In the span of 14 months, my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and my mother died.  I felt like my whole world had been turned upside down (actually it had been).  Two months later I would learn that the cancer was still in my body (not gone yet!).  Although I felt completely overwhelmed, I put my faith in God and chose to see what had happened as a second chance at life, an opportunity to begin again.  I realized that more than anything, I want to spend my days creating a cosy and welcoming home, enjoying family and friends and puttering in my garden.  I want to focus on finding joy in simple things, on seeing beauty in the ordinary and to enjoy the changes each season brings.  I want to live each day as fully and authentically as possible.

A little over a year later, I'm gradually learning to let go of the things that aren't important and to celebrate daily joys and blessings.  I know I've still got a lot to learn but I'm getting there.

My blog now has an entirely different focus than when I started it in 2009, but like me, it has evolved and I hope it will continue to grow and change as I do.  Thanks for joining me on this wonderful journey!

I'm beginning to learn that it is the sweet simple things in life that are the real ones after all. 
 - Laura Ingalls Wilder