little house. It may drive me crazy sometimes, but it's worth it.

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9 comments:

  1. Lovely post, sometimes when you look around, amidst the pet hair, it's the coziest place on earth! ♥

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Ya know, its sad. I adore my house in all its messiness. And though I would love a day without dog hair, its all good. It means we are surrounded with love.

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  3. You know Ann, I just started home schooling this year.

    When you think about how little they actually get done in a school day, you realize a few hours at home would fulfill that.

    And they learn from real life better anyway.

    I love the fact that my daughter is not with mean,rude, overly sexed drug addicts all day long.

    Her behavior is so much better, and she loves helping me around the house & with cooking.

    Anyway, hope you had a great New Year- the cabin & scenery sound great!

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  4. It's scares me how much we think alike. We all want to make our slice of life the best it can be. It's inspiring to hear how others are doing what they can to ensure that dream. Come over and see what I'm talking about. XOXO

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  5. Sounds like it was a gorgeous escape. But like all escapes it has to have an end - back home again! I always love returning home whether my break away has been good or bad. And in my relief at being 'home' I don't really see those dust bunnies in the corner...for the first few minutes anyway!

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  6. Sounds like it was a gorgeous escape. But like all escapes it has to have an end - back home again! I always love returning home whether my break away has been good or bad. And in my relief at being 'home' I don't really see those dust bunnies in the corner...for the first few minutes anyway!

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  7. LOVE THIS POST.
    I especially love the last part.
    I forget to enjoy life as it is happening as well. My BFF's house is always cluttered with family stuff, and laundry piles~ but her kids are happy, and it's the cozy house on earth.

    Happy New Year to you!!
    I always look forward to your posts. ;)

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  8. I look at homes where things are "perfect", not a thing out of place, and wonder, how much living really goes on in that house! While my goal is to simplify things and be clutter free... that does not mean that I don't want those things around me that remind me of the love in our family... pet hair and all (although I have to admit, having three pets instead of seven is so much easier, but I miss the four missing furry faces every day!)

    Happy 2010!

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  9. I have this same thought whenever we come back from Sunriver....you know, we did try to do it once. Years ago, Dave & I both worked for the same company that suddenly closed its doors, causing us to lose a house we'd been building and on top of that be unemployed together. So we went to Sunriver with some of our (thankfully) refunded downpayment and looked for jobs, the only bad thing about Bend was there were no jobs, unless working totally on commission or serving coffee were your idea of employment. My next plan was to buy a house there someday, the last layoff has pushed that dream off into the future again, but thankfully there are always a lot of houses to rent.

    You're making me want to head back soon! But do watch out for the bunk beds in your next rental, especially if you've got a sleepwalker! Our friends were there last week & their daughter (9) walked off the top bunk (she snuck up there) & broke her arm in 3 places, spent 2 nights in the Bend hospital after surgery & getting a plate in her arm. So glad your trip turned out better than theirs! :)

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