My Sweet Old 100-year-old House and Garden

Going through more pictures.  Oh my goodness, the reality check of looking at a photo that captured a moment in time!  A moment to never be had again.  I loved my old house.  I have nearly a quarter century of memories from that sweet little parcel of land.  It will always have part of my spirit there.  Anyway, in going through some photos today, I thought I’d share some pictures that touched my heart.

Lots of meals for six were cooked in this kitchen

Joe and I work in the old kitchen


Oreo cools off in the shade on the brick steps

Some lovely old flower from a family member’s garden. Maybe I can manage to get another cutting.
Red rose against the old brick foundation
Getting water from the barrel for the goldfish pond


A large bug on a mosaic stepping stone.
A little nook under the stairs held a specially purchased antique cabinet (had to find one that would fit) and a hat rack for scarves and hats.


Wild senna grows up around the steps.

I no longer cry over the old house and over what might have been.  It’s just pointless.  There is a job for me to do now, to be a good role model for my children, to live with thankfulness and joy.  To protect myself, for myself and my children and grandchildren.  I have so much happiness now, and while it is not a selfish happiness in the “me, me, me” sense, it is a happiness that has come from me taking care of myself and listening to my heart.  I have areas of creativity in my life now that are nurtured.  I feel very fulfilled.  Some of those creative processes, like painting, wanting to play music, working with clay: they started as a way to stay sane back in the darkest, last years in that house.  I realized that I needed art and music.  Those areas continue to grow, and I have realized that it is not wrong to protect myself from abusive and controlling people.

Every day is a gift from God.  We are not promised anything beyond the moment.  What we do in each moment has a huge effect on our future and on others who look to us.  I am very thankful for a forgiving God who moved me from a very dark place, and for a forgiving God who saw me at my weakest and most vulnerable and still loves me.

Recently I made an art book about cats.  It was so amazing!  It sold pretty quickly from the shop.  I am in the process now of making another for myself.  I plan to keep it out where we can enjoy it and where our visitors can enjoy it.

Beginning an art book.


So that is where I’m at today.  I think the healing process will last the rest of my life, but I am okay with that.  Some of the darkest storms have led to the most beautiful rainbows and brightest skies!

Enjoy this day!




12 thoughts on “My Sweet Old 100-year-old House and Garden”

  1. I love seeing the pictures of your old house because that is when I first began following your blog! You are such a neat homemaker…even the inside of your spice cabinet is neat! Time is fleeting isn’t it! I’m sad life moves on and our kids grow and begin their own lives! But come to think of it, I was once a kid starting my own life! Congrats on your new guitar! Andrea xo

    1. Andrea, thank you so much! And I remember way back then. 🙂 I miss that spice rack. It was left in the house, but that’s okay. I have a small one now that I use when cooking at Jason’s, and hope to get something bigger and with more storage soon.

    2. Hi Lynn,

      Its Hope–Haven’t posted in a long while. I sent you an email about 1.5 weeks ago to the sidetracked email address– never got a response–unsure if you got it???? I can relate so much to one response–love hearing about the garden/ old home place–it will always be a part of you. That is ok. It was a different chapter of your life. There are still blank pages in your book to be written-but it is ok to reread some of the past. It shapes us (good and bad) into who we are. Love and prayers, Hope

      1. Hi, Hope! I got your mail. Thanks for the gentle prompt to look for it! I am so bad with email! But I stay so busy. Thanks so much. Sent you one back! And you are right that our past shapes us. I do have some strengths for sure that came from some really hard years; but, yes, there are areas that still need lots of work, and maybe even more so from the pressure of trials through the years. I love the picture of blank pages to write on! Love, Lynn

  2. Oh Lynn, these pictures bring back a lot of good memories to me too. You made that old house a beautiful home. That sweet Joseph was always in the kitchen helping you. I love you sooooo much! Mom

    1. Mama, I thought the same thing about Joseph always helping me. Joseph was my rock in so many ways. He is a gentle giant! I love my children so much. And he is good to his own family now in the same way. I love you soooo much! Your girl.

  3. Dearest Lynn,
    You have a heart that shines like gold. These pictures and this post just touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I think everything you touch becomes a thing of beauty. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful old home. You took such loving care of everything and your garden was so amazing too. I know that a piece of your heart will always live there.

    You have moved on with such grace and I will always admire your strength in adversity. Your children are beautiful and I think that you are the best mother ever. You inspired me from the very beginning to homeschool my own children. I want to thank you for that.

    Your friendship has been a pretty petal in my life for as long as I can remember. You are so right that everyday is a gift and you are a very special gift too. I’m so thankful that you are a part of my life. Hugs and lots and lots of love, Val

    1. Valerie, you brought tears to my eyes! You are so kind. A lot of things I touch, I feel like they have not turned out so well, but I am so thankful that there is continued hope each day!! I wish you could have seen the old house. It needed some work, but it sure had personality! It had character. The children in the homeschool group used to love to visit. 🙂 I appreciate all of your dear words and encouragement, and I am so glad we are friends!! Hugs and love, Lynn

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